In the framework of Lorentz invariant theories of gravitation the fieldtheoretic approach of the generally covariant Jordan-Brans-Dicke-theory is investigated.
It is shown that a slight restriction of the gauge group of Einstein's linear tensor theory leads to the linearized Jordan-Brans-Dicke-theory. The problem of the inconsistency of the field equations and the equations of motion is solved by introducing the Landau-Lifschitz energy momentum tensor of the gravitational field as an additional source term into the field equations. The second order of the theory together with the corresponding gauge group are calculated explicitly. By means of the structure of the gauge group of the tensor field it is possible to identify the successive orders of the scalar-tensor theory as an expansion of the Jordan-Brans-Dicke-theory in flat space-time. The question of the uniqueness of the procedure is answered by showing that the structure of the gauge group of the tensor field is predetermined by the linear equations of motion. The mathematical proof of this fact confirms formally the meaning of the equations of motion for the geometry of space.
© 1946 – 2014: Verlag der Zeitschrift für Naturforschung
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License.