Type of Work

Article

Date

12-2003

Journal Title

Physical Review D

Journal ISSN

2470-0010

Journal Volume

68

Journal Issue

12

First Page

124023-1

Last Page

124023-8

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevD.68.124023

Abstract

The Lorentzian Hamiltonian constraint is solved for isotropic loop quantum cosmology coupled to a massless scalar field. As in the Euclidean case, the discreteness of quantum geometry removes the classical singularity from the quantum Friedmann models. In spite of the absence of the classical singularity, a modified DeWitt initial condition is incompatible with a late-time smooth behavior. Further, the smooth behavior is recovered only for positive or negatives times but not both. An important feature, which is shared with the Euclidean case, is a minimal initial energy of the order of the Planck energy required for the system to evolve dynamically. By forming wave packets of the matter field, an explicit evolution in terms of an internal time is obtained.

Notes

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Physical Review D., vol. 68, no. 12 (2003):124023. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.68.124023

Hamilton Areas of Study

Physics