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Note on the Interpretation of Proper Mass as a Constant Lagrange Multiplier

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The timelike world line C0 of a free particle is a maximizing curve for the integral I = ∫ds in the class Γ of neighboring admissible timelike curves joining the events A, B, and satisfying the side-condition imposed on the 4-velocity φ ={g}_{ij} {\overset{\cdot }{x}}^i{\overset{\cdot }{x}}^j=1({\overset{\cdot }{x}}^i={dx}^i/ ds) . Considering the problem of extremizing integral I as a time optimal problem, we show that the multiplier λ (s) associated with the equation φ = 1 is constant along C0 and may be identified with the proper mass m of the free particle. The constancy of m can thus be regarded as a consequence of the path dependence of proper time.
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insu-03747681 , version 1 (08-08-2022)

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R. A. Krikorian. Note on the Interpretation of Proper Mass as a Constant Lagrange Multiplier. Astrophysics, 2018, 61, pp.370-374. ⟨10.1007/s10511-018-9543-8⟩. ⟨insu-03747681⟩
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