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Gauge Properties of Conserved Currents in Abelian Versus Non-abelian Theories

Deser, S. and Henneaux, Marc (1995) Gauge Properties of Conserved Currents in Abelian Versus Non-abelian Theories. Modern Physics Letters A, 10 (12). pp. 991-995. ISSN 0217-7323. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161216-094039618

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Abstract

We clarify the physical origin of the difference between gauge properties of conserved currents in Abelian and non-Abelian theories. In the latter, but not in the former, such currents can always be written on-shell as gauge invariants modulo identically conserved, superpotential, terms. For the “isotopic” vector and the stress tensor currents of spins one and two respectively, we explain this difference by the fact that the non-Abelian theories are just the self-coupled versions of the Abelian ones using these currents as sources. More precisely, we indicate how the self-coupling turns the noninvariantizable Abelian conserved currents into (on-shell) superpotentials. The fate of other conserved currents is also discussed.


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http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0217732395001095DOIArticle
http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0217732395001095PublisherArticle
https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9503193arXivDiscussion Paper
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Deser, S.0000-0001-9285-9434
Alternate Title:Gauge Properties of Conserved Currents in Abelian Versus Nonabelian Theories
Additional Information:© 1995 World Scientific Publishing. Received: 31 March 1995. M.H. is grateful to Glenn Barnich and Friedemann Brandt for useful conversations. This work has been supported in part by NSF grant PHY-9315811, by research contracts with the Commission of the European Communities and by research funds from the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium).
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Official Citation:GAUGE PROPERTIES OF CONSERVED CURRENTS IN ABELIAN VERSUS NON-ABELIAN THEORIES S. DESER and MARC HENNEAUX Modern Physics Letters A 1995 10:12, 991-995
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