Foundations of Physics

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 473–485 | Cite as

Field theoretic constraint formalism

  • Arthur Komar
Part I. Invited Papers Dedicated To Peter G. Bergmann


The constraint formalism of classical mechanics is extended to field theories with gauge groups. Explicit examples of Klein-Gordon and Maxwell fields are presented. The symmetry properties of the Maxwell fields have the unexpcted feature in this formalism of forming a first-class algebra which is not Lie, a situation already encountered in the general theory of relativity.


Field Theory General Theory Gauge Group Classical Mechanic Symmetry Property 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Komar
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentYeshiva University and New York UniversityNew York

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