Weyl’s Gauge Argument

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Foundations of Physics, ISSN: 0015-9018, Vol: 43, Issue: 5, Page: 699-705

Publication Year:
2013
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9597
DOI:
10.1007/s10701-013-9712-x
Author(s):
Afriat, Alexander
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Springer Nature; Springer
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Physics and Astronomy
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The standard U(1) "gauge principle" or "gauge argument" produces an exact potential A=dλ and a vanishing field F=dλ=0. Weyl (in Z. Phys. 56:330-352, 1929; Rice Inst. Pam. 16:280-295, 1929) has his own gauge argument, which is sketchy, archaic and hard to follow; but at least it produces an inexact potential A and a nonvanishing field F=dA≠0. I attempt a reconstruction. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.