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Constructing Quantum Spacetime



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Abstract

General relativity taught us that space time is dynamical and quantum theory posits that dynamical objects are quantum. Hence the Newtonian notion of space time as a passive stage where physics takes place needs to be replaced by a notion of quantum space time which is interacting with all other quantum matter fields.

I will present recent developments that aim at constructing quantum space time. In particular I will explain how  topological quantum field theories give rise to new quantum geometry realizations and how these serve as starting points  for the construction of a  dynamics  of quantum gravity, which is consistent over all scales.  Such a dynamics will then determine the properties of quantum space time.