- JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS Journal
- October 2019
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- In this paper we study a family of generalizations of the Pontryagin and Husain-Kuchǎr actions on manifolds with boundary. In some cases, they describe well- known models — either at the boundary or in the bulk — such as 3-dimensional Euclidean general relativity with a cosmological constant or the Husain-Kuchǎr model. We will use Hamiltonian methods in order to disentangle the physical and dynamical content of the systems that we discuss here. This will be done by relying on a geometric implementation of the Dirac algorithm in the presence of boundaries recently proposed by the authors.
- classical theories of gravity; gauge symmetry; topological field theories