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Integration by parts and vector differential forms in higher order variational calculus on fibered manifolds. (English) Zbl 0958.58016

Summary: Infinitesimal variation of action functionals in classical (non-quantum) field theory with higher derivatives is presented in terms of well-defined intrinsic geometric objects independent of the particular field which varies. The “integration by parts” procedure for this variation consists in application of the nonlinear Green formula to the vertical differential of the Lagrangian. Euler-Lagrange expressions and the Green operator are calculated by simple pull-backs of certain vector bundle valued differential forms associated with the given variational problem.

MSC:

58E30 Variational principles in infinite-dimensional spaces
58A20 Jets in global analysis
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