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. ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
92 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
177 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
74 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
81 views

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.). ...
6
votes
0answers
188 views

$U(N)$ 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
277 views

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 ...
46
votes
0answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
196 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
118 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
69 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
616 views

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 ?
20
votes
1answer
371 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

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) ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
36 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
973 views

The meaning of Goldstone boson equivalence theorem

The Goldstone boson equivalence theorem tells us that the amplitude for emission/absorption of a longitudinally polarized gauge boson is equal to the amplitude for emission/absorption of the ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
202 views

Charged CFT observables and AdS/CFT

I have a simple question regarding the holographic dictionary when mapping operators on the CFT side to those in AdS. One piece of the dictionary is that a global symmetry maps onto a gauge symmetry ...
3
votes
3answers
177 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
26 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
154 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
52 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
299 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

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): $$ ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

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 $U(1)$ ...
3
votes
2answers
149 views

Gauge symmetry for p-forms

It is well known that the Lorentz invariance of the S-matrix implies gauge redundancy for 1-forms or 'photons'. Does this argument go through to $p$-forms? That is, does Lorentz invariance of the ...
7
votes
4answers
581 views

Why gauge theories have such a success?

[This question was inspired by a identical question asked on a other forum] Note that we may morally include general relativity in the gauge theories. We may have several (some are deliberately ...
0
votes
2answers
177 views

Is my understanding of Gauge Symmetries correct?

I'm currently working on a project about Symmetry Breaking for my physics bachelor. Right now I'm trying to understand Gauge Symmetries (although I guess it's not much of a symmetry). And I've been ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
110 views

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, ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
204 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
58 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
142 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
93 views

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} - ...
1
vote
1answer
71 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
534 views

Why do we seek to preserve gauge symmetries after quantization?

Gauge symmetries do not give rise to conservation laws via Noether's theorem, and they represent redundancies in our description of the system. So why do we want to keep them after quantization? For ...
1
vote
2answers
119 views

Gauge covariant derivative of a creation operator

Suppose we define the (gauge) covariant derivative or as $$\tilde{\nabla}=\nabla+ie\textbf{A},$$ where the vector potential $\textbf{A}$ has a matrix structure where only the diagonal has nonzero ...
2
votes
1answer
92 views

What is a dual field?

Can you give me an intuitive, physical understanding of a "dual field"? For example, the Hodge dual of the gluon field strength matrix $F$ is $\tilde{F}_{\mu \nu}=\epsilon_{\mu \nu \alpha \beta} ...
4
votes
1answer
100 views

Yang and Mills' (and others') justification for local gauge invariance

In most physics textbooks, local gauge invariance is simply postulated---you start with a global symmetry, e.g. the global phase, then allow it to depend on the spacetime point, make the necessary ...
4
votes
1answer
281 views

Einstein-Yang-Mills Connections

I am playing around with coupling a classical $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills theory to Einstein's equations. Assuming spherical symmetry, the $SU(2)$ connection can be written \begin{equation} A = ...