Understanding blobs of spacetime


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Spacetime condensation in (2+1)-dimensional CDT from a Hořava-Lifshitz minisuperspace model
Dario Benedetti and Joe Henson 2015 Class. Quantum Grav. 32 215007

arXiv:1410.0845
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Can we explain the condensation of spacetime seen in numerical simulations of Causal Dynamical Triangulations?

Dario Benedetti

Dario Benedetti is a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique at Orsay, France. His work focuses on various approaches to quantum gravity including CDT and asymptotic safety.

In the search of a quantum theory of gravity, it is not often that we are faced with the challenge of explaining some novel physical phenomenon: experiments are notoriously lacking, and theoretical questions usually involve clarifying the features of the different approaches, or the paradoxes of established theories. One of the most exciting aspects of Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT) is that numerical studies can produce unexpected results, which must then be explained, much like in mainstream statistical mechanics research.

Our paper, published in Classical and Quantum Gravity, is concerned with providing such an explanation Continue reading

Attempting to quantize geometry

Jan Ambjørn is professor of theoretical high energy physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and at IMAPP, Radboud University.

Jan Ambjørn is professor of theoretical high energy physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and at IMAPP, Radboud University.

The Standard Model of particle physics is a quantum theory. It is born quantum. The observations of the weak and the strong interactions were from the beginning linked to quantum phenomena. For gravity the situation is different. Because the gravitational coupling constant is so small compared to coupling constants in the Standard Model, any observations of quantum aspects of gravity have been ruled out so far. Here we will assume that gravity is a quantum theory. However, quantizing gravity has so far turned out to be difficult. That Continue reading