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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What's the Coulomb Branch and why is it important?

I'm studying the introduction of flavour degrees of freedom in the AdS/CFT correspondence and now I'm supposed to calculate the mass spectrum of mesons in the Coulomb branch. I have searched the ...
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What is “localisation” of instantons?

I often encountered the term "localization" in the context of instantons, as for example in the work of Nekrasov on extensions of Seiberg-Witten theory to ${\cal N}=1$ gauge theories. Could someone ...
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Coherence of gauge fixing with the corresponding theoretical gauge freedom

I understand that for a gauge fixing to be valid, it needs to be achievable (i.e., become an identity) continuously through a sequence of allowed gauge transformations of the canonical variables, yet ...
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Non-minimal coupling of the gauge fields to the matter

Does any one know the physical meaning of the following gauge invariant gauge coupling to the spinors? $$\bar \psi F_{\mu \nu} [\gamma^\mu, \gamma^\nu] \psi$$ This coupling is not minimal, as $$\bar \...
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Scalar and Vector Potential

I am a physics undergraduate student currently studying electromagnetics. I have previously studied electrostatics and magnetostatics yet the concept of scalar potential, $V$ and the vector potential, ...
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Difference between Cartesian product and tensor product on gauge groups

After a comment of John Baez to a question I asked on MathOverflow, I would like to ask what the difference between, for example, $SU(3)\times SU(2) \times U(1) $ and $SU(3) \otimes SU(2) \otimes U(1)$...
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AdS/CFT-duality: How does the $U(1)$ decouple form the $U(N)$?

A stack of N coincident D3-branes on its world-volume describe, at the lowest order in $\alpha'$ and in absence of non-trivial background fields, a supersymmetric $U(N)$ gauge theory as explained 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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Why can't a real scalar couple to the electromagnetic field?

If we have a complex scalar $\phi$ we know that the gauge-invariant interaction with $A$ is given by $A^\mu J_\mu$, where $J$ is the Noether current of the $U(1)$ symmetry of the Lagrangian $$ J_\mu\...
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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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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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What is the physical meaning of Lorenz gauge condition? [closed]

What is the physical meaning of Lorenz gauge condition? And what part of the solutions we throw?
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Hamiltonian lattice gauge theory with physically observable local degrees of freedom

In my answer at What, in simplest terms, is gauge invariance?, I mentioned that in certain contexts there can be a "gauge theory" with a local symmetry that leave the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian invariant ...
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Lagrangian gauge theory with physically observable local degrees of freedom

In my answer at What, in simplest terms, is gauge invariance?, I mentioned that in certain contexts there can be a "gauge theory" with a local symmetry that leave the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian invariant ...
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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 ...
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Why under Lorentz transformations the Higgs boson is a scalar field and under $SU(2)$ it is a doublet?

I am a bit confused about this difference. My understanding is that when we build a $G$-bundle, where $G$ is a gauge group, we have a representation $\rho:G\to GL(V)$ that acts on the fibers of the $G$...
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Adjoint of the gauge covariant derivative

Suppose $A=A_1dx_1+A_2dx_2$ is a 1-form connection in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and $D_A \phi=d\phi-iA\phi$ is the gauge covariant derivative with $\phi=\phi_1+i\phi_2$ is a complex scalar field. May I ask what ...
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The consistency conditions of constrained Hamiltonian systems

I am studying the Hamiltonian description of a constrained system. There are some questions puzzled me for days, which I have been stuck on it. From the lagrangian, we can obtain the primary ...
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Gauge theory and lattice gauge theory [closed]

This is a question is a follow-up to the answer by @tparker about what in simple terms is gauge invariance. I want to know in detail the subtleties of the definitions for gauge theory (#3) and lattice ...
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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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Coupling of matter field with gauge boson and Goldstone boson:

What's the fundamental difference between the way a gauge boson gets coupled to a matter field, preferably a Fermionic field and the way a Goldstone boson gets coupled to the matter field ? In ...
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Noether current for the Yang-Mills-Higgs Lagrangian

I am trying to calculate the Noether current, more specifically, the energy density of the Yang-Mills-Higgs Lagrangian. Please refer to the equations in the Harvey lectures on Magnetic Monopoles, ...
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Yang-Mills potential and principal bundles

In section 2.7.2 of Bertlmann's "Anomalies in quantum field theory", it is stated that since a non-trivial principal bundle (based on a Lie group $G$) does not admit a global section, the Yang-Mills ...
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Can we make the Dirac representation a gauge theory?

I'm looking for comments and references about an idea : gauging the Dirac representation of the Dirac matrices. What kind of field interaction would it give ? Specifically, the Dirac equation is ...
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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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Is the U(1) gauge theory in 2+1D dual to a U(1) or an integer XY model?

The compact U(1) lattice gauge theory is described by the action $$S_0=-\frac{1}{g^2}\sum_\square \cos\left(\sum_{l\in\partial \square}A_l\right),$$ where the gauge connection $A_l\in$U(1) is defined ...
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Mass dimension and Abelian super-gauge transformation

A vector superfield is defined by postulating an invariance under a linear transformation in the space of vector superfields: $V \longrightarrow V + i\Lambda - i\Lambda^{\dagger}$ where $i\Lambda - ...
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Generalized spin connection and dreibein in higher spin gravity

I am studying 3D higher spin gravity and I would like to know the mathematical and physical meaning of generalized spin connection and generalized dreibein that appear in this theory. It is well known ...
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BRST quantization and norm

States with definite ghost number have zero norm (since ghost number is anti-hermitian and has real eigenvalues). E.G. when quantizing relativistic point particle, physical spectrum turns out to ...
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Reduction of Nambu Goto action to true degrees of freedom

First consider the particle $$S=m\int\sqrt{-\dot{X}^2}d\tau$$ if you choose the static gauge $\tau=X^0$ and replace it in the action you get $$=m\int\sqrt{1-\dot{X}^j\dot{X}^j}d\tau$$ So now, you ...
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Can the physical properties of the EM field be described directly from the 4-gauge potential?

I'm trying to make an argument that classically, the EM field is considered a more 'real' physical quantity than the potentials, and am tempted to say that the fact that the field carries energy & ...
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Are there Gauge fields that are not 4-vectors?

In my understanding Gauge fields are fields that have some kind of redundancy, i.e. a transformation that does not change the physical state. As far as I can see all the Gauge fields in the Standard ...
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Derivation of photon propagator from EM Lagrangian

I am following Ryder's Quantum Field Theory. In chapter 7, in order to derive the photon propagator, he first derives eq. 7.4 $$\mathcal{L}=\dfrac{1}{2}A^\mu[g_{\mu\nu}\partial^2-\partial_\mu\partial_\...
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History of the names “Feynman-gauge” & “Landau-gauge”. How arised & how settled?

Edit: Use this PO.org question instead. Warning: Students, stay away from antiquities. The aim to learn is to survive. Hi. Today the nomenclatures Feynman gauge and Landau gauge seem established, ...
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Time independent Yang-Mills field coupled to scalar field

Let $A$ be a Yang-Mills field with $A_0 = 0$ and we also have time independent scalar field $\phi$ in the adjoint representation of our gauge group with zero potential (no mass too). I have to show ...
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Gauge redundancies and global symmetries [closed]

It is often said that local (gauge) transformation is only redundancy of description of spin one massless particles, to make the number degrees of freedom from three to two. It is often said that ...
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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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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 A_x}{\...
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Non-abelian current commutators

There many articles, in which non-abelian current commutators are computed. The general result is that quantum corrections lead to additional term in commutator $$[J^a_\mu (x), J^b_\nu (y)] \delta (x^...
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$SU(N)$ Yang-Mills Theory

Yang-Mills theory is based on the gauge group $G$ which we take to be $SU(N)$. Consider an example; $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F^a_{\mu\nu}F^{a\mu\nu}-\sum_{j=1}^N\bar{\psi}_j(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m)\...
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Why do we like gauge potentials so much?

Today I read articles and texts about Dirac monopoles and I have been wondering about the insistence on gauge potentials. Why do they seem (or why are they) so important to create a theory about ...
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Weak isospin and types of weak charge

My understanding is that QCD has three color charges that are conserved as a result of global SU(3) invariance. What about SU(2) weak? Does it have two types of charges? What I'm getting at is: U(1) -...
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Gauge field and covariant derivative

To make the kinetic term in the Lagrangian for quantum field theories (for example qed) inveriant under local phase transformations we introduce the covariant derivative $D_{\mu} = \partial _{\mu} + ...
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Yang-Mills field strength tensor

In basically every QFT book the Yang-Mills strength tensor $F_{\mu\nu}$ is defined as $$F_{\mu\nu}=[D_\mu,D_\nu]$$ where $D_\mu$ is the covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu-A_\mu$$ and $A_\mu$ is ...
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Why cannot a fundamental string couple to the R-R gauge field $C_{\mu\nu}$?

People usually say that D-branes can carry R-R charges, or can couple to R-R sector gauge fields. But why a fundamental string cannot couple to a 2-form R-R sector gauge field? What's the essential ...
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Why is U(1) the gauge group in classical electromagnetism?

Can anyone give a physical reason that $U(1)$ is the gauge group for classical electromagnetism? I am familiar with the principal bundle formalism for Yang-Mills theory and see that since the Lie ...
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Unitarity Gauge : how to undo the gauge transformation

I will simplify the argument. Let's consider a Gauge Boson (like the gauged one of U(1), $A_\mu$). Then, consider the Higgs boson with exponential representation, then $$H = e^{i\pi(x)/v}\left(\begin{...
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Gauge Bosons at Finite Temperature

I was reading a paper¹, and it states: " Therefore, the gauge fields themselves cannot be entities of the physical reality, as any observations should be independent of the chosen gauge" I'm trying ...
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Local Phase Transformation of the Dirac equation

The Dirac Equation ("free Dirac") is a relativistic Equation of Motion (EoM) for a free ($V=0$) Spin $1/2$ particle (like an electron). The free Dirac equation is invariant under global phase ...
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Physical difference between gauge symmetries and global symmetries

There are plenty of well-answered questions on Physics SE about the mathematical differences between gauge symmetries and global symmetries, such as this question. However I would like to understand ...