4D diffeomorphisms in canonical gravity and abelian deformations
Abstract
A careful study of the induced transformations on spatial quantities due to 4dimensional spacetime diffeomorphisms in the canonical formulation of general relativity is undertaken. Use of a general formalism, which indicates the role of the embedding variables in a transparent manner, allows us to analyse the effect of 4dimensional diffeomorphisms more generally than is possible in the standard ADM approach. This analysis clearly indicates the assumptions which are necessary in order to obtain the ADMDirac constraints, and furthermore shows that there are choices, other than the ADM hamiltonian constraint, that one can make for the deformations in the ``timelike'' direction. In particular an abelian generator closely related to true time evolution appears very naturally in this framework. This generator, its relation to other abelian scalars discovered recently, and the possibilities it provides for a group theoretic quantisation of gravity are discussed.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 February 1997
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.grqc/9702046
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/9702046
 Bibcode:
 1997gr.qc.....2046A
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 latex, 19 pages, 2 figures