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Positive energy in quantum gravity

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.90.044034
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This paper addresses the question of whether Witten's proof of positive ADM energy for classical general relativity can be extended to give a proof of positive energy for a non-perturbative quantization of general relativity. To address this question, a set of conditions is shown to be sufficient for showing the positivity of a Hamiltonian operator corresponding to the ADM energy. One of these conditions is a particular factor ordering for the constraints of general relativity, in a representation where the states are functionals of the Ashtekar connection, and the auxiliary, Witten spinor. These developments are partly based on results derived with Artem Starodubtsev (unpublished notes, 2004).

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