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A BRST primer

Authors
Journal
Annals of Physics
0003-4916
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
183
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0003-4916(88)90233-3
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract We develop a Hamiltonian formulation of the BRST method for quantizing constrained systems. The rigid rotor is studied in detail and the similarity of this simple quantum system to a gauge theory is explicitly demonstrated. The system is quantized as a gauge theory and then the similarity between BRST and the Gupta-Bleuler approach is displayed. We also apply our formalism to true gauge theories. Both Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories are studied in detail. Finally, the Hamiltonian treatment of the relativistic and the spinning relativistic particle is presented.

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