On the quantization of electrical charge from general relativity
Abstract
It is shown that charge quantization is implied by the asymptotic form of the structure of the irreducible representations of the Einstein group. When the limit of flat spacetime is taken, that is, when the Einstein group representations of general relativity are replaced by the Poincare group of representations of special relativity, the feature of electrical charge of elementary matter vanishes altogether. This result is in accordance with the generalized Mach principle of the theory, whereby all features of interacting matter are related to a coupling between the observed matter and the remainder of the matter of a closed system.
 Publication:

Nuovo Cimento Lettere
 Pub Date:
 January 1978
 Bibcode:
 1978NCimL..21..123S
 Keywords:

 Electric Charge;
 Elementary Particles;
 Field Theory (Physics);
 Relativity;
 Covariance;
 Eigenvalues;
 Einstein Equations;
 Mach Inertia Principle;
 Poincare Problem;
 SpaceTime Functions;
 Physics (General)