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Classical and quantum mechanics of free relativistic membranes

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>13/09/1976
<mark>Journal</mark>Nuclear Physics B
Issue number1
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)150-176
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Motivated by the theory of relativistic strings, the theory of a two-dimensional relativistic membrane whose action is proportional to the three-dimensional area it traces out in space-time is investigated both in Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. The quantum theory is developed using Dirac's method for constrained systems and the question of gauge choices is considered in some detail.