Two mass generation mechanisms for gauge theories are studied. It is proved that in the Abelian case the topological mass generation mechanism introduced in Refs. 4, 12 and 15 is equivalent to the mass generation mechanism defined in Refs. 5 and 20 with the help of "localization" of a nonlocal gauge invariant action. In the non-Abelian case the former mechanism is known to generate a unitary renormalizable quantum field theory, describing a massive vector field.
- gauge field
- mass generation