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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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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transformations between 1st and 2nd order formalism in pure gravity

I am currently studying about 1st order formalism and I was wandering if the gauge transformation in the vielbein can be mapped to the coordinate transformation of the metric ( pure 2+1 gravity), ...
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Under what cases is the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) operator nilpotent?

It is understood that when we deal with gauge algebras which close on-shell only after using equations of motion or where the space-time is curved, we can no longer just do away with BRST ...
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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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Clarification: Why the gauge symmetry of pure Yang-Mills is $PU(n)$ and not $SU(n)$? [closed]

I am quoting the following from the Wikipedia article on the projective unitary group: In the pure Yang–Mills $SU(n)$ gauge theory, which is a gauge theory with only gluons and no fundamental ...
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Chern Simons action in 4 dimensions

I can not understand why we do not have a Chern-Cimons action for 4 or even forms? And why it not good theory for (3+1) dim?
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Does the flatness of a gauge field has anything to do with whether it's dynamical?

One common way in studying Symmetry Protected Topological(SPT) phases with a global symmetry G is to promote G to a gauge symmetry and couple the system to a flat gauge field A for G. Then one can ...
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Custodial symmetry and Higgs-Kibble

In the context of Higgs mechanism only on $SU(2)_L$ model without the hypercharge, one writes the lagrangian with traces also for the Higgs, i.e. $$ \cdots+\text{Tr}[(D_\mu H)^\dagger D^\mu ...
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Parker-Taylor formula in the $n=4$ simple case

I am trying to do ex. 2.23 of http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.1697v2.pdf. I have chosen as reference spinors $q_1,q_2 = p_3$ and $q_3,q_4 = p_1$. Therefore if I compute $A^4[1^- 2^- 3^+ 4^+]$ the ...
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Pauli-Villars regularization in QED and appearance of massive spin-1 particle

To regularize QED, which is defined by the following Lagrangian, \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^2+\bar\psi(i\partial_\mu\gamma^\mu-eA_\mu\gamma^\mu-m)\psi \end{equation} One ...
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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Intuition for Homological Mirror Symmetry

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?

My question is following "Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?" Here I treat $5D$ supersymmetric gauge theories. Also I heard Non-renormalizablity of $5D$ gauge theories implies the ...
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Incorrect proof that all gauge theories are abelian

Consider a gauge field $W_\mu = W_\mu^{a} \tau_a$ where $\tau_a$ are the generators of the Lie algebra and $W_\mu^{a}$ just numbers. Then: $$ W^2 = W_\mu W^\mu = W_\mu^a\tau_a W^{\mu b} \tau_b = ...
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Knotted solutions of Maxwell's equations in flat vacuum - do they really exist?

The paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.01382 claims that such solutions exist and that a number of specialists know them since a long time. Is this paper correct? Jackson's text on electrodynamics does ...
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What information do quiver gauge diagrams provide?

I am struggling to understand what the information one can extract by looking a quiver diagram for a quiver gauge theory is. I understand what quivers are but I cannot get some physical intuition and ...
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Defining a gauge field for an anisotropic material under strain

I have a Hamiltonian for a system which is somewhat analogous to graphene but with additional degrees of freedom. The Hamiltonian is $H=\sum_q \Psi^\dagger \mathcal{H}\Psi$ where ...
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Does the existence of instantons imply non-trivial cohomology of spacetime?

Gauge theories are considered to live on $G$-principal bundles $P$ over the spacetime $\Sigma$. For convenience, the usual text often either compactify $\Sigma$ or assume it is already compact. An ...
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What exactly does it mean to wrap a D-brane or a M-brane in a Riemann surface $\Sigma_g$?

What exactly does it mean to wrap a D-brane or an M-brane in a Riemann surface $\Sigma_g$ ($g$ is the genous)? Is there some mathematical statement? And why do we get various supersymmetric gauge ...
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What exactly are the ADE type of gauge theories?

What exactly are the ADE type of (susy) gauge theories? What exactly we mean, intuitively, the ADE singularities? What are their relation to brane constructions and do you have any references one ...
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Resource commendations for SUSY gauge theory [duplicate]

Does anyone know of recent SUSY gauge theory reviews aimed at the graduate student? Preferably something to bring the reader up to speed?
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In string-net condensation, what does the quantized charge means? [closed]

The electrical charge is quantized strictly for elementary particles. What kind constraints does this fact applied to string-net theory? For the this question, I want to understand why electrical ...
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How will SR EM Lagrangian change if we find a magnetic charge?

When we introduce electromagnetic field in Special Relativity, we add a term of $$-\frac e c A_idx^i$$ into Lagrangian. When we then derive equations of motion, we get the magnetic field that is ...
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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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In what sense are photons emergent?

Recently I read in an essay by Wilczek: "Photons are mixtures of weak B3 and hypercharge C mesons. It is those objects, not the emergent photon, whose properties are ideally simple." Until now I ...
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Volume factor in Faddeev-Popov quantisation

In Faddeev-Popov quantisation, why does the integral over gauge parameter cancel the volume factor of the gauge group that's in the denominator? In fact, I don't understand where the volume factor ...
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What does “local composite symmetry” mean in ${\cal N}=8$ $d=5$ supergravity?

What does it mean "local composite symmetry" in supergravity? Specifically, I don't understand very well the local composite symmetry ${\rm USp}(8)$ in ${\cal N}=8$ $d=5$ supergravity.
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Quivers Representations in SUSY gauge theories

I would like to hear some reasons and ideas on how quivers are useful in SUSY gauge theories. There is a nice answer about the case of D-branes here but it is not clear on their appearance in gauge ...
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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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If isospin is conserved under strong interactions why it is represented by SU(2)?

As far as I know from my readings SU(2) is a representation group of isospin symmetry which shows deep symmetry of the strong force which conserves flavor. Isospin symmetry is broken under weak ...
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In which contexts are gauge theories applied?

According to the book Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur, on page 128 they say A theory which had a field $A^\mu(x)$ introduced to produce an invariance with respect to local ...
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Generalized spin connection and dreibein in higher spin gravity

I am studying 3D higher spin gravity and I would like to know the mathematical and physical meaning of generalized spin connection and generalized dreibein that appear in this theory. It is well known ...
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Counting d.o.f. and gauge fixing $A_{\mu}$ and $\psi$ in $D$-dimensions

Setup: Let us assume we are in $D$-dimensional Minkowski space-time where $D=d+1$. Consider a free Abelian gauge theory. Then the electromagnetic field will satisfy $$\partial_{\mu}F^{\mu \nu}=0 ...
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Reality of the action in QFT

Following Ramond, 1.5 Field Theory, it is mentioned that the classical Lagrangian density in (workable for HEP) QFT theories has to be Real, otherwise total probability is not conserved. Can someone ...
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Expressing the gauge field strength tensor in terms of covariant derivatives of the vector potential

Writing the covariant derivative as $$ \tag{1} D_\mu = \partial_\mu -ig A_\mu $$ it is easy to show that (in the non-abelian case) $$ \tag{2} [D_\mu,D_\nu] = -ig (\partial_\mu A_\nu - \partial_\nu ...
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Substitution $\partial_\mu \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions [duplicate]

I want to show that the substitution $\partial_u \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$, or equivalently $p_\mu \to p_\mu - eA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions. Here $e$ ...
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Substitution $\partial_\mu \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions [closed]

I want to show that the substitution $\partial_u \to D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu + ieA_\mu$, or equivalently $p_\mu \to p_\mu - eA_\mu$ allows the introduction of electromagnetic interactions. Here $e$ ...
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What's the physical or mathematical meaning of considering non-minimal coupling?

Why we still consider the case of non-minimal coupling? And I don't really understand the motivation of coupling. In general relativity, the non-minimal coupling violates the principle of ...
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Why is it important that the vector current should be conserved in QED?

In Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by MD Schwartz in the chapter about the anomalies, he derives from the equation of motions and the Noether currents of a effective massless QED ...
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Why is there an Euler density in SCFT $T_{\mu}^{\nu}$?

The super conformal field theories are above all conformal. Conformal theories are defined on flat space-times. Despite that, if one looks at the stress tensor trace of a SCFT in 4d you get a ...
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Why $D^{\mu} D^{\nu} F_{\mu \nu}=0$ ? (Noether Identity) [closed]

I have to show that: $$D^{\mu} D^{\nu} F^A_{\mu \nu}=0$$ vanish identically. This is the generalization to non Abelian groups of $\partial^{\mu} \partial^{\nu} F_{\mu \nu}=0$, apparently called ...
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How one can know the gauge field emerging from the local gauge invariance is actually the EM field? [closed]

How one can know the gauge field emerging from the local gauge invariance is actually the EM field? I understood in a simple scalar field whose Lagrangian is given by $ \mathcal{L} = ...
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Proving a relation for representations of gauge groups [closed]

I have asked this question in Math Stackexchange as well. However, given that it is closely related to gauge theories studied by physicists who will probably be more familiar with the language and ...
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The Quantum Double of a Group and its relation to discrete gauge theories

Why is it that the algebraic structure known as the Quantum Double $D(G)$ of a discrete group is said to classify the excitations of a Discrete Gauge Theory (minimally coupled with matter) with gauge ...
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Akin to gauge field, why GR's lagrangian is not $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$? What's the mathematical or physical meaning of $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$?

For gauge field theory, the Lagrangian of the gauge field is $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}\mathrm{tr}(\mathcal{F}_{\mu\nu}\mathcal{F}^{\mu\nu})=-\frac{1}{8}F_{a\ \mu\nu}F^{a \ \mu\nu}$$ The field ...
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Understanding better this physical phrase [duplicate]

In field theory, symmetry governs the dynamics by restricting the form of the Lagrangian from which all relevant equations and interactions are derived. An example of symmetry transformations is ...
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Can the physical properties of the EM field be described directly from the 4-gauge potential?

I'm trying to make an argument that classically, the EM field is considered a more 'real' physical quantity than the potentials, and am tempted to say that the fact that the field carries energy & ...
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Intuition behind $U(1)$-gauge model of Electrodynamics in a general spacetime

As the article Electrodynamics in general spacetime greatly explains, the $U(1)$-gauge theory is a good base for working in non-simply connected spaces. But I wonder whether there is a deep reason to ...
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Is global gauge symmetry really a symmetry and local conserved current in gauge theories?

One way to define a gauge theory is that whenever the Lagrangian is invariant under some local transformations, we say these local transformations are local gauge transformations and the theory is a ...