We investigate the effect on the Hamiltonian structure of general relativity of choosing an intrinsic time to fix the time slicing. 3-covariance with momentum constraint is maintained, but the Hamiltonian constraint is replaced by a algebraic equation for the trace of the momentum. This reveals a very simple structure with a local reduced Hamiltonian. The theory is easily generalized; in particular, the square of the Cotton-York tensor density can be added as an extra part of the potential while at the same time maintaining the classic 2 + 2 degrees of freedom. Initial data construction is simple in the extended intrinsic time formulation; we get a generalized Lichnerowicz-York equation with nice existence and uniqueness properties. Adding standard matter fields is quite straightforward.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)