Loop Gravity-watchers will be familiar with Etera Livine, Laurent Freidel, and David Louapre. David has been a sometimes poster at PF and both Livine and Freidel are among those whose Lorentzian spinfoam papers we discussed. Freidel and Louapre (with help from Livine) are preparing a series of papers on 2+1 dimensional quantum gravity of which the first is now available.
The ancestor of this series is
Laurent Freidel, “ A Ponzano-Regge model of Lorentzian 3-Dimensional gravity ”, Nucl. Phys. Proc. Suppl. 88 (2000) 237-240 , gr-qc/0102098.
The announced series of four papers, of which the first was just posted:
L.Freidel and D. Louapre,"Ponzano-Regge model revisited I: Gauge fixing, observables and interacting spinning particles"
L.Freidel and D. Louapre, “Ponzano-Regge model revisited II: Mathematical aspects; relation with Chern-Simons theory, DSU(2) quantum group and link invariant". To appear.
L.Freidel, E. Livine and D. Louapre, “Ponzano-Regge model revisited III: The Field Theory limit”. To appear.
L.Freidel and D. Louapre, “Ponzano-Regge model revisited IV: Lorentzian 3D Quantum Geometry”. To appear.
------other papers of possible related interest-------
L. Freidel and D. Louapre, “Diffeomorphisms and spin foam models,” Nucl. Phys. B 662, 279
K. Noui and A. Perez “Three dimensional loop gravity coupled to point particles”, to appear.
Links to a couple of things at PF here:
interesting post from "notevenwrong" about testability
I dont think there's any need for any of us to justify
or explain why we are interested in the kinds of physics that
we're interested in.
So I dont normally bother to explain why I like to
report current developments in Loop Gravity or discuss
new papers with anyone who might be interested. But
here I was being challenged to explain my excitement and
I talked about why it's interesting to me personally
(doesnt have to be to you, but you may be enthused by
some of the same things). It's a ramble though.