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Title: Global analogue of the Aharonov-Bohm effect

This thesis deals with a global analogue of the Aharonov-Bohm effect previously pointed out by other authors. The effect was not well understood because the pure Aharonov-Bohm cross section was thought to be merely an approximate low energy limit. This thesis provides a detailed analysis and reveals that in the particular model considered, there is an exact Aharonov-Bohm cross section over the energy range that a mass splitting occurs. At energies slightly above the mass splitting, the effect has completely disappeared and there is effectively no scattering at large distances. This is a curious observation as it was previously thought that a global theory would not act exactly like a local one over an extended range of energies. It begs the heretical speculation that experimentally observed forces modelled with Lagrangians possessing local symmetries may have an underlying global theory.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
39349
Resource Type:
Miscellaneous
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (Ph.D.); PBD: 1993
Publisher:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States)
Research Org:
California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
66 PHYSICS; AHARONOV-BOHM EFFECT; GLOBAL ANALYSIS; LAGRANGIAN FIELD THEORY