Journal of Geometry and Symmetry in Physics

Essential Nonlinearity in Field Theory and Continuum Mechanics. Second- and First-Order Generally-Covariant Models

Ewa Eliża Rozko and Jan Jerzy Sławianowski

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Abstract

Discussed is the problem of the mutual relationship of differentially first-order and second-order field theories and quantum-mechanical concepts. We show that unlike the real history of physics, the theories with algebraically second-order Lagrangians are primary, and in any case more adequate. It is shown that in principle, the primary Schrödinger idea about Lagrangians which are quadratic in derivatives, and leading to second-order differential equations, is not only acceptable, but just it opens some new perspective in field theory. This has to do with using the Lorentz-conformal or rather its universal covering ${\rm SU}(2,2)$ as a gauge group. This has also some influence on the theory of defects in continua.

Article information

Source
J. Geom. Symmetry Phys., Volume 34 (2014), 51-76.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 27 May 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jgsp/1495850588

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.7546/jgsp-34-2014-51-76

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3236387

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1305.81080

Citation

Rozko, Ewa Eliża; Sławianowski, Jan Jerzy. Essential Nonlinearity in Field Theory and Continuum Mechanics. Second- and First-Order Generally-Covariant Models. J. Geom. Symmetry Phys. 34 (2014), 51--76. doi:10.7546/jgsp-34-2014-51-76. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jgsp/1495850588


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