John Baez

Lecture at Non Perturbative Quantum Gravity: Loops and Spin Foams

May 4, 2004

Spin Foam Models

A "spin foam" is a higher-dimensional analogue of a Feynman diagram where instead of a graph we use a higher-dimensional complex with vertices, edges and faces. Loop quantum gravity gives an interesting picture of the quantum geometry of space, and spin foam models seek to supplement this with a picture of the quantum geometry of spacetime. Here we summarize results of both analytical work and extensive computer calculations in two spin foam models: the Barrett-Crane models of Riemannian and Lorentzian quantum gravity in 3+1 dimensions.

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You can also see photos of the conference where I gave this talk!

I also wrote an issue of This Week's Finds about this conference: week206.

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