The utility of coherent states and other mathematical methods in the foundations of affine quantum gravity
Affine quantum gravity involves (i) affine commutation relations to ensure metric positivity, (ii) a regularized projection operator procedure to accomodate first- and second-class quantum constraints, and (iii) a hard-core interpretation of nonlinear interactions to understand and potentially overcome nonrenormalizability. In this program, some of the less traditional mathematical methods employed are (i) coherent state representations, (ii) reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, and (iii) functional integral representations involving a continuous-time regularization. Of special importance is the profoundly different integration measure used for the Lagrange multiplier (shift and lapse) functions. These various concepts are first introduced on elementary systems to help motivate their application to affine quantum gravity.