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On the relation between rigging inner product and master constraint direct integral decomposition


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Author(s): Han M, Thiemann T
Publisher: AMER INST PHYSICS
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 51
Journal issue: 9
ISSN: 0022-2488

Abstract

Canonical quantization of constrained systems with first-class constraints via Dirac's operator constraint method proceeds by the theory of Rigged Hilbert spaces, sometimes also called refined algebraic quantization. This method can work when the constraints form a Lie algebra. When the constraints only close with nontrivial structure functions, the Rigging map can no longer be defined. To overcome this obstacle, the master constraint method has been proposed which replaces the individual constraints by a weighted sum of absolute squares of the constraints. Now the direct integral decomposition (DID) methods, which are closely related to Rigged Hilbert spaces, become available and have been successfully tested in various situations. It is relatively straightforward to relate the rigging inner product to the path integral that one obtains via reduced phase space methods. However, for the master constraint, this is not at all obvious. In this paper we find sufficient conditions under which such a relation can be established. Key to our analysis is the possibility to pass to equivalent, Abelian constraints, at least locally in phase space. Then the master constraint DID for those Abelian constraints can be directly related to the rigging map and therefore has a path integral formulation. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3486359]



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APA: Han, M., & Thiemann, T. (2010). On the relation between rigging inner product and master constraint direct integral decomposition. Journal of Mathematical Physics, 51(9). https://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3486359

MLA: Han, Muxin, and Thomas Thiemann. "On the relation between rigging inner product and master constraint direct integral decomposition." Journal of Mathematical Physics 51.9 (2010).

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