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Asymptotically Safe Lorentzian Gravity

By Elisa Manrique, Stefan Rechenberger and Frank Saueressig

Abstract

The gravitational asymptotic safety program strives for a consistent and predictive quantum theory of gravity based on a non-trivial ultraviolet fixed point of the renormalization group (RG) flow. We investigate this scenario by employing a novel functional renormalization group equation which takes the causal structure of space-time into account and connects the RG flows for Euclidean and Lorentzian signature by a Wick-rotation. Within the Einstein-Hilbert approximation, the $\beta$-functions of both signatures exhibit ultraviolet fixed points in agreement with asymptotic safety. Surprisingly, the two fixed points have strikingly similar characteristics, suggesting that Euclidean and Lorentzian quantum gravity belong to the same universality class at high energies.Comment: 4 pages, 2 figure

Topics: High Energy Physics - Theory, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.251302
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1102.5012
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