CMSA General Relativity Seminar: An analogue of non-interacting quantum field theory in Riemannian signature


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May 13, 2024 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
CMSA, 20 Garden St, G10
Address: 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Mikhail Molodyk - Stanford University

Recent advances using microlocal tools have led to constructions, for wave operators on various classes of spacetimes, of four distinguished Fredholm inverses which have the singular behavior required of retarded, advanced, Feynman, and anti-Feynman propagators in QFT. Vasy and Wrochna have used these to define a QFT on asymptotically Minkowski spacetimes, for which they construct Hadamard states described by asymptotic data at infinity. I will describe an analogue of this construction on Riemannian manifolds with two asymptotically conic ends, defining quantum fields satisfying the Helmholtz equation and using scattering data to construct states satisfying a wavefront mapping-property version of the Hadamard condition. The absence of a spacetime interpretation lends itself to a sharper focus on the theory's analytic structure, from whose perspective the Feynman propagators are no less natural than the advanced/retarded ones. I will also highlight some differences between Feynman propagators defined as distinguished inverses and as time-ordered expectations. Based on joint work with Andraěs Vasy.