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Pure connection gravity at one loop: Instanton background
Kai Groh ; Kirill Krasnov ; Christian F. Steinwachs ;
Date 25 Apr 2013
AbstractIn the "pure connection" formulation General Relativity becomes a particular diffeomorphism invariant SL(2) gauge theory. Using this formalism, we compute the divergent contributions to the gravitational one-loop effective action. Calculations of the on-shell effective action simplify greatly if one specialises to an instanton background where only the anti-self-dual part of the Weyl curvature is non-vanishing. One of the most striking features of the connection formulation is that the (linearised) Euclidean action is non-negative, unlike in the metric case. As in the metric GR, we find the logarithmically divergent contribution to consist of the volume and Euler character terms, but the arising numerical constants are different. However, surprisingly, the difference between the two results turns out to be always an integer. This suggests that there exists a relation between the connection and metric based quantum theories.
Source arXiv, 1304.6946
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