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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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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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 ...
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Determination of the ground state of a field theory

Consider the Spontaneous symmetry breaking in the theory $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\phi\partial^\mu\phi-\frac{\mu^2}{2}\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4.$$ By the ground state of a ...
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Georgi-Glashow model and the VEV of the scalar field

Consider the Georgi-Glashow model, an $SU(2)$ gauge theory with a real scalar in the adjoint (thus a 3-vector in the colour space) $\phi$. The Lagrangian is $$ L = -\frac{1}{4g^2} F_{\mu \nu}^{\, a} ...
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Explicit Matrix Representation for 54 Higgs rerpesentation for $SO(10)\rightarrow$ Pati-Salam Breaking

Which Higgs field or linear combination of Higgs fields gets a vev if we want to break $$ SO(10) \rightarrow SU(4) \times SU(2) \times SU(2) ? $$ Formulated a bit differently, I'm looking for an ...
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Physical proceses before the breaking of $SU(2)_L\times U(1)_Y$ symmetry

The energy scale which the electromagnetic and the weak interaction were unified, there were 4 massless gauge bosons: 3 corresponding to the unbroken generators of $SU(2)_L$, say $W_{\mu}^{1,2,3}$ ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some linear combination of Higgs fields gets a VEV?

This is a follow-up question to this question. How can I compute which generators remain unbroken when a linear combination of Higgs fields $a \Phi_1+ b\Phi_2$ get a vev? If I compute the unbroken ...
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Books on superconductivity and its relation to spontaneous symmetry breaking

I wish to understand more about the relationship between superconductivity and spontaneous symmetry breaking. I would also appreciate sources for learning about symmetry breaking and particles in more ...
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Excitation spectrum of heisenberg model

I understand that ferromagnetic Heisenberg model (lattice of spin variables that can point in any direction) spectrum can be deduced by a $\lambda\phi^4$ theory with $\phi$ being complex. This model ...
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How are scale of renormalization and scale of symmetry breaking related?

If symmetry breaking, e.g. with a potential $V=-\mu^2\phi^2 + \lambda \phi^4 $ occurs at a certain energy scale, and I now evolve to another scale via the Callan-Symanzik equations, does that change ...
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Question on distinct phases through spontaneous symmetry breaking.

If I have a many-body Hamiltonian that is invariant under the representation of a certain group $G$ i.e [H,U(g)] = 0, how many phases does can exist through spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) of this ...
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Symmetry breaking to a special subalgebra?

This is a follow-up to my question here. For regular subalgebras of some group's Lie algebra the root system of the subalgebra is a subset of the root system of the original's group algebra. In ...
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Can a macroscopic passive system break the time-reversal symmetry spontaneously?

I know there are many systems can break T-symmetry if the internal source ALREADY chooses a direction of T. Without any driving source inside the system, can T-symmetry be broken spontaneously?
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Resource for (String) Symmetry Breaking in Terms of Roots and Weights?

I'm currently searching, for quite a while now, for a paper/book that discusses symmetry breaking in terms of roots and weights. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Break time-reversal symmetry in photonic system without using bias magnetic field

In photonic system, e.g, photonic crystals, people usually use ferromagnetic material or so called Tellegen medium which acts as effective field bias to break the time-reversal symmetry. I just want ...
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Why didn't we have inflation when the theory of everything and GUTS broke symmetry?

I asked this in astronomy and they suggested I ask it here. Inflation seems to have occurred when the symmetry breaking of the electroweak occurred. But do we know of any reason why we did not have ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some Higgs field gets a VEV?

Say we have a group $G$ and a set of Higgs fields in a representation $R$ of $G$. One of the Higgs fields in $R$ gets a VEV, how can I determine the remaining subgroup after this symmetry breaking? ...
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Axion strings and spontaneously broken symmetry

I have two question about axion strings: Why their appearance is connected with spontaneously broken symmetry? How to demonstrate that? Why they are stable topological configurations (look to the ...
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What role does “spontaneously symmetry breaking” played in the “Higgs Mechanism”?

In talking about Higgs mechanism, the first part is always some introduction to the concept of spontaneously symmetry breaking (SSB), some people saying that Higgs mechanism is the results of SSB of ...
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Why does Wikipedia equate hidden symmetry with broken symmetry for the standard model?

I have recently started studying the basic ideas of symmetry and group representation in order to understand the basic principles behind the standard model. I do follow the difference between a global ...
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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 ...
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Transformations of electroweak gauge field $W_\mu$ under $U(1)_{e.m.}$

As the vector boson field $W_\mu$ is, together with $Z^0$, the gauge field for the Standard electroweak model, I know it transforms as a connection under the $SU(2)\times U(1)_Y$ group. But, when this ...
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Why we do we consider explicit SUSY breaking in the MSSM and not an spontaneous breaking of SUSY?

Reading about the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) I have found that an explicit breaking of supersymmetry is considered, given by the term $$\cal{L}_{soft}$$ where soft supersymmetry ...
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Solutions of symmetric equations are not invariant - is symmetry spontaneously broken?

I have a system of equations: \begin{cases} f\left(x_{1}\right)+f\left(x_{2}\right)+P=0\\ \\ g\left(x_{1}\right)+g\left(x_{2}\right)=0 \end{cases} where $f$ and $g$ are some functions, $P$ is a ...
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Poincare non-invariance in real world and field theory

This may be a very blunt question but I wonder why we always use Poincare invariant Lagrangians in field theory. After all, the entire world around us is by no means homogeneous, isotropic and so on. ...
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Which way will the pencil fall?

Let's say you had a perfect pencil, with a point which was just that one point (see this question). The pencil's mass was perfectly distributed, and there are no flaws in the craftsmanship. Let's say ...
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What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings?

What are the limitations of simulating grand unification theories of elementary particles in condensed matter settings? I know that condensed matter systems can be constructed to be described by any ...
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Is sound a Nambu-Goldstone mode?

The usual sound exists in solids, liquids, and gases, as a long-wavelength excitation with linear dispersion. Can its presence be attributed to the spontaneous breaking of some symmetry? In other ...
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Can anyone explain to a novice physicist whether there is a gravitational-electromagnetic symmetry?

I am trying to understand how the four fundamental forces relate to one another and to a theory of everything. As I understand it the unified force that is thought to exist at very high energies gets ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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Is $SU(2)$ really broken by the Higgs VEV or just hidden?

It's generally stated in the textbooks that whent the Higgs field acquires a certain vev the corresponding symmetry is spontaneously broken. For example in A. Zee - QFT in a Nutshell: But none of ...
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Why should Ward identities only be used with the effective action (as opposed to the generating functional for connected diagrams)?

My question is about the derivation of Ward identities. I will sketch it here in the case of an O(N) symmetric model and point out what it bothering me when I am done. I am being very sloppy with the ...
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Where does in GUT symmetry breaking $U(1)$ come from?

In GUTs one starts with some larger group, like $SU(5)$, which is then broken into smaller groups, for example $$SU(5) ~\longrightarrow~ SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1)$$ This can be seen, for ...
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Electroweak symmetry breaking with additional gauge group(s)

Is it possible that rather than the electroweak splitting into SU(2)xU(1), that there could instead of another gauge group in the dark sector? Suppose SU(2)xU(1)xSU(N)_d. Is that ruled out by the full ...
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Charge renormalization point in massive abelian gauge theory

Let's assume massless QED. The Ward identities hold. Through this identity we determine the finite part of the counterterm when fix the value of electric charge to be the experimentally observed one: ...
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Why are we allowed to spontaneously break the Higgs field symmetry?

In the lepton Lagrangian there are no mass terms allowed for the gauge bosons, due to gauge symmetry. To fix the problem of existing gauge boson masses, we introduce another field (Higgs) and say that ...
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Do any, all, or no adjustments to standard model change the Weinberg angle or it’s relation to masses or coupling constants?

Do any, all, or no adjustments to standard model change the Weinberg angle or it’s relation to masses or coupling constants? If any, which (types of) ones? For the ones that do, what are the relations ...
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Why does the Higgs field have less energy when it's non-zero than when it's zero?

Why does the Higgs field have less energy when it's non-zero than when it's zero? There are references to this question on the site, but they are too heavy going for me for a while yet. Anybody want ...
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Functional integral in spontaneous symmetry breaking

So, functional integral is defined to be (with $\lvert\Omega\rangle$ is the vacuum state): $$\frac{\langle\Omega\rvert ... \lvert\Omega\rangle}{\langle\Omega\vert\Omega\rangle} = \int \mathcal{D} ...
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Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking - struggling with physics based understanding?

Although I am a mathematician by nature, I'm writing an essay in my third year of my undergraduate on Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Physics, and as such I've become a little confused by how the ...