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#### Discrete and continuum third quantization of Gravity

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1102.2226

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##### Citation

Gielen, S., & Oriti, D. (2012). Discrete and continuum third quantization of Gravity.
In F. Finster, O. Mueller, M. Nardmann, J. Tolksdorf, & E. Zeidler (*Quantum Field Theory and Gravity: Conceptual and Mathematical Advances in the Search for a Unified Framework
Finster, F.; Mueller, O.; Nardmann, M.; Tolksdorf, J.; Zeidler, E. (Eds.)*. Basel: Springer.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-3126-0

##### Abstract

We give a brief introduction to matrix models and the group field theory
(GFT) formalism as realizations of the idea of a third quantization of gravity,
and present in some more detail the idea and basic features of a continuum
third quantization formalism in terms of a field theory on the space of
connections, building up on the results of loop quantum gravity that allow to
make the idea slightly more concrete. We explore to what extent one can
rigorously define such a field theory. Concrete examples are given for the
simple case of Riemannian GR in 3 spacetime dimensions. We discuss the relation
between GFT and this formal continuum third quantized gravity, and what it can
teach us about the continuum limit of GFTs.