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Laplacians on discrete and quantum geometries

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Calcagni,  Gianluca
Microscopic Quantum Structure & Dynamics of Spacetime, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Oriti,  Daniele
Microscopic Quantum Structure & Dynamics of Spacetime, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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1208.0354
(Preprint), 522KB

CQG_30_12_125006.pdf
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Calcagni, G., Oriti, D., & Thürigen, J. (2013). Laplacians on discrete and quantum geometries. Classical and quantum gravity, 30(12): 125006. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/30/12/125006.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-E55A-F
Abstract
We extend discrete calculus to a bra-ket formalism for arbitrary (p-form) fields on discrete geometries, based on cellular complexes. We then provide a general definition of discrete Laplacian using both the primal cellular complex and its topological dual. The precise implementation of geometric volume factors is not unique and comparing the definition with a circumcentric and a barycentric dual we argue that the latter is, in general, more appropriate because it induces a Laplacian with more desirable properties. We give the expression of the discrete Laplacian in several different sets of geometric variables, suitable for computations in different quantum gravity formalisms. Furthermore, we investigate the possibility of transforming from position to momentum space for scalar fields, thus setting the stage for the calculation of heat kernel and spectral dimension in discrete quantum geometries.