BRST symmetry towards the Gauss constraint for general relativity

Michele Castellana, Giovanni Montani

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Quantization of systems with constraints can be carried on with several methods. In the Dirac's formulation the classical generators of gauge transformations are required to annihilate physical quantum states to ensure their gauge invariance. Carrying on BRST symmetry it is possible to get a condition on physical states which, differently from the Dirac's method, requires them to be invariant under the BRST transformation. Employing this method for the action of general relativity expressed in terms of the spin connection and tetrad fields with path integral methods, we construct the generator of BRST transformation associated with the underlying local Lorentz symmetry of the theory and write a physical state condition following from BRST invariance. The condition we gain differs form the one obtained within Ashtekar's canonical formulation, showing how we recover the latter only by a suitable choice of the gauge fixing functionals. We finally discuss how it should be possible to obtain all the requested physical state conditions associated with all the underlying gauge symmetries of the classical theory using our approach. © 2008 World Scientific Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218 - 1221
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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