We examine tensor perturbations around a de Sitter background within the framework of Ashtekar's variables and its cousins parameterized by the Immirzi parameter gamma. At the classical level we recover standard cosmological perturbation theory, with illuminating insights. Quantization leads to real novelties. In the low energy limit we find a second quantized theory of gravitons which displays different vacuum fluctuations for right and left gravitons. Nonetheless right and left gravitons have the same (positive) energies, resolving a number of paradoxes suggested in the literature. The right-left asymmetry of the vacuum fluctuations depends on gamma and the ordering of the Hamiltonian constraint, and it would leave a distinctive imprint in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background, thus opening quantum gravity to observational test.
|Titolo:||Chiral Vacuum Fluctuations in Quantum Gravity|
|Autori:||Magueijo J; Benincasa D|
|Rivista:||PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.121302|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|