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Title: Topological mass generation in 3 + 1 dimensions

In this paper, the 4-dimensional theory of a 1-form Abelian gauge field A coupled to a 2-form (antisymmetric tensor) potential B. The two gauge invariances of the theory admit a coupling mB F where F is the field strength (F = dA) of A. It is shown that this theory is a unitary, renormalizable theory of a massive spin-one field with no additional degrees of freedom. In this sense, it is a generalization to four dimensions of topological mechanisms in two dimensions (the Schwinger model) and three dimensions (Chern-Simons theory). The issue of spontaneous symmetry breaking is also examined.
Authors:
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  1. (Syracuse Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Physics)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5006573
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Modern Physics Letters A; (United States); Journal Volume: 6:7
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; FIELD THEORIES; GAUGE INVARIANCE; COUPLING; FOUR-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; POTENTIALS; RENORMALIZATION; SYMMETRY BREAKING; TOPOLOGY; INVARIANCE PRINCIPLES; MATHEMATICS 645300* -- High Energy Physics-- Particle Invariance Principles & Symmetries; 645400 -- High Energy Physics-- Field Theory