A higher derivative view of the arc length and area actions

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Higher derivative versions of the arc length and area actions are presented. The higher derivative theories are equivalent with the corresponding lower derivative theories in absence of interactions. The extra degrees of freedom associated with the higher derivatives are pure gauge due to a hidden reparametrization invariance these theories possess. The extra degrees of freedom are no longer pure gauge in the presence of background fields and the equivalence no longer holds. A string version of Wigner's continuous spin particle is also noted.

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Zoller, D. January 1, 1991.

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Higher derivative versions of the arc length and area actions are presented. The higher derivative theories are equivalent with the corresponding lower derivative theories in absence of interactions. The extra degrees of freedom associated with the higher derivatives are pure gauge due to a hidden reparametrization invariance these theories possess. The extra degrees of freedom are no longer pure gauge in the presence of background fields and the equivalence no longer holds. A string version of Wigner's continuous spin particle is also noted.

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  • Other: DE92008775
  • Report No.: DOE/ER/40272-133
  • Report No.: UFIFT-HEP--91-14
  • Grant Number: FG05-86ER40272
  • DOI: 10.2172/5813343 | External Link
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Zoller, D. A higher derivative view of the arc length and area actions, report, January 1, 1991; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1098536/: accessed March 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.