Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 1–9

Are there geon analogues in sourceless gauge-field theories?

  • Sidney Coleman
  • Larry Smarr

DOI: 10.1007/BF01611115

Cite this article as:
Coleman, S. & Smarr, L. Commun.Math. Phys. (1977) 56: 1. doi:10.1007/BF01611115


It has recently been shown that there is no finite-energy non-singular solution to the sourceless gauge-field equations in four-dimensional Minkowski space that does not radiate energy. However, this does not preclude the possibility of solutions which hold themselves together for a long time before radiating away their energy. If they existed, such objects would be analogous to the geons of general relativity. We show such objects do not exist.

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© Springer-Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidney Coleman
    • 1
  • Larry Smarr
    • 2
  1. 1.Lyman Laboratory of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Lyman Laboratory of Physics and Center for AstrophysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA