Nonlocal Structure of Higher Spin Fields

  1. Dr. Dietrich Papenfuß2,
  2. Professor Dr. Dieter Lüst3 and
  3. Professor Dr. Wolfgang P. Schleich4
  1. Anton Z. Capri

Published Online: 29 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch11

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

How to Cite

Capri, A. Z. (2002) Nonlocal Structure of Higher Spin Fields, in 100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact (eds D. Papenfuß, D. Lüst and W. P. Schleich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany

  2. 3

    Humboldt Universität, Institut für Physik, Germany

  3. 4

    Universität Ulm, Abteilung f. Quantenphysik, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany

Author Information

  1. Department of Physics and Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2J1, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 27 AUG 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527403929

Online ISBN: 9783527610853

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Keywords:

  • elementary particles theory;
  • nonlocal structure of higher spin fields;
  • problem of superluminal propagation;
  • loss of propagation for higher spin fields;
  • external electromagnetic field;
  • Velo and Zwanziger;
  • internal structure;
  • not elementary;
  • Peirce decomposition of the algebra of the matrices

Summary

We first review the problem of superluminal propagation or even loss of propagation for higher spin fields minimally coupled to an external electromagnetic field, discovered by Velo and Zwanziger in the 1960's. Then, we show that these fields have a nonlocal structure. This indicates that these fields have internal structure and should not be considered as elementary. The main tool in this investigation is the use of a Peirce decomposition of the algebra of the matrices occuring in the first order wave equations for these fields.