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Fourth International Conference on
Geometry, Integrability and Quantization
June 6–15, 2002, Varna, Bulgaria
Ivaïlo M. Mladenov and Gregory L. Naber, Editors
Coral Press, Sofia 2003, pp 168–177
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Abstract. We study reparametrization-invariant systems, mainly the
relativistic particle and its D-dimensional extended object generalization d-brane. The corresponding matter Lagrangians naturally contain
background interactions, like electromagnetism and gravity. For a dbrane that doesn’t alter the background fields, we define non-relativistic
equations assuming integral sub-manifold embedding of the d-brane.
The mass-shell constraint and the Klein–Gordon equation are shown
to be universal when gravity-like interaction is present. Our approach
to the Dirac equation follows Rund’s technique for the algebra of the
γ-matrices that doesn’t rely on the Klein–Gordon equation.
1. Introduction
There are two very useful methods in classical mechanics: the Hamiltonian and
the Lagrangian approach [14, 10, 11, 16, 4]. The Hamiltonian formalism gives
rise to the canonical quantization, while the Lagrangian approach is used in the
path-integral quantization. Usually, in classical mechanics, there is a transformation that relates these two approaches. However, for a reparametrizationinvariant systems there are problems when changing from the Lagrangian
to the Hamiltonian approach [10, 11, 16, 20, 15]. Classical mechanics of a
reparametrization-invariant system and its quantization is the topic of the current study.
Fiber bundles provide the mathematical framework for classical mechanics,
field theory, and even quantum mechanics if viewed as a classical field theory.
When studying the structures that are important to physics, we should also understand why one fiber bundle should be more “physical” than another, why the