blackboard pix
Link to Resources link to students links to gr-qc link to courses link to publications

Publications, Papers, and Notes (cv)

* means work involving undergraduates. Titles are linked to the archive site arXiv.org.

  • Publication List from INSPIRE
  • A selection of older papers:

    S. Major Quantum Gravity with Undergraduates
    Contributed to the AAPT Teaching GR conference Syracuse 20-21 July 2006.

    * T. Konopka and S. Major Observational Limits on Quantum Geometry Effects
    New J. Phys. 4 (2002) 57

    * S. Major and M. Seifert Modeling Space with a Atom of Quantum Geometry
    Class. Quant. Grav. 19 (2002) 2211-2227

    * S. Major and K. Setter On the Universality of the Entropy-Area Relation
    Class. Quant. Grav. 18 (2001) 5293-5298

    *S. Major and K. Setter Gravitational Statistical Mechanics: A model
    Class. Quant. Grav. 18 (2001) 5125-5141

    S. Major New Operators for Spin Net Gravity
    MG9 (Rome) Proceedings Online

    S. Major Quasilocal Energy for Spin-net Gravity
    Class. Quant. Grav. 17 (2000) 1467-1487

    S. Major Operators for Quantized Directions
    Class. Quant. Grav. 16 (1999) 3859-3877

    S. Major Towards Quantum Gravity: Discrete Geometry -- Observable Consequences (pdf)
    An expanded form of the talk I gave at Swarthmore College in March 1999. With exercises! (unpublished)

    S. Major A Spin Network Primer (pdf)
    Am. J. Phys. 67 (1999) 972-980

    S. Major Embedded Graph Invariants in Chern-Simons Theory
    Nuc. Phys. B 550 (1999) 531-560

    S. Major, q-Quantum Gravity
    Ph.D. dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997. Abstract

    See below for papers on the q deformation of the loop representation.

    V. Husain and S. Major Gravity and BF theory defined in bounded regions
    Nuc. Phys. B 500 (1997) 381-401

  • In this work a new loop representation is developed which takes framed holonomies as the basic objects:
    S. Major and L. Smolin, Quantum Deformation of Quantum Gravity
    Nuc. Phys. B 473 (1996) 267

    R. Borissov, S. Major and L. Smolin The Geometry of Quantum Spin Networks
    Class. Quant. Grav. 13 (1996) 3181

  • These two papers are studies of the quantum Bianchi IX cosmological model. In the first a path integral study using the new variables and Fadeev-Popov gauge fixing. The second introduces a hybrid approach in which the theory is defined by the canonical theory and then evolved off the slice by a path integral:
    S. Major and L. Smolin Cosmological Histories for the New Variables of Ashtekar
    Phys. Rev. D 51 (1995) 5475

    S. Major and L. Smolin Mixmaster quantum cosmology in terms of physical dynamics
    (unpublished)
  • Last modified 18 March 2015 Link to Seth's Net Home Link to Department of Physics link to archives link to gr-qc link to gr-qc/new link to archive form