The Classical Relativistic Elastic String

David N. Williams

Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Michigan
September 15, 1974

Abstract: The theory of an elastic string in classical special relativity is considered. Standard elasticity concepts are applied to parametrize the elastic tensor, which is put into a Lagrangian in order to define canonical variables. A few specific models for the elastic potential energy as a function of elastic strain are examined, with brief comments about their possible suitability for canonical quantization.

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