# The Quantum Cosmological Constant

@article{Alexander2019TheQC, title={The Quantum Cosmological Constant}, author={S. Alexander and J. Magueijo and L. Smolin}, journal={Symmetry}, year={2019}, volume={11}, pages={1130} }

We present an extension of general relativity in which the cosmological constant becomes dynamical and turns out to be conjugate to the Chern-Simons invariant of the Ashtekar connection on a spatial slicing. The latter has been proposed in \cite{Chopin-Lee} as a time variable for quantum gravity: the Chern-Simons time. In the quantum theory the inverse cosmological constant and Chern-Simons time will then become conjugate operators. The "Kodama state" gets a new interpretation as a family of… Expand

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