Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1202.5811 (Ian M. Anderson et al.)

Variational Principles for Natural Divergence-free Tensors in Metric
Field Theories

Ian M. Anderson, Juha Pohjanpelto
Let $T^{ab}=T^{ba}=0$ be a system of differential equations for the components of a metric tensor on $R^m$. Suppose that $T^{ab}$ transforms tensorially under the action of the diffeomorphism group on metrics and that the covariant divergence of $T^{ab}$ vanishes. We then prove that $T^{ab}$ is the Euler-Lagrange expression some Lagrangian density provided that $T^{ab}$ is of third order. Our result extends the classical works of Cartan, Weyl, Vermeil, Lovelock, and Takens on identifying field equations for the metric tensor with the symmetries and conservation laws of the Einstein equations.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.5811

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