Use this tag to discuss gauge-fixing conditions, as in the phrase 'choosing a gauge', such as, e.g. the Lorenz gauge, Coulomb gauge, Feynman gauge, Landau gauge, axial gauge, temporal gauge, light cone gauge, etc.

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Gauge freedom in tetrad

I asked the question in the MathOverflow, but didn't get any response. I thought maybe better luck here. I'm reading the following paper about Petrov type D space times called "Type D vacuum ...
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Determining the Lorenz gauge condition

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding how the gauge condition is found. Consider the potentials $V$ and $\vec A$ and $V'$ and $\vec A'$ so that $$\vec E = -\vec\nabla V -\frac{\partial\vec ...
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Why is the electromagnetic four-potential $A_{\mu}$ not an observable?

Why within classical field-theory the electromagnetic four-potential (usually $A_{\mu}$) not an observable? In classical mechanics we don't have problems with energy measurements and in quantum ...
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Why can the Lorenz gauge condition always be fullfilled?

Why is the Lorenz gauge condition always possible for classical electromagnetic fields? So far I can only understand the following: If we perform a gauge transformation $A\mapsto ...
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The notion of fixing a gauge

I don't understand the notion of gauge fixing; can we choose any gauge or are there some restrictions? For example why can we choose $\nabla\phi = 0$ here: Determine the Electric field using ...
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Does fixing a metric component have anything to do with diffeomorphism invariance?

It is well known that in general relativity, the metrics $g_{\mu \nu}$ and $g_{\mu \nu} + \epsilon L_\xi g_{\mu \nu}$ are physically equivalent, where $L_\xi g_{\mu \nu}$ is the Lie derivative of the ...
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Gauge potential for locomotion at low Reynolds number

I've been studying some approaches with gauge theory to some problems in Mechanics and I've found the problem of self propulsion at low Reynolds number a quite complicated one. The approach I'm asking ...
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Gauge transformation of Lagrangian

Suppose I have a Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}(\phi^\mu,\sigma)$ depending on vector fields $\phi^\mu$ and their derivatives and a scalar field $\sigma$ and its derivatives. If I make a gauge ...
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Why do we have to choose a gauge to quantize a gauge theory?

Why do we have to choose a gauge to quantize a gauge theory? This was an exam question but I couldn't answer it.
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Vertex of gauge boson interaction in an arbitrary gauge

Let's have interaction between some gauge boson (for example, $W$ boson) and some other field, for example, let assume $\bar{u}\gamma_{\mu}(1 - \gamma_{5})d W^{\mu} + h.c.$. Let's then use gauge ...
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Lapse and shift in ADM decomposition

Poisson in Relativist's Toolkit and also other authors in various papers state explicitly that after one does the 3+1 decomposition, the lapse and shift $N$ and $N^a$ are non-dynamical variables, and ...
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Wess-Zumino Gauge in non-Abelian supersymmetric theory

I've got a question concerning non-Abelian supersymmetric gauge theories. Consider supersymmetric non-Abelian theory realized on chiral superfields $\Phi_i$ in a representation $R$ with matrix ...
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How is this a gauge choice mathematically?

I've been reading an article about the "square cat", which is described as the system bellow Such system is a deformable body that can change $a$ and $\theta$ but has $b$ fixed. The article uses ...
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Local phase gauge in momentum space of Bloch state

We know Bloch state has a phase undetermined, so $\Psi_k \to \Psi_k' = e^{i\theta(k)}\Psi_k$ is still the same eigenstate. My question: Are there some restriction on $\theta(k)$ except to be a real ...
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Free Electromagnetic field in Lorenz gauge

To get rid of the extra term in the QED Lagrangian we need to redefine the electromagnetic four-vector: $A^{\mu} \rightarrow A^{\mu} - \frac{1}{c} \partial_{\mu} a(x)$ where $a(x)$ is the function ...
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Eigenvalue of Hamiltonian under gauge transform of Bloch state

$H = \sum_{k} V(q) a_{k4}^{\dagger}b_{k3}^{\dagger}b_{k2}a_{k1}$ where $q$ is the transfer momentum, $a$ $b$ are two orbits or two sublattice sites. Will the eigenvalues of the above Hamiltonian ...
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Properties of Fluids-theoritical confusion

I am having a very basic confusion on how we calculate the height of atmosphere when we assume that the density does not change with altitude(density remains 1.29 kg/m$^3$). I want to know why we say ...
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Why Lagrangian of electromagnetism with Lorenz Gauge evolve Klein Gordon equation?

Simply Lagrangian without a source for Maxwell equation is $$ L = -\frac{1}{4}F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu} $$ Also Lorenz Gauge condition is $$ \partial_{\mu}A^{\mu}=0 $$ and if so I can briefly add this ...
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About gauge in QHE

I have a 2D geometry with 4 leads in a square lattice structure. Please tell me how should I apply gauge to such a system that hopping term is translational invariant in the laeds in both directions ...
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Why the extra term $\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\rho}A^{\rho})^2$ in the photon Lagrangian?

In my quantum field theory class we have been told to use this Lagrangian for the photon field $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F_{\alpha\beta}F^{\alpha\beta} -\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\rho}A^{\rho})^2.$$ but ...
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What is a gauge in a gauge theory?

As I study Jackson, I am getting really confused with some of its key definitions. Here is what I am getting confused at. When we substituted the electric field and magnetic field in terms of the ...
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Landau level degeneracy in symmetry gauge, finite system

As we know, Landau level degeneracy in a finite rectangular system is $\Phi/\Phi_0$, where $\Phi=BS$ is the total magnetic flux and $\Phi_0=h/q$ is the flux quanta. This can be easily derived using ...
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Why should it be allowed to set the einbein to unity?

The Polyakov action for a massive free point particle with worldline $\gamma$ is given by $$ S[\gamma] = \frac{1}{2}\int_\gamma e \biggl(\frac{1}{e^2}\dot{x}^2 - m^2\biggr)\mathrm{d}\tau $$ where ...
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What is conformal gauge?

I often see in physics articles on gravity such notion as conformal gauge and Weyl transformation. They use Conformal gauge to change coordinates to transform metrics from arbitrary $$ds^2=g_{\mu ...
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Hamiltonian for Electron in Magnetic Field with Symmetric Gauge in Polar Coordinates

I am new on the board and have a question about how to write the Hamiltonian for an electron in a magnetic field rotating at a fixed radius. I would like to write the hamiltonian using the symmetric ...
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Vector bosons: polar vectors or axial vectors?

The $W$ and $Z$ bosons are known as vector bosons, because they have non-zero spin. How do we know whether they are axial or polar vectors? Context: I am reading about a technique called Operator ...
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Clarifications needed on Gauge Fixing and Ghosts [closed]

The first time some kind of gauge fixing appears is during the Gupta-Bleuler procedure, which is used to be able to quantize the photon field: The basic gauge invariant Lagrangian leads to $\Pi_0=0$ ...
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Show that $\mathbf{A}$ is a valid vector potential [closed]

Is $$\mathbf{A} = -\frac{1}{2}\mathbf{r \times B}$$ a valid vector potential in the Coulomb gauge? Here's my work so far. Using the identity for the curl of a cross product I get ...
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Connection between Gauge Fixing Term and Gauge Condition [duplicate]

In Peskin on page 514, when deriving the Faddeev-Poppov ghosts, they arrive at the full Lagrangian for Yang-Mills: $$ \mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4}F^2 + \frac{1}{2\xi} (\partial \cdot ...
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Ambiguous points in spontaneous symmetry breaking of discrete symmetry

For a discrete symmetry: At the minimum value of the potential, $V$, in the Lagrangian density, why do we take $\phi= \langle v\rangle + \eta$? Aren't we deliberately breaking the symmetry? If we ...
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General relativity: gauge fixing

In his lectures professor Hamber said that the metric tensor is not unique, just like the 4 vector potential is not unique for a unique field in electrodynamics. Since the metric tensor is symmetric, ...
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Why does reparameterisation invariance lead to gauge-fixing?

In Becker, Becker and Schwarz, the point particle action is given in terms of an auxiliary field $e(\tau)$ as: \begin{align} \tilde{S}_0 = \frac{1}{2}\int \,d\tau \left(e^{-1}\dot{X}^2 - m^2e\right) ...
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Showing that Coulomb and Lorenz Gauges are indeed valid Gauge Transformations?

I'm working my way through Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics. In Ch. 10, gauge transformations are introduced. The author shows that, given any magnetic potential $\textbf{A}_0$ and electric ...
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Energy Tensor, covariant derivate, variation respect to the metric [duplicate]

I'm doing the variation of a Lagrangian respect to the metric, but I am having problem with a particular terminus. My action is: $$ S=\int d^4x \sqrt{-g}[ (\nabla_\mu A^\mu)^2]$$ My lagrangian is: ...
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Is a lightlike vector potential (A²=0) a valid and/or useful choice?

I know most common choices to fix the gauge of a vector potential, but I wonder if there are no other choices possible. As a concrete example inspired by the Schrödinger equation with magnetic field, ...
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History of the names “Feynman-gauge” & “Landau-gauge”. How arised & how settled?

Warning: Students, stay away from antiquities. The aim to learn is to survive. Hi. Today the nomenclatures Feynman gauge and Landau gauge seem established, but could you explain the history? It's ...
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Counting the number of propagating degrees of freedom in Lorenz Gauge Electrodynamics

How do I definitively show that there are only two propagating degrees of freedom in the Lorenz Gauge $\partial_\mu A^\mu=0$ in classical electrodynamics. I need an clear argument that involves the ...
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Vector potential and gauge in electromagnetism

In a paper by Zimmerman [JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 114, 044907 (2013)], it is stated that the Lorenz gauge in electromagnetism is the only gauge with real physical meaning. How do I reconcile this ...
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Equivalency of Gauge Conditions

How is the Lorenz gauge condition $\partial_\mu \overline{h}^{\mu \nu}=0$ equivalent to the harmonic gauge condition $\Box x^\mu=0 $?
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How to find solutions to the gravitational potential metric h

I'm working on a problem in which a star of mass M1, radius R1 is surrounded by a thin shell of mass M2, , radius R2. I want to find the solutions to the gravitational potential h in the region in ...
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Is it possible to incorporate the Lorenz gauge term into the electromagnetic fields?

I noticed that the Lorenz gauge term is represented by partial derivatives acting on the four-potential. Is it possible that the Lorenz gauge term could somehow be a similar object that belongs to the ...
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What is the physical consequence of the Lorenz Gauge Term not equaling zero?

What happens to the physics of the electromagnetic field if the Lorenz gauge term does not equal to zero? \begin{align} \partial_{\mu}A^{\mu} \neq 0 \end{align}
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What is the constraint on the Gauge Potential in the Covariant Gauges?

One of the most common gauges in QED computations are the $R_{\xi}$ gauges obtained by adding a term \begin{equation} -\frac{(\partial_\mu A^{\mu})^2}{2\xi} \end{equation} to the Lagrangian. ...
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Gauge fixing of an arbitrary field

How to count the number of degrees of freedom of an arbitrary field (vector or tensor)? In other words, what is the mathematical procedure of gauge fixing?
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Is the gauge fixing $\partial_\mu A^\mu + \gamma A_\mu A^\mu=0$ used in the literature and does it have a name?

In an exercise for a course on Gauge Theories, I was asked to derive the action of QED with the method by Faddeev and Popov, using the following gauge-fixing function: $$F(A) = \partial_\mu A^\mu + ...
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$E$ and $B$ fields in Axial Gauge

I am trying to compute the $\vec{E}$ and $\vec{B}$ fields in the Axial gauge ($n \cdot \vec{A}=0$) where $n^2=1$, but I'm having trouble seeing the usefulness/how it simplifies the equations.
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Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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Gauge theory in classical electromagnetism

I understand gauge theory as the theory of continuous transformation group which keeps Lagrangian (or dynamics) invariant. So some integral invariants could be found. In terms of classical ...
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Coulomb gauge and two degrees of freedom of EM field

The EM field has two possible polarizations, which is caused by spin-one nature of field (leads to the Lorenz gauge) and massless of the field. Really, the Klein-Gordon equations for the EM field $$ ...
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EM vector potential

We can write the electromagnetic field tensor as $$\begin{bmatrix} 0 & -E_x/c & -E_y/c & -E_z/c \\ E_x/c & 0 & -B_z & B_y \\ E_y/c & B_z & 0 & ...