Quantum
Geometrodynamics: Dynamics in Superspace |

**The Program in General** > s.a. canonical
general relativity and ADM formulation [classical version]; canonical
quantum gravity.

* __Idea__: Geometrodynamics
is the program for canonical quantum gravity based on superspace and the dynamics
given there by the Wheeler-DeWitt equation; A 4-geometry
is represented by a classical set of points *C* of superspace, contained in
it as a hypersurface; The set of 3D geometries contains the time information;
Initial data consists of a neighborhood in *C*, from which the Einstein equation gives *C*.

* __Problems__: Mainly
interpretational, such as What is the meaning of Ψ(*q*,* φ*)?
We need an inner product for Ψs
before we say that |Ψ|^{2} is a probability.

**Kinematics: Superspace** > s.a. canonical
quantum gravity; regge calculus [simplicial
superspace];
topology change.

* __Idea__: Superspace is a reduced configuration space for a Hamiltonian
formulation of gravity, in which a point is a diffeo equivalence class of Riemannian
metrics on a spacelike hypersurface Σ: *S*(Σ):= Riem(Σ)/Diff(Σ).

* __Constraints__: This choice
of configuration space eliminates the diffeomorphism constraint, but the scalar
one (coming from the gauge arbitrariness in choosing a slicing
of spacetime) remains, and becomes the dynamical equation.

* __Topology__: *S*(Σ)
is not a manifold, but is made up out of a finite number of manifolds (strata).

* __Extended__: Glue together
copies of the same space [@ DeWitt (70)].

* __Grand__: Need singular geometries.

* __Minisuperspace__: Impose
enough symmetries to get finite number of degrees of freedom.

@ __Structure of superspace__: & Peres < 79; Fischer in(70);
in Brill in(72); Reula pr(GR12);
Christodoulakis & Zanelli pr(89); Giulini HPA(95)gq/93, PRD(95)gq/93;
Fischer & Moncrief GRG(96)
[including conformal superspace]; Giulini GRG(09)-a0902; Gomes JMP(11); Liu a1509 [Gromov's *ε*-approximation topology].

@ __Supermetric__: Pekonen JGP(87);
Szydłowski JMP(99);
Schmidt gq/01-proc; Hehl & Kiefer GRG(18)-a1711 [comparison with the 4th-rank constitutive tensors in electrodynamics and elasticity theory].

@ __Minisuperspace__: Misner in(72); Kuchař & Ryan
in(86); Kiefer AP(91);
Kerbrat et al RPMP(92);
Saremi gq/01; > s.a. gowdy
spacetimes.

@ __Related topics__: Jacobson in(88) [self-dual representation]; Rainer gq/96-conf
[locally homogeneous]; Barbour & Ó Murchadha a1009 [conformal superspace]; > s.a. Configuration Space; riemannian geometry.

**States: Wave Functionals** > s.a. time in quantum gravity.

* __Idea__:
States are functionals Ψ[*q*_{ab},*φ*]
of metrics (and matter fields) belonging to an appropriate space; Notice that these states will end up without
a time dependence, since they must satisfy the constraints; Instead,
time can be taken as one of the components of *q*_{ab}.

@ __Inner product__: DeWitt PR(67);
Tsamis & Woodard PRD(87);
Christodoulakis & Zanelli CQG(87);
Vilenkin PRD(89).

**Dynamics: Wheeler-DeWitt Equation** > s.a. 3D
quantum gravity; cosmological
constant; FLRW quantum cosmology; lattice gravity [discretized].

* __Idea__: The "zero-energy" Schrödinger-like
equation one gets as the operator version of the scalar constraint, by replacing *q* and *p* by
their coordinate representation operators (multiplication operator and –i\(\hbar\)(δ/δ*q*),
respectively), and acting with it on a wave functional Ψ[*q*_{ab}, *φ*].

* __Expression__: For the dynamics of gravity coupled to a field *φ*,
it is

{–*G*_{abcd}
(δ^{2}/δ*q*_{ab}δ*q*_{cd})
+ *q*^{1/2}[–^{3}*R*
+ 2Λ + (16π*G*)^{–1} *T*_{00}(iδ/δ*φ*, *φ*)]} Ψ(*q*,* φ*) = 0 ,

up to linear derivative terms depending on the choice of factor ordering, where the supermetric, with "signature" (–, +, +, +, +, +) –the minus sign coming from the conformal mode– and thought of as a 6 × 6 matrix, is defined by

*G*_{abcd} =
\(1\over2\)*q*^{–1/2} (*q*_{ac} *q*_{bd}
+ *q*_{ad} *q*_{bc} – *q*_{ab}
*q*_{cd})
.

@ __General references__: Woodard CQG(93);
Jackiw gq/95 [modified];
Błaut & Kowalski-Glikman gq/96 [solutions,
and quantum potential]; Norbury EJP(98)phy [II,
from Newtonian physics]; Soo CQG(07)gq [in
terms of gauge-invariant 3-geometry elements]; Sawayama a0904 [small universe]; Cherkas & Kalashnikov DANB-a1406 [near small scale factors, discrete vs continuum spectrum]; Rovelli CQG(15)-a1506 [rev].

@ __As spinor equation__: Dereli et al PLB(94) [including degenerate metrics
and
signature change].

@ __And stability of cosmological models__: Gurzadyan & Kocharyan JETP(87);
Kocharyan CMP(91).

**References** > s.a. quantum cosmology [measure, third
quantization]; semiclassical quantum gravity; supergravity; supersymmetric
field theories.

@ __General__: Wheeler 62; Baierlein et al PR(62);
Fletcher in(62); Marzke & Wheeler in(64);
Wheeler in(64); DeWitt PR(67);
Wheeler in(68); Wheeler 68; Brill & Gowdy
RPP(70);
DeWitt in(70); Fischer in(70);
Misner in(72); Christodoulou & Francaviglia AAST(76);
Shestakova a0801-proc, MG12(12)-a0911
[problems and approaches to their solution]; Kiefer GRG(09)-a0812 [overview].

@ __Operator ordering__: Hawking & Page NPB(86);
Kontoleon & Wiltshire
PRD(99)gq/98;
Hall GRG(05)gq/04-in
[from "exact uncertainty"]; Huang et al a1505 [and the existence of a classical universe].

@ __And time evolution__: Kheyfets & Miller gq/94,
IJMPA(00);
Cosgrove
CQG(96)gq/95 [time
slicings and consistency]; Gil-Medrano
JMP(96);
Gentle et al IJMPA(04)gq/03,
George et al gq/03-proc
[constraints and true degrees of freedom]; Ita et al PTEP(15)-a1501 [with intrinsic time].

@ __Relationships__: Kubota et al PLB(04)
[Wheeler-DeWitt and AdS-cft]; Gielen Sigma(11)-a1111 [and connection dynamics].

@ __WKB approximation__: Gerlach PR(69); Horiguchi NCB(96).

@ __Related topics__: Parentani NPB(97)gq/96 [and
Green functions for matter fields];
Carroll gq/05 [uncertainties
and statistical geometrodynamics]; Nelson & Sakellariadou PLB(08)-a0709 [quantum
corrections
and effective matter]; Pedram & Jalalzadeh PRD(08)
[signature change with fluids]].

@ __Generalizations__: Shestakova G&C(99)gq/00,
G&C(05)
[extended
phase space],
G&C(00)gq [and
cosmological constant], in(10)-a0810;
Belinchón
IJMPD(02)gq/01 [varying
constants]; Brännlund et al CQG(14)-a1312 [topology and volume effects]; Faizal IJMPA(14)-a1406, IJMPA(15)-a1503 [deformed canonical commutation relations]; Anderson a1412 [space of spaces]; > s.a. phenomenology [with non-linear correction]; lattice gravity and regge calculus [discrete versions].

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