#### Document Type

Article

#### Publication Date

2013

#### Keywords

Causal set approach, discrete quantum gravity, quantum sequential growth process

#### Abstract

This paper is based on the causal set approach to discrete quantum gravity. We first describe a classical sequential growth process (CSGP) in which the universe grows one element at a time in discrete steps. At each step the process has the form of a causal set (causet) and the “completed” universe is given by a path through a discretely growing chain of causets. We then quantize the CSGP by forming a Hilbert space H on the set of paths. The quantum dynamics is governed by a sequence of positive operators ρn on H that satisfy normalization and consistency conditions. The pair (H, {ρn}) is called a quantum sequential growth process (QSGP). We next discuss a concrete realization of a QSGP in terms of a natural quantum action. This gives an amplitude process related to the “sum over histories” approach to quantum mechanics. Finally, we briefly discuss a discrete form of Einstein’s field equation and speculate how this may be employed to compare the present framework with classical general relativity theory.

#### Recommended Citation

Gudder, Stan, "A Dynamics for Discrete Quantum Gravity" (2013). *Mathematics Preprint Series*. 24.

https://digitalcommons.du.edu/math_preprints/24