Metric-Affine Gauge Theory of Gravity I. Fundamental Structure and Field Equations

Research paper by Frank Gronwald

Indexed on: 18 Feb '97Published on: 18 Feb '97Published in: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology


We give a self-contained introduction into the metric-affine gauge theory of gravity. Starting from the equivalence of reference frames, the prototype of a gauge theory is presented and illustrated by the example of Yang-Mills theory. Along the same lines we perform a gauging of the affine group and establish the geometry of metric-affine gravity. The results are put into the dynamical framework of a classical field theory. We derive subcases of metric-affine gravity by restricting the affine group to some of its subgroups. The important subcase of general relativity as a gauge theory of translations is explained in detail.