prof. Jerzy Kowalski-Glikman

Gravity as a constrained BF theory

In my talk I will present the construction of gravity Lagrangian as a sum of the topological term, the BF theory with (anti-) de Sitter gauge group and a 'constraint' term, explicitly breaking the symmetry down to local Lorentz symmetry. I will then comment on several properties of such defined theory: perturbative expansion around topological vacuum, particle(s) coupling, canonical analysis, and calculation of black hole entropy.