@article {2011,
title = {Quantum Geometry on Quantum Spacetime: Distance, Area and Volume Operators},
journal = {Commun. Math. Phys. 308 (2011) 567-589},
number = {arXiv:1005.2130;},
year = {2011},
publisher = {Springer},
abstract = {We develop the first steps towards an analysis of geometry on the quantum\\r\\nspacetime proposed in Doplicher et al. (Commun Math Phys 172:187{\textendash}220, 1995). The homogeneous elements of the universal differential algebra are naturally identified with operators living in tensor powers of Quantum Spacetime; this allows us to compute their spectra. In particular, we consider operators that can be interpreted as distances, areas, 3- and 4-volumes. The Minkowski distance operator between two independent events is shown to have pure Lebesgue spectrum with infinite multiplicity. The Euclidean distance operator is shown to have spectrum bounded below by a constant of the order of the Planck length. The corresponding statement is proved also for both the space-space and space-time area operators, as well as for the Euclidean length of the vector representing the 3-volume operators. However, the space 3-volume operator (the time component of that vector) is shown to have spectrum equal to the whole complex plane. All these operators are normal, while the distance operators are also selfadjoint. The Lorentz invariant spacetime volume operator, representing the 4- volume spanned by five\\r\\nindependent events, is shown to be normal. Its spectrum is pure point with a\\r\\nfinite distance (of the order of the fourth power of the Planck length) away\\r\\nfrom the origin. The mathematical formalism apt to these problems is developed and its relation to a general formulation of Gauge Theories on Quantum Spaces is outlined. As a byproduct, a Hodge Duality between the absolute differential and the Hochschild boundary is pointed out.},
doi = {10.1007/s00220-011-1358-y},
url = {http://hdl.handle.net/1963/5203},
author = {Dorothea Bahns and Sergio Doplicher and Klaus Fredenhagen and Gherardo Piacitelli}
}
@article {2010,
title = {Quantum Spacetime: a Disambiguation},
number = {SISSA;27/2010/FM},
year = {2010},
abstract = {We review an approach to non-commutative geometry, where models are constructed by quantisation of the coordinates. In particular we focus on the full DFR model and its irreducible components; the (arbitrary) restriction to a particular irreducible component is often referred to as the \\\"canonical quantum spacetime\\\". The aim is to distinguish and compare the approaches under various points of view, including motivations, prescriptions for quantisation, the choice of mathematical objects and concepts, approaches to dynamics and to covariance. Some incorrect statements as \\\"universality of Planck scale conflicts with Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction and requires a modification of covariance\\\", or \\\"stability of the geometric background requires an absolute lower bound of (\\\\Delta x^\\\\mu)\\\", or \\\"violations of unitarity are due to time/space non-commutativity\\\" are put in context, and discussed.},
url = {http://hdl.handle.net/1963/3864},
author = {Gherardo Piacitelli}
}