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I have a question about imposing constraints in order to obtain theories of gravity from gauge algebras.

Let's take as a warming-up Poincare gravity. The procedure is as follows:

* Gauge the Poincare group with generators P (translations) and M (rotations) to obtain the vielbein and spin connection as gauge fields

* Impose curvature (R) constraints

*Obtain Einstein gravity

The curvature constraint is R(P)=0. This constraint does two things:

* It makes the spin connection a dependent field, which we want: the only propagating degree of freedom should be the vielbein!

* It enables one to rewrite the P-transformation on the vielbein (which is the only independent field left) as a general coordinate transformation minus a Lorentz transformation, which we want: a theory of gravity has as "gauge transformations" local Lorentz transformations and general coordinate transformations; no P-transformations are present.

My question is basically: these two reasons are completely different from each-other, but somehow I suspect there is a link between them. What is this link?

My question becomes more clear in the conformal case. Here we start with the conformal group. The procedure is then as follows:

*Gauge the conformal group with generators P (translations),M (Lorentz transformations ),K (special conformal transformations),D (dilatations)

*Impose curvature constraints

*Gauge away the gauge field belonging to the dilatations

*Write down the action of a conformal scalar

*Obtain the Hilbert action from this action via our curvature constraints

Again, the curvature constraints allow us to make certain gauge fields dependent and to remove the P-transformations from the remaining independent fields (the vielbein and the dilatation-gauge field). So again I wonder: what is the link between these two demands?

I hope my question is clear :)

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# (Conformal) gravity and constraints

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