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Time:   15. April 2011
Place:   Institute of Physics
Title:   Introduction to Loop Quantum Gravity (2a/3)
Abstract:
This is the second seminar in the 3-lecture course on Loop Quantum Gravity. We shall demonstrate the procedure of nonperturbative canonical quantization of general relativity in the Schroedinger picture. The main topics to be reviewed are the classical and quantum constraints, definition and separability of the Hilbert space, loop transform and spin network basis. Finally, we shall discuss the area and volume operators and their spectra, as an introduction to the spinfoam formalism (third lecture). The lectures are mainly intended for graduate students, so the technical level will not be high and should be suitable for everyone interested.