# Gravitational statistical mechanics: A model

@article{Major2001GravitationalSM, title={Gravitational statistical mechanics: A model}, author={Seth A. Major and Kevin L. Setter}, journal={Classical and Quantum Gravity}, year={2001}, volume={18}, pages={5125-5141} }

Using the quantum Hamiltonian for a gravitational system with boundary, we find the partition function and derive the resulting thermody- namics. The Hamiltonian is the boundary term required by functional differ- entiability of the action for Lorentzian general relativity. In this model, states of quantum geometry are represented by spin networks. We show that the statistical mechanics of the model reduces to that of a simple non-interacting gas of particles with spin. Using both canonical and… Expand

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