ROVELLI, CARLO / Physics / Researchers

International Center for Scientific Research




Professeur de classe exceptionnelle, Université de la Méditerranée et Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy, CNRS, Marseille, France.

Responsable of the quantum gravity group

Research interests

The main activity of the Quantum Gravity group of the CPT is the development of the loop approach to quantum gravity, both in its canonical form and in the spinfoam formalism.

Prizes and awards

Xanthopoulos Award, Triennial International Prize in Relativity, 1995.

Prix du Rayonnement International, Festival des Sciences et des Technologies, 2004.

Chancellor Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh 1993.

Chiamata per chiara fama (Honor nomination) voted by the Physics Department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Aprile 2002.

Idoneo al concorso Professore Universitario di Prima Fascia, Universit`a di Lecce, Maggio 2000.

Gravity Research Foundation, Second Award 1996, and Honorable mention 1995 and 2002.

2005 Selection by IOP Select for the article [127] below.

2005 Lezione Galileana, Universit`a di Firenze.

1994 Annual Series Lecturer, Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science.



C Rovelli: Quantum Gravity, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
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R DePietri, L Freidel, K Krasnov, C Rovelli: “Barret-Crane model from a Boulatov-Ooguri field theory over a homogeneous space”, Nucl Phys B574 (2000) 785-806; hep-th/9907154.

C Rovelli: “The century of the incomplete revolution: searching for general relativistic quantum field theory”, Journal of Mathematical Physics 41, Special Issue 2000, invited contribution, 3776 (2000); hep-th/9910131.

C Rovelli: “Notes for a Brief History of Quantum Gravity”, in IXth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Recent Developments in general Relativity R Ruffini Ed.

M Gaul, C Rovelli: “Loop Quantum Gravity and the Meaning of Diffeomorphism Invariance”, Lecture Notes in Physics 541 (2000) 277-324; gr-qc/9910079.

M Montesinos, C Rovelli: “Statistical mechanics of generally covariant quantum theories: A Boltzmann-like approach”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 18 (2001) 555-569; gr-qc/0002024.

M Reisenberger, C Rovelli: “Spinfoams as Feynman diagrams”, gr-qc/ 0002083.

M Reisenberger, C Rovelli: “Spacetime as a Feynmann diagram: the connection formulation”,
Class Quantum Grav 18 (2001) 121-140; gr-qc/0002095.

A Perez, C Rovelli: “A spin foam model without bubble divergences”, Nuclear Physics B599
(2001) 255-282; gr-qc/0006107.

A Perez, C Rovelli: “Spin foam model for Lorentzian General Relativity”, Physical Review
D63 (2001) 041501

A Perez, C Rovelli: “3+1 spinfoam model of quantum gravity with spacelike and timelike components”, Physical Review D64 (2001) 064002

M Gaul, C Rovelli: “A generalized Hamiltonian Constraint Operator in Loop Quantum Gravity and its simplest Euclidean Matrix Elements”, Class and Quant Grav 18 (2001) 1593-1624; gr-qc/0011106.

LCrane, A Perez, C Rovelli: “A finiteness proof for the Lorentzian state sum spinfoam model for quantum general relativity”, gr-qc/0101088.

A Perez, C Rovelli: “Observables in quantum gravity”, gr-qc/0104034.

R Livine, A Perez, C Rovelli: “2d manifold-independent spinfoam theory”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 20, 4103-4123; gr-qc/ 0102051.

C Rovelli: “Partial observables”, Physical Review D65 (2002) 124013

C Rovelli: “A note on the foundation of relativistic mechanics. I: Relativistic observables and relativistic states”, Proceedings of the 15th SIGRAV Conference on General Relativity and Gravitational Physics, Rome, September 2002; gr-qc/0111037.

C Rovelli: “GPS observables in general relativity”, Physical Review D65 (2002) 044017

M Reisenberger, C Rovelli: “Spacetime states and covariant quantum theory”, Physical Review D65 (2002) 125016; gr-qc/0111016

L Crane, A Perez, C Rovelli: “Finiteness in spinfoam quantum gravity”, Physical Review Letters 87 (2001) 181301

D Marolf, C Rovelli: “Relativistic quantum measurement”, Physical Review D66 (2002) 023510; gr-qc/0203056

C Rovelli: “A note on the foundation of relativistic mechanics. II: Covariant hamiltonian
general relativity”, in Topics in Mathematical Physics, General Relativity and Cosmology, H
Garcia-Compean, B Mielnik, M Montesinos, M Przanowski editors, pg 397, (World Scientific,
Singapore 2006); gr-qc/0202079

C Rovelli: “Dynamics without time for quantum gravity: Covariant hamiltonian formalism for field theoryand Hamilton-Jacobi equation on the space G”, in Decoherence and Entropy in Complex Systems. Selected lectures from DICE 2002, HT Elze ed, Lecture Notes in Physics ; Lecture Notes in Physics 633 (2003) 36-62 (Springer, Berlin 2003); gr-qc/0207043

C Rovelli, S Speziale: “Reconcile Planck-scale discreteness and the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction”, Physical Review D67 (2003) 064019; gr-qc/0205108

P Martinetti, C Rovelli: “Diamonds’s Temperature: Unruh effect for bounded trajectories and thermal time hypothesis”, Classical and Quantum Gravity (2003) 4919-4932; gr-qc/0212074

L Freidel, R Livine, C Rovelli: “Spectra of Length and Area in 2+1 Lorentzian Loop Quantum Gravity”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 20 (2003) 1463-1478; gr-qc/0212077

F Conrady, L Doplicher, R Oeckl, C Rovelli, M Testa: “Minkowski vacuum in background independent quantum gravity”, Physical Review D69 (2004) 064019; gr-qc/0307118

D Colosi, C Rovelli: “A simple background-independent hamiltonian quantum model”, Physical Review D68 (2003) 104008; gr-qc/0306059

C Rovelli: “Loop quantum gravity”, Phys World 16N11 (2003) 37

F Conrady, C Rovelli: “Generalized Schr¨odinger equation in Euclidean field theory”, International
Journal of Modern Physics A 19, (2004) 4037; hep-th/0310246

C Rovelli: “A dialog on quantum gravity”, International Journal of Modern Physics, D12
(2003) 1509-1528; hep-th/0310077

C Rovelli: “Comment on ‘Causality and the Arrow of Classical Time’ by F Rorhich”, Studies in History and Phylosophy of Modern Physics, 35/3 (2004) 397-405

W Fairbairn, C Rovelli: “Separable Hilber space in loop quantum gravity”, Journal of Mathematical Phyics, 45 (2004) 2802-2814

C Rovelli: “Relational quantum theory”, in Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics?, N Kolenda, A Elitzur editors, (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2004)

D Oriti, C Rovelli, S Speziale: “Spinfoam 2d quantum gravity and discrete bundles”, Class Quantum Grav 22 (2005) 85-108; gr-qc/0406063

D Colosi, L Doplicher, W Fairbairn, L Modesto, K Noui, C Rovelli: “Background independence in a nutshell”, Class Quantum Grav 22 (2005) 2971-2989; gr-qc/0408079

D Colosi, C Rovelli: “Global particles, local particles”, gr-qc/0409054

T Jacobson, D Marolf, C Rovelli: “Black hole entropy: inside or out?”, Int J Theor Phys 44
(2005) 1807-1837 hep-th/0501103

G ’t Hooft, L Susskind, E Witten, M Fukugita, L Randall, L Smolin, J Stachel, C Rovelli, G Ellis, S Weinberg, R Penrose: “A theory of everything?” Nature, 433 (2005) 257-259

L Modesto, C Rovelli: “Particle scattering in loop quantum gravity”, Physical Review Letters, 95 (2005) 191301, gr-qc/0502036

F Mattei, C Rovelli, S Speziale, M Testa: “From 3-geometry transition amplitudes to graviton states”, Nucl. Phys. B739 (2006) 234 [arXiv:gr-qc/0508007].

A Perez, C Rovelli: “Physical effects of the Immirzi parameter”, Phys Rev D 73 (2006) 044013; gr-qc/0505081

S Speziale, C Rovelli: “On the perturbative expansion of a quantum field theory around a topological sector”, General Relativity and Gravitation, 39:167-178,2007, gr-qc/0508106

C Rovelli: “Graviton propagator from background-independent quantum gravity”, Phys Rev
Lett 97 (2006) 151301; gr-qc/0508124

C Rovelli: “The disappearance of Space and Time”, in The Ontology of Spacetime D. Dieks (Editor) (Elsevier 2006)

C Rovelli: “Loop Quantum Gravity”, in Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics, eds. J.-P. Franoise, G.L. Naber and Tsou S.T. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006, volume 3 page 339

C Rovelli: “Canonical general relativity”, in Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics, eds. J.-P.
Franoise, G.L. Naber and Tsou S.T. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006, volume 1 page p. 412

C Rovelli: “Quantum Gravity”, in Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. Volume 2: Philosophy of Physics Volume editors: John Earman and Jeremy Butterfield. Handbook editors: Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods. 2006 Elsevier BV

C Rovelli: “The disappearance of Space and Time”, in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics. The Ontology of Spacetime D. Dieks (Editor) 2006 Elsevier B.V.

E Bianchi, L Modesto, C Rovelli, S Speziale: “Graviton propagator in loop quantum gravity”,
Classical and Quantum Gravity 23 (2006) 6989-7028; (Article Selected by IOP Select). grqc/0604044

C Rovelli: “Unfinished revolution”, Introductive chapter of a book on Quantum Gravity, edited by Daniele Oriti, to appear with Cambridge University Press , gr-qc/0604045

M Smerlak, C Rovelli: “Relational EPR”, Foundations of Physics 37:427-445,2007, quantph/

C Rovelli, S Speziale: “A semiclassical tetrahedron”, Classical and Quantum Gravity 23:5861-5870 (2006), gr-qc/0606074

F Hellmann, M Mondragon, A Perez, C Rovelli: “Multiple-event probability in generalrelativistic
quantum mechanics”, Physical Review D 75, 084033 (2007). gr-qc/0610140

L Fatibene, M Francaviglia, C Rovelli: “On a Covariant Formulation of the Barbero-Immirzi Connection”, Class.Quant.Grav.24:3055-3066,2007, gr-qc/0702134

E Magliaro, C Perini, C Rovelli: “Compatibility of radial, Lorenz and harmonic gauges”, arXiv:0704.0992

M Mondragon, A Perez, C Rovelli: “Multiple-event probability in general-relativistic quantum
mechanics: a discrete model”, arXiv:0705.0006
135. J Engle, R Pereira, C Rovelli: “The loop quantum gravity vertex”, arXiv:0705.2388

L Fatibene, M Francaviglia, C Rovelli: “Spacetime Lagrangian Formulation of Barbero-Immirzi Gravity”, Class. Quantum Grav. 24 (2007) 4207-4217, arXiv:0706.1899.

C Rovelli: “Beyond the screen of time”, Nature, Physics, 3 (2007).

C Rovelli: “Book review of ’The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity’by D Rickles,
S French and J Saatsi (Eds.)”, Class. Quantum Grav., to appear.

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