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Physical Review D 77 (2007) 024009
Spin foam model from canonical quantization
Sergei Alexandrov1

We suggest a modification of the Barrett-Crane spin foam model of 4-dimensional Lorentzian general relativity motivated by the canonical quantization. The starting point is Lorentz covariant loop quantum gravity. Its kinematical Hilbert space is found as a space of the so-called projected spin networks. These spin networks are identified with the boundary states of a spin foam model and provide a generalization of the unique Barrette-Crane intertwiner. We propose a way to modify the Barrett-Crane quantization procedure to arrive at this generalization: the $B$ field (bi-vectors) should be promoted not to generators of the gauge algebra, but to their certain projection. The modification is also justified by the canonical analysis of Plebanski formulation. Finally, we compare our construction with other proposals to modify the Barret-Crane model.
1 :  LPTA - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Astroparticules
Physique/Relativité Générale et Cosmologie Quantique
Loop quantum gravity – quantum geometry – spin foams – Canonical quantization (gravitation) – Covariant and sum-over-histories quantization (gravitation)
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