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Type: Journal article
Title: Emergent braided matter of quantum geometry
Author: Bilson-Thompson, S.
Hackett, J.
Kauffman, L.
Wan, Y.
Citation: Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications, 2012; 8:1-43
Publisher: Natsional'na Akademiya Nauk Ukrainy, Instytut Matematyky
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1815-0659
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Sundance Bilson-Thompson, Jonathan Hackett, Louis Kauffman and Yidun Wan
Abstract: We review and present a few new results of the program of emergent matter as braid excitations of quantum geometry that is represented by braided ribbon networks. These networks are a generalisation of the spin networks proposed by Penrose and those in models of background independent quantum gravity theories, such as Loop Quantum Gravity and Spin Foam models. This program has been developed in two parallel but complimentary schemes, namely the trivalent and tetravalent schemes. The former studies the braids on trivalent braided ribbon networks, while the latter investigates the braids on tetravalent braided ribbon networks. Both schemes have been fruitful. The trivalent scheme has been quite successful at establishing a correspondence between braids and Standard Model particles, whereas the tetravalent scheme has naturally substantiated a rich, dynamical theory of interactions and propagation of braids, which is ruled by topological conservation laws. Some recent advances in the program indicate that the two schemes may converge to yield a fundamental theory of matter in quantum spacetime.
Keywords: Quantum gravity; loop quantum gravity; spin network; braided ribbon network; emergent matter; braid; standard model; particle physics; unification; braided tensor category; topological quantum computation
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020118151
DOI: 10.3842/SIGMA.2012.014
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