Document Type

Working Paper

Date

2010

Embargo Period

9-28-2010

Keywords

High Energy Physics, General relativity and Quantum Cosmology, Mathematical physics, Quantum Algebra

Language

English

Disciplines

Mathematics | Physics

Description/Abstract

A spinless covariant field $\phi$ on Minkowski spacetime $\M^{d+1}$ obeys the relation $U(a,\Lambda)\phi(x)U(a,\Lambda)^{-1}=\phi(\Lambda x+a)$ where $(a,\Lambda)$ is an element of the Poincar\'e group $\Pg$ and $U:(a,\Lambda)\to U(a,\Lambda)$ is its unitary representation on quantum vector states. It expresses the fact that Poincar\'e transformations are being unitary implemented. It has a classical analogy where field covariance shows that Poincar\'e transformations are canonically implemented. Covariance is self-reproducing: products of covariant fields are covariant. We recall these properties and use them to formulate the notion of covariant quantum fields on noncommutative spacetimes. In this way all our earlier results on dressing, statistics, etc. for Moyal spacetimes are derived transparently. For the Voros algebra, covariance and the *-operation are in conflict so that there are no covariant Voros fields compatible with *, a result we found earlier. The notion of Drinfel'd twist underlying much of the preceding discussion is extended to discrete abelian and nonabelian groups such as the mapping class groups of topological geons. For twists involving nonabelian groups the emergent spacetimes are nonassociative.

Additional Information

20 pages, SU-4252-914

Source

Metadata from ArXiv.org

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