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Kaluza-Klein theory is a classical theory that unifies gravity and electromagnetism by showing that general relativity in 5-dimensions reduces to the equations of 4-dimensional general relativity and the Maxwell equations in 4 dimensions.

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If extra dimensions are out there, why don't/can't we see them? [duplicate]

String theory proposes the existence of extra space dimensions. Very brilliant minds believe in their existence. Of course, I could appreciate that they are consequences of mathematical ...
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Extra Dimensions (in String Theory) - What does it mean?

I have been reading a lot about string theory and the necessity of extra dimensions (particularly as visualized in Calabi-Yau spaces), as "curling-ups" in our apparently 3-dimensional (or 4-...
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Dimensional reduction of higher-dimensional Einstein-Hilbert action

I take a spacetime of the form $\mathcal{M}_{d+1}\times \mathbb{S}^n$, with $\mathcal{M}_{d+1}$ some generic non-compact $(d+1)$-dimensional spacetime and $\mathbb{S}^n$ an $n$-dimensional sphere, so ...
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The role of the Hopf Fibration in Kaluza-Klein theory

I have been learning recently about the Hopf Fibration and its relation to physics. My professor has told me that it is one of the simplest methods of dimensional reduction in Kaluza-Klein theory. ...
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Does general relativity account for the other 3 forces?

There are suppose to be 4 fundemental forces of nature, einstein described gravity not as a force but, put simply, the result of objects following curves in spacetime. However does it account for ...
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Particle spectrum in dimensional reduction

First of all, sorry if this question is a bit stupid, but my knowledge of certain aspects of particle physics and group theory is a bit limited. I am compactifying the heterotic $E_{8}\times E_{8}$ ...
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Unification of gravity and electromagnetism

Have there been any attempts at unifying gravity and electromagnetism at least at classical level since Hermann Weyl's idea of gauge principle (1918)? We now have Standard Model which is very ...
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What is the connection between extra dimensions in Kaluza-Klein type theories and those in string theories?

This follows to some extent from a question I asked previously about the flaws of Kaluza-Klein theories. It appears to me that Kaluza-Klein theories attach additional dimensions to spacetime that are ...
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Kaluza-Klein approach and Gauss-Cadazzi approach

Can you tell me the difference or physical application of Kaluza Klein approach and Gauss Codazzi approach? In Kaluza Klein theory, 5 dimensional theory can be dimensional reduced to 4 dimensional ...
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Why Einstein's unified field theory is believed not to work?

In his later life, Albert Einstein was trying to extend his general theory of relativity to incorporate electromagnetism and other fundamental forces with it, something he himself called "The theory ...
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Lifting 3d Chern-Simons theory to 4d

For simplicity, let us only consider abelian Chern-Simons theory. The usual way of lifting 3d Chern-Simons theory to 4d is achieved through the Stokes' theorem. Say, if the original Chern-Simons ...
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Tree level and loop level

I'm trying to read through a paper which explains the following about Universal Extra Dimensions (UED) vs ADD models: The new feature of the UED scenario compared to the brane world is that since ...
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Kaluza-Klein theory metric

What are the physical dimensions of the $5\times 5$ Kaluza-Klein metric? (the metric should be dimensionless but doesn't look so with the inclusion of the four potential and the scalar field)
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What is the difficulty in extending geometrodynamics to non-abelian fields?

In an attempt to widen my own horizons I've decided to educate myself in Wheeler's Geometrodynamics. In the so-called "already unified theory" one can essentially reproduce an electromagnetic field ...
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Measuring extra-dimensions

I have read and heard in a number of places that extra dimension might be as big as $x$ mm. What I'm wondering is the following: How is length assigned to these extra dimensions? I mean you can ...
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Geometric interpretation of Electromagnetism

For gravity, we have General Relativity, which is a geometric theory for gravitation. Is there a similar analog for Electromagnetism?
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Kaluza-Klein and Fourier expansion

In every book/reference on Kaluza-Klein (KK) dimensional reduction, one uses that fluctuations $\delta\Phi(x,y)$ can be expanded as follows $$\delta\Phi(x,y)= \sum_n\delta\Phi_n(x)\,h_n(y)$$ where $\{...
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What generates the curvature which is necessary for curling-up extra dimensions?

To say it right away, I am not an expert in string theory, but I know well General Relativity. So I wonder how the curling up of extra-dimensions which is assumed in many "Kaluza-Klein" like theories (...
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Why does Kaluza-Klein theory or the Randall-Sundrum model propose only one extra dimension?

Reading popular accounts on string theory, I have the impression that the number of extra dimensions of string theory is not an ad hoc postulate; it's uniquely determined by mathematical consistency. ...
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Attempt to understand the Kaluza-Klein theory

I'm currently doing an internship on Kaluza-Klein theory. by reading some articles, I don't understand some things that seem easy to authors for example : In this article https://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/...
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What is regular mass spacing?

In a book I'm reading, there is a sentence as follows: Muons and taus are not extra-dimensional versions of electrons, because they don’t have a regular mass spacing and don’t have the same weak-...
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Why is the metric in Kaluza Klein theory set up in the way that it is?

Since the product of the electomagnetic potential with itself and the square of the radion field is added to the 4D space time metric, $$ \left( \begin{array}{ccc} g_{\mu\nu}+A_\mu A_\nu\phi^2 & \...
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Ricci tensor derivation in Kaluza-Klein theory

I've been trying to follow the article Kaluza-Klein for Kids where the author derives the lagrangian density in the Kaluza-Klein theory. He takes scalar function $\Phi =1$, then he uses the "ansatz" ...
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Dimensional reduction from even to odd dimensions and Chern-Simons terms

I'll be taking some Lagrangians from this paper to try and keep personal typos out of the discussion I have been looking at the dimensional reduction of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton theories and I am ...
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Ernst potential from Kaluza-Klein reduction of axisymmetric space-time

Following appendix A of "Ergoregions in Magnetised Black Hole Spacetimes" by G. W. Gibbons, A. H. Mujtaba and C. N. Pope, starting from the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \hat{R} - \hat{F}_{\mu\nu}\hat{...
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Why did Kaluza need to invent a new theory to unify general relativity and electromagnetism?

Wikipedia (and many other sources) say that by extending the number of spacetime dimensions from four to five, Kaluza–Klein theory unifies general relativity and electromagnetism into a single theory. ...
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Can someone explain the basics of Kaluza-Klein Theory (with as minimal math as possible) and why it was discredited?

Most of what I know about Kaluza-Klein Theory comes from a book I read a while back by Brian Greene called "The Elegant Universe". What he said was that Kaluza had figured out a way to incorporate a ...
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How did Einstein plan to Unify Electromagnetism and Gravity?

I'm asking the question on this site because I'm more concerned with the physics and philosophy of unification than historical details I know that Einsteins description of gravity includes curvature ...
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Massless particles in a universe with compact extra-dimensions

One common idea behind many extensions to the Standard Model (such as String Theory or Kaluza-Klein Theory) are small or hidden "Extra-Dimensions", that are compactified. According to my ...
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Kaluza-Klein Christoffel Symbols

I have a question regarding the connection coefficients as they pertain to the following paper: http://www.weylmann.com/kaluza.pdf . When I try to calculate the 4D Christoffel symbols from the 4D part ...
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If mass density curves space-time, then why isn't density (at each $x$, $y$, $z$) considered a dimension in space-time? [closed]

From http://science.howstuffworks.com "Theodor Kaluza theorized that a fourth spatial dimension might link general relativity and electromagnetic theory. But where would it go? Theoretical ...
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Kaluza-Klein in superstring theory

In superstring theory, it says that they wrap 16 dimensions on a torus given by $\mathbb{R}^{16}$ divided by a SO(32) or $E_8 \times E_8$ lattice and this gives a gauge group of the same name. But in ...
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Generalising a finding in Kaluza-Klein theory to extra spatial dimensions in super string theory a correct method?

As a disclaimer I am an A-level student. I have been doing a research project in which I am looking at manipulating space-time through the ideas provided by superstring theories. I stumbled upon the ...
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A question about Kaluza-Klein mechanism

We know that there is a kind of compactification mechanism named Kaluza-Klein theory which states that the extra dimensions can be compacted dimensions such as $T^n$ or $S^n$ and so on. To make the ...
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How To Arrive At Ground State Metric of Kaluza-Klein Theory

The ground state metric, after an extra dimension of space is compactified (to a circle) in Einsteinian gravity, is the metric which corresponds to the R_4 × S_1 geometry of the separated dimensions. ...
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The form of the metric after a dimension is compactified

Upon the compactifiation of one spatial dimension, it is said (as though an axiom) that the 5 dimensional spacetime metric separates into a 4 dimensional metric, a vector, and a scalar, (4D gravity, ...
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What does the geometry of a compactified dimension impact?

In Kaluza's original work, he didn't compactify the fifth dimension, rather imposed the "cylindrical condition" where none of the components in the 4D metric depended on the 5th dimension. It wasn't ...
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Dimensional Reduction for scalar fields

The main motivation for this question is the paper "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theories" by Brink, Schwarz and Scherk where they use dimensional reduction to go from Yang-Mills in $D=4$ to $D=2$. But ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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Ground state metric?

In kaluza-klein theory, there's a notion of a "ground state metric" after compactification. What is the meaning of the term "ground state metric"?
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Articles discussing examples of Kaluza-Klein Reduction

The notes for my class on Kaluza-Klein reduction are a bit all over the place and at times it's difficult to follow what's going on. (I plan on asking a specific question about an example later). For ...
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Doesn't modelling using Lie Groups assume spacetime is continuous?

Lie groups are used to some behaviors of quantum mechanics, as well as forming a basis for Kaluza-Klein, Yang-Mills, and String theory. But Lie groups are defined as involving a differentiable ...
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Can anyone explain to a novice physicist whether there is a gravitational-electromagnetic symmetry?

I am trying to understand how the four fundamental forces relate to one another and to a theory of everything. As I understand it the unified force that is thought to exist at very high energies gets ...
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How to imagine higher dimensions?

In the link below Carl Sagan described about higher dimension: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnURElCzGc0 and here's a description of Brian Greene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v95WjxpMIQg Carl ...
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Kaluza Klein Equations of Motion

I have found a derivation of the Kaluza-Klein equations of motion on this webpage: http://www.konfluence.org/Williams_31Mar2012.pdf As I understand it, he starts with the 5d geodesic equation of ...
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Momentum and Kaluza-Klein charge

In normal Kaluza Klein reduction over a $S^1$, the momentum round the circle contributes to the electric charge in the lower dimensional theory. I am curious as to whether, under certain ...
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Kaluza Klein charge

If I take a $(d+1)$ dimensional Einstein Hilbert Lagrangian $L_{d+1}=\sqrt{-\hat{g}} \hat{R}$ and perform a standard Kaluza Klein dimensional reduction by periodically identifying one direction, let's ...
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$n=0$ mode Fourier expansion on string theory

I am quite baffled at what the $n=0$ mean in compactification, why is this mode important? I mean if $n=0$ was applied here we'd just be left with I know that (39) holds from (37), but I can't ...
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Compact manifold taken as an Einstein Manifold

In Kaluza-Klein theories I often see that the compact space is assumed to be an Einstein manifold, that is, its Ricci tensor is proportional to its metric. So, why is this done?
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What does Kaluza-Klein theory say about the attraction/repulsion of opposite/same charges?

Since Kaluza-Klein theory is made out of general relativity - a gravitational theory in 4 dimensions which is only attractive, then how does it takes into account the attraction/repulsion of opposite/...