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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On the Coulomb branch of N=2 supersymmetric gauge theory

The chiral ring of the Coulomb branch of a 4D $N=2$ supersymmetric gauge theory is given by the Casimirs of the vector multiplet scalars, and they don't have non-trivial relations; the Casimirs are ...
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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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Gauge symmetry is not a symmetry?

I have read before in one of Seiberg's articles something like, that gauge symmetry is not a symmetry but a redundancy in our description, by introducing fake degrees of freedom to facilitate ...
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Counting Degrees of Freedom in Field Theories

I'm somewhat unsure about how we go about counting degrees of freedom in CFT, and in QFT. Often people talk about field theories as having 'infinite degrees of freedom'. My understanding of this is ...
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Changing variables in a Lagrangian to obtain mass terms of gauge fields [closed]

Context: In a excercise, consider a SU(2) gauge theory. The Lagrangian of the theory contains the three gauge fields and some scalar matter fields: $\phi_1 , \phi_2$ form a SU(2) doublet (fundamental ...
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Geometric interpretation of quantum Yang-Mills field

In most books\articles review geometric interpretation of classical Yang-Mills field in terms of principal bundle, connections...etc. What are geometric interpretation of quantum Yang-Mills field? ...
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Are mass terms forbidden in the Lagrangian because of parity violation or because fermions live in a complex representation?

Normally one argues that we can't write down Lorentz AND gauge invariant mass terms, because of parity violation, i.e. l-chiral and r-chiral fields transform differently. This means that mass terms ...
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Covariant derivative of Noether current [closed]

I am working with a non-abelian gauge gauge theory that has one gauge field and a complex scalar field. I am supposed to prove that \begin{equation} (D_\mu j^\mu)^a=0, \end{equation} where ...
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Why are non-Abelian gauge theories Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically?

I seem to be missing something regarding why Yang-Mills theories are Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically. Start by considering QED. If we just study the physics of a massless $U(1)$ gauge field ...
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Showing closure of the SUSY algebra of a free abelian gauge multiplet

Given the complete supersymmetric lagrangian of a free abelian gauge multiplet $$ \mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu} F^{\mu\nu} + i \bar{\lambda} \bar{\sigma}^\mu \partial_\mu \lambda + \frac{1}{2} ...
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Elliptic genus; What is it within string/M-theory?

What is the elliptic genus (see also Witten index) in string/M-theory and (susy gauge)field theory constructions out of them? What does it tell us heuristically and what is its relation to the ...
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Effective field theories and gauge anomalies cancellation

Lets assume some theory which concludes sets of generations of fermions (lets call them $A$ and $B$). Fermions $A$ have some gauge group $G_{A}$ (for example, SM), while fermions $B$ are charged under ...
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Is gauge invariance essential to a theory be renormalizable?

Let's consider a model of New Physics in which all operator have dimension smaller than four, but which breaks explicitly $SU(2)_L$ gauge symmetry. Is this model necessarily renormalizable? ...
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Why gauge fields are traceless Hermitian?

So I've had a read of this, and I'm still not convinced as to why gauge fields are traceless and Hermitian. I follow the article fine, it's just the section that says "don't worry about this ...
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Commutator of Gauge Covariant derivatives

What is the physical meaning of $$ [D_{\mu}, D_{\nu}] ~\propto~ F_{\mu, \nu}, $$ where $D_{\mu}$ is the gauge covariant derivative and $F_{\mu,\nu}$ is the field strength? Is it just a definition? ...
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Why is the gauge potential $A_{\mu}$ in the Lie algebra of the gauge group $G$?

If we have a general gauge group whose action is $$ \Phi(x) \rightarrow g(x)\Phi(x), $$ with $g\in G$. Then introducing the gauge covariant derivative $$ D_{\mu}\Phi(x) = ...
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Wu experiment and masses of neutrino

Wu experiment have shown that there are only left-handed neutrinos (and right-handed antineutrinos) take part in weak interactions. My question is about the significance of this experiment in a ...
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About states, observables and the wave functional interpretation in QFT with gauge fields

First of all, I'm a mathematician, so forgive me for my possible trivial mistakes and poor knowledge of physics. In a QFT, we just start with a field (scalar, vectorial, spinorial, gauge etc), so I ...
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What are global and local gauge invariance defined as they are?

I'm sorry for the triviality of my questions. Why is $\bar{\psi} = e^{i \theta}\bar{\psi}$, where $\theta$ is a real number, used as the global gauge transformation? Why $e^{i \theta}$; what's the ...
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Advantages of having a first class system and possibility of transforming a system into a first class one

I have two questions regarding first class systems. What are the advantages of having a first class Hamiltonian (a Hamiltonian whose all constraints are first class) in a theory or having a first ...
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Does the projected spin state of the $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian on a triangular lattice has time-reversal(TR) symmetry?

Consider the following $d+id$ mean-field Hamiltonian for a spin-1/2 model on a triangular lattice $$H=\sum_{<ij>}(\psi_i^\dagger\chi_{ij}\psi_j+H.c.)$$, with $\chi_{ij}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & ...
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What is (meant by) a non-compact $U(1)$ Lie group?

In John Preskill's review of monopoles he states Nowadays, we have another way of understanding why electric charge is quantized. Charge is quantized if the electromagnetic U(l)em gauge group ...
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A question on Gauge fields [duplicate]

Gauge fields play an important role in describing forces. It is very important in Lagrangian mechanics to derive the laws of motion of different systems. The laws of motion doesn't depend on gauge ...
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Vanishing of conjugate momentum $\Pi^0$ and non-existence of propagator

We know that if we try to quantize the free electromagnetic field without a gauge fixing term added to the Lagrangian, then one of the conjugate momentum density $\Pi^0$ vanishes. We also find that ...
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Question on derivation of Ward identity

I'm currently reading these notes about the Ward identity (pages 259 - 261). I will repeat some of the steps to make the question self-contained. Let us consider a local transformation on the field ...
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Transformation law for field strength tensor [closed]

How do I derive the transformation law for the field strength tensor$$F_{\mu\nu}^A = \partial_\mu V_\nu^A - \partial_\nu V_\mu^A - gC_{BC}^A V_\mu^B V_\nu^C$$to show that it transforms like a vector ...
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What gauge field can be constructed from Lorentz symmetry?

You can take a global symmetry and promote it to a local gauge symmetry by introducing an appropriate gauge field and upgrading the partial derivative to a covariant derivative. The photon field ...
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Independent Phases in Gauge Theory

Excuse my naivety. When we postulate a local gauge invariance we say that we allow the overall phase of the field variables $\psi(x)$ can be changed and that this overall phase can vary from point to ...
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Gauge invariance and Bohm-Aharonov effect

I am confused with the Bohm-Aharonov effect: though quantum mechanics is said to be gauge invariant, the presence of a solenoid imposes a gauge. I used to think that a phase shift did not change ...
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Noether's first and second theorems

My understanding of Noether's first theorem is as follows. Consider a set of infinitesimal transformations that leave the action invariant, that are indexed by $n$ linearly independent parameters, ...
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Charge loop corrections

Let's assume some theory in which there is some gauge group (spontaneously broken) field $B$ and fermion field $b$ which isn't charged under this group, and this statement must hold for each order of ...
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Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity

What is the difference between Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity? A brief introduction to Minimal Coupling in General Relativity could be useful too.
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What is the phase of a gauge coupling?

We typically take gauge couplings to be real and positive. Why do we impose these two conditions? I assume this is a requirement because gauge theories without positive couplings are unphysical or is ...
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Charge conjugation of gauge field

In some QFT lecture notes read that "under charge conjugation, a matrix gauge field should transform into minus its transpose." What is the reason? Charge conjugation is $\psi \rightarrow i\gamma^2 ...
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How does the Super-Kamiokande experiment falsify SU(5)?

In his book "The Trouble With Physics", Lee Smolin writes that he is still stunned by the falsification of the $SU(5)$ Georgi-Glashow model by the null results of proton decay experiments. I should ...
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$U(1)$ connection and spacetime basis $e^{\mu}$

When dealing with supergravity, it is said that a Kahler-Hodge manifold has a $U(1)$ bundle whose first Chern class coincides with the Kahler class, thus locally the $U(1)$ connection can take the ...
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A question on intermediate step in deriving gravitational anomaly by Fujikawa's method

In Fujikawa's 'Path integrals and Quantum Anomalies', Eq.(10.26) in the derivation of gravitational anomaly in Chapter 10.1 is puzzling for me. ...
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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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Is there a mistake in a QFT textbook?

I tried to calculate one of the problems in the textbook Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics by Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li. On page 248 you can find the following calculation of a loop ...
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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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Two puzzles on the Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?

Recently I'm studying PSG and I felt very puzzled about two statements appeared in Wen's paper. To present the questions clearly, imagine that we use the Shwinger-fermion ...
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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 ...