This site proffers the posthumously assembled work of George Stephen Karatheodoris (10/03/1974 – 9/22/2012), theoretical physicist interested in generalized gauge gravity and quantization. Strongly committed to the idea that what best furthers the field of theoretical physics is the open sharing of insights and interests among colleagues, this site shares his work as he would have wanted.
George Karatheodoris as graduate student (2005-06) lecturing on String Theory to University of Alabama Physics Faculty. Photo courtesy of Dr. Lou Clavelli, professor emeritus, U of A.
The excerpt below from an email written in April 2012 to Roger Penrose is an introduction to his ideas on a novel approach to quantum gravity and its quantization.
“The approach I am taking to the quantum gravity problem is somewhat conservative in that it appears to adhere to the quantum theory, but as you will see it does introduce novel elements (even as regard quantum theory) that should have significant effects. Basically, I feel that the approaches to “gauge gravity”, come in two forms: 1) the results from string theory that show that gravitational behavior of a kind is implicit in Yang-Mills theory provided that it is radically reinterpreted and provided that the rules for calculating observables are given by formulae proposed by Witten et. al. 2) results on the level of the classical action pioneered by Utiyama in the 1950’s and carried through by many authors. The second approach is an attempt to understand gravity as a traditional gauge theory with the gauge group being something like the Poincare group–it is not accompanied by the non-local interpretation used in the stringy approach. It is the second approach I am working in, but I disagree with much of the literature on it…” Text continues here: About the Work
- About the Work: consists of George Karatheodoris’ explanatory notes, conclusions of research.
- The Notebooks: Carefully dated and handwritten, they contain his research and insights on the problem of gauge gravity and quantization. Each notebook required its own page in order to preface a list of author commentary and page numbers for reader’s reference.
- The Articles: ‘Gravity on a Lie algebroid structure,’ (last work in progress), proposes a new framework for a generalized gauge gravity and quantization. Research for this paper, in About the Work. The article’s incompleteness requires reference to the notebooks.
- Philosophical Notes and Biographical Notes are still under construction.
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