It is shown that the theory of representations of the Poincaré group applied to the vector potentials of a massless field yields in a simple and direct way (without assuming that the field is a gauge field, and without detailed assumption on the form of the equation of motion), the structure of the polarizations, the Gupta-Bleuler condition, and gauge invariance of the theory. The method is shown to apply to the Maxwell field and to a five-dimensional generalization of the Maxwell field (which properly contains the Maxwell theory) associated with manifestly covariant dynamics.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Mathematical Physics|
|State||Published - 1994|