Foundations of Physics 43 (5):699-705 (2013)

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Alexander Afriat
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
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The standard $\mathbb{U}(1)$ “gauge principle” or “gauge argument” produces an exact potential A=dλ and a vanishing field F=d 2 λ=0. Weyl (in Z. Phys. 56:330–352, 1929; Rice Inst. Pam. 16:280–295, 1929) has his own gauge argument, which is sketchy, archaic and hard to follow; but at least it produces an inexact potential A and a nonvanishing field F=dA≠0. I attempt a reconstruction
Keywords Gauge principle  Weyl  Electromagnetism
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-013-9712-x
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