Regular Article – Theoretical Physics
Non-linear plane gravitational waves as space-time defects
Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, 70919-970, Brasília, DF, Brazil
2 International Center of Physics, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, 70910-900, Brasília, DF, Brazil
3 Canadian Quantum Research Center, 204-3002 32 Ave, V1T 2L7, Vernon, BC, Canada
Accepted: 9 January 2021
Published online: 21 January 2021
We consider non-linear plane gravitational waves as propagating space-time defects, and construct the Burgers vector of the waves. In the context of classical continuum systems, the Burgers vector is a measure of the deformation of the medium, and at a microscopic (atomic) scale, it is a naturally quantized object. One purpose of the present article is ultimately to probe an alternative way on how to quantize plane gravitational waves.
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