Vacuum states from a resolution of the lightcone singularity

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Abstract

The lightcone singularity at the origin is resolved by blowing up the singular point to CP1. The Lorentz group acts on the resolved lightcone and has CP1 as a special orbit. Using Wigner's method of associating unitary irreducible representations of the Poincaré group to particle states, we find that the special orbit gives rise to new vacuum states. These vacuum states are labeled by the principal series representations of SL(2,C). Some remarks are included on the applications of these results to gauge theories and asymptotically flat spacetimes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136507
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume820
Early online date19 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2021

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