String-inspired gravity with interacting point particles

Dongsu Bak, Domenico Seminara

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We reformulate two-dimensional string-inspired gravity with point particles as a gauge theory of the extended Poincaré group. A nonminimal gauge coupling is necessary for the equivalence of the two descriptions. The classical one-particle problem is analyzed completely. In addition, we obtain the many-particle effective action after eliminating the gravity degrees of freedom. We investigate properties of this effective action, and show how to recover the geometrical description. Quantization of the gauge-theoretic model is carried out and the explicit one-particle solution is found. However, we show that the formulation leads to a quantum-mechanical inconsistency in the two-particle case. Possible cures are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1907-1916
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996


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