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Mandl and Shaw 2.3

  1. Apr 27, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] Mandl and Shaw 2.3

    Show that the Lagrangian density

    [itex]\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{2}\partial_\alpha \varphi_\beta \partial^\alpha \varphi^\beta + \frac{1}{2} \partial_\alpha \varphi^\alpha \partial_\beta \varphi^\beta + \frac{\mu^2}{2}\varphi_\alpha \varphi^\alpha[/itex]

    for the real vector field [itex]\varphi^\alpha[/itex] leads to the field equations

    [itex][g_{\alpha\beta}(\square+ \mu^2)-\partial_\alpha\partial_\beta]\varphi^\beta=0[/itex]

    and that the field satisfies the Lorentz condition [itex]\partial_\alpha \varphi^\alpha = 0[/itex].

    The first part is a simple matter of using the Lagrange equation for the fields. I'm not sure where this Lorentz condition comes from. Does it follow from some symmetry of the Lagrangian?
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  3. Apr 27, 2008 #2
    This is the Proca field? As I'm not sure whether this is a homework problem of yours or not... I'll just assume you've consulted wikipedia already =)
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  5. Apr 27, 2008 #4
    Ahh yes, thanks same.
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