Inhomogeneous quantum Mixmaster: From classical towards quantum mechanics

Riccardo Benini, Giovanni Montani

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Starting from the Hamiltonian formulation for the inhomogeneous Mixmaster dynamics, we approach its quantum features through the link of the quasi-classical limit. We fix the proper operator-ordering which ensures that the WKB continuity equation overlaps the Liouville theorem as restricted to the configuration space. We describe the full quantum dynamics of the model in some detail, providing a characterization of the (discrete) spectrum with analytic expressions for the limit of high occupation number. One of the main achievements of our analysis relies on the description of the ground state morphology, showing how it is characterized by a non-vanishing zero-point energy associated with the universe anisotropy degrees of freedom. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number007
Pages (from-to)387 - 404
Number of pages18
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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