Invariance of a physical system (its action) under a continuous group of local transformations underlain by a global symmetry whose group parameters fixed in space-time have now been extended to vary in space-time instead. Use for buildup of the invariance, fixing the gauge, and accounting for the ...

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Energy Spectrum and Gauge Transformations

There is a question in SE about the fact that the Hamiltonian isn't invariant under the EM gauge transformations. I wanted to ask about its consequences here. I know that in general, the Hamiltonian ...
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Scalar and Vector Potential

I am a physics undergraduate student currently studying electromagnetics. I have previously studied electrostatics and magnetostatics yet the concept of scalar potential, $V$ and the vector potential, ...
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Gauge Theory of Superconductors

I'm trying to understand better the nature of the gauge redundancy and the Higgs mechanism in superconductors. Specifically, I'm looking for a good reference that explains monopoles, vortices, and ...
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Is my proof of Proca Lagrangian local gauge invariance correct?

My task was to prove that the first term of the Proca Lagrangian is invariant under local gauge transformations. I’m new to Ricci calculus and think I’ve misinterpreted what I was supposed to do, and ...
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Why can't a real scalar couple to the electromagnetic field?

If we have a complex scalar $\phi$ we know that the gauge-invariant interaction with $A$ is given by $A^\mu J_\mu$, where $J$ is the Noether current of the $U(1)$ symmetry of the Lagrangian $$ J_\mu\...
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Number of Independent postulates in Electrodynamics

We know that there are two ways to get charge conservation in electrodynamics by using the following action: $$S[A]~=~\int\! d^4x {\cal L},$$ $$ {\cal L} ~=~{\cal L}_{\rm Maxwell} + {\cal L}_{\rm ...
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What, in simplest terms, is gauge invariance?

I am a mathematics student with a hobby interest in physics. This means that I've taken graduate courses in quantum dynamics and general relativity without the bulk of undergraduate physics courses ...
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Electric charge conservation in a superconductor

In a superconductor, $U(1)$ gauge symmetry is spontaneously broken. But $U(1)$ gauge symmetry is responsible for conservation of electric charge. Then it appears to me that the electric charge ...
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Lagrangian gauge theory with physically observable local degrees of freedom

In my answer at What, in simplest terms, is gauge invariance?, I mentioned that in certain contexts there can be a "gauge theory" with a local symmetry that leave the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian invariant ...
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Yang and Mills' (and others') justification for local gauge invariance

In most physics textbooks, local gauge invariance is simply postulated---you start with a global symmetry, e.g. the global phase, then allow it to depend on the spacetime point, make the necessary ...
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Gauge invariance of non-Abelian theories under Pauli-Villars-Regularisation

Under the ordinary Pauli -Villars Regularisation one introduces a heavy mass ($\Lambda$) term $$\frac{1}{p^2-m^2+i\epsilon} \rightarrow \frac{1}{p^2-m^2+i\epsilon} - \frac{1}{p^2-\Lambda^2+i\epsilon}....
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Noether current for the Yang-Mills-Higgs Lagrangian

I am trying to calculate the Noether current, more specifically, the energy density of the Yang-Mills-Higgs Lagrangian. Please refer to the equations in the Harvey lectures on Magnetic Monopoles, ...
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Can we make the Dirac representation a gauge theory?

I'm looking for comments and references about an idea : gauging the Dirac representation of the Dirac matrices. What kind of field interaction would it give ? Specifically, the Dirac equation is ...
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Gauge transformation of vector potential multiplies wavefunction by phase

Consider an electron in an electromagnetic field with scalar and vector potentials $\phi, \mathbf{A}$. Suppose for simplicity that $\mathbf{A}$ is time independent. Suppose also that we know the ...
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From gauge invariance to charge conservation in covariant electrodynamics

I tried to solve the equations of motion using the action for the electromagnetic field interacting with a current, like $$ L = F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} + A_{\nu}j^{\nu} $$ getting the right Maxwell's ...
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Gauge field and covariant derivative

To make the kinetic term in the Lagrangian for quantum field theories (for example qed) inveriant under local phase transformations we introduce the covariant derivative $D_{\mu} = \partial _{\mu} + ...
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Left-handed Majorana mass term forbidden by $SU(2)$?

I'm trying to figure out why a left-handed Majorana mass term is mathematically forbidden by the $SU(2)_L$ symmetry in the context of the seesaw model. As far as I get it, it is because the left ...
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Laplacian equations and transformation invariance and homogeneous functions

Functions whose Laplacian is zero are said to be harmonic. 1) Do harmonic functions always imply a conservation law and transformation invariance of some kind? 2) Homogeneous functions do not admit ...
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When can a global symmetry be gauged?

Take a classical field theory described by a local Lagrangian depending on a set of fields and their derivatives. Suppose that the action possesses some global symmetry. What conditions have to be ...
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Unitarity Gauge : how to undo the gauge transformation

I will simplify the argument. Let's consider a Gauge Boson (like the gauged one of U(1), $A_\mu$). Then, consider the Higgs boson with exponential representation, then $$H = e^{i\pi(x)/v}\left(\begin{...
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Gauge Bosons at Finite Temperature

I was reading a paper¹, and it states: " Therefore, the gauge fields themselves cannot be entities of the physical reality, as any observations should be independent of the chosen gauge" I'm trying ...
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Physical difference between gauge symmetries and global symmetries

There are plenty of well-answered questions on Physics SE about the mathematical differences between gauge symmetries and global symmetries, such as this question. However I would like to understand ...
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Why are photons massless (quantum field theory) [duplicate]

I'm really trying to understand Quantum field theory and gauge in-variance, I'd like to ask a question about this to aid my understanding. The QED lagrangian as below has a kinetic term for this gauge ...
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Does the low-energy gauge structure depend on the choice of $SU(2)$ gauge freedom?

The starting point and notations used here are presented in Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?. As we know, Invariant Gauge Group(IGG) is a normal subgroup of Projective Symmetry ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? Thanks!...
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Show the Berry phase is invariant under $U(1)$ unitary transform [closed]

Recall that $$\gamma_n = \oint A_n(R) \cdot dR = \oint \langle\psi_n(R)|i\nabla_R|\psi_n(R) \rangle \cdot dR.$$ Under the $U(1)$ transform, $$\psi_n \to \psi'_n \equiv e^{i\xi_n(R)}\psi_n,$$ where $\...
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What is the difference between length and velocity gauge when it comes to a dipole approximation?

Lets say we have plane wave with $\vec E$ perpendicular to $\vec k$. The dipole term will come from $\vec A\cdot \vec p$. Is the electric field longitudinal in the length gauge for the dipole ...
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What is gate symmetry?

I just read this interesting interview with Frank Wilczek and he talks a couple of times about gate symmetry, without ever defining the term. This isn't a term I've come across, and google throws up ...
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Coulomb Gauge under Lorentz Boost

In the Coulomb gauge for the Maxwell potential we have $$ A^0 = 0 \\ \partial_i A^i = 0 $$ Under an infinitesimal Lorentz Transformation with parameter $\epsilon$, we have $$ A^\mu(x) \rightarrow ...
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Gauge invariance in classical electrodynamics

I think that I don't fully understand concept of gauge invariance. Suppose we have a Lagrangian for classical ED which is: $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4} (F_{\mu \nu})^2 - j^{\mu}A_{\mu}.$$ First part ...
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Why is the “canonical momentum” for the Dirac equation not defined in terms of the “gauge covariant derivative”?

The canonical momentum is always used to add an EM field to the Schrödinger/Pauli/Dirac equations. Why does one not use the gauge covariant derivative? As far as I can see, the difference is a factor <...
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How to apply the Faddeev-Popov method to a simple integral

Some time ago I was reviewing my knowledge on QFT and I came across the question of Faddeev-Popov ghosts. At the time I was studying thеse matters, I used the book of Faddeev and Slavnov, but the ...
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Is there a spontaneous $U(1)$ symmetry breaking in atomic BECs?

In the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation, one way to define the order parameter is by using the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking. One says that, below the critical temperature, the ...
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Gauge invariance in gravitational field

I have read that the linearized equation for the metric fluctuations $h_{\mu\nu}$, namely: $$ \partial^2h^{\mu\nu}-\partial_{\alpha}(\partial^{\mu}h^{\nu\alpha}+\partial^{\nu}h^{\mu\alpha}) +\partial^...
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What is the importance of vector potential not being unique?

For a magnetic field we can have different solutions of its vector potential. What is the physical aspect of this fact? I mean, why the nature allows us not to have an unique vector potential of a ...
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Why do we require local gauge invariance

My thought on this are somewhat scattered so I apologise in advance. Maxwell's equations are gauge invariant. The physical Electric and Magnetic fields don't depend on whether we use $A_\mu$ or $A_\...
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Aharonov-Bohm effect [closed]

In the build up to Aharonov-Bohm effect, one has to represent the gauge covariant form of STIE. We need to consider two things; the vector potential A changes`under gauge transformation and as a ...
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Gauge invariance of quantum scalar field coupled to classical electromagnetic potential

I would like to quantize a scalar field that is coupled to a classical electromagnetic field $A_\mu$. More precisely, I start with the action (signature -+++) $$ S=\int d^4x\left(-|(\partial_\mu+iqA_\...
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Why only gauge transformations in electromagnetism?

first of all, I need to say that I'm a mathematician, so this question may sound a little stupid. Keeping this is mind, please, try to use coordinate-free notations. Along this question, I will use ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking to subspace not giving massless bosons

I'm currently trying to understand spontaneously symmetries broken in general and have stumbled upon a weird result which doesn't seem to correspond to my knowledge about broken gauge symmetries. ...
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Gauge transformations in gravity [duplicate]

The Maxwell equations are invariant under the transformation $$A_{\mu} \rightarrow A_{\mu} - \dfrac{1}{e}\partial_{\mu}\alpha(x)$$ where $\alpha(x)$ is a phase transformation varying from point to ...
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Why does a dynamical gauge field accompany fractionalisation?

I'm trying to understand fractionalisation, of which spin-charge separation is an example. I've read that this is accomplished by introducing a Lagrange multiplier field, which becomes a dynamical ...
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What exactly is the connection between gauge transformations and symmetry groups?

For a given gauge transformation, say, the electromagnetic field, where observable quantities aren't affected by transformations of the form $$\mathbf{A}' = \mathbf{A} + \nabla \chi,$$ $$\phi' = \phi -...
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What is the gauge group of eletromagnetism?

Gauge transformations allowed by physical theories form groups. For example, a wave function in quantum mechanics can be multiplies by $e^{i\theta}$ and this won't change a thing. So the gauge group ...
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General principles require that a massless vector couple to a conserved current?

I have a quote from Introduction to Bosonic Strings by Polchinski on page 28 which is presented below: "General principles require that a massless vector couple to a conserved current and ...
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Local and global U(1) gauge symmetries of Hamiltonian

This question is about understanding the basic ideas behind gauge transformations as I am fairly new to this! I learned that the Hamiltonian is invariant under global U(1) gauge transformations $\Psi\...
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Classical electrodynamics as an $\mathrm{U}(1)$ gauge theory

Preface: I haven't studied QED or any other QFT formally, only by occasionally flipping through books, and having a working knowledge of the mathematics of gauge theories (principal bundles, etc.). ...
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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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Diffeomorphism group vs. $GL(4,\mathbb{R})$ in General Relativity

I am quite confused with the groups Diff$(M)$ and $GL(4,\mathbb{R})$ in the context of general relativity. I understand that the symmetries of GR are the transformations that leave the equations ...
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Different Signs in Yang Mills Gauge Transformations

I have seen the Yang-Mills Gauge Theory be constructed in many books and papers, however I have seen pretty much equal disparage of + and minus signs in the following equations, the definition of the ...