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This came out in April. We had it on our second quarter MIP ("most important paper") poll.

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=413838

So far, this is a classical treatment. And it uses a spacetime manifold. The basic playground is a manifold M with a principle G-bundle over M where G can be, for example, Spin(1+N,3). This how I read it anyway. marcus said: ↑http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.4866

Unification of gravity, gauge fields, and Higgs bosons

A. Garrett Lisi, Lee Smolin, Simone Speziale

12 pages

(Submitted on 27 Apr 2010)

"We consider a diffeomorphism invariant theory of a gauge field valued in a Lie algebra that breaks spontaneously to the direct sum of the spacetime Lorentz algebra, a Yang-Mills algebra, and their complement. Beginning with a fully gauge invariant action -- an extension of the Plebanski action for general relativity -- we recover the action for gravity, Yang-Mills, and Higgs fields. The low-energy coupling constants, obtained after symmetry breaking, are all functions of the single parameter present in the initial action and the vacuum expectation value of the Higgs."

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We know that in some cases we can start with that kind of picture and in the course of constructing a quantum version, get a "manifoldless spacetime" picture using graphs, spin networks and spinfoams. Then, instead of a spatial or spacetime continuum one has (for each graph) a group manifold---a finite cartesian product of the basic group G. These provide a way to set up graph Hilbert spaces and then one takes a projective limit.

I haven't thought about how much of that might go over using a different group such as Spin(1+N,3).

I just toss this out in case anyone wants to have a look at the Lisi, Smolin, Speziale paper and speculate about a "manifoldless" quantum version in the style of the new formulation of LQG we got in http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.1780

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