We begin with two different quantization procedures, and two simple, but distinct, problems one of which is successful and the other one is a failure using both of the quantization procedures.
This exercise serves as a prelude to a valid and straightforward quantization of gravity.
1.1. Choosing a Canonical Quantization
The classical variables, p & q, that are elements of a constant zero curvature, better known as Cartesian variables, such as those featured by Dirac , are promoted to self-adjoint quantum operators and , ranged as , and scaled so that .1
1.1.1. First Canonical Example
Our example is just the familiar harmonic oscillator, for which and a Poisson bracket , chosen with a parameter-free, classical Hamiltonian, given by . The quantum Hamiltonian is , Schrödinger’s representation is given by and . Finally, for our example, Schrödinger’s equation is given by:
Solutions to Equation (1) for our example are well known. In particular, for the harmonic oscillator: eigenvalues are given by for ; the eigenfunctions (with ) are given by with ; are the Hermite polynomials ; and N is a normalization factor.
1.1.2. Second Canonical Example
For our next example, we keep the same classical Hamiltonian, and we retain , but now we restrict . This new model is called a half-harmonic oscillator. It follows that the operator , which leads to different behavior than when P was self-adjoint. In particular, we now have two distinct quantum Hamiltonians, specifically , while the other is . Each of these quantum Hamiltonians leads to the same classical Hamiltonian, namely, , when . Hence, there are two valid sets of eigenvalues, specifically and . Moreover, these two eigenvalues can be weaved together, such as , which implies that there are infinitely many versions of the spectrum.
That judgement renders canonical quantization of the half-harmonic oscillator to be an invalid quantization.
1.1.3. First Affine Example
The traditional classical affine variables are and , and they have a Poisson bracket given by . Although the harmonic oscillator extends over the whole real line, we choose q to satisfy , with . For very large b we can approximate a full-line harmonic oscillator and even see what happens if we choose to mimic the full-line story.
The classical affine variables now are and , while the classical harmonic oscillator Hamiltonian is given by , an expression that obeys albeit that .
Now we consider basic quantum operators, namely, and , which lead to , along with . The quantum partial-harmonic oscillator is now given by:
which, when , we find , for which now since . Furthermore, .
In short, an affine quantization becomes a canonical quantization when the partial real line ( ) is stretched to its full length, ( ).
Evidently, an affine quantization fails to quantize a full harmonic oscillator.
1.1.4. Second Affine Example
The common canonical operator expression, , directly implies , the basic affine operator! To confirm the affine expression, multiply by Q, which gives , i.e., , which is the basic affine expression, , where . This derivation demands that and/or . Canonical quantization implies affine quantization but adds a limit on coordinates.2
Regarding our problem, now , and so the classical affine variables are and , which lead to the half-harmonic oscillator . The basic affine quantum operators are D and , where and . These quantum variables lead to . The half-harmonic oscillator quantum Hamiltonian is given by . Schrödinger’s representation is given by and,
Finally, Schrödinger’s equation is given by:
Solutions of (4) have been provided by L. Gouba . Her solutions for the half-harmonic oscillator contain eigenvalues that are equally spaced as are the eigenvalues of the full-harmonic oscillator, although the spacing itself differs in the two cases. The relevant differential Equation in (4) is known as a spiked harmonic oscillator, and its solutions are based on confluent hypergeometric functions. It is noteworthy that every eigenfunction , when , for all .
Finally, an affine quantization of the half-harmonic oscillator can be considered a correctly solved problem.
1.2. Lessons from Canonical and Affine Quantization Procedures
An important lesson from the foregoing set of examples is that canonical quantization requires classical variables, i.e., p & q, to be promoted to quantum operators must satisfy . However, an affine quantization requires classical variables, i.e., d & q, to be promoted to quantum operators must satisfy and , provided that b is finite.
Our analysis of gravity will exploit the fact that the metric (the analog of q) is required to be strictly positive, i.e., , provided . In addition, the metric itself, , is dimensionless. These important properties are well adapted to the possibilities offered by affine quantization.
2. A Loop Quantum Gravity for Einstein’s Gravity
To begin this section the author has chosen to offer the initial paragraph regarding “Loop Quantum Gravity” from Wikipedia in order to have a common text provided by proponents of that topic.3
2.1. The Initial Paragraph from Wikipedia’s “Loop Quantum Gravity”
“Beyond the Standard Model CMS Higgs-event.jpg Simulated Large Hadron Collider CMS particle detector data depicting a Higgs boson produced by colliding protons decaying into hadron jets and electrons Standard Model show Evidence show Theories show Supersymmetry hide Quantum gravity False vacuum String theory Spin foam Quantum foam Quantum geometry Loop quantum gravity Quantum cosmology Loop quantum cosmology Causal dynamical triangulation Causal fermion systems Causal sets Canonical quantum gravity Semiclassical gravity Superfluid vacuum theory show Experiments vte Loop quantum gravity (LQG)      is a theory of quantum gravity, which aims to merge quantum mechanics and general relativity, incorporating matter of the Standard Model into the framework established for the pure quantum gravity case. As a candidate for quantum gravity, LQG competes with string theory . Loop quantum gravity is an attempt to develop a quantum theory of gravity based directly on Einstein’s geometric formulation rather than the treatment of gravity as a force. To do this, in LQG theory space and time are quantized analogously to the way quantities like energy and momentum are quantized in quantum mechanics. The theory gives a physical picture of spacetime where space and time are granular and discrete directly because of quantization just like photons in the quantum theory of electromagnetism and the discrete energy levels of atoms. An implication of a quantized space is that a minimum distance exists. LQG postulates that the structure of space is composed of finite loops woven into an extremely fine fabric or network. These networks of loops are called spin networks. The evolution of a spin network, or spin foam, has a scale on the order of a Planck length, approximately 10−35 metres, and smaller scales are meaningless. Consequently, not just matter, but space itself, prefers an atomic structure. The areas of research, which involve about 30 research groups worldwide,  share the basic physical assumptions and the mathematical description of quantum space. Research has evolved in two directions: the more traditional canonical loop quantum gravity, and the newer covariant loop quantum gravity, called spin foam theory. The most well-developed theory that has been advanced as a direct result of loop quantum gravity is called loop quantum cosmology (LQC). LQC advances the study of the early universe, incorporating the concept of the Big Bang into the broader theory of the Big Bounce, which envisions the Big Bang as the beginning of a period of expansion that follows a period of contraction, which one could talk of as the Big Crunch. 4
2.2. The Author’s View of Selected Properties of Loop Quantum Gravity
The story that follows may not correctly follow the history, but the author offers a reasonable attempt, especially regarding the most important features.
The basic elements for classical gravity are the metric and the momentum . The metric positivity complicates canonical quantization so it is modified by introducing , with , and set . This is not strictly positive because , and is not excluded as canonical quantization requires. It is evident that is dimensionless to ensure that the metric is also dimensionless.
A partner expression is introduced to pair with , and these two variables lead to a Poisson bracket, effectively of unity, which is a key property for canonical quantization. The expression is not dimensionless, but, as canonical quantization requires, has the dimension of . Indeed, these expressions, when quantized, basically lead to .
While we have begun the quantization study, it is essential to first ascertain whether or not we have found physically correct quantum operators or not. This issue arises because while there are many different classical variables that are acceptable for some expression, e.g., the pair of variables (skipping the usual indices) , but, when quantized, . This fact
implies, generally, there is only one set of quantum operators that is physically correct, and some rules must decide which are the classical functions that promote physically correct quantum functions. For canonical quantization, Dirac  suggested that physically correct quantum operators are those that were promoted from Cartesian coordinates. Dirac proposed this requirement, but did not prove his claim. Recently, the present author  has proved that Dirac was correct, namely: using canonical quantization, “constant zero curvature” classical coordinates are those that lead to physically correct quantum operators.
The relevance of this paragraph is since the classical variables and are not Cartesian coordinates , the proposed canonical quantization does not have a physically correct quantization for the operators and .
The present canonical gravity quantization leads to a very tiny, but not zero, discrete behavior for space and time . The author attributes this proposed discrete behavior to a non-physical choice of basic quantum operators. On the other hand, the present affine gravity quantization, as we will show, has no discrete behavior, but instead, has a smooth and continuous behavior of space and time.
Quantum Gravity Efforts
The topic of quantum gravity has gathered numerous suggestions offered in Wikipedia , but no mention of affine quantum gravity has appeared there.
3. An Affine Quantization of Einstein’s Gravity
3.1. Favored Variables for Affine Quantization
In an affine quantization our favored variables are the metric , which is dimensionless, and the momentric , which has the dimension of .5 The Poisson brackets become:
In addition, we can promote these expressions to quantum operators, which then become:
5Named for the momentum and the me tric.
Observe that the middle line of (5) and thus also that of (6), are still true if the metric variables change sign. This implies that using affine variables can lead to either strictly positive metrics, which we accept, or it could also lead to strictly negative metrics, which we reject. This important feature does not hold with analogous canonical classical and canonical quantum equations.
In the next section, we will establish the fact that the classical Poisson brackets in (5) match the quantum commutation relations in (6).
3.2. Affine Coherent States for Quantum Gravity
The basic affine quantum operators, and , are fundamental to the required coherent states, which are chosen  as:
where is a 3 × 3 symmetric, arbitrary matrix, and . The fiducial vector satisfies the equation , which establishes that and .
For clarity, we offer a further description for a metric example given by:
−1.5 em that we denote as . Next, we introduce and its transpose which are arbitrary, 3 × 3, orthogonal matrices such that . A typical 3 × 3 orthogonal matrix, given as an example, is,
−1.5 em while changing 2 more positions of “1” leads to 3 angle parameters and to add 3 more parameters from , leads to 6 variables.
As expected, 6 is the number of parameters in .
3.3. The Semi-Classical Gravity Expression
The Hamiltonian expressions for gravity are the most difficult part of the theory. According to ADM , the classical canonical expression is given, using metric and momentum variables (with ) as:
where , and is the Ricci scalar term. Indeed, (8) can also be considered to be written directly in classical affine variables, namely and . In this case, we rename the canonical expression, , to an affine expression, .
It is noteworthy that the momentum aspects of the classical Hamiltonian can be negative as well as positive. To simplify this aspect we adopt 2 × 2 metrics. In that case, the first factors of (8) could become , and . In that case, . For this example, the second factor of (8) . In addition, the Ricci scalar can be negative as well as positive. These properties carry over to the quantized elements, which could imply, a simple toy model, roughly like .
The affine quantized version of expression (8) using metric, , and momnentric operators, , is given by:
Moreover, the connection between the classical and quantum terms arises from:
leading to the usual classical limit as , or when is tiny enough to ignore. This expression confirms the equality of (5) and (6), as to the similarity of classical and quantum expressions.
4. Schrödinger’s Representation and Equation
In the previous section we developed the quantum Hamiltonian in (9), and now we develop a specific formulation wherein the dimensionless metric operator is given by and the dimensionless metric determinant is given by , as well as the momentric, which has the dimensions of , and offers a formal expression given by:
It is noteworthy that
which is obtained by , and implies that . Next, we find , which requires that ; hence .
These expressions permit us to offer Schrödinger’s equation, which is,
Possible Solutions to Schröedinger Equation
The relation in (13) also leads to for any and all y. This property offers eigenfunctions having the general form ; this expression is suggested here because in selected ultralocal procedures , such behavior is required. The positivity and negativity of the Hamiltonian operator point to continuum solutions rather than discrete levels of eigenfunctions. The Hamiltonian is really a constraint that requires solutions of the form . In particular, the constraint expressions can also be correctly extracted using a suitable functional integration . This procedure points toward the physical features that are the most difficult with the Hamiltonian operator, and simpler issues can complete the story which have been examined before in .
1In particular, in , the mid-page of 114, Dirac wrote “However, if the system does have a classical analogue, its connexion with classical mechanics is specially close and one can usually assume that the Hamiltonian is the same function of the canonical coordinates and momenta in the quantum theory as in the classical theory. †” Footnote: “† This assumption is found in practice to be successful only when applied with the dynamical coordinates and momenta referring to a Cartesian system of axes and not to more general curvilinear coordinates.”
2A multiplication by , instead of Q, could create a finite range of coordinates.
3The references within this paragraph are those belonging to Wikipedia and are not references chosen by the author for the rest of this article.
4This paragraph is a direct quotation of “Loop Quantum Gravity” from Wikipedis’s contribution to that topic.
 Klauder, J.R. (2020) Using Affine Quantization to Analyze Non-Renormalizable Scalar Fields and the Quantization of Einstein’s Gravity. Journal of High Energy Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, 6, 802-816.
 Klauder, J.R. (2020) Using Affine Quantization to Analyze Non-renormalizable Scalar Fields and the Quantization of Einstein’s Gravity. Journal of High Energy Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, 6, 802-816.