De Sitter instanton from Euclidean dynamical triangulations

Scott Bassler, Jack Laiho, Marc Schiffer, Judah Unmuth-Yockey

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We study the emergence of de Sitter space in Euclidean dynamical triangulations (EDT). Working within the semi-classical approximation, it is possible to relate the lattice parameters entering the simulations to the partition function of Euclidean quantum gravity. We verify that the EDT geometries behave semiclassically, and by making contact with the Hawking-Moss instanton solution for the Euclidean partition function, we show how to extract a value of the renormalized Newton's constant from the simulations. This value is consistent with that of our previous determination coming from the interaction of scalar particles. That the same universal constant appears in these two different sectors of the theory is a strong indication that EDT provides a viable formulation of quantum gravity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114504
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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