Dirac's theory of constraints in field theory and the canonical form of Hamiltonian differential operators

Peter J Olver

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Abstract

A simple algorithm for constructing the canonical form of Hamiltonian systems of evolution equations with constant coefficient Hamiltonian differential operators is given. The result of the construction is equivalent to the canonical system derived using Dirac's theory of constraints from the corresponding degenerate Lagrangian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2495-2501
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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