Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1306.6013 (Sandipan Sengupta)

Polymer Quantization With A Non-Degenerate Vacuum    [PDF]

Sandipan Sengupta
Motivated by a recent proposal (by Koslowski-Sahlmann) of a kinematical representation in Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) with a non-degenerate vacuum, we construct a polymer quantization of the parametrised massless scalar field theory on a Minkowskian cylinder. The diffeomorphism covariant kinematics is based on states which carry a continuous label corresponding to smooth embedding geometries, in addition to the discrete embedding and matter labels. The physical state space, obtained through group averaging procedure, is non-separable. A physical state in this theory can be interpreted as a quantum spacetime, which is composed of discrete strips and supercedes the classical continuum. We find that the conformal group is broken in the quantum theory, and consists of all Poincare translations. These features are remarkably different compared to the case without a smooth embedding. Finally, we analyse the length operator whose spectrum is shown to be a sum of contributions from the continuous and discrete embedding geometries, being in perfect analogy with the spectra of geometrical operators in LQG with a non-degenerate vacuum.
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