Thermal Particle Creation in Cosmological Spacetimes: A Stochastic Approach


D. Koks, B.L. Hu, A. Matacz and A. Raval


Research Report 97-16
Date: 26 May 1997


The stochastic method based on the influence functional formalism introduced in an earlier paper to treat particle creation in near-uniformly accelerated detectors and collapsing masses is applied here to treat thermal and near-thermal radiance in certain types of cosmological expansions. It is indicated how the appearance of thermal radiance in different cosmological spacetimes and in the two apparently distinct classes of black hole and cosmological spacetimes can be understood under a unifying conceptual and methodological framework.

Key phrases

Quantum Field Theory. Stochastic Processes.


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