# Quantum geometrodynamics revived: II. Hilbert space of positive definite metrics

Lang T, Schander S (2024)

**Publication Type:** Journal article

**Publication year:** 2024

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**Book Volume:** 41

**Article Number:** 185005

**Journal Issue:** 18

**DOI:** 10.1088/1361-6382/ad4130

### Abstract

This paper represents the second in a series of works aimed at reinvigorating the quantum geometrodynamics program. Our approach introduces a lattice regularization of the hypersurface deformation algebra, such that each lattice site carries a set of canonical variables given by the components of the spatial metric and the corresponding conjugate momenta. In order to quantize this theory, we describe a representation of the canonical commutation relations that enforces the positivity of the operators q ^ a b s a s b for all choices of s. Moreover, symmetry of q ^ a b and p ^ a b is ensured. This reflects the physical requirement that the spatial metric should be a positive definite, symmetric tensor. To achieve this end, we resort to the Cholesky decomposition of the spatial metric into upper triangular matrices with positive diagonal entries. Moreover, our Hilbert space also carries a representation of the vielbein fields and naturally separates the physical and gauge degrees of freedom. Finally, we introduce a generalization of the Weyl quantization for our representation. We want to emphasize that our proposed methodology is amenable to applications in other fields of physics, particularly in scenarios where the configuration space is restricted by complicated relationships among the degrees of freedom.

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**APA:**

Lang, T., & Schander, S. (2024). Quantum geometrodynamics revived: II. Hilbert space of positive definite metrics. *Classical and Quantum Gravity*, *41*(18). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/ad4130

**MLA:**

Lang, Thorsten, and Susanne Schander. "Quantum geometrodynamics revived: II. Hilbert space of positive definite metrics." *Classical and Quantum Gravity* 41.18 (2024).

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