Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 219–252

A Hilbert Space Setting for Interacting Higher Spin Fields and the Higgs Issue


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-015-9867-8

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Schroer, B. Found Phys (2015) 45: 219. doi:10.1007/s10701-015-9867-8


Wigner’s famous 1939 classification of positive energy representations, combined with the more recent modular localization principle, has led to a significant conceptual and computational extension of renormalized perturbation theory to interactions involving fields of higher spin. Traditionally the clash between pointlike localization and the the Hilbert space was resolved by passing to a Krein space setting which resulted in the well-known BRST gauge formulation. Recently it turned out that maintaining a Hilbert space formulation for interacting higher spin fields requires a weakening of localization from point- to string-like fields for which the d = s + 1 short distance scaling dimension for integer spins is reduced to d = 1 and and renormalizable couplings in the sense of power-counting exist for any spin. This new setting leads to a significant conceptual change of the relation of massless couplings with their massless counterpart. Whereas e.g. the renormalizable interactions of s = 1 massive vectormesons with s \(<\) 1 matter falls within the standard field-particle setting, their zero mass limits lead to much less understood phenomena as “infraparticles” and gluon/quark confinement. It is not surprising that such drastic conceptual changes in the area of gauge theories also lead to a radical change concerning the Higgs issue.


String-localized massive vectormesons and Hilbert space positivity Coupling massive vectormesons to Hermitian scalar fields Induced H-selfinteraction versus symmetry-breaking Higgs mechanism. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikFU-BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.CBPFRio de JaneiroBrazil