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Falling Cats, Parallel Parking, and Polarized Light

Batterman, Robert (2002) Falling Cats, Parallel Parking, and Polarized Light. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper addresses issues surrounding the concept of geometric phase or "anholonomy". Certain physical phenomena apparently require for their explanation and understanding, reference to toplogocial/geometric features of some abstract space of parameters. These issues are related to the question of how gauge structures are to be interpreted and whether or not the debate over their "reality" is really going to be fruitful.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: geometric phase, Berry phase, Aharonov-Bohm effect, gauge theory, fiber bundles, monopoles, polarized light
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Depositing User: Robert Batterman
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 794
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/794

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