The mass problem for elementary particles in general, and for gauge vector bosons in particular, has been of actual character in many aspects, mostly in the construction of various unification models based on gauge invariance principle  -  where the Higgs mechanism for mass creation plays a crucial role.
On the other hand, in our recent works  -  , a mechanism for mass creation in space-time with extradimensions has been proposed. For vector bosons, this problem has been treated in more detail in  .
In this work, an alternative approach is proposed to give the possibility for gauge vector bosons to acquire mass independently of Higgs mechanism. It is based on a modified gauge principle and referred to as deformed gauge invariance  .
As a consequence, the proposed mechanism also allows the possibility for gauge coupling constants to be variable in space-time. This would be meaningful for the study of both micro and macro world   .
2. Deformed U(1) Gauge Invariance
Let be some matter field with charge q and the transformation law
under gauge transformation with parameter
The covariant derivative is constructed by the formula
with the gauge field obeying the transformation law:
being some scalar function parameter.
The conventional field strength defined as
is no more imvariant under the transformation (3) but its deformed version:
Hence the corresponding invariant Lagrangian should be taken of the form:
The Euler?Lagrange equation
Let us put the constraint on the gauge field:
This coincides with the ordinary Lorentz gauge condition when is constant.
Equation (8) now reads:
Now we restrict the consideration to a special form of, namely
where, and c being some scalar parameters, -some vector parameter.
With Equation (11) inserted Equation (10) becomes:
which corresponds to the expression
for mass of gauge boson A.
Equation (13) shows that in general mA can vary in value in space-time, except for the special case, where. It takes the value
at the origin.
3. Deformed Non-Abelian Gauge Invariance
We now proceed to the case of non-abelian gauge. Let be some matter field multiplet obeying the transformation law under gauge transformation
being representation matrices of the symmetry algebra
The covariant derivative is introduced by the formula:
with the gauge fields transforming according to the rule:
G being gauge coupling constant.
The deformed field strength is constructed from the conventional one
in a similar way as Equation (5), namely:
with the transformation law:
Hence, the invariant Lagrangian for gauge fields should be:
where is proportional to and.
By performing further calculations in a similar way as for the -gauge with the deformed Lorentz gauge condition
taken into account the same expression (13) for mass mA will be obtained.
4. Variable Coupling Constants
From the Equations (2) and (17) of covariant derivatives it follows immediately that instead of the gauge coupling constants and G one should use
in the corresponding gauge interaction Lagrangians instead of and G.
For example, the -gauge interaction Lagrangians for charged scalar field and spinor field should be:
Hence, according to the formalism presented here the fine structure constant a can change the value in space-time. In this connection it is worth mentioning that the problem concerning the variability of is significant for the study of both macro and micro world. In fact, is has been realized that if so, many phenomena of the Nature related to the time evolution of the Universe might be theoretically explained. Take for example the Red Shift in cosmology traditionally treated as Doppler effect. Within our proposed mechanism, it might be explained in an alternative way more compatible with static Universe in General Relativity. Another example would be the Oklo problem   which might be theoretically explained if the value of some milliards years ago was far different from that at present time.
The variability of coupling constants in space-time might also have the relation to the renormalization problem in quantum field theory, this topic is the subject of our further consideration.
In this work, the concept of deformed gauge is considered. The key idea is the introduction of some parameter function in the transformation law for gauge fields. The proposed formalism might be considered as the generalization of the traditional gauge invariance which corresponds to the special case. The formalism allows the gauge vector bosons to acquire mass with the value expressed in terms of. It also allows the possibility for the gauge coupling constant to be variable in space-time.