- Canonical general relativity
physics, canonical quantum gravity is an attempt to quantize the canonical formulation of general relativity (or canonical gravity). It is a Hamiltonian formulation of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The basic theory was outlined by Bryce DeWittref|dewitt in a seminal 1967 paper, and based on earlier work by Peter G. Bergmannref|bergmann using the so-called canonical quantization techniques for constrained Hamiltonian systems invented by Paul Dirac.ref|dirac Dirac's approach allows the quantization of systems that include gauge symmetries using Hamiltonian techniques in a fixed gauge choice. Newer approaches based in part on the work of DeWitt and Dirac include the Hartle-Hawking state, Regge calculus, the Wheeler-DeWitt equationand loop quantum gravity.
The quantization is based on decomposing the
metric tensoras follows,
where the summation over repeated indices is implied, the index 0 denotes time , Greek indices run over all values 0,...,3 and Latin indices run over spatial values 1,...3. The function is called the lapse function and the functions are called the shift functions. The spatial indices are raised and lowered using the spatial metric and its inverse : and , , where is the
Kronecker delta. Under this decomposition the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian becomes, up to total derivatives,
where is the spatial
scalar curvaturecomputed with respect to the Riemannian metric and is the extrinsic curvature,:where denotes covariant differentiation with respect to the metric . DeWitt writes that the Lagrangian "has the classic form 'kinetic energy minus potential energy,' with the extrinsic curvature playing the role of kinetic energy and the negative of the intrinsic curvature that of potential energy." While this form of the Lagrangian is manifestly invariant under redefinition of the spatial coordinates, it makes general covarianceopaque.
Since the lapse function and shift functions may be eliminated by a
gauge transformation, they do not represent physical degrees of freedom. This is indicated in moving to the Hamiltonian formalism by the fact that their conjugate momenta, respectively and , vanish identically ( on shell and off shell). These are called "primary constraints" by Dirac. A popular choice of gauge, called synchronous gauge, is and , although they can, in principle, be chosen to be any function of the coordinates. In this case, the Hamiltonian takes the form:where:and is the momentum conjugate to . Einstein's equations may be recovered by taking Poisson brackets with the Hamiltonian. Additional on-shell constraints, called "secondary constraints" by Dirac, arise from the consistency of the Poisson bracket algebra. These are and . This is the theory which is being quantized in approaches to canonical quantum gravity.
canonical general relativity all have to deal with the
problem of time. In short, in general relativity, time is just another coordinated as a result of general covariance. In quantum field theories, especially in the hamiltonianformulation, the formulation is split between 3 dimensions of space, and 1 dimension of time.
Loop quantum gravityis one of this family of theories.
Loop quantum cosmology(LQC) is a finite, symmetry reduced model of loop quantum gravity.
ources and notes
# cite journal|author = B. S. DeWitt | title = Quantum theory of gravity. I. The canonical theory | journal = Phys. Rev. | volume = 160 | pages = 1113–48 | year = 1967 | doi = 10.1103/PhysRev.160.1113 ( [http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v160/i5/p1113_1 pdf] )
# see, "e.g." P. G. Bergmann, [http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v144/i4/p1078_1 Hamilton-Jacobi and Schrödinger Theory in Theories with First-Class Hamiltonian Constraints ] "Helv. Phys. Acta Suppl." 4, 79 (1956) and references.
# cite journal|author = P. A. M. Dirac | title = Generalized Hamiltonian dynamics | journal = Can. J. Math. | volume = 2 | pages = 129–48 | year = 1950 ( [http://www.jstor.org/stable/100496 link] ) cite book|author = P. A. M. Dirac | title = Lectures on quantum mechanics | publisher = Yeshiva University | location = New York | year = 1964
#P. A. M. Dirac [http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v114/i3/p924_1 Fixation of Coordinates in the Hamiltonian Theory of Gravitation] "Phys. Rev." 114, 924 (1959)
#P. A. M. Dirac [http://www.jstor.org/view/00804630/ap000952/00a00050/0 The Theory of Gravitation in Hamiltonian Form] "Proc. Roy. Soc." (London) A246, 333 (1958)
#R. Arnowitt, S. Deser. and C, W, Misner [http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0405109 The Dynamics of General Relativity] from "Gravitation: an introduction to current research", Louis Witten ed. (Wiley 1962), chapter 7, pp 227--265.
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