Jan 25 – 27, 2023
Lindenberg cultuurhuis
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Matter-driven change of spacetime topology in 4D CDT

Jan 25, 2023, 9:40 AM
Valkhofzaal (Lindenberg cultuurhuis)


Lindenberg cultuurhuis

Ridderstraat 23, 6511 TM Nijmegen


Dr Andrzej Görlich (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)


The model of Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT) is a background-independent and diffeomorphism-invariant approach to quantum gravity, which provides a lattice regularization of the formal gravitational path integral. The framework does not involve any coordinate system and employs only geometric invariants. For a Universe with toroidal spatial topology, we can introduce coordinates using classical scalar fields with periodic boundary conditions with a jump. The field configurations reveal pictures of cosmic voids and filaments surprisingly similar to the ones observed in the present-day Universe. I will discuss the impact of dynamical matter fields on the geometry of a typical quantum universe in the four-dimensional CDT model. I will also explain several observed phenomena, in particular, a phase transition triggered by the change of the scalar field jump amplitude.
This discovery may have important consequences for quantum universes with non-trivial topology since the phase transition can change the topology to a simply connected one.

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Dr Andrzej Görlich (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)

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