The Theory of Causal Fermion Systems

Construction of Linear Fields and Waves

Construction of Linear Fields and Waves

The existence theory for solutions of the linearized field equations and of the dynamical wave equation can be developed based on positivity properties of surface layer integrals. We outline the methods and results in different cases:

Linearized Field Equations in the Time-Dependent Setting

The existence theory for the linearized field equations is developed in [linhyp18]. The method is inspired by energy estimates for symmetric hyperbolic systems as used in the theory of hyperbolic partial differential equations. The methods are based on positivity properties of so-called softened surface layer integrals of the form

\[ \int_U d\rho(x)\: \eta_t(x) \int_U d\rho(y)\: \big(1-\eta_t(y)\big)\: \Big( \nabla_{1,\mathfrak{v}}^2 – \nabla_{2,\mathfrak{v}}^2 \Big) \L(x,y) \:, \]

where $\eta_t$ is a smooth cutoff function in time, and $U \subset M$ is a so-called lens-shaped region. The time function and the lens-shaped region must satisfy hyperbolicity conditions. Under these assumptions, one obtains global existence of solutions of the Cauchy problem and finite propgation speed. The solutions are unique up to jets in the orthogonal complement of the test jets.

Linearized Field Equations in the Static Setting

For static causal fermion systems, the existence theory is inspired by methods of elliptic partial differential equations. The starting point are the positive functionals obtained from second variations of the causal action.

The Dynamical Wave Equation

The existence theory for the dynamical wave equation is developed in [FKO21]. Similar as for the linearized field equations, the method is to use energy estimates similar as used for hyperbolic partial differential equations in the theory of symmetric hyperbolic systems. The methods are based on positivity properties of the softened surface layer integral

\begin{align*}
\la \psi | \phi \ra^t_\rho = -2i \int_M d\rho(x) \int_M d\rho(y) \:
\Big( \eta_t(x)\: \big( 1 &-\eta_t(y) \big) – \big(1-\eta_t(x) \big)\:\eta_t(y) \Big) \\
&\times \Sl \psi(x) \:|\: Q^\text{dyn}(x,y)\, \phi(y) \Sr_x \:,
\end{align*}

where $\eta_t$ is a smooth cutoff function in time. Assuming that such smooth cutoff functions exist with the property that suitable hyperbolicity conditions hold, one obtains global existence of solutions of the Cauchy problem and finite propgation speed. The solutions are again unique up to jets in the orthogonal complement of the test jets.

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