Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 January 2020
In this chapter the linearized Riemann tensor correlator on a de Sitter background including one-loop corrections from conformal fields is derived. The Riemann tensor correlation function exhibits interesting features: it is gauge-invariant even when including contributions from loops of matter fields, but excluding graviton loops as it is implemented in the 1/N expansion, it is compatible with de Sitter invariance, and provides a complete characterization of the local geometry. The two-point correlator function of the Riemann tensor is computed by taking suitable derivatives of the metric correlator function found in the previous chapter, and the result is written in a manifestly de Sitter-invariant form. Moreover, given the decomposition of the Riemann tensor in terms of Weyl and Ricci tensors, we write the explicit results for the Weyl and Ricci tensors correlators as well as the Weyl–Ricci tensors correlator and study both their subhorizon and superhorizon behavior. These results are extended to general conformal field theories. We also derive the Riemann tensor correlator in Minkowski spacetime in a manifestly Lorentz-invariant form by carefully taking the flat-space limit of our result in de Sitter.