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Title: Jackiw-Teitelboim and Kantowski-Sachs quantum cosmology
Abstract We study quantum cosmology of the 2 D Jackiw-Teitelboim (JT) gravity with Λ > 0 and calculate the Hartle-Hawking (HH) wave function for this model in the minisuperspace framework. Our approach is guided by the observation that the JT dynamics can be mapped exactly onto that of the Kantowski-Sachs (KS) model describing a homogeneous universe with spatial sections of S 1 × S 2 topology. This allows us to establish a JT-KS correspondence between the wave functions of the models. We obtain the semiclassical Hartle-Hawking wave function by evaluating the path integral with appropriate boundary conditions and employing the methods of Picard-Lefschetz theory. The JT-KS connection formulas allow us to translate this result to JT gravity, define the HH wave function and obtain a probability distribution for the dilaton field.  more » « less
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