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Quantum aspects of gravity


Gupta, Arun K. (1990) Quantum aspects of gravity. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


We study here some models of quantum gravity. In Euclidean quantum gravity, some of the possible consequences of including topology changes in the path integral are studied in the semiclassical approximation. The effects of wormhole interactions on the semiclassical sum are considered. The effects of wormholes in the Yang-Mills-Einstein system on the phase structure of these theories is discussed. Also, we perform the computation of some partition and correlation functions in conformal gauge, in a two dimensional model of quantum gravity, i.e., the sub-critical Polyakov string.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Wise, Mark B. (advisor)
  • Preskill, John P. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:25 May 1990
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06072007-083631
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ID Code:2501
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Deposited On:15 Jun 2007
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