Catherine Meusburger: 3D gravity
We give an overview of Lorentzian and Euclidean gravity in 3 dimensions and show that structures from noncommutative geometry arise naturally there with a clear physical interpretation.
We start by summarising the classification of maximal globally hyperbolic 3d Lorentzian vacuum spacetimes, which leads to a description in terms of group homomomorphisms from the fundamental group of the spacetime into the isometry group of 3d de Sitter, Minkowski or anti de Sitter space. This relates the phase space of 3d gravity to a moduli space of flat connections on an oriented surface and to Teichmüller space.
In the second lecture we explain how moduli spaces of flat connections can be viewed as Poisson-graph gauge theories with Poisson Lie-symmetries as gauge transformations. We discuss applications to 3d gravity and show that this description naturally leads to non-commutative spacetime coordinates. We also comment on the relation of the phase space of 3d gravity to Teichmüller space and show that its symplectic structure can be described in terms of generalised shear coordinates.
In the third lecture we discuss Hamiltonian quantisation formalisms for moduli spaces of flat connections on sufaces. We show that their quantisation can be viewed as a construction of a Hopf algebra gauge theory, where Hopf algebras take the role of gauge symmetries and module algebras over Hopf algebras the role of functions of flat gauge fields. We show how gauge invariance and curvature can be implemented in this description and that this gives rise to a topological invariant.
Background reading and further reading:
- basics of (2+1)-gravity:  chapters 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 4.1 - 4.7,  chapters 2.1-2.3,
- basic hyperbolic geometry and Fuchsian groups:  chapters 1-3,
- classification of globally hyperbolic (2+1)-spacetimes: , summary in ,
- symplectic structure of moduli spaces of flat connections: [7,1,2],
- Poisson-Lie groups and related structures:  chapter 8 or  chapters 1-2,
- symplectic structure in 3d gravity and relation to Teichmüller theory ,
- Hopf algebras and related structures: , chapters 1, 2, 6.1 and 7,
- quantisation: [13,12] and references therein.
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