Discrete Approaches to Quantum Gravity
in Four Dimensions

Renate Loll
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam
Germany

Abstract

The construction of a consistent theory of quantum gravity is a problem in theoretical physics that has so far defied all attempts at resolution. One ansatz to try to obtain a non-trivial quantum theory proceeds via a discretization of space-time and the Einstein action. I review here three major areas of research: gauge-theoretic approaches, both in a path-integral and a Hamiltonian formulation; quantum Regge calculus; and the method of dynamical triangulations, confining attention to work that is strictly four-dimensional, strictly discrete, and strictly quantum in nature.


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