Jerusalem Mathematics Colloquium

Thursday, 25th January 2007, 4:00 pm
Mathematics Building, Lecture Hall 2

Yakov Itin
(Hebrew University)

"Gravity-electromagnetic unification from a coframe geometrical structure"

Abstract: The coframe field models, alternative to GR, are known as viable models for gravity, since they have the Schwarzschild solution. I study which geometric structure can be constructed from the vierbein (frame/coframe) variables and which field models can be related to this geometry.

Since the local Lorentz invariance is violated, a physical interpretation of additional six degrees of freedom is required. The geometry of such models is usually given by two different connections -- the Levi-Civita symmetric and metric-compatible connection and the Weitzenbock flat connection. I construct a general family of linear connections of the same type, which includes two connections above as special limiting cases. For dynamical propagation of six additional degrees of freedom it is necessary for the gauge field of infinitesimal transformations (antisymmetric tensor) to satisfy the system of two first order differential equations. This system is similar to the vacuum Maxwell system and even coincides with it on a flat manifold. The corresponding "Maxwell-compatible connections" are derived.

Alternatively, I derive the same Maxwell-type system as a symmetry conditions of the viable models Lagrangian. Consequently the coframe field is decomposed to the pure metric field plus a dynamical field of infinitesimal Lorentz rotations. Exact spherical symmetric solution for this dynamical field is derived. It is bounded near the Schwarzschild radius. Further off, the solution is close to the Coulomb field.

Light refreshments will be served in the faculty lounge at 3:30.

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