Quantum Cosmology with Matter Time - A toy model for quantum gravity

The path integral approach to quantum gravity has given us many interesting results in the semiclassical regime. However, the canonical path integral for General Relativity still poses a variety of conceptual and computational challenges. To probe the deep quantum regime, Path Integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) techniques are being used successfully in approaches like Causal Dynamical Triangulations and Causal Set Theory. 

In this talk I will discuss how we can apply PIMC techniques to make the canonical Path Integral amenable to computation using matter-time. I will present results from PIMC simulations of homogeneous & isotropic cosmologies, and discuss the extension of this technique to anisotropic as well as inhomogeneous settings. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 14:30 to 16:00
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