Spin and torsion in general relativity II: Geometry and field equations
Abstract
From physical arguments spacetime is assumed to possess a connection left\{ {_{ij}^k } right\} is Christoffel's symbol built up from the metric g_{ ij } and already appearing in General Relativity (GR). Cartan's torsion tensors_{ij} ^k = tfrac{1}{2}left( {Γ _{ij}^k  Γ _{ji}^k } right) and the contortion tensor K_{ ij } ^{ k }, in contrast to the theory presented here, both vanish identically in conventional GR. Using the connection introduced above, in this series of articles we will discuss the consequences for GR in the framework of a consistent formalism. There emerges a theory describing in a unified way gravitation and a very weakspinspin contact interaction. In Part I of this work† we discussed the foundations of the theory. In this Part II we present in section 3 the geometrical apparatus necessary for the formulation of the theory. In section 4 we take the curvature scalar (or rather its density) as Lagrangian density of the field. In this way we obtain in subsection 4.1 the field equations in their explicit form. In particular it turns out that torsion is essentially proportional to spin. We then derive the angular momentum and the energymomentum theorems (subsections 4.24); the latter yields a force proportional to curvature, acting on any matter with spin. In subsection 4.5 we compare the theory so far developed with GR. Torsion leads to a universal spinspin contact
 Publication:

General Relativity and Gravitation
 Pub Date:
 October 1974
 DOI:
 10.1007/BF02451393
 Bibcode:
 1974GReGr...5..491H