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I One-dimensional field momentum

  1. Apr 21, 2016 #1
    How does one arrive at the formula 4.8?
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    The Lagrangian (one spatial dimension) is:

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  3. Apr 23, 2016 #2


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    That's a special case of Noether's theorem for space-time translations, which is a symmetry of Minkowski space. The corresponding conserved quantities are energy and momentum. For fields it defines the canonical energy-momentum tensor
    $$\Theta^{\mu \nu}=\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial (\partial_{\nu} \phi)}\partial^{\mu} \phi-\mathcal{L} g^{\mu \nu}.$$
    The momentum density components are given by ##\Theta^{0j}## (##j \in \{1,2,3 \}##). Now it should be easy to show the above formula.
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