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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Non-null hessian condition for regular dynamical systems

I'm "researching" on unquantised Yang-Mills theory. For that I'm studying the Dirac's method for singular constrained systems and having problems to follow the first considerations on that matter. I ...
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What is the relationship between BRST symmetry and gauge symmetry?

As far as i know the BRST symmetry is an infinitesimal (and expanded) version of gauge symmetry. Recently I read the following: "when QFT was reformulated in fiber bundle language for application to ...
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What's the relation between representation theory and mass / electric charge?

This is a follow-up on this answer, where ACuriousMind wrote Formally, both the mass and the charge classify certain irreducible representations of the Poincaré group and the circle group, ...
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Gauge transformation of wave function of a system of stationary charges

Let's say we have a system of $n$ stationary charges interacting via Coulomb potential. Let's ignore possible external electromagnetic fields. Moreover the system is quantum, and its wave function is $...
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Why do different vector potentials in Landau levels problem lead to different quantum mechanical ground state wavefunctions?

Consider a charged particle (electron) moves in xy plane under a magnetic field pointing along the z direction, i.e., $\vec{B}=B\hat{z}$. As a consequence, we can write down three different gauges- ...
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Why is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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What is the meaning of 'physical gauge'?

What does it mean for a gauge to be a physical gauge in your gauge choice of the theory, and why is it called the "physical gauge"?
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Derivation Of The Equation Of Motion Of String from Polyakov action

I'm stuck at a step in the derivation of the equations of motions of a string using the Polyakov action. In Polchinski's textbook in String Theory , Page 14 ; Equation ( 1.2.25 ) , Varying the ...
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Hamiltonian and Energy of a charged particle in an Electromagnetic field

The Lagrangian of a charged particle of charge $e$ moving in an electromagnetic field is given by $$L=\frac{1}{2}m\dot{\textbf{r}}^2-e\phi-e\textbf{A}\cdot \textbf{v}$$ where $\phi(\textbf{r},t)$ is ...
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Coupling constant in the Yang-Mills action

Intuitively, gauge coupling defines the strength of interactions between fields. But how to interpret the coupling $1/g^2$ in front of the kinetic term of Yang-Mills theories, $-\frac{1}{4g^2}tr(F_{\...
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Some questions about gauge theory

Let's talk quantum mechanics. I have a charged particle moving on a sphere. It has a wave function $\psi$. At time $t=0$, there is no magnetic flux piercing the sphere. Instantaneously, I introduce a ...
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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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Gravity as a gauge theory - Cartan-Killing form?

First, let me state the form of Lagrangian for YM and GR \begin{align} L_{YM} = \alpha \textrm{tr}(F^2), \qquad L_{GR} = \beta R \end{align} I heard, YM is a gauge theory but GR isn't a really gauge ...
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What is the relation between interaction range and the mass of gauge bosons?

I have just started to read spontaneous symmetry breaking, where it is mentioned that EM fields are infinite in range, so the gauge boson has to be massless, while for the strong and weak interactions,...
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Which groups can be lattice gauge groups?

Let me state first off that in this question I am most interested in lattice gauge theories, and not necessarily with Fermion couplings. But if Fermions and continuum gauge theories can also be ...
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Wave function constrained to a fixed trajectory? Really?

this is probably a very stupid question. First of all, I'm a mathematician so please try to use coordinate-free notations. It's often used in quantum mechanics a wave function depending on a fixed ...
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Supertrace of holonomy of commutator

On page 47 of Surface operators in four-dimensional topological gauge theory and Langlands duality by Kapustin et al., the following expression is given \begin{equation} \delta\mathcal{N}=d(\omega_\...
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Coordinate variation of a Wilson loop

In Chern Simons Gauge Theory as a String Theory, Witten derives the general coordinate variation of a Wilson loop, i.e., equation 3.11. My question is, how does one derive this? I only managed to ...
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Why Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a $U(1)$ gauge theory? [duplicate]

How does $U(1)$ gauge group at long distances, give rise to magnetic monopoles? Also why is it said that Dirac monopole is a topological defect in a compact $U(1)$ gauge theory?
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Uniqueness of the magnetic vector potential?

I am trying to find the magnetic vector potential a distance of $s$ (cylindrical radial variable) from an infinite wire carrying current $I$. The magnetic field at a distance $s$ from a wire is $$B=\...
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Why group elements associated with gauge transformations of finite action field configurations in QCD don't depend in $r$?

I am reading the chapter on instantons in Coleman's Aspects of Symmetry. I am puzzled by an argument i don't quite follow. In section 3.2, Coleman considers configurations of the gauge field with ...
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Integrals of Chern class, $c_i$ in YM theories

I am a bit confused with the definition of the 1st (and 2nd by extension) Chern class in YM theories. I understand that in general $c_i \in H^{2i}(M,\mathbb{Z})$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold. Then, ...
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Homogenuous Maxwell Equations in the Language of Differential Forms

I understand that if I define electric field to be $E=E_i dx^i$, magnetic field to be $B=B_1 dx^2 \wedge dx^3 + B_2 dx^3 \wedge dx^1 + B_3 dx^1 \wedge dx^2 $, and field strength to be $F= dx^0 \wedge ...
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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 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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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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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 $\Psi\...
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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 space-...
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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 $U(1)\...
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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 Aharonov Bohm effect for Quasiparticles

I've noticed the following: Observation: Central results in the condensed matter physics rely on Aharonov 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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Magnetic vector potential of an infinite wire

Using the integral $$A=\frac{\mu_0}{4 \pi} \int \frac{I \vec{dl}}{r}$$ for calculating magnetic vector potential of an infinite wire we get $$A = \left(\frac{\mu_0 I}{4 \pi}\right) \ln(\sec \theta + \...
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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 ...