Two views of relative locality



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Abstract

Relative locality is a quantum gravity phenomenon in which whether an event is local or not-and the degree of non-locality-is dependent on the position and motion of the observer, as well as on the energy of the observer’s probes. It was first discovered and studied, beginning in 2010, in a limit in which h and G both go to zero, with their ratio, which is the Planck energy-squared, and c held fixed (arXiv:1101.0931, arXiv:1103.5626).

Relative locality was also found in a different, non-relativistic limit, involving quantum reference frames, in which c is taken to infinity while h and G are held fixed. I describe some of what we learned in the first studies, in the hope it might be useful to people developing the quantum reference frame approach.