## Publications, Papers, and Notes

A moderately current cv(pdf)

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 (unpublished)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(unpublished)
* means work involving undergraduates. Titles are linked to the archive site arXiv.org.
* Last modified 7 April 2017*