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Area is the length of Ashtekar's triad field

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.87.089902
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:360067
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The variables introduced by Ashtekar in general relativity have several useful and nice properties. We point out a further feature of these variables: the so(3)-invariant norm of the variable conjugate to Ashtekar’s connection, namely, the inverse densitized triad or the analogue of the electric field, is the area two-form; that is, it is the two-form that gives physical area to any surface. The new variables naturally determine areas in the same way in which the metric tensor naturally determines lengths.

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