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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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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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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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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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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Gauge fields and strings: Loop equations

I am trying to derive Eq. (7.25) (p. 117) of Polyakov's book: $$ \delta \Psi (C) ~=~ \int_{0}^{2\pi} {\rm P} \left(F_{\mu\nu}(x(s)) \exp \oint_C A_\mu dx^\mu \right)\dot{x}_\nu \delta x_\mu(x) \, {\...
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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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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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What is a gauge in a gauge theory?

As I study Jackson, I am getting really confused with some of its key definitions. Here is what I am getting confused at. When we substituted the electric field and magnetic field in terms of the ...
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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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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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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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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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What is (meant by) a non-compact $U(1)$ Lie group?

In John Preskill's review of monopoles he states on p. 471 Nowadays, we have another way of understanding why electric charge is quantized. Charge is quantized if the electromagnetic $U(l)_{\rm em}...
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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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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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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 degrees of freedom for gravitational waves as a gauge field

Sean Carroll has a new popularization about the Higgs, The Particle at the End of the Universe. Carroll is a relativist, and I enjoyed seeing how he presented the four forces of nature synoptically, ...
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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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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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Gravity as a gauge theory

Currently, (classical) gravity (General Relativity) is NOT a gauge theory (at least in the sense of a Yang-Mills theory). Why should "classical" gravity be some (non-trivial or "special" or extended)...
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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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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 $\phi=e^{i\xi}\frac{\left(\rho+v\...
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Good Books on Gauge Theory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comprehensive book on group theory for physicists? I'm having a hard time trying to get my head around the fundamentals of gauge theory. I've taken classes in QFT and ...
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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 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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Literature request for books / review papers on gravitation, gauge theories and related mathematics [duplicate]

Similar to this reference, are there more such references / works [including textbooks] available in the literature? (A list would be greatly welcomed and appreciated.)
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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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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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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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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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Degrees of freedom of the graviton versus classical degrees of freedom

I have a puzzle I can not even understand. A graviton is generally understood in $D$ dimensions as a field with some independent components or degrees of freedom (DOF), from a traceless symmetric ...
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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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$U(N)$ gauged quantum mechanics

I'm studying the $U(N)$ gauge theory theory in 0+1 dimensions. The aim is to show that this is equivalent to a matrix model. Is there any literature on this topic? The action I am interested in is $$...
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Entanglement entropy for $U(1)$ lattice gauge theory

Can someone please let me know if there is some reference for the calculation of entanglement entropy of $U(1)$ lattice gauge theory? I have seen a few references where Z2 lattice gauge theory has ...
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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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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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Gauge fermions versus gauge bosons

Why are all the interactions particle of a gauge theory bosons. Are fermionic gauge particle fields somehow forbidden by the theory ?
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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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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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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) $...