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Physics of Atomic Nuclei / Yadernaya Fizika 73, 2 (2010) 222-229
A discrete nonetheless remarkable brick in de Sitter: the "massless minimally coupled field"
J.-P. Gazeau1, A. Youssef1

Over the last ten years interest in the physics of de Sitter spacetime has been growing very fast. Besides the supposed existence of a "de sitterian period" in inflation theories, the observational evidence of an acceleration of the universe expansion (interpreted as a positive cosmological constant or a "dark energy" or some form of "quintessence") has triggered a lot of attention in the physics community. A specific de sitterian field called "massless minimally coupled field" (mmc) plays a fundamental role in inflation models and in the construction of the de sitterian gravitational field. A covariant quantization of the mmc field, 'a la Krein-Gupta-Bleuler was proposed in [1]. In this talk, we will review this construction and explain the relevance of such a field in the construction of a massless spin 2 field in de Sitter space-time.
1 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
Physique/Relativité Générale et Cosmologie Quantique

Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Théorie
de Sitter – perturbative quantum gravity – massless minimally coupled
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