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Constraint quantization of a worldline system invariant under reciprocal relativity: II


Jarvis, PD and Morgan, SO, Constraint quantization of a worldline system invariant under reciprocal relativity: II, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 41, (46) pp. 465203. ISSN 1751-8113 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1088/1751-8113/41/46/465203


We consider the worldline quantization of a system invariant under the symmetries of reciprocal relativity. Imposition of the first class constraint, the generator of local time reparametrizations, on physical states enforces identification of the worldline cosmological constant with a fixed value of the quadratic Casimir of the quaplectic symmetry group Q(3,1)≅U(3,1) × H(4), the semi-direct product of the pseudo-unitary group with the Weyl-Heisenberg group. In our previous paper, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 40 (2007) 12095, the 'spin' degrees of freedom were handled as covariant oscillators, leading to a unique choice of cosmological constant, required for projecting out negative-norm states from the physical gauge-invariant states. In the present paper, the spin degrees of freedom are treated as standard oscillators with positive norm states (wherein Lorentz boosts are not number-conserving in the auxiliary space; reciprocal transformations are of course not spin-conserving in general). As in the covariant approach, the spectrum of the square of the energy-momentum vector is continuous over the entire real line, and thus includes tachyonic (spacelike) and null branches. Adopting standard frames, the Wigner method on each branch is implemented, to decompose the; auxiliary space into unitary irreducible representations of the respective little algebras and additional degeneracy algebras. The physical state space is vastly enriched as compared with the covariant approach, and contains towers of integer spin massive states, as well as unconventional massless representations of continuous spin type, with continuous Euclidean momentum and arbitrary integer helicity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Particle and high energy physics
Research Field:Particle physics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Jarvis, PD (Dr Peter Jarvis)
UTAS Author:Morgan, SO (Mr Stuart Morgan)
ID Code:53978
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2009-02-04
Last Modified:2009-04-23

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