Friday, September 21, 2012

1209.4374 (Abhay Ashtekar et al.)

On the Uniqueness of Kinematics of Loop Quantum Cosmology    [PDF]

Abhay Ashtekar, Miguel Campiglia
The holonomy-flux algebra $\A$ of loop quantum gravity is known to admit a natural representation that is uniquely singled out by the requirement of covariance under spatial diffeomorphisms. In the cosmological context, the requirement of spatial homogeneity naturally reduces $\A$ to a much smaller algebra, $\A_{\rm Red}$, used in loop quantum cosmology. In Bianchi I models, it is shown that the requirement of covariance under \emph{residual} diffeomorphism symmetries again uniquely selects the representation of $\A_{\rm Red}$ that has been commonly used. We discuss the close parallel between the two uniqueness results and also point out a difference.
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