1-5 July 2019
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Perturbatively renormalizable quantum gravity

1 Jul 2019, 15:30
20m
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

conference hall 0.03, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw ul. Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warszawa Poland
contributed talk Beyond I

Speaker

Tim Morris (Southampton University)

Description

The Wilsonian renormalization group (RG) requires Euclidean signature. The conformal factor of the metric then has a wrong-sign kinetic term, which has a profound effect on its RG properties. In particular around the Gaussian fixed point, it supports a Hilbert space of renormalizable interactions involving arbitrarily high powers of the gravitational fluctuations. These interactions are characterised by being exponentially suppressed for large field amplitude, perturbative in Newton's constant but non-perturbative in Planck's constant. By taking a limit to the boundary of the Hilbert space, diffeomorphism invariance is recovered in the continuum quantum field theory. Thus the so-called conformal factor instability is the key that allows the construction of a genuine continuum limit for quantum gravity.

[1] Tim R. Morris. Renormalization group properties in the conformal sector: towards perturbatively renormalizable quantum gravity. JHEP, 08:024, 2018, 1802.04281.
[2] Matthew P. Kellett and Tim R. Morris. Renormalization group properties of the conformal
mode of a torus. Class. Quant. Grav., 35(17):175002, 2018, 1803.00859.
[3] Tim R. Morris. Perturbatively renormalizable quantum gravity. Int. J. Mod. Phys.,
D27(14):1847003, 2018, 1804.03834.
[4] Tim R. Morris. Quantum gravity, renormalizability and di?eomorphism invariance. SciPost
Phys., 5:040, 2018, 1806.02206.
[5] Tim R. Morris. to appear.

Primary author

Tim Morris (Southampton University)

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