Poisson brackets in Sobolev spaces: a mock holonomy-flux algebra Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2022

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 22


  • 12


  • 97

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8949

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1402-4896


  • The purpose of this paper is to discuss a number of issues that crop up in the computation of Poisson brackets in field theories. This is specially important for the canonical approaches to quantization and, in particular, for loop quantum gravity. We illustrate the main points by working out several examples. Due attention is paid to relevant analytic issues that are unavoidable in order to properly understand how computations should be carried out. Although the functional spaces that we use throughout the paper will likely have to be modified in order to deal with specific physical theories such as general relativity, many of the points that we will raise will also be relevant in that context. The specific example of the mock holonomy-flux algebra will be considered in some detail and used to draw some conclusions regarding the loop quantum gravity formalism.


  • Mathematics
  • Physics


  • poisson brackets; holonomy-flux algebra; loop quantum gravity; sobolev spaces