Objective Quantum Gravity, Its Possible Relation to Gauge Theories and Strings

Lukasz Andrzej Glinka

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Objective Quantum Gravity, Its Possible Relation to Gauge Theories and Strings

Lukasz Andrzej Glinka

B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India


In this paper the model of quantum gravity for the higher dimensional Lorentzian space-times, in the sense of the analogy with the Arnowitt–Deser–Misner decomposition well-known from General Relativity, is presented. The model is constructed through making use of the quantum geometrodynamics supplemented by the global onedimensionality conjecture, and considers the objective wave functionals. The framework of quantum field theory is applied in order to establish the phenomenological efficiency in accordance with high energy physics. The empirical deductions on the spatial dimensionality are presented as the relationship between the model and gauge theories, especially string theory.

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  • Glinka, Lukasz Andrzej. "Objective Quantum Gravity, Its Possible Relation to Gauge Theories and Strings." Applied Mathematics and Physics 2.3 (2014): 82-93.
  • Glinka, L. A. (2014). Objective Quantum Gravity, Its Possible Relation to Gauge Theories and Strings. Applied Mathematics and Physics, 2(3), 82-93.
  • Glinka, Lukasz Andrzej. "Objective Quantum Gravity, Its Possible Relation to Gauge Theories and Strings." Applied Mathematics and Physics 2, no. 3 (2014): 82-93.

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1. Introduction

Recently quantum gravity has been denoted an increasing level of attention due to a number of theoreticians focused on seeking for the new physics. For this reason, the diverse approaches dedicated to this intriguing part of modern theoretical physics have already been emerged over the previ- ous forty years, particularly the most recent decade. Both the most pop- ularized and key models of quantum gravity are quantum geometrodynam- ics, Cf. the Refs. [1, 2], perturbative quantum gravity, Cf. the Refs. [3, 4, 5], string theory, Cf. the Refs. [6, 7, 8], and loop quantum gravity, Cf. the Refs. [9, 10, 11, 12]. However, in any of the well-known models of quantum gravity, one can eas- ily see both theoretical and technical difficulties in extraction of, potentially new, physical facts which could be able to be confronted with the available data of experimental high energy physics. This embarrassing state of affairs leads to manifestly non-physical character of quantum gravity, and results in the shift of its considerations from theoretical physics towards evidently abstractive mathematics wherein the connections with physics are simply shadowed throughout the mishmash of diverse mathematical formalisms.

Actually, this problematic situation has already been become the dom- inating research trend in the numerous theoretical approaches, Cf. Ref. [13], which are overcrowded throughout mathematics instead of pro- viding experimentally verifiable results. Strictly speaking, for the signifi- cant majority of quantum gravity researchers, extraction of physical facts is openly neglected or manifestly omitted in favour of developments in the purely methodological direction. In such a situation the most tremendous issue, probably having the epochal meaning for the study of quantum gravity, is to take the step forward towards finding the physics hidden in the math- ematical formalisms. Therefore, the major task of quantum gravity should be finding out the potentially empirically verifiable facts and reduction of the abstractive mathematical developments, because quantum gravity is re- garded as the branch of theoretical physics rather than pure mathematics. Nevertheless, after more than four decades since the moment of formula- tion the historically first model of quantum gravity, still there are unknown even the regions of energy wherein either quantum gravitation in itself or its detectable physical effects could be existent. The plausible and verifiable phenomenological approach could be based on quantum field theory, which lays the foundations of particle physics, because this would be leading to the transparent physical picture of this what really is quantum gravity, and, moreover, the results of this hypothetical approach could be automatically able to be empirically verified. However, the most popular models men- tioned above are very far from the successful implementation of the idea of confrontation between a mathematical formalism and physics.

Quantum geometrodynamics, the pioneering approach to quantization of Einstein’s General Relativity investigated through the works of the Ameri- can scholars John Archibald Wheeler [14] and Bruce Selig- man DeWitt [15], is based on the method of quantization of the constrained Hamiltonian systems proposed by the a British Nobel Laureate in Physics Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac [16], and the Hamilto- nian formulation of General Relativity which for the first time was consid- ered by the American scholars Richard Lewis Arnowitt, Stanley Deser, and Charles William Misner [17]. The well-known problem of this model of quantum gravity is the functional-differential evolution known as the Wheeler–DeWitt equation. For the case of a D-dimensional space embedded into a D + 1-dimensional enveloping space-time, the embarrassing functional differentiation is taken with respect to D × D-dimensional symmetric matrix following from the ADM decomposition of a space-time metric. Therefore, the level of computational complexity in quantum geometrody- namics is truly tremendous, because one must solve D(D + 1)/2 functional differential equations which, from the formal point of view of theory of dif- ferential equations, have no a strictly defined sense. In this manner, both the physical and mathematical nature of the Wheeler-DeWitt wave functionals remain a great riddle of the mathematical mishmash. In fact, the crucial com- plications arise due to the configuration space of General Relativity, known as the Wheeler superspace and containing the points being all possible ge- ometries of an embedded space, which defines the abstractive structure of quantum geometrodynamics. The only known class of solutions are the wave functionals constructed in the strict analogy to the semi-classical Wentzel– Kramers–Brillouin wave functions, determined throughout the Feynman path integral method, which are well-known as the Hartle–Hawking wave functions [18]. Nevertheless, the WKB states are computable for the simplest situations merely related to cosmological models, Cf. the Refs. [19] and [20], and their merely ide- ological applicability recently has been developed significantly in the new string theory-like directions, Cf. the Ref. [21].

In this paper, the quantum gravity model of higher dimensional Lorentzian space-times formulated within the framework of quantum geometrodynamics and in terms of quantum field theory, strictly based on the previous works of the author [22], is presented.

2. Quantum Geometrodynamics

Let us consider a space-time modelled through a D + 1-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold equipped with D + 1-volume form defined by a metric of the Lorentzian signature , the Christoffel symbols , the Riemann–Christoffel curvature tensor the Ricci curvature tensor , and the Ricci scalar curvature


General Relativity, Cf. the Refs. [23, 24, 25, 26, 27], is defined by the Einstein field equations




is the Einstein tensor, is the cosmological constant, non-stationary Matter fields are reflected through a non-vanishing stress-energy tensor and is the Einstein constant, with being the Newton gravitational constant and being the speed of light in vacuum.

The Hamiltonian formulation of General Relativity is easily generalizable to a D+1-dimensional space-time of the Lorentzian signature . This is necessary to foliate a space-time manifold with slices, that is a family of space-like hypersurfaces, and this is perforable when is a globally hyperbolic manifold, but all Lorentzian space-times are of this type. If there are given a scalar field on , such that the foliation t = constans defines a family of non-intersecting space-like hypersurfaces , the coordinate system on all , and a fixed hypersurface defined through the system of parametric equations where the index labels coordinates intrinsic to , or, equivalently, a restriction then is a normal to which, if is not null, defines the unit normal vector field to as a future-directed time-like vector field satisfying


Let be a congruence of curves intersecting which in general are not geodesics nor orthogonal to Let t be a parameter on and a tangent vector to Then,


An arbitrary fixed curve is a mapping between points on all hypersurfaces


and fixation of coordinates on any two establishes constant coordinates for each This determines the coordinate system in If there is another coordinate system , then and the tangent vectors on any in are


In any coordinates the Lie derivative of the tangent vectors vanishes, that is holds. Let us consider the unit normal vector field to


where called the lapse scalar, normalizes In general, , and, therefore, can be decomposed in the basis


where is called the shift vector. The transformation allows to write in


and hence the space-time interval is


where is an induced metric on


The decomposition (14), for the special case was investigated in [17]. A space-time metric satisfying the Einstein field equations (5) is therefore


where is the contravariant shift vector, and the spatial metric satisfies the orthogonality condition


Completeness relations are


It can be verified straightforwardly that the transformation between the D+ 1-volume form and the D-volume form is


The second fundamental form of a slice, called the extrinsic curvature tensor or induced curvature, is


and its trace, called the intrinsic curvature, has the form


is convex when congruence is diverging, that is and concave when the congruence is converging, that is The tangent vectors to satisfy the Gauss–Weingarten equations


and the Gauss–Codazzi equations can be derived straightforwardly


Applying the decomposition of the Ricci curvature tensor and Ricci scalar curvature


one receives the projections of the Einstein tensor


Another identity, called the Ricci equation


can be also easy derived. The stroke on the left of an index means the intrinsic covariant differentiation with respect to a coordinate labeled by this index. Two indices before the stroke means taking two times the intrinsic covariant derivative with respect to each of the indices. For instance for a vector and a tensor one has


where are the spatial Christoffel symbols


Using the completeness relations (18) for the inverted metric and the fact


one sees that the first term in (26) reduces to Application of


to the first term in (26), and the equations (23) to the second one


leads to the D-dimensional evaluation of the D + 1-dimensional Ricci scalar curvature


The pair of dynamical variables - induced metric and extrinsic curvature - describes geometry of a submanifold by the D+1-decomposed Einstein field equations, and the local geometry of a single space-like hypersurface Evolution of the global space-time geometry can be formulated through the one-parameter family describing the dynamics of local space geometry of the constant time hypersurfaces For consistency, the relation between the time evolution operator and the vector field n normal to must be specified


Let an enveloping space-time manifold be compact and possesses a space-like boundary equipped with a D-volume form defined by an induced metric and the second fundamental form Let topology of M be where is an unrestricted topology of Then, the Einstein field equations (5) are the Euler-Lagrange equations of motion following from the Hilbert–Palatini action principle with respect to the fundamental field supplemented by the suitable boundary condition


and applied to the Einstein–Hilbert action complemented through the York–Gibbons–Hawking boundary action, that is the action of a D + 1-geometry with fixed an induced D-geometry of a boundary


where is the action of Matter fields


The Einstein field equations (5) result from vanishing of the variation on where and


Moreover, the variational principle establishes the relationship


In general, stationarity of Matter fields, that is results in existence of a global time-like Killing vector field for a metric tensor Recall, Cf. the Ref. [23], that such a field obeys the equation


where is a metric transformed under the isometric mapping


which is equivalent to the Killing equation


In other words, the Killing vector fields are the infinitesimal generators of isometries. One can specify a coordinate system such that and the foliation t = constans is space-like. In such a situation, depends at most on a spatial coordinates xi, and time t is a global coordinate [28]. Let us specify this coordinate in such a way that an induced space is a t = constans hypersurface. Then, satisfies the conditions of the Nash embedding theorem, Cf. the Refs. [29]. If then a global time-like Killing vector field on exists. When then does not exist, and space-like boundary only foliates an exterior to the horizons on geodesic lines. Then D + 1 decomposition (16) is a gauge of the fundamental field

The action (40) evaluated for a D + 1 metric (16) takes the Hamiltonian form


The Lagrangian related to the York–Gibbons–Hawking boundary action is a total derivative, and, therefore, not essential in the analysis. Contributions due to Matter fields and cosmological constant are simple to analysis. The most complicated is the geometric part of the Einstein–Hilbert Lagrangian


and because the last two terms are total derivatives they can be dropped when performing a canonical formulation. In result, one obtains the Lagrangian


The D + 1-decomposed Einstein field equations can be derived easily, and describe the evolutionof an induced metric and the intrinsic curvature


Here , called the energy density, is a double projection of the stress-energy tensor onto the normal vector field


and is the normal vector field following from the D + 1 splitting


Spatial stress tensor is s double projection of the stress-energy tensor onto the spatial metric, and spatial stress density is its trace


where The Lagrangian (52) leads to the Euler–Lagrange equations of motion




where the momentum conjugated to the induced metric is


and the momentum density is the stress-energy tensor projected onto the normal vector field and the spatial metric


The equation (58) is the Hamilton–Jacobi equation of the D+1-dimensional General Relativity and defines the classical geometrodynamics.

Let us analyze the Lagrangian (52). The canonical momenta of the theory


allow to make the Legendre transformation of the Lagrangian


where the quantities and are defined as


Application of the time-preservation to the primary constraints


lead to the secondary constraints


called the Hamiltonian (scalar) constraint which yields the dynamics, and the diffeomorphism (vector) constraint which merely reflects the spatial diffeoinvariance. The quantities generate the spatial diffeomorphisms


where Application of the structure constants of the diffeomorphism group


to the relations (71) and (72) leads to the first-class constraints algebra


while involving of the elementary relation


allows to establish the third bracket


Primary quantization method [16]


in the Wheeler metric representation, gives


which applied in the constraint (66) yield the Wheeler–DeWitt equation


where is the DeWitt supermetric on the Wheeler superspace


Cf. the Ref. [30]. Other first-class constraints satisfy


and in the canonical quantization are the supplementary conditions on Diffeoinvariance is reflected by the primary constraints and the diffeomorphism constraint which give


3. Global Optimization in Higher Dimensions

Geometry of an enveloping space-time can be evaluated by an embedding geometry, whose characteristics are functionals of an induced metric Spatial stress density and cosmological constant are also functionals of and, therefore, energy density of Matter fields must be a functional of This situation implies the state of affairs wherein Matter fields are functionals of In this manner, the DeWitt supposition [15]


holds. The problem is solving the Wheeler–DeWitt equation, and it should be emphasized that the only semi-classical solutions [18] are known. Even does not simplify the situation, there is still a functional dependence on a D × D matrix and it is not clear how to treat In general, the Wheeler–DeWitt equation, as the result of the primary canonical quantization, defines a quantum mechanics and, for this reason, should be a scalar functional in The Wheeler–DeWitt operator is -invariant and, consequently, the full invariance is assured if and only if is a diffeoinvariant, that is a function of -invariants which must be constructed from only.

3.1. Global One-Dimensionality Conjecture

Through a generalization of DeWitt’s construction [15], is a functional of the symmetric matrix The analogy to quantum mechanics suggests that as a wave function, is a classical scalar field, that is a single functional. Consequently, one shall to perform the global optimization and, for this reason, should be dependent on the matrix invariants of In the light of the Cayley–Hamilton theorem, are the coefficients of the characteristic polynomial of


where is the -dimensional unit matrix. For the case can be established recursively by the Newton identities


where and, consequently,


and so on. For the coefficient has the form


A scalar valued matrix function that depends merely on


remains unchanged under rotations of a coordinate system and is known as an objective function and, therefore, the wave functions (96) define objective higher dimensional quantum gravity. In this manner, we shall consider


that is quantum geometrodynamics on the objective strata of the superspace.

3.2. Objective Quantum Geometrodynamics

The whole problem is contained in the operator


Let us consider the obvious identity


which together with the chain differentiation rule




where we have used the identity


following from the Jacobi formula for determinant of the space-time metric jointed with the D + 1 decomposition. Calculating


and applying this result in (100), one receives


what after calculation of the sum




Consequently, the reduction leads to


where we have used the relations and Joining (106) and (107), one obtains finally


which leads to the one-dimensional objective quantum geometrodynamics


or in simplified form


which is correct for and whenever

4. Euclidean Dirac Equation

Objective quantum geometrodynamics (109) is the Klein–Gordon equation




which can be positive, negative or vanishing identically. The Euler–Lagrange equation of motion (111) arises from stationarity of the action


where L is the Lagrange function


and the momentum conjugated to the classical scalar field is


Since is a functional of behaves as a parameter in and is unessential in derivation of the equations of motion


where the standard vanishing boundary condition was taken ad hoc. The first equation in (116) gives (111). Applying , (111) becomes


and (115) and (117) are the Hamilton canonical equations of motion


where the Hamilton function is obtained by the Legendre transformation


If one introduces the two-component field then the canonical equations of motion (118) became the one-dimensional Dirac equation


where is the mass matrix of the field The Pauli matrix satisfies


which is the Clifford algebra over the complex vector space


where , and denotes algebra of all matrices over . possesses a two-dimensional complex representation. Restriction to the pinor group yields a complex representation of two-dimensional pinor group, that is the two-dimensional spinor representation, whereas restriction to the spinor group splits onto a sum of two half spin representations of dimension 1, that is the one dimensional Weyl representations. There is the isomorphism


and acts on a 1-sphere in such a way that one has a fibre bundle with fibre


and the homotopy sequence is


Moreover, can be generated by complexification


where is the four-dimensional Clifford algebra over the real vector space


with being algebra of matrices over , and


can be decomposed into a direct sum of central simple algebras isomorphic to matrix algebra over


as well as into a tensor product


5. Field Quantization

The Euclidean Dirac equation (120) can be quantized


according to the canonical commutation relations for bosonic fields


due to the one-dimensionality, that is the lack of difference between bosonic and fermionic statistics which defines the particles called axions. Therefore, the quantized Euclidean field theory (131) describes gravitons as axions.

Applying the Fock space of creation and annihilation operators, that is


where is a dynamical repère


one receives the following equations of motion


Supposing existence of the repère determined by the Bogoliubov transformation


and the Heisenberg equations of motion


the equations (135) become the vector equation


while identically Therefore, is the static initial data (I) Fock repère


wherein the vacuum state is automatically stable


Integrability of the equations (138) is crucial. The Bogoliubov transformation (136) suggests using of the superfluid parametrization


with the angles


where and is the initial datum of


which yield the Bogoliubov coefficients


where Consequently, the integrability problem is solved


where G is the monodromy matrix


The initial data condition generates the equivalent equations for the initial manifold


In such a situation, the quantum evolution (111) becomes


and with the suitable boundary conditions


can be solved straightforwardly


6. Relation to String Theory

Objective quantum gravity can be efficiently applied to the estimation of the spatial dimension D. Writing the evolution equation (110) as the algebraic equation for D


for the case of its real solution is


and, consequently, the physical values of the space dimension are


what gives the following lower bound


In the manifestly non-physical case one receives


and, consequently, the physical value of the spatial dimension is


However, this gives what is a physically irrelevant result.

In the case the possibilities for the spatial dimension are


and is the physically relevant value. However, this case is inconsistent with the model of quantum gravity.

In the light of the established lower bound (154), one can suggest that is a dimension of a certain effective space, and is the dimension of the effective space-time. By the spirit of string theory, one can suggest that such an effective space-time is the space-time wherein strings and superstrings live. Because in the case of strings the upper bound for the space-time dimension is 26, the dimension of the effective space is at most When one applies supersymmetry, then the upper bound for space-time dimensionality is 11, that is Therefore, the minimal value of the spatial dimension must be equal to 3, and the cases of 0-, 1- and 2- dimensional classical spaces are non-physical. For this reason, the emergent string theory in the effective space-time is the relation between the objective quantum gravity and string theory.

The minimal dimension of the effective space-time, following from the lower bound (154), would be 10. Interestingly, for the upper bound for the space dimension is


which in the light of the lower bound (153) and the fact that the spatial dimension should be a natural number leads to the conclusion that the value 4 is the stable dimension of the classical space-time. Similarly, when one has the following upper bound


The both received upper bounds (158) and (159) can be interpreted as the syndrome of the existence of comparatively small values of the fluctuation to the stable spatial dimension, which is 3.

Apparently, this is fully consistent with the method of dimensional regularization, which was applied by the obel Laureates in Physics Gerardus’t Hooft and Martinus Justinus Godefridus Veltman [31] to elucidate the problem of renormalization of gauge field theories through the efficient regularization of the divergent loop integrals in the evaluation of the Feynman diagrams. In this regularization procedure, the dimension of space-time is where is the fluctuation to the spatial dimension which goes to the limit value Consequently, the formula gives


and existence of supersymmetry significantly restricts these fluctuations


If one applies the method of dimensional regularization, then one can put straightforwardly in the equation (152), and the fluctuation of spatial dimension is given by the dimension of the effective space


and, moreover,


Therefore, the change in the dimension of the classical space by the value corresponds to the change in the dimension of the effective space. This means that even a comparatively small change in the spatial dimension results in a large change in the effective space dimension. The classical space-time of dimension 5 corresponds to the effective space-time of dimension 33, and when the dimension of the effective space-time is limited to then the spatial dimension fluctuation is

When one considers the Yang–Mills theory with the number of colors then making Taylor power series expansion for one has and the gauge group is The relation in the large-N limit becomes whereas for small one has Applying in (152), one receives the formula


which for a small behaves as


whereas for a large is


Taking into account (158) and (159), one sees that for the case of strings the number of colors is bounded by whereas for the case of superstings the bound is slightly different In this manner, the hypothetical gauge theory is fully consistent with the scenario of the effective space-time if and only if that is the spatial dimension is 0 or 3 and, therefore, the full physical consistency is established for and for which the dimension of the effective space is Then, the gauge group is that is the corresponding Yang-Mills theory describes the weak interactions of the Standard Model.

7. Discussion

In the presented scenario, objective quantum geometrodynamics allows to formulate quantum gravity as a quantum field theory and, moreover, make the relationships with gauge theories and string theory throughout the effective space-time. It is clear that the presented construction in itself is non-trivial, because allows to find the straightforward relationships between an abstractive formalism of quantum gravity and high energy physics. Moreover, the theory is mathematically extraordinary simple, because given by the Euclidean Dirac equation, whereas the gravitons are defined as axions. In this manner, the presented model to quantum gravity possesses a manifestly phenomenological meaning. We hope for further developments of this approach. The updates and developments to this model were recently published in the author’s monograph [32].


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