Matters of Time Directionality in Classical and Quantum Physics

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This report offers a modern perspective on the question of time directionality as it arises in a classical and quantum mechanical context, based on key developments in the field of gravitational physics. Important clarifications are achieved regarding, in particular, the concepts of time reversal, negative energy and causality. From this analysis emerges an improved understanding of the general relativistic concept of stress-energy of matter as being a manifestation of local variations in the energy density of zero-point vacuum fluctuations. Based on those developments a set of axioms is proposed from which are derived generalized gravitational field equations which actually constitute a simplification of relativity theory in the presence of negative energy matter and vacuum energy. Those results are then applied to provide original solutions to several long-standing problems in theoretical cosmology and concerning the foundations of quantum theory, including the problem of the nature of dark matter and dark energy, that of the origin of thermodynamic time asymmetry and several other issues traditionally approached using inflation theory. Significant new insights are also provided concerning gravitational entropy, the problem of quantum non-locality, that of the emergence of time in quantum cosmology as well as the problem of the persistence of quasiclassicality following decoherence.
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