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A fermionic state sum model

Recently Jorma Louko, Steven Kerr and I produced a state sum model with fermionic variables. It is only in 1d space-time, so something of a toy model, but it illustrates some important principles. Firstly, the model is triangulation-independent, which means it has the “diffeomorphism symmetry” of general relativity. Secondly, the fermion integration induces an action for the bosonic gauge field (as expected) but without a cosmological constant (very unexpected). I’m still somewhat puzzled over exactly how that works, but it would be very nice if there are models like that in higher dimensions.

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Written by johnwbarrett

22 January 2013 at 17:47

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