Quantum geons on noncommutative spacetimes Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2011

start page

  • 3531

end page

  • 3567

issue

  • 12

volume

  • 43

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1572-9532

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0001-7701

abstract

  • 2011Physical considerations strongly indicate that spacetime at Planck scales is noncommutative. A popular model for such a spacetime is the Moyal plane. The PoincarĂ© group algebra acts on it with a Drinfel'd-twisted coproduct, however the latter is not appropriate for more complicated spacetimes such as those containing Friedman-Sorkin (topological) geons. They have rich diffeomorphisms and mapping class groups, so that the statistics groups for N identical geons is strikingly different from the permutation group SN. We generalise the Drinfel'd twist to (essentially all) generic groups including finite and discrete ones, and use it to deform the commutative spacetime algebras of geons to noncommutative algebras. The latter support twisted actions of diffeomorphisms of geon spacetimes and their associated twisted statistics. The notion of covariant quantum fields for geons is formulated and their twisted versions are constructed from their untwisted counterparts. Non-associative spacetime algebras arise naturally in our analysis. Physical consequences, such as the violation of Pauli's principle, seem to be one of the outcomes of such nonassociativity. The richness of the statistics groups of identical geons comes from the nontrivial fundamental groups of their spatial slices. As discussed long ago, extended objects like rings and D-branes also have similar rich fundamental groups. This work is recalled and its relevance to the present quantum geon context is pointed out.