In explicit symmetry breaking, the equations of motion of a physical system are variant under the broken symmetry; by contrast, for spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB), these equations are invariant, but the entire system is not because its vacuum (background) is non-invariant. Further use for the ...

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Physical meaning of the chiral condensate in QCD

Considering the QCD Lagrangian in the chiral limit, where all the quarks masses are set to zero. Then the Lagrangian has the following chiral symmetry: $$ SU(L)_{V} \times SU(L)_{A} \times U(1)_{V} ...
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Left-right topology

Are there non-trivial topological solutions (in particular 't Hooft-Polyakov magnetic monopoles) associated with the (local) breaking \begin{equation} SU(2)_R \times SU(2)_L \times U(1)_{B-L} \to ...
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how to construct a model with fully broken SU(2) gauge symmetry, in which the masses of all three vector bosons are different

When we do the spontaneous symmetry breaking of SU(2) local gauge symmetry, the three vector fields acquire mass which is equal for all three of them. Now how do I construct a model in which the ...
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Does the goldstone field really disappear? [on hold]

When we apply Higgs Mechanism to a Lagrangian which has say U(1) local gauge symmetry then then the goldstone boson disappear from the Lagrangian and the degree of freedom is absorbed by the massive ...
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How does the surface of a material always break inversion symmetry?

I am trying to visualize this for an HCP structure. Take the profile view as such: just working in 2d. So my understanding is if we can take a point (x,y) -> (-x,-y) and get the same crystal than ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of scalar multiplet theory

Consider a theory with two multiplets of real scalar fields $\phi_i$ and $\epsilon_i$, where $i$ runs from $1$ to $N$. The Lagrangian is given by: $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} (\partial_{\mu} \phi_i) ...
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Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in global $U(1)$ symmetry

I was reading SSB from Ashok Das - Lectures on Quantum Field Theory. I have a couple of questions. First Question Equation (7.65) reads ...
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What is the difference between the generation of mass for Fermions compared with Bosons in the standard model?

I've seen a few questions asking how the Higgs mechanism generates mass for particles of the standard model. However, I haven't seen any which specify the differences between Bosons and Fermions in ...
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Gauge mediated SUSY breaking

I have seen it claimed that in SUSY gauge mediated breaking there can be no flavour changing terms because the mediation is flavour blind. What does this mean and how does it work?
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How is the ground state chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process?

This question is about how the ground state is chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process. Say we have a Mexican Hat potential (e.g. the one for the Higgs field) and are sitting at the unstable ...
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Lie groups with same algebra

I had a problem when considering symmetry breaking in an SO(4) gauge theory: $\mathcal{L} = \left| D_\mu\phi \right|^2$ where $D_\mu$ is the SO(4) covariant derivative. Then assuming there is some ...
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Symmetry responsible for equality of masses of particles

During my studies of basic particle physics the following question came up. What symmetry is responsible for equality of masses of particles and their antiparticles? In particular, is this symmetry ...
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Are the pions really all that light?

I'm studying the sigma model where the pions are identified as the (pseudo) Nambu-Goldstone bosons of chiral symmetry breaking ("pseudo" from mild isospin symmetry violation). This argument usually ...
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Is there a spontaneous $U(1)$ symmetry breaking in atomic BECs?

In the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation, one way to define the order parameter is by using the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking. One says that, below the critical temperature, the ...
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Equation for Electric and Magnetic field from the equation for a “massive photon”

I was reading the Quantum Field Theory book by Maggiore. There he says that in side a superconductor the photon satisfies the equation $$(\Box+m^2)A_\mu=0$$ Then he adds that the electric field and ...
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Meaning of counterterms and quantum corrections

When one talks about the “classical Lagrangian” of a field, does one mean the tree-level Lagrangian with physical masses and physical couplings? If yes, does it therefore mean that the bare ...
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Superposition of distinct vevs in spontaneous symmetry breaking

The simplest account of spontaneous symmetry breaking goes like this. Take a potential $V(\phi)$ with symmetric minima that are not at $\phi = 0$, like the Mexican hat potential shown in this site's ...
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Example of a system that becomes anisotropic

I'm trying to find examples of physical systems that go through some type of phase transition in which they go from being isotropic to anisotropic. Perhaps some system that become more anisotropic as ...
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Structure constant of the commutators of generators in broken symmetry

When I read a paper related to spontaneously global symmetry breaking, I cannot understand a statement: If we use the notation $T^i$ for the unbroken group generators in $H$ and $X^a$ the broken ...
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Origin of Mexican hat potential in Higgs mechanism

I have recently read a layman's version of the Higgs mechanism with a Mexican hat potential. The only thing I don't get is what actually causes the Higgs potential to have a Mexican hat shape?
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Restoration of spontaneously broken symmetry at high energy

It is common to find books saying that above a certain energy, a certain symmetry in particle physics is restored, e.g. the $SU(2)\times U(1)$ electroweak symmetry was unbroken between $10^{-36}$ to ...
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Why $SU(2)\times SU(2)$ is spontaneously broken?

Following the approach of Weinberg's book to discuss the chiral symmetry, at a certain point he says If the $SU(2)\times SU(2)$ symmetry is exact and unbroken, then this would require any ...
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Why does a Heisenberg magnet break the O(3) symmetry in stead of SU(2)?

As stated in the question, why does a Heisenberg magnet break the $O(3)$ symmetry while degrees of freedom of the underlying spins are $SU(2)$?
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Does the Peccei-Quinn (PQ) mechanism require fine-tuning?

The strong CP problem: the QCD theta parameter can not be arbitrarily small due to 't Hooft's doctrine of naturalness (a parameter can be arbitrarily small only when putting it to zero provides an ...
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What is the Goldstone mode when rotation symmetry breaks in lattice?

In textbooks for introducing Goldstone mode, people usually consider about phonon as a Goldstone mode emerging from translation symmetry breaking in lattice. However, the rotation symmetry also ...
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Baryon number violation in the Standard Model

Anomaly cancellation in the Standard model requires $B-L$ to be constant, which is done using perturbative diagrammatic expansion. Secondly, baryon number is conserved as an $U(1)$ global field ...
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What is conformal symmetry physically?

I'm reading a paper by t'Hooft http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.6675. There is an argument in the paper that I could not understand: "Now that system, described by Maxwell’s equations, does have conformal ...
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Chiral symmetry breaking and confusion with terminology

I am confused about Chiral symmetry breaking and the terminology we use. First of all, I think the symmetry is started with taking quark masses zero and writing the Lagrangian as; $$ ...
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Topological terms VEVs and ghosts

Suppose we have the Standard model, and we want to calculate with VEVs of topological susceptibilities of $SU_{L}(2), U_{Y}(1)$ and $SU_{c}(3)$ fields, which have the form $$ \tag 1 \kappa \equiv ...
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Quantum Anomalies and Quantum Symmetries

In Quantum Field Theories (QFT) there is a well known phenomenon of anomalies, where a classical symmetry is broken in the quantum theory due to a so called anomaly. This symmetry breaking can be ...
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Why do the conserved charges in the case of SSB of a global symmetry not exist?

Reading "From Linear SUSY to Constrained Superfields" by Komargodski and Seiberg, I got a bit confused regarding the existence of the conserved charges in a theory with spontaneous symmetry breaking ...
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Feynman rules complex field in polar form

I am trying to derive the Feynman rules for this field: $$L=-\partial \phi^*\partial \phi - \frac{\lambda}4 (|\phi|^2-v^2)^2 $$ With this coordinates $\phi = \frac 1 {\sqrt2}\rho \exp(i \theta)$, ...
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Chiral current VEV below the QCD scale

Let's have pure QCD. I know that after spontaneous symmetry breaking quark bilinear form are replaced by their averaged values: $$ \bar{q}_{i}q_{j} \to \langle \bar{q}_{i}q_{j}\rangle \approx ...
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Difference between a Hamiltonian and its mean-field form?

In most solid state physics text books, BCS theory is introduced in the following way: The authors introduce a mean-field parameter (based on the superconduncting pair) and upon that, they reduce the ...
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Broken symmetries realized nonlinearly

I'm trying to understand some concepts of spontaneous symmetry breaking, I'll write first the statement that I can't understand and later my questions. STATEMENT Consider a group $G$ and a subgroup ...
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Doubts about spontaneous symmetry breaking

I have been exposed to the usual treatment about spontaneous symmetry breaking in the standard model but it shames me to admit that there are some loose ends I still have to tie up. For simplicity, ...
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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 ...
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Soft SUSY breaking fermion mass terms in MSSM for matter fields

In the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, the chiral fermion fields (the Higgsinos) don't have any soft SUSY breaking mass terms and soft SUSY breaking trilinear interactions while their scalar ...
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Magnetism in Topological Insulator?

I have read many papers with the statement that on the introduction of the magnetic impurity, the gap at the Dirac point opens in the surface states. I am little confused about it. If the gap is ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of anomalous global abelian symmetries and $U(1)$ of QCD

Let me restate the $U(1)$ problem of QCD: Let us forget about the $s$ quark, and consider the $u$ and $d$ massless. This is a good approximation since $m_{u,d} \ll \Lambda_{QCD}$. Then ...
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What happens to Goldstone bosons in the Higgs potential after symmetry breaking?

When the gauge symmetry of our Lagrangian breaks spontaneously through the Higgs mechanism, we usually find that $n$ Higgs degrees of freedom become massless through the vacuum expecation value (vev), ...
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Higgs mechanism in 1+1 spacetime dimensions

I know there are problems with Goldstone's theorem, as stated by Coleman in http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.cmp/1103859034. What about Higgs mechanism? Can I possibly think of a ...
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How to compute remnant discrete charges?

When a $U(1)$ gauge symmetry is broken by Higgs field with $U(1)$ charge $g$, we have a remnant $\mathbb{Z}_q$ symmetry. How can I compute the corresponding charges under this remnant group for ...
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Center group and Symmetry breaking

First, I will state the definition of center, $i.e$, the center of group $C_G$ is defined a sthe part of $G$ which commutes with all generators. I want to know the procedure of breaking gauge ...
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How do symmetries break in cosmology?

The way I understand spontaneous symmetry breaking in thermodynamic systems is that the symmetry is actually explicitly broken by an infinitesimally small field. The system chooses one of the ...
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How can the VEV of a field be a function of spacetime?

Often in the discussion of effective action and effective potential (say, in the context of $\phi^4-$theory )the one-point function in presence of source is defined as \begin{equation} \frac{\delta ...
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One-point function and vacuum expectation value in $\phi^4$-theory

Why is it that the one-point function in the $\phi^4-$theory, for example calculated from the generating functional, always gives zero value in absence of external source i.e., $J=0$? If there is ...
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Is it possible to have spontaneous symmetry breaking without scalars?

I have never seen spontaneous symmetry breaking with a fermion filed, or a gauge field. Always scalars. So is it possible to have spontaneous symmetry breaking without scalars, and why?
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Given a VEV how can I compute which generators remain unbroken using tensor methods?

This is a follow up to this question. A generator $T_a$ of a given gauge group $G$ remains unbroken after some Higgs field $\Phi$ gets a vev if $$ T_a \langle\Phi\rangle =0 $$ I'm trying to ...