A gauge theory has internal degrees of freedom that do not affect the foretold physical outcomes of the theory. The theory has a Lie group of *continuous symmetries* of these internal degrees of freedom, *i.e.* the predicted physics under any transformation in this group on the degrees of freedom. ...

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Counting number of degrees of freedom in constrained system

Following Counting degrees of freedom in presence of constraints, we know that there would be N-2M-S dofs if we have M 1st-class constraints and S 2nd-class constraints in N-dim phase space. I don't ...
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General framework of Supersymmetry [on hold]

Even the people who are skeptical about SUSY are happy with the SUSY searches going on at LHC because they recognize that SUSY's general framework is quite flexible and the search strategy used in ...
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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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Is this a valid Gauge fixing condition?

I've been given the following gauge fixing condition: $$A_\mu A^\mu = 0 $$ And I've been asked to show if it is a valid gauge fixing condition or not. I believe that it isn't because I've already ...
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Anomalous Slavnov-Taylor identity

I will be happy if someone could clarify the mystery here. Consider the following derivation of the anomalous Slavnov-Identity. It's based on lecture notes by Adel Bilal. Suppose we have an action ...
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Chern-Simons theory

The Chern-Simons 3-form is given by $\omega_3={\rm Tr} \left[ A\wedge dA+\frac{2}{3}A\wedge A\wedge A\right]$ where $A$ is a connection one-form in the adjoint representation of a non-Abelian gauge ...
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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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Fayet-Iliopoulos terms

It is mentioned in first page of this paper by Seiberg and Komargodski that the Lagrangian in superspace of a $U(1)$ gauge SUSY theory with FI terms is not gauge invariant. However, the FI terms in ...
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What symmetry gives you charge conservation?

This is a popular question on this site but I haven't found the answer I'm looking for in other questions. It is often stated that charge conservation in electromagnetism is a consequence of local ...
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How should we understand the value of a recent theory published on Phys. Rev. D? [closed]

I would like to know what to make of this paper, published on Phys. Rev. D on the 11$^{th}$ of January: Quantum field theory of gravity with spin and scaling gauge invariance and spacetime ...
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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 ...
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To which type of particles gauginos are supposed to couple?

I wonder about to which type of particles gauginos couple in general. I admit my knowledge in supersymmetry is very limited. Let's take an example: The photino. If it behaved similar to the photon, it ...
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Gauging a mixture of internal and spacetime symmetries

Given an internal symmetry, say $U(1)$ or $SU(2)$, I understand how to gauge it, by coupling the conserved current $J_{\mu}$ to a gauge field $A^{\mu}$. Similarly, I understand how to gauge a ...
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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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Why does electromagnetism have torsion, whereas gravity does not?

Why don't we use torsion-free covariant derivatives for QM, even though we already do so in the case of GR? In general relativity, we use the Levi-civita connection, a torsion-free connection ...
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Enhancing the QED $U(1)$ gauge symmetry

QED is a gauge theory based on $U(1)$ gauge symmetry, which gives rise to photon as the gauge boson mediating the interaction. Mathematically, I think it is perfectly allowed to implement a ...
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Non-perturbative effects: classical or quantum?

Are non-perturbative effects (solitons) classical or quantum effects (corrections) ? (examples ?) My confusion stems from the fact that, for instance, an instanton is a classical solution of the ...
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Global and local symmetry for Isospin/Strangeness etc

Why some symmetries $ \big[SU(3),SU(2)$ and $U(1)\big]$ of the Standard Model are local, and some others remain global, like Isospin and Strangeness. Is there a fundumental reason for that? Doesn't it ...
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What, to a physicist, are instantons and the Donaldson invariants?

I study gauge theory from a mathematical perspective. To me, one of the most fundamental ideas is the notion of an instanton on a 4-manifold. To be precise, I have a Riemannian 4-manifold and a ...
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Expansion of comparator

Currently I am working on Pesking Schroeder Section 15.1 and trying to understand the expansion given in (15.5), which is $$ U(x+\epsilon n, x) = 1 - i\,e\,\epsilon\,n^{\mu}\,A_{\mu}(x)+O(\epsilon^2) ...
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What is the simplest chiral $U(1)$ theory that satistifies both gauge and gravity anomalies?

I've learned the chiral $U(1)$ theory that satisfies either gauge anomalies or gravity anomalies. But what's the theory satisfies both of them?
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Derivation of Aharanov Bohm effect for Quasiparticles

I've noticed the following: Observation: Central results in the condensed matter physics rely on Ahranov Bohm-type arguments involving quasiparticles with fractional charge. However, I can't ...
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Feynman diagrams with ghosts and symmetry breaking

Let us think of an abelian gauge theory, precisely a scalar QED with 3 complex components of the scalar field and a 4-degree auto-interaction mixing components. Let us consider a spontaneously ...
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Non-abelian gauge covariant derivative acting on non-algebra-valued quantities

How does a gauge covariant derivative in a non-abelian field theory act on various quantities which are not valued in the algebra, and why? In particular, how does it act on a scalar valued function ...
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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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Interpretation of QED gauge freedom

In quantum (or classical) electrodynamics we are free to make gauge transformations, which change the form of terms in the Feynman diagrams (or the potentials) without affecting any physical ...
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about the Horizontal Lift in a Princiapal Bundle

I'm currently studying Fibre Bundle by Nakahara's book, and I'm a bit confused about the following: Imagine we have a Principal Bundle $P(M,G)$ with open chart {$U_i$} and a local section ...
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Why can the divergence of vector potential be anything?

Purcell in his book was deriving the vector potential $\bf A$ using $\text{curl}\;(\text{curl}\; \mathbf A)= \mu_0 \mathbf J\; .$ After some algebra, he came to this: $$-\frac{\partial^2 ...
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Is the Higgs mechanism a gauge transformation or not? ( $U(1)$ context )

I'm trying to understand the way that the Higgs Mechanism is applied in the context of a $U(1)$ symmetry breaking scenario, meaning that I have a Higgs complex field ...
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What exactly is the “diagonal embedding” in the supersymmetric topological twist?

Consider $\mathcal{N}=2$ pure SYM theory. If we want to put the theory in a 4-manifold we take its topological twist. The global symmetry group $$G= SU(2)_{+} \times SU(2)_{-} \times SU(2)_I \times ...
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References for the non-Abelian gauge covariant Laplace equation?

Is there a standard reference which discusses solutions to the non-Abelian gauge covariant Laplace equation $D_{\mu} D^{\mu} \phi = 0$, where $D_{\mu} \phi = \partial_{\mu} + ig[A_{\mu}, \phi]$? Note ...
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Gauge the symmetry $φ \to φ + a(x)$ for a free massless real scalar field

How does one alter the Lagrangian density for a real scalar field $$\frac{∂_μφ∂^μφ}{2}$$ such that is will be invariant under the gauge transformation $φ → φ + a(x)$? For a complex scalar field ...
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How can I understand instantons as sheaves?

In specific, instantons are considered or interpeted as torsion free coherent sheaves. Why is that the case? Is there a nice way to understand this relation and of course also understand how the two ...
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Unitary gauge transformation [closed]

I have the Hamiltonian of a charged particle without Spin in a time- independent magnetic field and an external Potential (no electric field). Also I have the standard Gauge-Transformation $A ...
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Why does a Gauge group have to be a compact Lie group? [duplicate]

In Topological Solitons by Nicholas Manton where he considers "compact Lie groups" to be the gauge groups for generalizing gauge theoretic concepts. But, he does not mention why that condition is ...
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Action functional of Born-Infeld model

I have a Born-Infeld action functional like this $$I[A,\phi]~=~\int b^2(\sqrt{1+(|\bigtriangledown\times A|^2)/b^2}-1)+|D_A\phi|^2 + b^2(1-\sqrt{(1-|\phi|^2)^2/b^2} ).$$ Have any books or notes talk ...
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Off-shell degrees of freedom of a massive vector field [closed]

A gauge boson is described by a vetor field $A_{\mu}$, so in four dimensions $\mu$ runs from $0$ to $4$ and thus $A_{\mu}$ has $4$ degrees of freedom (d.o.f), but the gauge invariance ...
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$S^2$ and monopole [closed]

In mathematics, to describe a sphere $S^2$ we need two coordinate patches which we call the North semi-sphere and South semi-sphere. Between them there is a map which mathematicians called the ...
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When considering local phase transformations are we forced to use covariant derivatives?

When considering local phase transformations $e^{i\theta(x)}$ of the fields $\phi$ and $\phi^*$ corresponding to \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=\partial_\mu\phi^*\partial^\mu\phi-m^2\phi^*\phi ...
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Modified gauge fixing condition in Faddeev-Popov approach

Which gauge fixing conditions are allowed to choose for this approach? For example (following the steps of Peskin in 9.4) I can choose a "modified" lorenz gauge ( for a abelian theory): $$ ...
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Construction of $\mathcal O(-1) \oplus \mathcal O(-1)$ over $CP^1$ [closed]

First, Consider a $\phi$ as a coordinates on a copy of $Z= C^N$ Then, I know \begin{align} |\phi_1|^2 + |\phi_2|^2 + \cdots |\phi_N|^2 = r \end{align} which describe $S^{2N-1}$. Implementing $U(1)$ ...
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Gauge theory for mathematicians?

I'm looking for a textbook or set of lecture notes on gauge theory for mathematicians that assumes only minimal background in physics. I'd prefer a text that uses more sophisticated mathematical ...
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Gauge group topology

The fundamental difference between spinors and tensors is that spinors are sensitive to the homotopy classes of paths through the rotation group $SO(3)$: \begin{equation} \pi_1(SO(3)) = \mathbb{Z}_2, ...
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Nabla Terms in the Energy Density of the Lagrangian for the Massive Spin 1 Field (Schwartz QFT 1st Ed. Eqn. 8.19)

The relevant part starts with a Lagrangian guess of, $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{2}\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}+\frac{1}{2}m^2A_{\mu}^2$$ where the EOM's are, $$(\Box+m^2)A_{\mu}=0$$ The ...
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Finding the gauge transformtation of a Lagrangian [duplicate]

I am asked to find the gauge symmetry of the following Lagrangian: $L = -\frac{1}{4} F^2_{\mu \nu} + (\partial_{\mu} \phi_1 - m_1 A_{\mu})^2 + (\partial_{\mu} \phi_2 - m_2 A_{\mu})^2$ Then I have to ...
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How can I prove that the axial gauge is a valid Gauge fixing condition?

I am studying classical electrodynamics and I have been introduced to the concept of gauge transformations and gauge fixing conditions. Right know I am trying to prove that some conditions are valid ...
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Equal-time commutation relations, Feynman propagator for gauge parameter $\lambda = 1$, physical meaning

Classical electromagnetism (with no sources) follows from the actions$$S = \int d^4x\left(-{1\over4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}\right),\text{ where }F_{\mu\nu} = \partial_\mu A_\nu - \partial_\nu A_\mu.$$The ...
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Intuition behind Nekreasov's instanton partition function. What do the partitions represent exactly?

I am struggling to understand many things behind Nekrasov's solution. Firstly I want to understand the following In this theory, $a$ represents VEVs the Higgs scalar. So, is the gauge field of the ...
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Feynman propagator for arbitrary values of the gauge parameter $\zeta$

For the choice $\zeta = 1$ the Lagrangian can be brought into a particularly simple form upon integration by parts in the action integral. Equation$$\mathcal{L}' = -{1\over4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} - ...
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Three gauge bosons vertex

I was told that two $Z$ bosons could not decay to one (virtual) $Z$ boson at any loop level. Is it true? if so, why? Does it also hold for photons? Could we generalise the statement to "There cannot ...