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A gravitational effective action on a finite triangulation as a discrete model of continuous concepts

Albert Ko, Martin Roček (2006)

Archivum Mathematicum

We recall how the Gauss-Bonnet theorem can be interpreted as a finite dimensional index theorem. We describe the construction given in hep-th/0512293 of a function that can be interpreted as a gravitational effective action on a triangulation. The variation of this function under local rescalings of the edge lengths sharing a vertex is the Euler density, and we use it to illustrate how continuous concepts can have natural discrete analogs.

Generating series and asymptotics of classical spin networks

Francesco Costantino, Julien Marché (2015)

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

We study classical spin networks with group SU 2 . In the first part, using Gaussian integrals, we compute their generating series in the case where the edges are equipped with holonomies; this generalizes Westbury’s formula. In the second part, we use an integral formula for the square of the spin network and perform stationary phase approximation under some non-degeneracy hypothesis. This gives a precise asymptotic behavior when the labels are rescaled by a constant going to infinity.

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