arXiv:2003.07282v1 [math-ph] 16 Mar 2020Aspects of aperiodicity and randomness in theoretical physics Leonardo Ort́ız∗, Marcelo Amaral and Klee Irwin Quantum Gravity Research, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A March 17, 2020 Abstract In this work we explore how the heat kernel, which gives the solu- tion to the diffusion equation and the Brownian motion, would change when we introduce quasiperiodicity in the scenario. We also study the random walk in the Fibonacci sequence. We discuss how these ideas would change the discrete approaches to quantum gravity and the construction of quantum geometry. Keywords: Heat kernel, Fibonacci sequence, quantum gravity, aperiodic. ∗leonardoortizh@gmail.com 1 1 Introduction In this paper we discuss the notion of quantum geometry [1] using tools from quasicrystals and quasiperiodic functions [2] as an alternative to canonical quantization presented in [3], mainly the modifications of quantities of inter- est, such as the heat kernel and entropy, due to the introduction of quasiperi- odicity in the setting. Although these modifications seem to be mild, they have the potential to be important in derivations of thermodynamical quan- tities which we plan to develop in the future. In [1] a kind of quantum geometry is constructed in one and two di- mensions. This is done using random walks and random two-dimensional surfaces. This is done with the idea of obtaining a quantum description of gravity at least in two dimensions. This is limited in several aspects with the main limitation that a realistic theory of gravity should be four-dimensional. The main idea of the present work is to make something similar to [1] but not only with random walks and random two-dimensional surfaces but also with quasiperiodic trajectories as described in [2]. In this manuscript we will consider one and two dimensional quasiperiodic trajectories but one of our goals is to make it with quasiperiodic trajectories inherited from quasicrys- tals in several dimensions. Also once we have this under control we will try to not only have nonperiodicity but also stochasticity. In the near future we will try to do what is done with the Polyakov action in [4] but this time with the Einstein-Hilbert action. Also instead of letting the lattice size go to zero we will probe the geometry with a massive particle so we can feel the granular structure of spacetime. In this context the quasiperiodicity will be given by the trajectory of the quasiparticle. It is important to note that in this step we can introduce nonperidicity and stochasticity. In the scenario we are describing here we would like to obtain the analo- gous to the Einstein field equations as something emergent in the same spirit as thermodynamics is obtained from the microscopic statistical mechanics. This manuscript is organized as follows: In section 2 we describe briefly the idea of quantum geometry. In section 3 we introduce the necessary math- ematics from quasicrystals for our purposes. In section 4 we describe our approach to the build up of quantum geometry with a discussion of the heat kernel. In section 5 we study the random walk in a Fibonacci chain in one and its generalization to two dimensions. Finally in section 6 we discuss fur- ther ideas and our final comments. In the appendix A we discuss the relation 2 of the Hamiltonian in usual quantum theory and in the Euclidean setting, since this ideas are related to the main work. 2 A first look at quantum geometry The idea of quantum geometry can be very intuitive. The concept of cur- vature of a manifold is studied in semiriemannian geometry. In this context the manifold -the spacetime- is smooth, however if nature is quantum at the most fundamental level then the smooth spacetime should be quantized-the notion of quantum geometry. Let us describe the idea of spacetime a little more deeply. In general rela- tivity (GR) the spacetime is made of events, these events can be in principle anything: the explosion of a bomb, the hand shake of two friends, the click one do on the mouse, etc. However if we think careful on this definition of spacetime one realizes that something estrange happens if we want to de- scribe events with quantum systems as for example with a transition of one level of energy to another in the hydrogen atom1. Clearly this happens be- cause the idea of spacetime described in standard GR books is classical. But then we face a conceptual problem similar to the one of the measurement problem in quantum mechanics, as the question where lies the boundary between the machine which measures and the system under study. In the proposal of the Quantum Gravity Research group -called emergence theory- this problem does not arises because the spacetime would be constructed from the “trajectory” of the phason quasiparticles. The challenge then is to obtain in certain limit something analogous to the Einstein field equations. Just to put things on perspective we are aiming to construct something like G(γ) = ∫ γ Dσe−S(σ), (1) where σ is an hypersurface, γ is its boundary and S is the action of the system. Most of the actions constructed so far are geometric, but since we are constructing a theory more general than the ones we have at the moment we will not attach from the beginning to geometric actions. Clearly the two challenges in this aim are the construction of the measure Dσ and the action S(σ). We are working with a kind of Euclidean action, which is not a 1Similar ideas are consider in [5] 3 limitation because we want to have spacetime emergent in our model . Also it is worthwhile to mention that from G(γ) we expect to obtain a kind of generalized partition function. 3 Some mathematical tools from quasicrys- tals A quasicrystal is an object that has order but not periodicity. The math- ematics to study these object is very rich and very well developed, see for instance [2], [6] and [7] just to mention a few references. In the study of quasicrystals, quasiperiodic functions are relevant. The idea of this work is to construct a spacetime foam-like model. First in one dimension with quasiperiodic functions, as the ones shown in [2]. Later we will introduce stochasticity too. So our quantum geometry will be the result of nonperiodicity and stochasticity. 4 First steps in the construction of Quantum Geometry The main idea of this section is to replace the stochastic process such a random walk used for example in [8] by a quasiperiodic random process described by a quasiparticle. However as a first step in this direction we will study the quasiperiodic process described by a quasiperiodic function as the one given in [2]. 4.1 The random walk representation of the heat kernel and quasiperiodicity In order to have an idea on how to implement quasiperiodicity in the models of quantum geometry let us study some aspects of the random walk repre- sentation of the heat kernel associated with the diffusion equation when we introduce quasiperiodicity in the model. This discussion rather than new is pedagogical, for more details see [1]. Let ∆ denote the Laplace operator in Rd. The solution to the difussion 4 (or heat) equation in Rd ∂ϕ ∂t = 1 2 ∆ϕ, (2) with the initial condition ϕ(x, 0) = ϕ0(x) is given by ϕ(y, t) = 1 (2πt)d/2 ∫ Rd dxe− |x−y|2 2t ϕ0(x). (3) The function ϕ0(x) is interpreted as the initial distribution of particles at time t = 0, and |x− y| denote the Euclidean distance between x and y in Rd. The kernel Kt(x, y) of the operator e t 2 ∆, is called the heat kernel and is given by Kt(x, y) = 1 (2πt)d/2 e− |x−y|2 2t , (4) and represents the probability density of finding the particle at y at time t given its location at x at time 0. From the simigroup property e(t+s)∆ = et∆es∆, (5) for s, t≥ 0 we have Kt(x, y) = ∫ dx1...dxN−1Kt/N (xN , xN−1)...Kt/N (x1, x0) (6) for each N ≥ 1, where we have set x0 = x and xN = y. There is an obvious one-to-one correspondence between configurations (x1, ..., xN−1) and parametrized piecewise linear paths ω : [0, t] → Rd from x to y consisting of line segments [x0, x1], [x1, x2],...,[xN−1, xN ], such that the segment [xi−1, xi] is parametrized linearly by s∈[ i−1N t, iN t]. We denote the collection of all such paths by ΩN,t(x, y). Hence we may consider DNt ω = (2π t N )− d 2 Ndx1...dxN−1 (7) as a measure on the finite dimensional space ΩN,t(x, y). Noting that N∑ i=1 |xi − xi−1|2 t/N = N∑ i=1 t N ( |xi − xi−1| t/N )2 = ∫ t 0 |ω̇(s)|2 ds, (8) 5 whereω̇ is the piecewise constant velocity of the trajectory ω, hence we can write Kt(x, y) = ∫ (x,y) DNt ω exp(− 1 2 ∫ t 0 |ω̇(s)|2 ds), (9) where the suffix (x, y) indicates that paths are restricted to go from x to y. We refer to this equation as a random walk representation of Kt(x, y) on ΩN,t(x, y). More generally, given an action functional S on a piecewise linear parametrized paths, we call the equation HNt (x, y) = ∫ (x,y) DNt ωe −S(ω) (10) a random walk representation of the kernel HNt (x, y) on ΩN,t(x, y). In is clear from the expressions for the heat kernel that the introduction of quasiperiodicity in the partition of the intervals will bring new features that is worth to be investigated. 4.1.1 Quasiperiodic Brownian movement As a warm up let us write down the transition probability when a parti- cle follows a quasiperiodic Brownian motion. The quasiperiodicity can be introduced with a concrete function such as [2] x(τ) = cos(2πτ) + cos(2πατ), (11) where α is a irrational number. Now if we interpret this function as given the position of a particle after a time τ then according to the well know evolution of this movement we have that the probability of being at (τ, x(τ)) if at τ = 0 it was at x = 0 is given by [8] W (x(τ), τ ; 0, 0) = 1 √ 4πDτ exp{−x 2(τ) 4Dτ }. (12) 5 Random walk on a Fibonacci chain In this section we will review the general random walk procedure and then apply it to the Fibonacci chain as preparation for studying random walks on 6 more involved geometries. We will restrict ourselves to the random walk in one dimension. Let us suppose we have a random walker which can move on a line. Let us denote its position as Xn which can be any integer. Now suppose this walker can move to the left or to the right with equal probability2 1/2 and the length of the step being l. We would like to know the probability that the walker is nR steps to the right and nL steps to the left. And also the probability of being a distance m from the origin after nR steps to the right. This problem is discussed in [9] and now we will give the solution. Since each step has length l the location of the walker must be of the form x = ml where m is an integer. A question of interest is the following: after N steps what is the probability of being located at the position x = ml? One can readily generalize this one-dimensional problem to more dimen- sions. One again asks for the probability that after N steps the walker is located at certain distance from the origin, however this distance is no longer of the form ml. Also on higher dimensions we add vectors of equal length in random directions and then we ask the probability of the resultant vector being in certain direction and certain magnitude. This is exemplified by the following two examples: a) Magnetism: An atom has spin 1/2 and magnetic moment µ; in accor- dance with quantum mechanics, its spin can point up or down with respect to certain direction. If both possibilities are equally likely, what is the net total magnetic moment of N such atoms? b) Diffusion of a molecule in a gas: A given molecule travels in three dimensions a mean distance l between collisions with other molecules. How far is likely to have gone after N collisions? The random walk problem illustrates some very fundamental results of probability theory.The techniques used in the study of this problem are pow- erful and basic, and recur again and again in statistical physics. After a total of N steps of length l the particle is located at x = ml where −N ≤ m ≤ N . We want to calculate the probability PN(m) of finding the particle at x = ml after N steps. The total number of steps is N = nL + nR and the net displacement in units of l is given by m = nR−nL. If it is known that in some sequence of N steps the particle has taken nR steps to the right, then its net displacement from the origin is determined. Indeed m = nR − nL = nR − (N − nR) = 2nR −N. (13) 2The probabilities can be different, for example in the case we have a slope. 7 This shows that if N is odd then m is odd and if N is even then m is even too. A fundamental assumption is that successive steps are statistically inde- pendent. Thus we can assert simply that, irrespective of past history, each step is characterized by the respective probabilities p = probability that the step is to the right (14) q = 1− p = probability that the step is to the left. (15) Now, the probability of a given sequence of nR steps to the right and nL step to the left is given simply by multiplying the probability of each step and is given by pp...p ︸ ︷︷ ︸ nRfactors qq...q ︸ ︷︷ ︸ nLfactors = pnRqnL. (16) There are several ways to take nR steps to the right and nL steps to the left in N steps. By known combinatorial calculus this number is given by N ! nR!nL! . (17) Hence the probability WN(nR) of taking nR steps to the right and nL = N − nR steps to the left in N total steps is given by WN(nR) = N ! nR!nL! pnRqnL. (18) This probability function is known as the binomial distribution. The reason is because the binomial expansion is given by (p+ q)N = N∑ n=0 N ! n!(N − n!)p nqN−n. (19) We already pointed out that if we know that the particle has made nR steps to the right in N total steps then we know its net displacement m. Then the probability of the particle being at m after N steps is PN(m) = WN(nR). (20) We find explicitly that nR = 1 2 (N +m) nL = 1 2 (N −m). (21) 8 Hence, in general we have that PN(m) = N ! ((N +m)/2)!((N −m)/2)!p (N+m)/2(1− p)(N−m)/2. (22) In the special case when p = q = 1/2 then PN(m) = N ! ((N +m)/2)!((N −m)/2)!(1/2) N . (23) 5.1 Generalized random walk and the Fibonacci chain case Now we will study the generalized random walk. The random walk can be studied in several dimensions, and we will do this up to a certain point and later we will focus on one dimension and finally on the random walk on the Fibonacci chain. In this subsection we mainly follow [10]. Let Pn(r) denote the probability density function for the position Rn of a random walker, after n steps have been made. In other words, the prob- ability that the vector Rn lies in an infinitesimal neighbourhood of volume δV centered on r is Pn(r)δV . The steps are to be taken independent ran- dom variables and we write pn(r) for the probability density function for the displacement of the nth step. Then the evolution of the walk is governed by the equation Pn+1(r) = ∫ pn+1(r− r′)Pn(r′)ddr′, (24) where the integral is over all of d-dimensional space. This equation is an immediate consequence of the independence of the steps. It is important to note that, by hypothesis, the probability density func- tion for a transition from r′ to r is a function of r − r′ only, and not on r and r′ separately. In other words, the process is translationally invariant; it is the relative position, not absolute location, which matters. The analysis become much harder when pn+1(r− r′) must be replaced by pn+1(r, r′). The assumed translational invariance ensures that the formal solution of the problem is easily constructed using Fourier transform. The Fourier transformp̃(q) of a function p(x) is defined as p̃(q) = ∫ ∞ −∞ eiqxp(x)dx. (25) 9 Under appropriate restrictions on the function p(x), there exist an inversion formula: p(x) = 1 2π ∫ ∞ −∞ e−iqxp̃(q)dq. (26) These equations are easily generalized to d dimensions. The Fourier trans- form becomes p̃(q) = ∫ ∞ −∞ eiq·rp(r)ddr, (27) where ddr denotes de d-dimensional volume element and the integral is taken over all of d-dimensional space. Similarly the inversion formula becomes p(r) = 1 (2π)d ∫ ∞ −∞ e−iq·rp̃(q)ddq. (28) The convolution theorem for the Fourier transform states that under modest restrictions on g and h k(x) = ∫ ∞ −∞ g(x− x′)h(x′)dx′ corresponds to k̃(q) =g̃(q)h̃(q). (29) The generalization of the convolution theorem to d dimensions is straightfor- ward: k(r) = ∫ ∞ −∞ g(r− r′)h(r′)ddr′ corresponds to k̃(q) =g̃(q)h̃(q). (30) Taking the Fourier transform of our equation for the probabilities we have that P̃n+1(q) =p̃n+1(q)P̃n(q). (31) With P0(r) the probability density function for the initial position of the walker, andP̃0(q) its Fourier transform, we have that P̃n(q) =P̃0(q) n∏ j=1 p̃j(q). (32) Taking the inverse Fourier transform of both sides of this equation, we find the solution for the probability density function for the position after n steps: Pn(r) = 1 (2π)d ∫ e−iq·rP̃0(q) n∏ j=1 p̃j(q)d dq. (33) 10 When all steps have the same probability density function p(r) and the walk is taken to commence at the origin of coordinates, so that P0(r) = δ(r) P̃0(q) = 1, (34) then we have Pn(r) = 1 (2π)d ∫ e−iq·rp̃(q)nddq. (35) There are very few cases in which this integral can be evaluated in terms of elementary functions. However, much useful information can still be ex- tracted. Now we will see one of the cases where this integral can be reduced a elementary functions. For a random walk in one dimension with different length steps we have that p(x; ln) = 1 2 (δ(x− ln) + δ(x+ ln)). (36) Using that δ(x− ln) = 1 2π ∫ ∞ −∞ dkeik(x−ln), (37) then we have that p̃(q) = ∫ ∞ −∞ eiqxp(x)dx = 1 2 (eiqln + e−iqln) = cos(qln). (38) Hence Pn(x; ln) = 1 2π ∫ e−iqx cosn(qln)dq. (39) In the case of the Fibonacci sequence we have ln+1 = ln + ln−1 with l0 = 0, l1 = 1. (40) So in this case we can solve the problem completely. There is a subtlety with this expression for the probability, it diverges. The problem is that we are dealing with distributions and classical analysis does not work here. So we have to use the distribution theory. From p. 63 of [10] we know that the correct expression for the probability is Pr {Xn = lln} = ln 2π ∫ π/ln −π/ln e−illnξ cosn(lnξ)dξ, (41) 11 where l ∈ Z. It is interesting that if we change variables as lnξ = k then Pr {Xn = lln} = 1 2π ∫ π −π e−ilk cosn kdk, (42) and there is no dependence of ln in the integral. 5.2 The random walk in a two dimensional Fibonacci lattice Now let us consider a infinite two dimensional Fibonacci lattice. Then in this case the probability density is given by p(x, y; lnx, lny) = 1 4 (δ(x− lnx) + δ(x+ lnx) + δ(y − lny) + δ(y + lny)). (43) Then following the one dimensional case we have that in the present case the probability function is given by Pn(x, y; lnx, lny) = 1 8π ( ∫ e−iqx cosn(qlnx)dq + ∫ e−ipx cosn(plny)dp). (44) Here q and p are variables in the Fourier space and lnx and lny are Fibonacci numbers. Making the corresponding manipulations we did in the 1-dimensional Fi- bonacci sequence, now we obtain in this case Pr {Xn = llnx, Yn = mlny} = 1 8π ( ∫ π −π e−ilk cosn kdk + ∫ π −π e−imk cosn kdk), (45) where l, m ∈ Z. 6 A kind of partition function One of the main object in our approach is the a kind of partition function which in certain limit should be reducible to the Einstein-Hilbert action and in other limit to the partition function of quantum statistical mechanics. In order to construct this partition function we will follow the ideas explained in [1], [11] and [12]. 12 Let us give a simple example of the kind of things we are working with. One possible action for a piecewise constant path is [1] A =β̃ n∑ i=1 |xi − xi−1| , (46) where we will suppose thatβ̃ is a generalized inverse of the temperature. Then the partition function3 associated with this action is Z = e−β̃ ∑n i=1|xi−xi−1|. (47) The energy associated with this partition function is E = − ∂ ∂β̃ lnZ = n∑ i=1 |xi − xi−1| (48) and the entropy is S = E + lnZ = (1−β̃) n∑ i=1 |xi − xi−1| . (49) Here the xi’s are an homogeneous partition of the path. In this sense it is a periodic partition. It is clear that if now we assume that the xi’s are quasiperiodic then the entropy will change. It is not difficult to imagine how hard it would be to solve if instead of having a one-dimensional path we have a surface or a volume. It could be interesting to compare the entropy S with the entropy of a elastic string. If we want the discrete action to go to the continuous action as the size of the partition goes to zero then β̃ should depend on the size of the partition function [1]. Then clearly in this case if we choose a quasicrystalline partition then the entropy and other thermodynamical quantities will be impacted. 6.1 Partition function and entropy of the Fibonacci lattice If we consider the Fibonacci chain in 1-dimension, we can define a partition function as Z = ∑ n Pr {Xn = lln} . (50) 3Here we are thinking the action as an effective action which coincides at zero loops with the classical action. 13 Analogously in the 2-dimensional case we have then Z = ∑ n Pr {Xn = llnx, Yn = mlny} . (51) If these definitions are correct, then it is a matter of brute force to calculate the analogous of thermodynamical quantities. For example let us do this for the 1-dimensional Fibonacci chain. In this case we would have that the entropy is given by S = F (ln) 〈Xn〉+ lnZ, (52) where F (ln) is a function which we should determine using plausible argu- ments and 〈Xn〉 is the expectation value of Xn. Analogously, in the two dimensional case we have S = G(lnx, lny) 〈Xn, Yn〉+ lnZ, (53) where G(lnx, lny) is a function we have to propose. For example, if we agree that with a new step there is an increasing of information then these functions should be decreasing functions of the lengths. 7 Further ideas and final comments It is clear that the introduction of aperiodicity in the framework of quantum gravity would give substantially different results compare with the standard approaches. Hence it would be interesting in the future to do something similar with other quantum gravity approaches. From the considerations in this work it is clear that our approach is closer to the standard path integral approach than to the Hilbert space framework. In this sense it would be interesting if with our approach we can recover the well known results from Euclidean quantum gravity as explained in [13], [14]. Acknowledgments: This work is fully sponsored by Quantum Gravity Research. 14 A On the Euclidean action and the Boltzman factor A.1 Introduction One of our goals is to construct an object that in one limit gives the General Relativity action (classical and quantum) and in the other side gives the quantum mechanical statistics partition function. In the book [15] Huang says that it is a deep mystery of physics that the Hamiltonian operator appears in the evolution operator in quantum mechan- ics and in the partition function in quantum statistical mechanics: e−itĤ e−βĤ . (54) Here β = κ T , with T the temperature and κ the Boltzman’s constant. If we make t = −iτ , where τ is real and periodic with period of β then both expressions become the same. The purpose of this appendix is to comment on this deep mystery and to try to elucidate, at least partially, why this occurs. We think this discussion is important since important results such as the entropy of black holes in euclidean quantum gravity [13] uses this deep mystery. The organization of this appendix is as follows: In the section 2 we discuss how the Boltzman factor is related to the action, in the section 3 we explain how the entropy of the BTZ black hole is obtained in Euclidean Quantum Gravity, and finally in the section 4 we give our final comments. A.2 On the action and the Boltzman factor It is interesting to note that the action S of a system appears in the path integral [8], [12], the partition function [1] and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation [16]. Also it is interesting the similarity between the Boltzman factor and the normal distribution. Let us elaborate on these two ideas. In the Euclidean setting we have the path integral A = ∫ Dxe −S ~ . (55) Whereas the Boltzman factor is Bi = e −Ei kT . (56) 15 We know the action has units of energy times time. So if we multiply in the Boltzman factor the energy and the kT term by some time we have an term with units of action. Now the partition function is Z = ∑ i Bi = ∑ i e −Ei kT . (57) The similarity with the path integral is obvious. Now the normal distribution has the following form N = ne− x2 D . (58) Clearly if we multiply the square term by one over time square, and also the D, then we have energy units. In one step further we can have a kind of action in the normal distribution. Now, the Boltzman distribution is ubiquitous in statistical mechanics and so is the normal distribution in several natural processes. From this point of view the normal distribution is analogous to the expression of the effective action4. So one may wonder if there is a deep connection between these three expressions. One might wonder if we can make up a mechanical toy model where in one side one has the normal distribution and on the other end tha path integral and in the middle the partition function obtained from the Boltzman factor. If we impose a periodicity in the Euclidean amplitude A then with the correct units we have the well know temperature of Black Holes. This periodicity when seen from a discrete system can be related to the Poincaré recurrence theorem. This toy model seems to be relevant for the unification physics since in one hand one has a discrete system (similar to a quantum geometry) and in the other hand a continuous system (module some metric issues) similar to a topological quantum field theory. It is also interesting that the action appears in the Hamilton-Jacobi equa- tion whose quantum limit is the Schrodinger equation and it can branch to classical mechanics, gravitational physics and electromagnetic theory. Just to finish this section we note that the Lagrangian is given as L = E − V, (59) where E is the energy and V the potential (energy). Hence we see that the Lagrangian is a kind of generalized energy. The action is S = ∫ Ldt. (60) 4See for example [17] where the relationship between the path integral and the effective action is displayed. 16 Hence when we make t imaginary and periodic, with the correct period in, for example, black holes then everything about time drops and we have the partition function of statistical mechanics. It is as if there were hidden a symmetry related with time. Here we have taken the simplest Lagrangian however it is not difficult to see that for example the scalar field the situation is very similar. The above discussion makes clear why the Euclidean path integral coin- cides with the partition function when the time is periodic, in some sense the partition function is hidden in the path integral. A.3 On the entropy of black holes As one example of some of the ideas presented in the previous section now we will explain how the entropy of some black hole can be obtained using the effective action. It is well know, see for example [18], that at zero order the effective action Γ[Φ] coincides with the classical action A[Φ] evaluated on the mean field Φ. The evaluation of the black hole entropy of the Kerr black hole can be consulted [13], and now we will show how the entropy for the BTZ black hole is obtained. We follow mainly [19]. The Euclidean action of the BTZ black hole is IE = βM − A 4G . (61) Then the partition function is ZBTZ(T ) = exp (πl)2T 2G , (62) where l is the AdS radius. The expectation value of the energy is EBTZ = − ∂ ∂β lnZ = M. (63) Whereas the entropy is given by SBTZ = βEBTZ + lnZBTZ = 4πr+ = A 4G . (64) Which is the result one expects on the grounds of Beckenstein ideas on en- tropy of black holes. 17 It is interesting to note that there are at least three other values of the BTZ black hole entropy obtained in [20], [21] and [22]. In the first in loop quantum qravity, the second in standard statistical field theory and in the third in the brick wall model. In the first two models it does not coincide with the value given in [19] whereas in the brick wall model it coincides with [19]. A.4 Final comments It is interesting to note the following: The result of [19] is classical, although using a quantum framework, the result of [20] is quantum but it does not give the expected result, the result of [21] is semiclassical and gives a close result to the one expected, and finally the result of [22] is quantum and gives the expected result but the entropy is of the scalar field living on the BTZ black hole. Hence there is no a consensus about this entropy. 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