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Recent progress in Regge calculus. (English) Zbl 0976.83506
Summary: While there has been some advance in the use of Regge calculus as a tool in numerical relativity, the main progress in Regge calculus recently has been in quantum gravity. After a brief discussion of this progress, attention is focused on two particular, related aspects. Firstly, the possible definitions of diffeomorphisms or gauge transformations in Regge calculus are examined and examples are given. Secondly, an investigation of the signature of the simplicial supermetric is described. This is the Lund-Regge metric on simplicial configuration space and defines the distance between simplicial three-geometries. Information on its signature can be used to extend the rather limited results on the signature of the supermetric in the continuum case. This information is obtained by a combination of analytic and numerical techniques. For the three-sphere and the three-torus, the numerical results agree with the analytic ones and show the existence of degeneracy and signature change. Some “vertical” directions in simplicial configuration space, corresponding to simplicial metrics related by gauge transformations, are found for the three-torus.

83C27 Lattice gravity, Regge calculus and other discrete methods in general relativity and gravitational theory
83C45 Quantization of the gravitational field
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