Abstract
Conformal loop quantum gravity provides an approach to loop quantization through an underlying conformal structure i.e. conformally equivalent class of metrics. The property that general relativity itself has no conformal invariance is reinstated with a constrained scalar field setting the physical scale. Conformally equivalent metrics have recently been shown to be amenable to loop quantization including matter coupling. It has been suggested that conformal geometry may provide an extended symmetry to allow a reformulated Immirzi parameter necessary for loop quantization to behave like an arbitrary group parameter that requires no further fixing as its present standard form does. Here, we find that this can be naturally realized via conformal frame transformations in scalartensor gravity. Such a theory generally incorporates a dynamical scalar gravitational field and reduces to general relativity when the scalar field becomes a pure gauge. In particular, we introduce a conformal Einstein frame in which loop quantization is implemented. We then discuss how different Immirzi parameters under this description may be related by conformal frame transformations and yet share the same quantization having, for example, the same area gaps, modulated by the scalar gravitational field.
Original language  English 

Article number  084011 
Pages (fromto)  111 
Number of pages  11 
Journal  Physical Review D 
Volume  96 
Issue number  8 
Early online date  5 Oct 2017 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  15 Oct 2017 
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Charles Wang
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