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Matter field infinities in axial gauge gravity


Delbourgo, R and Winter, BD, Matter field infinities in axial gauge gravity, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 15, (4) pp. L165-L167. ISSN 0305-4470 (1982) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1088/0305-4470/15/4/004


The one-loop infinities for scalar, spinor and vector fields due to gravitational interactions are computed in the axial gravity gauge for the Einstein-Hilbert action. The results reveal an axis dependence, in addition to their expected non-renormalisability, which is expected to get progressively worse in higher orders of perturbation theory. This means that gauge equivalences between covariant and non-covariant gauges are impossible in ordinary quantum gravity (unlike renormalisable theories such as flavourdynamics or chromodynamics) unless cancellation of infinities occurs through some supersymmetric mechanism or unless a renormalisable conformal version of gravity is adopted.

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:Delbourgo, R (Professor Robert Delbourgo)
ID Code:96473
Year Published:1982
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2014-11-06
Last Modified:2014-11-06

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