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# Gauge Invariance - Electromagnetic Theory, CSIR-NET Physical Sciences Physics Notes | EduRev

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Gauge Invariance in Classical Electrodynamics

Maxwell's equation suggests that there is a vector potential fulfilling The magnetic field is unchanged if one adds a gradient of an arbitrary scalar field Λ: Similar in line, the Maxwell equation suggests that there is a scalar potential V fulfilling In this case one can add a time derivative of an arbitrary scalar field Λ to the scalar potential V without changing the electric field.

To summarize this in a covariant notation: The field-strength tensor with is unchanged under a 'gauge transformation' with Λ(x) being an arbitrary function.
The same electrodynamics can be described by many different four-vector potentials. This is what is meant by GAUGE INVARIANCE of classical electrodynamics.

The two Maxwell equations from above are then rewritten as The two remaining Maxwell equations and can be written in the compact form with the electromagnetic current being CONSEQUENCES

1) The electromagnetic current is conserved: 2) The time derivative of the electric field in the fourth Maxwell equation guaranteeing local charge conservation leads also to the prediction of electromagnetic waves: In the absence of external electromagnetic currents and using the Lorentz gauge one obtains for each compoenent of the four-potential (identified with the photon field) a Klein-Gordon equation for a massless particle: 159 docs

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