This paper is part of a program investigating symmetries that are defined at a physical or observational level rather than purely geometrically. Here we generalize previous work on dynamical "matter" symmetries of relativistic gases. If the matter symmetry vector is surface-forming with the dynamical Liouville vector, then Einstein's equations reduce it to a Killing symmetry of the metric. We show that this conclusion is unaltered if the gas particles are subject to a nongravitational force (including the electromagnetic force on charged particles) or if the gravitational field obeys higher-order field equations. In the Brans-Dicke theory, the matter symmetry reduces to a homothetic symmetry of the metric. This is also the case for a generalized conformal symmetry in Einstein's theory. We consider the problem of relaxing the surface-forming assumption in an attempt to determine whether there are dynamical symmetries that do not necessarily reduce to geometrical symmetries of the metric.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||International Journal of Theoretical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1994|