Separable Hilbert space for loop quantization Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2014

issue

  • 6

volume

  • 90

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1550-7998

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2368

abstract

  • We discuss, within the simplified context provided by the polymeric harmonic oscillator, a construction leading to a separable Hilbert space that preserves some of the most important features of the spectrum of the Hamiltonian operator. This construction may be applied to other polymer quantum mechanical systems, including those of loop quantum cosmology, and is likely generalizable to certain formulations of full loop quantum gravity. It is helpful to sidestep some of the physically relevant issues that appear in that context, in particular those related to superselection and the definition of suitable ensembles for the statistical mechanics of these types of systems.

keywords

  • quantum-gravity; cosmology; states