Foundations of Physics

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 905–929 | Cite as

An application of functional equations to the analysis of the invariance identities of classical gauge field theory

  • David Stapleton


The equations of motion for a particle in a classical gauge field are derived from the invariance identities 2 and basic assumptions about the Lagrangian. They are found to be consistent with the equations of some other approaches to classical gauge-field theory, and are expressed in terms of a set of undetermined functions Eα. The functions Eα are found to satisfy a system of differential equations which has the same formal structure as a system of equations from Yang-Mills theory. 3

These results are obtained by a new method which applies techniques from the theory of functional equations to deduce the way in which the arguments of the Lagrangian must combine. The method constitutes an aid for obtaining the equations of motion when a non-gauge-invariant Lagrangian is chosen, and it is assumed that the equations of motion can be written in a gauge-invariant manner.


Differential Equation Field Theory Functional Equation Formal Structure Basic Assumption 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Stapleton
    • 1
  1. 1.ACTA Inc.Torrance

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