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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Global Chern-Simons forms and topological gauge theories

I am reading the classic Dijkgraaf and Witten paper on topological gauge theories and something struck me that I didn't understand. For a trivial bundle $E$ on smooth 3-manifold $M$ with compact ...
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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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How do we know we've unified two interactions?

What is the precise definition of unification of fields (in classical and quantum mechanics)? In general, does unification of a field mean that we can write both of them at both sides of an equation ...
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Are the symmetry operators well defined in the context of Projective Symmetry Group(PSG)?

Consider the Schwinger-fermion approach $\mathbf{S}_i=\frac{1}{2}f_i^\dagger\mathbf{\sigma}f_i$ to spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ system on 2D lattices. Just as Prof.Wen said in his seminal paper on PSG, the ...
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How do non-transverse photon polarizations cancel in Euclidean QED?

First, recall how to write scattering amplitudes in covariant fashion in Minkowskian QED. One starts by considering some process with an external photon whose momentum is chosen to be ...
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Gauge fields in Polyakov's treatment of renormalization for nonlinear sigma model

I am deriving the results of renormalization for nonlinear sigma model using Polyakov approach. I am closely following chapter 2 of Polyakov's book--- ``Gauge fields and strings''. Action for the ...
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Vector Potential for Magnetic field when the field is not in simply-connected region

According to Poincare's Lemma, if $U\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is a star-shaped set and if $\omega$ is a $k$-form defined in $U$ that is closed, then $\omega$ is exact, meaning that there's some ...
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Different invariant gauge groups (IGG) on different lattices with the same form mean-filed Hamiltonian?

Suppose that we use the Schwinger-fermion ($\mathbf{S_i}=\frac{1}{2}f_i^\dagger\mathbf{\sigma}f_i$) mean-field theory to study the Heisenberg model on 2D lattices, and now we arrive at the mean-field ...
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EM vector potential

We can write the electromagnetic field tensor as $$\begin{bmatrix} 0 & -E_x/c & -E_y/c & -E_z/c \\ E_x/c & 0 & -B_z & B_y \\ E_y/c & B_z & 0 & ...
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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 ...
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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 been ...
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How do people historically have come to use the Yang-Mills theory in physics?

There are many books, in which Yang-Mills theory is introduced "just like that". But I didn't find some book with set of historical arguments, which had led people to using it in quantum field theory. ...
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A simple question on $SU(2)$ gauge transformations in Wen's papers on projective symmetry group (PSG)?

Recently I am studying the projective symmetry group (PSG) and the associated concept of quantum order first proposed by prof.Wen. In Wen's paper, see the last line of Eq.(8), the local SU(2) gauge ...
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A question about an identity in deriving Born-Infeld action

I have a question in David Tong's Example Sheet 4 Problem 5b, how to verify the last equation (*) on p.2? (There is a solution for example sheet 3, but seems to be no solution for example sheet 4.) ...
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Why does electric field intensity $E$ can be uniquely determined by its divergence and curl? [duplicate]

My question is, the number of following equations $$\nabla\cdot E=\frac{\rho}{\varepsilon}$$ $$\nabla\times E=-\frac{\partial B}{\partial t}$$ is 4 while the number of unknown variables ...
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Physical consequences of non-abelian non-trivial holonomy

The Aharonov-Bohm effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aharonov%E2%80%93Bohm_effect#Significance) can be well described and explained in terms of holonomy of the $U(1)$ connection of the ...
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Quantum Anomalies in Non-Gauge Theories?

I'm reading about quantum anomalies in QFT and all the examples seem to arise in gauge theories. Is it true that theories without a local gauge invariance don't have quantum anomalies? I can't think ...
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Anomalies for not-on-site discrete gauge symmetries

If a symmetry group $G$ (let's say finite for simplicity) acts on a lattice theory by acting only on the vertex variables, I will call it ultralocal. Any ultralocal symmetry can be gauged. However, in ...
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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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How does the Ward-Takahashi Identity imply that non-transverse photons are unphysical in QED?

Peskin and Schroeder say that the Ward Identity of QED proves that non-transverse photon polarizations can be consistently ignored, but I'm confused about the details. Setup One starts by ...
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Obtaining supergravity from gauging global supersymmetry

On page 92, my still favorite supersymmetry book says, by making the global infinitisimal parameter of a SUSY tranformation spacetitime dependent (gauging) it forces one to introduce a new gauge field ...
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How to see timelike excitation has a negative norm from the “old covariant quantization”

I have a question in reading Polchinski's string theory vol I p 123, about the "old covariant quantization". It is said ... $\langle 0;k | 0; k' \rangle = ( 2\pi)^D \delta^D (k-k') \tag{4.1.15}$ ...
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Large and small gauge transformations?

I've a questions about the difference between small and large gauge transformations (a small gauge transformation tends to the identity at spatial infinity, whereas the large transformations don't). ...
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Classical theories and AdS/CFT

When I was editing the Physics.SE tag wiki for ads-cft, I initially wrote something on the lines of : The AdS/CFT correspondence is a special case of the holographic principle. It states that ...
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Hodge star operator on curvature?

I've a question regarding the Hodge star operator. I'm completely new to the notion of exterior derivatives and wedge products. I had to teach it to myself over the past couple of days, so I hope my ...
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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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Calculating an expression for the trace of generators of two Lie algebra

Suppose we have $$[Q^a,Q^b]=if^c_{ab}Q^c$$ where Q's are generators of a Lie algebra associated a SU(N) group. So Q's are traceless. Also we have $$[P^a,P^b]=0$$ where P's are generators of a Lie ...
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Show that charge conservation $\partial_\mu J^\mu = 0$ implies global U(1) invariance?

The $U(1)$ global gauge symmetry of electromagnetism implies - via Noethers theorem - that electric charge is conserved. Actually, it implies a continuity equation: $$ \psi \rightarrow ...
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Understanding the argument that local U(1) leads to coupling of EM and matter

I'm trying to better understand the argument that U(1) local gauge invariance implies a coupling of EM and Dirac fields. I understand the math, but I'm not sure about the chain of logic. You start ...
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What determines the spin of fields in gauge field theories?

I understand that gauge bosons transform as the adjoint of their respective symmetry groups, but what determines the spin of the field? Can you have some gauge group where the adjoint is spin zero?
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From Berry's phase to artificial Gauge potential

How a nonzero geometric phase in a loop is used to generate artificial gauge potentials? If possible, can you also tell how to generate the non-abelian artificial gauge potentials.
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Proof that we can always find a gauge transformation such that $A_0=0$?

I'm trying to follow Coleman's proof from his lectures "Aspects of Symmetry" on page 200-201. He proofs it is always possible to work in the temporal gauge for a general Yang-Mills-Higgs theory. I ...
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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 ...
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Can I call additional conditions on potentials a Gauge choice?

Let's say I have an electromagnetics problem in a spatially varying medium. After I impose Maxwell's equations, the Lorenz gauge choice, boundary conditions, and the Sommerfeld radiation condition, I ...
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Is it really proper to say Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance?

Many (if not all) of the materials I've read claim Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance of the theory, while actually their derivations only make use of current conservation ...
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The phrase “Trace Anomaly” seems to be used in two different ways. What's the relation between the two?

I've seen the phrase "Trace Anomaly" refer to two seemingly different concepts, though I assume they must be related in some way I'm not seeing. The first way I've seen it used is in the manner, for ...
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How to get the $i\epsilon$ prescription for a Faddeev-Popov ghost propagator?

In path integral formalism, for a physical field there will be an $i\epsilon$ term in the action, which comes from identifying the in and out vacuum, and in turn this $i\epsilon$ will naturally appear ...
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4D instantons and the moduli space of N=2 on R^3 x S^1

I am reading the paper arXiv:0807.4723 by Gaiotto, Moore, and Neitzke on wall-crossing. I would like to understand whether if the Darboux coordinates in the mutually non-local case contain the ...
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Invariance of Functional Integration Measure

Let us consider the functional integral: \begin{equation} \int \mathcal{D} A e^{iS[A]} \end{equation} where $S[A]$ is the action for $U(1)$ gauge field and \begin{equation} \mathcal{D}A\equiv ...
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How to justify matter-field interaction for non-gauge-invariant Hamiltonian?

I'm wondering how can one formally justify the electromagnetic response of a system which does not verify local U(1) gauge invariance. A good example of what I would like to consider is given by the ...
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Potential energy in Special Relativity

In Special Relativity, the energy of a free particle is $E^2=p^2c^2+m^2c^4$. But what would be the energy when there is potential energy? If it's something like $E=\sqrt{p^2c^2+m^2c^4}+U$, what ...
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Background Gauge Condition In Moduli Space

I'm really confused on the background gauge condition for the moduli space of BPS-monopoles: \begin{equation} D_i \delta A_i + e [\phi , \delta \phi]=0 \end{equation} I can see that this conditions ...
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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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Is the Green function a prescription for a connection?

I'm trying to learn connection on principal fibre bundle. As far as I can see, the connection is just a given prescription for the displaced field/function on the base space to remains on the ...
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Gauge fields — why are they traceless hermitian?

A gauge field is introduced in the theory to preserve local gauge invariance. And this field (matrix) is expanded in terms of the generators, which is possible because the gauge field is traceless ...
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Aharonov-Bohm Effect in Torus

I had a very brief introduction to the Aharonov-Bohm effect in class. The lecturer introduced the notion that $H(\Phi=\Phi_0)$ and $H(\Phi=0)$ gives identical energy spectrum and that the Hamiltonians ...
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Are waves on water an example of gauge invariance?

So: Is the close similarity of small waves crossing water of varying depths ("depth potentials") an example of an approximate gauge invariance? If so, do other "only the surface dynamics matter" ...
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Quantum master equation in the Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism

I am reading the Section 15.9 of Weinberg's book "The Quantum Theory of Fields, vol. 2". Under a shift $\delta\Psi[\chi]$ in $\Psi[\chi]$, we have $$ \begin{split} \delta ...
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Four-gauge-boson vertex in non-Abelian gauge theories

In Peskin & Schroeder's book page 524, the following diagram is calculated for the gauge boson self-energy in order $g^2$: In dimensional regularization, its contribution is given by ...
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Yang-Mills instanton

How can instanton solution to Yang-Mills theory with gauge group $SU(3)$ or $SU(N)$ be obtained? For $SU(2)$ it is explained in textbooks but what about more general color gauge groups? EDIT: How ...