Ted Jacobson

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Ted Jacobson
Born November 27, 1954 (1954-11-27) (age 62)
Nationality United States
Known for Quantum gravity
Website [1]
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions University of Maryland

Theodore A. "Ted" Jacobson (born November 27, 1954) is an American theoretical physicist. He is known for his work on the connection between gravity and thermodynamics. In particular, in 1995 Jacobson proved that the Einstein field equations describing relativistic gravity can be derived from thermodynamic considerations.[1][2]

Jacobson is professor of physics at the University of Maryland. His current research focuses on the dark energy problem and cosmic expansion.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Ted Jacobson, "Thermodynamics of Spacetime: The Einstein Equation of State", Physical Review Letters, Vol. 75, Issue 7 (August 14, 1995), pp. 1260-1263, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.75.1260, Bibcode1995PhRvL..75.1260J. Also at arXiv:gr-qc/9504004, April 4, 1995. Also available here and here. Additionally available as an entry in the Gravity Research Foundation's 1995 essay competition. Mirror link.
  2. ^ Lee Smolin, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity (New York, N.Y.: Basic Books, 2002), pp. 173 and 175, ISBN 0465078362, LCCN 2007-310371.
  3. ^ Bob Swarup, "Much Ado About Nothing: Does the vacuum regenerate itself to fill the gaps as spacetime is pulled apart? Could a growing vacuum explain dark energy?", FQXi Community (Foundational Questions Institute), May 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ted Jacobson", ScientificCommons. A list of Jacobson's recent publications.

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