Publication: q-Deformed spin foam models of quantum gravity

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Title q-Deformed spin foam models of quantum gravity
Authors/Editors* Igor Khavkine, J. Daniel Christensen
Where published* Classical and Quantum Gravity
How published* Journal
Year* 2007
Volume 24
Pages 3271-3290
We numerically study Barrett-Crane models of Riemannian quantum gravity. We have extended the existing numerical techniques to handle q-deformed models and arbitrary space-time triangulations. We present and interpret expectation values of a few selected observables for each model, including a spin-spin correlation function which gives insight into the behaviour of the models. We find the surprising result that, as the deformation parameter q goes to 1 through roots of unity, the limit is discontinuous.
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