Place: Energy Materials Nanotechnology 2019, Barcelona, Spain
A monistic framework is set up where energy is the only fundamental substance. Different states of energy are ordered by a set of scalar qunatum-phase-fields. The dual elements of matter, mass and space, are described as volume- and gradient-energy contributions of the set of fields, respectively. Time and space are formulated as background-independent dynamic variables. The evolution equations of the body of the universe are derived from first principles of thermodynamics. Gravitational interaction emerges from quantum fluctuations in finite space. Application to a large number of fields predicts scale separation in space and repulsive action of masses distant beyond a marginal distance. The predicted marginal distance is compared to the size of the voids in the observable universe.