Living Reviews in Relativity: “Quantization of Midisuperspace Models”

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Living Reviews in Relativity has published a new review article on “Quantization of Midisuperspace Models” by J. Fernando Barbero González and Eduardo J.S. Villaseñor on October 14, 2010.

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PUB.NO. lrr-2010-6
Barbero G., J. Fernando and Villaseñor, Eduardo J.S.
“Quantization of Midisuperspace Models”

ACCEPTED: 2010-09-28
PUBLISHED: 2010-10-14


We give a comprehensive review of the quantization of midisuperspace models. Though the main focus of the paper is on quantum aspects, we also provide an introduction to several classical points related to the definition of these models. We cover some important issues, in particular, the use of the principle of symmetric criticality as a very useful tool to obtain the required Hamiltonian formulations. Two main types of reductions are discussed: those involving metrics with two Killing vector fields and spherically-symmetric models. We also review the more general models obtained by coupling matter fields to these systems. Throughout the paper we give separate discussions for standard quantizations using geometrodynamical variables and those relying on loop-quantum-gravity–inspired methods.