Quantum Gravity, Quantum Cosmology and Lorentzian Geometries

  • Giampiero Esposito

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNPMGR, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Quantum Gravity

    1. Giampiero Esposito
      Pages 25-51
    2. Giampiero Esposito
      Pages 52-75
  3. One-Loop Quantum Cosmology

  4. Classical Gravity

  5. Summary

    1. Giampiero Esposito
      Pages 281-287
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 288-326

About this book


This book is aimed at theoretical and mathematical physicists and mathematicians interested in modern gravitational physics. I have thus tried to use language familiar to readers working on classical and quantum gravity, paying attention both to difficult calculations and to existence theorems, and discussing in detail the current literature. The first aim of the book is to describe recent work on the problern of boundary conditions in one-loop quantum cosmology. The motivation of this research was to under­ stand whether supersymmetric theories are one-loop finite in the presence of boundaries, with application to the boundary-value problems occurring in quantum cosmology. Indeed, higher-loop calculations in the absence of boundaries are already available in the litera­ ture, showing that supergravity is not finite. I believe, however, that one-loop calculations in the presence of boundaries are more fundamental, in that they provide a more direct check of the inconsistency of Supersymmetrie quantum cosmology from the perturbative point of view. It therefore appears that higher-order calculations are not strictly needed, if the one-loop test already yields negative results. Even though the question is not yet settled, this research has led to many interesting, new applications of areas of theoretical and mathematical physics such as twistor theory in flat space, self-adjointness theory, the generalized lliemann zeta-function, and the theory of boundary counterterms in super­ gravity.


Cosmology Kosmologie Lorentzian Geometry Quantengravitation Quantum Cosmology Quantum Gravity cosmology quantum gravity gravitation Gravity supergravity supersymmetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Giampiero Esposito
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi AvanzatiTriesteItaly
  3. 3.Gruppo IV, Sezione di NapoliIstituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareNapoliItaly
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Scienze FisicheNapoliItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-14497-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-14495-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0940-7677
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