International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 573–580

Boundary of a boundary principle and geometric structure of field theories

  • Arkady Kheyfets
  • John A. Wheeler

DOI: 10.1007/BF00670471

Cite this article as:
Kheyfets, A. & Wheeler, J.A. Int J Theor Phys (1986) 25: 573. doi:10.1007/BF00670471


We formulate the boundary of a boundary principle, review its applications in electrodynamics, Yang-Mills theory, and general relativity and translate its basic ideas into geometric language. In each of these three theories the density of the source lets itself be constructed-we discover-out of the curvature associated with the field as a Cartan-like moment of this curvature.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arkady Kheyfets
    • 1
  • John A. Wheeler
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of Texas at AustinAustin

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