Nonlocal scalar quantum field theory from causal sets

  • Alessio Belenchia
  • Dionigi M. T. Benincasa
  • Stefano Liberati
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We study a non-local scalar quantum field theory in flat spacetime derived from the dynamics of a scalar field on a causal set. We show that this non-local QFT contains a continuum of massive modes in any dimension. In 2 dimensions the Hamiltonian is positive definite and therefore the quantum theory is well-defined. In 4-dimensions, we show that the unstable modes of the non-local d’Alembertian are propagated via the so called Wheeler propagator and hence do not appear in the asymptotic states. In the free case studied here the continuum of massive mode are shown to not propagate in the asymptotic states. However the Hamiltonian is not positive definite, therefore potential issues with the quantum theory remain. Finally, we conclude with hints toward what kind of phenomenology one might expect from such non-local QFTs.


Effective field theories Models of Quantum Gravity Space-Time Symmetries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessio Belenchia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dionigi M. T. Benincasa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefano Liberati
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.SISSA — International School for Advanced StudiesTriesteItaly
  2. 2.INFN, Sezione di TriesteTriesteItaly

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