Léon Rosenfeld and the challenge of the vanishing momentum in quantum electrodynamics

@article{Salisbury2009LonRA,
  title={L{\'e}on Rosenfeld and the challenge of the vanishing momentum in quantum electrodynamics},
  author={D. Salisbury},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  year={2009},
  volume={40},
  pages={363-373}
}
  • D. Salisbury
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Abstract Leon Rosenfeld published in 1930 the first systematic Hamiltonian approach to Lagrangian models that possess a local gauge symmetry. The application of this formalism to theories with local internal symmetries, such as electromagnetism in interaction with charged matter fields, is valid and complete, and predates by two decades the work by Dirac and Bergmann. Although he provided a group-theoretical justification for gauge fixing procedures that had just been implemented in the first… Expand
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