Scalar Pre-potentials for Spinor and Tensor Fields on Spacetime

Tucker, R. W. and Walton, Timothy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5103-4591 (2022) Scalar Pre-potentials for Spinor and Tensor Fields on Spacetime. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2191 (1). 012020. ISSN 1742-6588

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Abstract: We review a technique for solving a class of classical linear partial diferential systems of relevance to physics in Minkowski spacetime. All the equations are amenable to analysis in terms of complex solutions in the kernel of the scalar Laplacian and a complexifed Hertz potential. The complexifcation prescription ensures the existence of regular physical solutions with chirality and propagating, non-singular, pulse-like characteristics that are bounded in all three spatial dimensions. The technique is applied to the source-free Maxwell, Bopp-Landé-Podolsky and linearised Einstein feld systems, and particular solutions are used for constructing classical models describing single-cycle laser pulses and a mechanism is discussed for initiating astrophysical jets. Our article concludes with a brief introduction to spacetime Cliford algebra ideals that we use to represent spinor felds. We employ these to demonstrate how the same technique used for tensor felds enables one to construct new propagating, chiral, non-singular, pulse-like spinor solutions to the massless Dirac equation in Minkowski spacetime.

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