22-26 October 2018
Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*
Europe/Moscow timezone

On the meaning of the wave function of the Universe

23 Oct 2018, 17:25
Moskvorechye 1 hall (Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*)

Moskvorechye 1 hall

Hotel Intourist Kolomenskoye 4*

Kashyrskoye shosse, 39B, Moscow, Russia, 115409
Plenary/section talk Gravitation and Cosmology


Dr. Tatyana Shestakova


The meaning of the wave function of the Universe was actively discussed in 1980s. In most works on quantum cosmology it is accepted that the wave function defines the probability amplitude for the Universe to have some space geometry, or to be found in some point of the Wheeler superspace. It seems that the wave function gives maximally objective description compatible with quantum theory. However, the probability distribution does not depend on time and does not take into account the existing of our macroscopic evolving Universe. What we wish to know is how quantum processes in the Early Universe determined the state of the present Universe in which we are able to observe macroscopic consequences of these quantum processes. The picture that can be obtained in the Wheeler – DeWitt quantum geometrodynamics is compared with that that of the extended phase space approach to quantization of gravity. We shall discuss how the wave function can be chosen among all possible solutions of the Wheeler – DeWitt (or Schrödinger) equation, if it does not depend on a reference frame, and what stage of the Universe evolution it describes.

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