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Approximate Killing symmetries in non-perturbative quantum gravity

Sep. 24 - 14:30 - 2020

Speaker Marcus Reitz (Nijmegen U., IMAPP)

Title: Approximate Killing symmetries in non-perturbative quantum gravity

Abstract:
An open question in quantum gravity is if and how small scale fluctuations and inhomogeneities behave in such a way that at some larger scale they can be well approximated by a geometry with some number of exact symmetries. Causal Dynamical Triangulation (CDT) is a non-perturbative approach to quantum gravity, based on a lattice regularisation of space-time, in which these kind of questions possibly can be addressed. After a short introduction of the framework, I will present a specific notion of approximate Killing vectors that can be generalised tosimplicial manifolds using the framework of discrete exterior calculus. These discrete approximate Killing vectors show promise as an observable to study effective symmetries in quantum gravity. I will present a comparison between three different two-dimensional toy-models of quantum gravity, CDT, Dynamical Triangulations and small perturbations around flat space.

Room: ZOOM videoconference (contact justin.feng@tecnico.ulisboa.pt for URL)

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