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Geometrodynamics of Gauge Fields: On the Geometry of Yang-Mills and Gravitational Gauge Theories (Mathematical Physics Studies)

Eckehard W. Mielke

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ISBN 10: 3319297325 / ISBN 13: 9783319297323
Published by Springer, 2017
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Title: Geometrodynamics of Gauge Fields: On the ...

Publisher: Springer

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 2nd ed. 2017.

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This monograph aims to provide a unified, geometrical foundation of gauge theories of elementary particle physics. The underlying geometrical structure is unfolded in a coordinate-free manner via the modern mathematical notions of fibre bundles and exterior forms. Topics such as the dynamics of Yang-Mills theories, instanton solutions and topological invariants are included.  By transferring these concepts to local space-time symmetries, generalizations of Einstein's theory of gravity arise in a Riemann-Cartan space with curvature and torsion. It provides the framework in which the (broken) Poincaré gauge theory, the Rainich geometrization of the Einstein-Maxwell system, and higher-dimensional, non-abelian Kaluza-Klein theories are developed.

Since the discovery of the Higgs boson, concepts of spontaneous  symmetry breaking in gravity have come again into focus, and, in this revised edition,  these will be exposed in geometric terms.  Quantizing gravity remains an open issue: formulating it as a de Sitter type gauge theory in the spirit of Yang-Mills, some new progress in its topological form is presented. After symmetry breaking, Einstein’s standard general relativity with cosmological constant emerges as a classical background. The geometrical structure of BRST quantization with non-propagating topological ghosts is developed in some detail.

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Eckehard Mielke has been Professor in the Department of Physics, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico since 1997.  His work has covered the Wheeler-DeWitt equation, knot theory and wormholes, conformal changes of metrics, Poincaré gauge theory and its metric-affine generalizations, double dual solutions, topological models of gravity with Chern-Simons terms, Ashtekar variables, boson stars, dark matter, and inflationary cosmology.

He is the author of the Springer book "Sonne, Mond und .... Schwarze L ocher" (1997) (Sun, Moon and...Black Holes), a popular book offering a short trip through recent developments in astronomy.

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