Gauging away physics

S. P. Miao, N. C. Tsamis, R. P. Woodard

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We consider the recent argument by Higuchi et al (2011 Class. Quantum Grav. 28 245012) that a nonlocal gauge transformation can be used to eliminate the infrared divergence of the graviton propagator, when evaluated in BunchDavies vacuum on the open coordinate submanifold of de Sitter space in the transverse-traceless-synchronous gauge. Because the transformation is not local, the equal time commutator of undifferentiated fields no longer vanishes. From explicit examination of the Wightman function we demonstrate that the transformation adds anti-sources in the far future which cancel the bad infrared behavior but also change the propagator equation. The same problem exists in the localized version of the recent argument. Adding such anti-sources does not seem to be legitimate and could be used to eliminate the infrared divergence of the massless, minimally coupled scalar. The addition of such anti-sources in flat space QED could be effected by an almost identical gauge transformation, and would seem to eliminate the well-known infrared divergences which occur in loop corrections to exclusive amplitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245013
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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