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Published December 1975 | public
Journal Article

Gravitation in the light cone gauge


The formulation of gravitation theory in the light cone gauge is studied. After a brief discussion of Yang- Mills theory for purposes of illustration, tensor and scalartensor gravitation are investigated. We show that if the gauge conditions are properly chosen the constrained components of the metric tensor can be explicitly solved for by quadrature, so that the field theory can be reformulated entirely in terms of the physical transverse fields. It is also shown that the light cone gauge is useful for finding wave solutions of classical field equations. Occasional reference is made to dual models, primarily to explain our motivation, but familiarity with them is not required for an understanding of this paper.

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© 1975 Plenum Publishing Corporation. Received 22 January 1975. Issue Date December 1975. This work was started at the Aspen Center for Physics, whose hospitality we gratefully acknowledge. We also wish to thank the participants of the workshop on dual models, especially E. Cremmer and J.-L. Gervais, for discussions that helped to stimulate this work. Work supported in part by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Prepared under Contract AT (11-1)-68 for the San Francisco Operations Office, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

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