Effective metrics from group field theory

PIRSA ID: 23120042
Series: Quantum Gravity
Event Type: Seminar
Scientific Area(s):
Quantum Gravity
End date:
  • Lisa Mickel, University of Sheffield

Group field theory (GFT) is a background independent approach to quantum gravity in which the quanta represent "building blocks of space". It has been successfully applied to the cosmological setting and shown to have the potential for rich phenomenology. In this talk we will explore a novel proposal to construct operators in GFT based on symmetries of the action, which can then be identified with respective classically conserved currents. This construction relies on a relational coordinate system spanned by four massless scalar fields. As the classical currents are related to the components of the metric, the expectation values of the new GFT operators can be interpreted as giving rise to an effective metric originating directly from the quantum theory. We proceed to investigate the implications of this proposition for a flat homogeneous universe and its perturbations.


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