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Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity
An Elementary Introduction to Quantum Gravity and Spinfoam Theory


  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107069626

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  • Quantum gravity is among the most fascinating problems in physics. It modifies our understanding of time, space and matter. The recent development of the loop approach has allowed us to explore domains ranging from black hole thermodynamics to the early Universe. This book provides readers with a simple introduction to loop quantum gravity, centred on its covariant approach. It focuses on the physical and conceptual aspects of the problem and includes the background material needed to enter this lively domain of research, making it ideal for researchers and graduate students. Topics covered include quanta of space; classical and quantum physics without time; tetrad formalism; Holst action; lattice QCD; Regge calculus; ADM and Ashtekar variables; Ponzano-Regge and Turaev-Viro amplitudes; kinematics and dynamics of 4D Lorentzian quantum gravity; spectrum of area and volume; coherent states; classical limit; matter couplings; graviton propagator; spinfoam cosmology and black hole thermodynamics.

    • An elementary introduction to quantum gravity with all necessary background material
    • Strong emphasis is placed on conceptual and physical aspects, rather than intricate mathematics
    • An up-to-date summary of recent developments in quantum gravity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107069626
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 194 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus. 20 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Spacetime as a quantum object
    2. Physics without time
    3. Gravity
    4. Classical discretization
    Part II. The 3D Theory:
    5. 3D Euclidean theory
    6. Bubbles and cosmological constant
    Part III. The Real World:
    7. The real world:
    4D Lorentzian theory
    8. Classical limit
    9. Matter
    Part IV. Physical Applications:
    10. Black holes
    11. Cosmology
    12. Scattering
    13. Final remarks

  • Authors

    Carlo Rovelli, Université d'Aix-Marseille
    Carlo Rovelli is Professor of Physics at Université d'Aix-Marseille, where he directs the gravity research group. He is one of the founders of loop quantum gravity theory.

    Francesca Vidotto, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Francesca Vidotto works at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and initiated the spinfoam approach to cosmology.

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