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Quantization of the Proca field in curved spacetimes - A study of mass dependence and the zero mass limit

  title={Quantization of the Proca field in curved spacetimes - A study of mass dependence and the zero mass limit},
  author={Maximilian Schambach},
  journal={arXiv: Mathematical Physics},
In this thesis we investigate the Proca field in arbitrary globally hyperbolic curved spacetimes. We rigorously construct solutions to the classical Proca equation, including external sources and without restrictive assumptions on the topology of the spacetime, and investigate the classical zero mass limit. We find that the limit exists if we restrict the class of test one-forms to those that are co-closed, effectively implementing a gauge invariance by exact distributional one-forms of the… 

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