# Andreas G. A. PithisLudwig-Maximilians-University of Munich | LMU · Department of Physics

Andreas G. A. Pithis

Phd

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Introduction

Andreas G. A. Pithis currently works as a Research Fellow at the Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center of the University of Munich after a joint postdoc position at SISSA, Trieste and the ITP at the University of Heidelberg. Andreas does research in Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics and Maschine Learning. His most recent research focuses on phase transitions in discrete quantum geometry systems like tensor and matrix models.

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Education

October 2014 - March 2019

June 2011 - May 2012

**Aix-Marseille Université/CNRS CPT Luminy**

Field of study

- Theoretical Physics

September 2008 - July 2009

## Publications

Publications (38)

We study the impact of effective interactions onto relationally evolving GFT condensates based on real-valued fields. In a first step we show that a free condensate configuration in an isotropic restriction settles dynamically into a low-spin configuration of the quantum geometry. This goes hand in hand with the accelerated and exponential expansio...

We present the numerical analysis of effectively interacting Group Field Theory (GFT) models in the context of the GFT quantum gravity condensate analogue of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation for real Bose-Einstein condensates including combinatorially local interaction terms. Thus we go beyond the usually considered construction for free models. More...

We study the cosmological implications of interactions between spacetime quanta in the Group Field Theory (GFT) approach to Quantum Gravity from a phenomenological perspective. Our work represents a first step towards understanding Early Universe Cosmology by studying the dynamics of the emergent continuum spacetime, as obtained from a fundamentall...

We investigate the role played by large diffeomorphisms of quantum Isolated Horizons for the statistics of LQG Black Holes by means of their relation to the braid group. To this aim the symmetries of Chern-Simons theory are recapitulated with particular regard to the aforementioned type of diffeomorphisms. For the punctured spherical horizon, these...

This letter presents a new, solely thermodynamical argument for considering
the states of the quantum isolated horizon of a black hole as distinguishable.
We claim that only if the states are distinguishable, the thermodynamic entropy
is an extensive quantity and can be well-defined. To show this, we make a
comparison with a classical ideal gas sys...

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We continue the series of articles on the application of Landau-Ginzburg mean-field theory to unveil the basic phase structure of tensorial field theories which are characterized by combinatorially non-local interactions. Among others, this class covers tensor field theories (TFT) which lead to a new class of conformal field theories high...

It is expected that continuum spacetime emerges via phase transition in the tensorial group field theory (TGFT) approach to quantum gravity. Recent work on the application of Landau-Ginzburg mean-field theory to progressively realistic TGFT models has demonstrated how phase transitions can be realized therein. Here, we further develop this setting...

We derive the dynamics of (isotropic) scalar perturbations from the mean-field hydrodynamics of full Lorentzian quantum gravity, as described by a two-sector (timelike and spacelike) Barrett-Crane group field theory model. The rich causal structure of this model allows us to consistently implement in the quantum theory the causal properties of a ph...

Field theories with combinatorial non-local interactions such as tensor invariants are interesting candidates for describing a phase transition from discrete quantum-gravitational to continuum geometry. In the so-called cyclic-melonic potential approximation of a tensorial field theory on the r-dimensional torus it was recently shown using function...

We derive the dynamics of (isotropic) scalar perturbations from the mean-field hydrodynamics of full Lorentzian quantum gravity, as described by a two-sector (timelike and spacelike) Barrett-Crane group field theory (GFT) model. The rich causal structure of this model allows us to consistently implement in the quantum theory the causal properties o...

Field theories with combinatorial non-local interactions such as tensor invariants are interesting candidates for describing a phase transition from discrete quantum-gravitational to continuum geometry. In the so-called cyclic-melonic potential approximation of a tensorial field theory on the $r$-dimensional torus it was recently shown using functi...

Controlling the continuum limit and extracting effective gravitational physics are shared challenges for quantum gravity approaches based on quantum discrete structures. The description of quantum gravity in terms of tensorial group field theory (TGFT) has recently led to much progress in its application to phenomenology, in particular, cosmology....

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In the tensorial group field theory (TGFT) approach to quantum gravity, the basic quanta of the theory correspond to discrete building blocks of geometry. It is expected that their collective dynamics gives rise to continuum spacetime at a coarse grained level, via a process involving a phase transition. In this work we show for the first...

Controlling the continuum limit and extracting effective gravitational physics is a shared challenge for quantum gravity approaches based on quantum discrete structures. The description of quantum gravity in terms of tensorial group field theory (TGFT) has recently led to much progress in its application to phenomenology, in particular cosmology. T...

The causal structure is a quintessential element of continuum spacetime physics and needs to be properly encoded in a theory of Lorentzian quantum gravity. Established spin foam [and tensorial group field theory (TGFT)] models mostly work with relatively special classes of Lorentzian triangulations (e.g., built from spacelike tetrahedra only) obscu...

In the tensorial group field theory (TGFT) approach to quantum gravity, the basic quanta of the theory correspond to discrete building blocks of geometry. It is expected that their collective dynamics gives rise to continuum spacetime at a coarse grained level, via a process involving a phase transition. In this work we show for the first time how...

We study the cosmological sector of the Lorentzian Barrett-Crane (BC) model coupled to a free massless scalar field in its Group Field Theory (GFT) formulation, corresponding to the mean-field hydrodynamics obtained from coherent condensate states. The relational evolution of the condensate with respect to the scalar field yields effective dynamics...

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In the tensorial group field theory approach to quantum gravity, the theory is based on discrete building blocks and continuum spacetime is expected to emerge from their collective dynamics, possibly at criticality, via a phase transition. On a compact group of fixed volume this can be expected to be only possible in a large-volume or the...

In the tensorial group field theory approach to quantum gravity, the theory is based on discrete building blocks and continuum spacetime is expected to emerge from their collective dynamics, possibly at criticality, via a phase transition. On a compact group of fixed volume this can be expected to be only possible in a large-volume or thermodynamic...

Continuum spacetime is expected to emerge via phase transition in discrete approaches to quantum gravity. A promising example is tensorial group field theory but its phase diagram remains an open issue. The results of recent attempts in terms of the functional renormalization group method remain inconclusive since they are restricted to truncations...

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At criticality, discrete quantum-gravity models are expected to give rise to continuum spacetime. Recent progress has established the functional renormalization group method in the context of such models as a practical tool to study their critical properties and to chart their phase diagrams. Here, we apply these techniques to the multi-m...

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In the group field theory approach to quantum gravity, continuous spacetime geometry is expected to emerge via phase transition. However, understanding the phase diagram and finding fixed points under the renormalization group flow remains a major challenge. In this work we tackle the issue for a tensorial group field theory using the fun...

In the group field theory approach to quantum gravity, continuous spacetime geometry is expected to emerge via phase transition. However, understanding the phase diagram and finding fixed points under the renormalization group flow remains a major challenge. In this work we tackle the issue for a tensorial group field theory using the functional re...

At criticality, discrete quantum-gravity models are expected to give rise to continuum spacetime. Recent progress has established the functional renormalization group method in the context of such models as a practical tool to study their critical properties and to chart their phase diagrams. Here, we apply these techniques to the multi-matrix mode...

Continuum spacetime is expected to emerge via phase transition in discrete approaches to quantum gravity. A promising example are tensorial and group field theories but their phase diagram remains an open issue. The results of recent attempts in terms of the functional renormalization group method remain inconclusive since they are restricted to tr...

This contribution is an appetizer to the relatively young and fast-evolving approach to quantum cosmology based on group field theory condensate states. We summarize the main assumptions and pillars of this approach which has revealed new perspectives on the long-standing question of how to recover the continuum from discrete geometric building blo...

This contribution is an appetizer to the relatively young and fast evolving approach to quantum cosmology based on group field theory condensate states. We summarize the main assumptions and pillars of this approach which has revealed new perspectives on the long-standing question of how to recover the continuum from discrete geometric building blo...

For more than 80 years theoretical physicists have been trying to develop a theory of quantum gravity which would successfully combine the tenets of Einstein's theory of general relativity (GR) together with those of quantum field theory. At the current stage, there are various competing responses to this challenge under construction. Attacking the...

In various approaches to quantum gravity continuum spacetime is expected to emerge from discrete geometries through a phase transition. In group field theory, various indications for such a transition have recently been found but a complete understanding of such a phenomenon remains an open issue. In this work, we investigate the critical behavior...

We study the Euler–Lagrange equation of the dynamical Boulatov model which is a simplicial model for 3d Euclidean quantum gravity augmented by a Laplace–Beltrami operator. We provide all its solutions on the space of left and right invariant functions that render the interaction of the model an equilateral tetrahedron. Surprisingly, for a non-linea...

Treating general relativity as an effective field theory, we compute the leading-order quantum corrections to the orbits and gravitational-wave emission of astrophysical compact binaries. These corrections are independent of the (unknown) nature of quantum gravity at high energies, and generate a phase shift and amplitude increase in the observed g...

Treating general relativity as an effective field theory, we compute the leading-order quantum corrections to the orbits and gravitational-wave emission of astrophysical compact binaries. These corrections are independent of the (unknown) nature of quantum gravity at high energies, and generate a phase shift and amplitude increase in the observed g...

We investigate the critical behavior of group field theory (GFT) systems in the Gaussian approximation. By applying the Ginzburg criterion to quantify field fluctuations, we find that this approximation is valid for a Lorentzian GFT on SL(2, R), while it breaks down in the case of the GFT model for 3d Euclidean quantum gravity, the so-called Boulat...

In various approaches to quantum gravity continuum spacetime is expected to emerge from discrete geometries through a phase transition. In group field theory, various indications for such a transition have recently been found but a complete understanding of such a phenomenon remains an open issue. In this work, we investigate the critical behavior...

We study the the Euler-Lagrange equation of the dynamical Boulatov model, which is a simplicial model for 3D gravity augmented by a Laplace-Beltrami operator. We provide all its solutions on the space of left and right invariant functions that render the interaction of the model an equilateral tetrahedron. Surprisingly, for a nonlinear equation, th...

We study the dynamics of perturbations representing deviations from perfect isotropy in the context of the emergent cosmology obtained from the group field theory formalism for quantum gravity. Working in the mean field approximation of the group field theory formulation of the Lorentzian EPRL model, we derive the equations of motion for such pertu...

We analyze relationally evolving and effectively interacting Group Field Theory (GFT) models in the context of the GFT quantum gravity condensate analogue of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation for real
Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC). More precisely, we firstly study the expectation value of the volume operator imported from Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG) i...

In this work we investigate the role played by large diffeomorphisms of quantum isolated horizons for the statistics of Loop Quantum Gravity black holes by means of their relation to the braid group. The mutual exchange of quantum entities in two dimensions is achieved by the braid group, rendering the statistics anyonic. With this we argue that th...