Macroscopic and microscopic paradigms for the torsion field: From the test-particle motion to a Lorentz gauge theory

Nakia Carlevaro, Orchidea Maria Lecian, Giovanni Montani

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Torsion represents the most natural extension of General Relativity and it attracted interest over the years in view of its link with fundamental properties of particle motion. The bulk of the approaches concerning the torsion dynamics focus their attention on their geometrical nature and they are naturally led to formulate a non-propagating theory. Here we review two different paradigms to describe the role of the torsion field, as far as a propagating feature of the resulting dynamics is concerned. However, these two proposals deal with different pictures, i.e., a macroscopic approach, based on the construction of suitable potentials for the torsion field, and a microscopic approach, which relies on the identification of torsion with the gauge field associated with the local Lorentz symmetry. We analyze in some detail both points of view and their implications on the coupling between torsion and matter will be investigated. In particular, in the macroscopic case, we analyze the test-particle motion to fix the physical trajectory, while, in the microscopic approach, a natural coupling between torsion and the spin momentum of matter fields arises.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281 - 295
Number of pages15
JournalAnnales de la Fondation Louis de Broglie
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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