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Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the UniverseWPI

Mathematics and Physics seminar in Kashiwa

Date: June 25, 2008, 13:30 - 15:00
Place: Seminar Room at IPMU-Prefab. B, Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo
Speaker: J.Manuel Garcia-Islas (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Title: Spin foam models of quantum gravity
Abstract: In this talk we give an introduction to the spin foam models of quantum gravity which are the covariant version of loop quantum gravtiy(LQG). Spin foam models are mathematically rigourous and we will show how in particular cases they are related to topological quantum field theories. We will also describe a recent novel way introduced by the presenter for the first time to interpret black hole entropy in these models.