Immirzi parameter without Immirzi ambiguity: Conformal loop quantization of scalar-tensor gravity

Olivier Jacques Veraguth, Charles H.-T. Wang

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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 scalar-tensor 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 languageEnglish
Article number084011
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume96
Issue number8
Early online date5 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017

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