A gauge-invariant quantum theory of the flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) universe with dust is studied in terms of the Ashtekar variables. We use the reduced phase space quantization which has following advantages: (i) fundamental variables are all gauge invariant, (ii) there exists a physical time evolution of gauge-invariant quantities, so that the problem of time is absent and (iii) the reduced phase space can be quantized in the same manner as in ordinary quantum mechanics. Analyzing the dynamics of a wave packet, we show that the classical initial singularity is replaced by a big bounce in quantum theory.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||Spanish Relativity Meeting: Gravity as a Crossroad in Physics, ERE 2010 - Granada, Spain|
Duration: 2010 Sep 6 → 2010 Sep 10
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)