On the Faddeev-Popov determinant in Regge calculus

Research paper by V. M. Khatsymovsky

Indexed on: 26 Dec '00Published on: 26 Dec '00Published in: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology


The functional integral measure in the 4D Regge calculus normalised w.r.t. the DeWitt supermetric on the space of metrics is considered. The Faddeev-Popov factor in the measure is shown according to the previous author's work on the continuous fields in Regge calculus to be generally ill-defined due to the conical singularities. Possible resolution of this problem is discretisation of the gravity ghost (gauge) field by, e.g., confining ourselves to the affine transformations of the affine frames in the simplices. This results in the singularity of the functional measure in the vicinity of the flat background, where part of the physical degrees of freedom connected with linklengths become gauge ones.