Term of Award

Fall 2012

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.)

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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Committee Chair

Francois Ziegler

Committee Member 1

Xiezhang Li

Committee Member 2

Scott Kersey

Committee Member 3

Yi Lin

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In this thesis we classify all symplectic manifolds admitting a transitive, 2-form preserving action of the Galilei group G. Using the moment map and a theorem of Kirillov-Kostant-Souriau, we reduce the problem to that of classifying the coadjoint orbits of a central extension of G discovered by Bargmann. We then develop a systematic inductive technique to construct a cross section of the coadjoint action. The resulting symplectic orbits are interpreted as the manifolds of classical motions of elementary particles with or without spin, mass, and color.

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