On unimodular quantum gravity

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Abstract

Unimodular gravity is classically equivalent to standard Einstein gravity, but differs when it comes to the quantum theory: the conformal factor is non-dynamical, and the gauge symmetry consists of transverse diffeomorphisms only. Furthermore, the cosmological constant is not renormalized. Thus the quantum theory is distinct from a quantization of standard Einstein gravity. Here we show that within a truncation of the full renormalization group flow of unimodular quantum gravity, there is a non-trivial ultraviolet (UV)-attractive fixed point, yielding a UV completion for unimodular gravity. We discuss important differences to the standard asymptotic-safety scenario for gravity, and provide further evidence for this scenario by investigating a new form of the gauge-fixing and ghost sector. Communicated by P R L V Moniz

Original languageEnglish
Article number115016
JournalClassical and quantum gravity
Volume30
Issue number11
ISSN0264-9381
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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