Symmetry Reduced Loop Quantum Gravity: A Bird's Eye View

15 Jun 2016  ·  Ashtekar Abhay ·

This is a brief overview of the current status of symmetry reduced models in Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG), focussing on the very early universe. Over the last 3 years or so the subject has matured sufficiently to make direct contact with observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)... In particular, thanks to an unforeseen interplay between the ultraviolet features of quantum geometry and the infrared properties of quantum fields representing cosmological perturbations, \emph{Planck scale effects} of LQG can leave imprints on CMB \emph{at the largest angular scales}. In addition to a summary of these results, the article also contains a critical discussion of the symmetry reduction procedure used in discussions of quantum cosmology (and quantum black holes). read more

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General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics High Energy Physics - Theory Mathematical Physics Mathematical Physics