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Title: Fundamental aspects of asymptotic safety in quantum gravity
Author: Slade, Zoe Helen
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 8520
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is devoted to exploring various fundamental issues within asymptotic safety. Firstly, we study the reconstruction problem and present two ways in which to solve it within the context of scalar field theory, by utilising a duality relation between an effective average action and a Wilsonian effective action. Along the way we also prove a duality relation between two effective average actions computed with different UV cutoff profiles. Next we investigate the requirement of background independence within the derivative expansion of conformally reduced gravity. We show that modified Ward identities are compatible with the flow equations if and only if either the anomalous dimension vanishes or the cutoff profile is chosen to be power law, and furthermore show that no solutions exist if the Ward identities are incompatible. In the compatible case, a clear reason is found why Ward identities can still forbid the existence of fixed points. By expanding in vertices, we also demonstrate that the combined equations generically become either overconstrained or highly redundant at the six-point level. Finally, we consider the asymptoticbehaviour of fixed point solutions in the f(R) approximation and explain in detail how to construct them. We find that quantum fluctuations do not decouple at large R, typically leading to elaborate asymptotic solutions containing several free parameters. Depending on the value of the endomorphism parameter, we find many other asymptotic solutions and fixed point spaces of differing dimension.
Supervisor: Morris, Timothy Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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