Background independence in a nutshell: the dynamics of a tetrahedron

@inproceedings{Rovelli2005BackgroundII,
  title={Background independence in a nutshell: the dynamics of a tetrahedron},
  author={Carlo Rovelli and Daniele Colosi and Luisa Doplicher and Winston J. Fairbairn and Leonardo Modesto and Karim Noui},
  year={2005}
}
We study how physical information can be extracted from a background independent quantum system. We use an extremely simple ‘minimalist’ system that models a finite region of 3d euclidean quantum spacetime with a single equilateral tetrahedron. We show that the physical information can be expressed as a boundary amplitude. We illustrate how the notions of “evolution” in a boundary proper-time and “vacuum” can be extracted from the background independent dynamics. 

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