A one parameter family of retarded linear operators on scalar fields on causal sets is introduced. When the causal set is well approximated by 4 dimensional Minkowski spacetime, the operators are Lorentz invariant but nonlocal, are parametrized by the scale of the nonlocality, and approximate the continuum scalar D'Alembertian square when acting on fields that vary slowly on the nonlocality scale. The same operators can be applied to scalar fields on causal sets which are well approximated by curved spacetimes in which case they approximate square - 1/2 R where R is the Ricci scalar curvature. This can used to define an approximately local action functional for causal sets.
|Titolo:||Scalar Curvature of a Causal Set|
|Autori:||Benincasa D; Dowker F|
|Rivista:||PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.181301|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|