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Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
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20 November 2017
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The holographic principle sets an upper bound on the total (Boltzmann) entropy content of the Universe at around $10^{123}k_B$ ($k_B$ being Boltzmann's constant). In this work we point out the existence of a remarkable duality between nonrelativistic quantum mechanics on the one hand, and Newtonian cosmology on the other. Specifically, nonrelativistic quantum mechanics has a quantum probability fluid that exactly mimics the behaviour of the cosmological fluid, the latter considered in the Newtonian approximation. One proves that the equations governing the cosmological fluid (the Euler equation and the continuity equation) become the very equations that govern the quantum probability fluid after applying the Madelung transformation to the Schroedinger wavefunction. Under the assumption that gravitational equipotential surfaces can be identified with isoentropic surfaces, this model allows for a simple computation of the gravitational entropy of the Universe.

In a first approximation we model the cosmological fluid as the quantum probability fluid of free Schroedinger waves. We find that this model Universe saturates the holographic bound. As a second approximation we include the Hubble expansion of the galaxies. The corresponding Schroedinger waves lead to a value of the entropy lying three orders of magnitude below the holographic bound. Although a considerable improvement, this still lies above existing phenomenological estimates of the entropy of the Universe. Current work on a fully relativistic extension of our present model can be expected to yield results in even better agreement with empirical estimates of the entropy of the Universe.


Newtonian cosmology, holographic principle, quantum mechanics

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Fernandez de Cordoba, P.; Isidro, J. Boltzmann entropy, the holographic bound and Newtonian cosmology. In Proceedings of the 4th International Electronic Conference on Entropy and Its Applications, 21 November–1 December 2017; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 4, 2017 ; doi:10.3390/ecea-4-05008


Author biographies

José Isidro
orcid 0000-0002-0720-9945

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