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Simplest example of spontaneous breaking of time symmetry

Consider a two-dimensional fluid flow, confined to a square, where the bottom is held at a higher temperature than the top. With appropriate choices of the parameters, this will form a single ...
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Still confused about $ T_i $ generators (Spontaneous Breakdown)

If the Langrangian density is $$L=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \Phi)\cdot(\partial^\mu \Phi)-V(\Phi \cdot \Phi)$$ where $V(\Phi \cdot \Phi)=\frac{1}{2}\mu^2 \Phi \cdot \Phi + \frac{1}{4}|\lambda|(\Phi ...
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Moving between degenerate vacua?

In spontaneous symmetry breaking, moving round the circular valley of Mexican hat potential doesn’t cost energy. These angular excitations are called Goldstone bosons. But doesn't the angular ...
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Why Levi-Civita term signal the breaking of parity and time reversal?

For example, referring to Zee's QFT book, in Chern-Simons matter theory, after writing a term $$\gamma {\varepsilon ^{\mu \nu \lambda }}{a_\mu }{\partial _\nu}{a_\lambda }$$ he said The ...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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Lorentz violation in String theory

First of all, why are there so many researches to find Lorentz violation? Are there some models of (super-)string theory that include Lorentz violation at some scale?
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Understading triplet Majoron model

In the Higgs triplet Majoron model, the spontaneous breakdown of ungauged lepton number gives rise to two Numbu-Goldstone bosons. But isn’t the SU(2) symmetry also broken? I mean when the neutrak ...
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Why doesn't topological phase transition break any symmetry? Hidden symmetry?

This question may be superficial. However why all people saying this without a proof? Just like the "hidden variables" assumption in quantum mechanics, can one disproof that there is no hidden ...
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Weinberg's QFT and superconductors

In the beginning of subparagraph about superconductors (which corresponds to paragraph about spontaneously symmetry breaking) Weingberg states that in superconductors EM gauge invariance is ...
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Problem with determining number of goldstone bosons

Consider a theory $$\mathcal{L}=(\partial_\mu\Phi^\dagger)(\partial^\mu\Phi)-\mu^2(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)-\lambda(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)^2$$ where $\Phi=\begin{pmatrix}\phi_1+i\phi_2\\ ...
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Does the Lorentz invariance of equation of motion guarantee the Lorentz invariance of the solutions?

If I have a Lorentz invariant equation of motion, like Klein-Gordon equation, is the solution automatically guaranteed to be Lorentz invariant? I ask this question because of the discussion from Mark ...
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Where do pions go in the spontaneous symmetry breaking of the linear sigma model?

I have a few questions to figure out Peskin 4.3 problem which is Linear sigma model about the interactions of pions at low energy. This model consist of N scalar fields governed by the Hamiltonian ($ ...
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Where does the $\gamma_5$ here come from?

If we have that $$\delta \psi_L = i \epsilon_L^aT_a\psi_L$$ and $$\delta \psi_R = i \epsilon_R^aT_a\psi_R$$ And then we say that the above can be written in terms of $\epsilon^a$ and $\epsilon^a_5$ ...
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Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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Relation between gauge symmetry and mass difference

Usually (like in Georgi's Lie Algebra book) people argue the reason why Gellmann $SU(3)$ flavor symmetry (u,d,s) can't extend to $SU(4)$ (u,d,c,s) or higher flavour symmetry is the their mass ...
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What is the difference between quantum fluctuations and thermal fluctuations?

Start with a simple scalar field Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}(\phi)$ at zero temperature $T = 0$, which has a hidden symmetry and spontaneously break it. By the standard procedure a field $\phi$ is ...
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What are spin and valley symmetries in graphene?

I have been assigned a presentation on a part of a paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.6942). My task is to present on the spin and valley symmetries in graphene, and relate it back to the paper above. ...
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Trilinear term in SUSY soft-breaking

In MSSM soft-SUSY breaking, there are such term called 'A-triliear term'. But, some papers, e.g Riva-Biggio-Pomarol, do not have trilinear term. What is the use of introducing trilinear term?
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Tachyonic field

i'm working on a paper about symmetron cosmology. symmetron is a scalar field that by its symmetry breaking can explain the dark energy. the action is: ans A , V are assumed to be: where M ...
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A naive question on the “continuously” degenerate ground states of 1d phonons?

In general, the gapless Goldstone mode is related to the "continuously" degenerate ground states. The Mexican hat potential is an example (see the logo of this SE website), where the bottom circle is ...
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What do we mean when we say Bose condensation? And why can't fermions condense if they don't pair?

In common textbooks, we are told that bosons can condense in a single-particle state because of bose statistics and when the system undergoes a bose condensation, the bose field operator obtains a ...
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Goldstone modes of spin density wave

A spin density wave (SDW) is a phase in which a material suddenly shows a periodically modulated spin density $S_{\vec{q}}(\vec{r}) $ below a certain critical tempereature $T_C$. Obviously some kind ...
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Group theoretic way to find charges after SSB

I was wondering what is the group theoretic way to find the resulting charges of matter fields after a scalar field is given a vev. In the case of the EW symmetry breaking, one can directly read the ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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How is domain wall formation related to spontaneous symmetry breaking?

It is said that domain wall formation is the signature of in spontaneous symmetry breaking but not explicit symmetry breaking. Why is this so?
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Spatial symmetry breaking and locality

I consider a system described by a state $\Psi(\mathbf{r})$, where $\mathbf{r}$ are the spatial coordinates. The energy of the system is a functional $E[\Psi]$. An usual analysis of a phase ...
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Can a superpartner be less massive than its SM counterpart?

Theoretically, can a superpartner be less massive than its standard model counterpart? I realize there are experimental constraints.
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Must a symmetric phase and a symmetry-breaking phase be different?

When I was reading this paper, it urged me to ask whether a symmetric phase and a symmetry breaking phase must be different? As I am considering quantum phase transitions, let $H(g)$ be a general ...
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What is spontaneous symmetry breaking in QUANTUM systems?

Most descriptions of spontaneous symmetry breaking, even for spontaneous symmetry breaking in quantum systems, actually only give a classical picture. According to the classical picture, spontaneous ...
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Unification of the electroweak theory

Can the electroweak theory be described by the spontaneous symmetry breaking of $SU(3)$ to $SU(2)\times U(1)$?
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Charge density waves: site-centering v.s. bond-centering

Question about charge density wave (CDW): From this Ref. page 13, why bond-centering charge density wave is naturally compatible with the observed coexistence of charge ordering and ...
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Spontaneous breaking order and the Peierls order

From this this Ref, several types of orderings are considered. Question: What are the Hamiltonians which support the Peierls order? Do they necessarily break translational symmetry or break the ...
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Why do we need spontaneous symmetry breaking in Lagrangian formalism?

I have always struggled with the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking. It seems to me that many others don't find it very intuitive as well, but that could be just me having difficulties with the ...
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Is there a soft Goldstino theorem?

For ordinary spontaneously broken symmetries, you can demonstrate relations between S-matrix elements with a soft goldstone emission and another S-matrix element without the emission. If I break ...
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Dynamical supersymmetry breaking and Witten index

Witten index, defined as ${\rm Tr}(-1)^F$, determines if supersymmetry is spontaneously broken or not for a given model. However, it is also known that supersymmetry can be dynamically broken. One ...
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If a symmetry operator S in a QFT annihilates the vacuum, why does S preserve the space of 1-particle states?

In the paper "Supersymmetry and Morse Theory", on the third page (p. 663 in the journal version), Witten says: "Now in any quantum field theory if a symmetry operator (an operator which commutes ...
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Origin of quark masses

Does all the mass of the quarks in the standard model come from the Higgs sector or is there also a contribution to quark masses due to QCD chiral symmetry breaking?
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Is this an example of spontaneous symmetry breaking?

Consider a pencil standing in a (ideally) perfectly vertical position. The gravitational field will the same no matter the (angular) direction it will fall in. But it will end up falling in a ...
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Terminology of Higgs boson and Goldstone boson

I know, the from the Higgs Mechanism, or Spontaneous symmetry breaking, the massless Goldstone boson becomes massive. So in some sense Goldstone bosons are eaten by gauge "boson". Here I got ...
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From which dimensionful constants does proton mass arise?

It is well known that the most of the proton (or any other hadron with light quarks) mass is not made up from quark masses, but it is dynamically generated by QCD mess inside. I've also heard that, ...
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What is (meant by) a non-compact $U(1)$ Lie group?

In John Preskill's review of monopoles he states Nowadays, we have another way of understanding why electric charge is quantized. Charge is quantized if the electromagnetic U(l)em gauge group ...
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Non-minimal coupling (Pauli Coupling) of gauge field with a non-relativistic scalar field

I am wondering if it makes any sense to non-minimally (say, Pauli-like) couple an external gauge field with a non-relativistic scalar field: \begin{equation} p_\mu \rightarrow p_\mu - e A_\mu + ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of SHO

Spontaneous symmetry breaking refers to the solution of a system loses some symmetry in its Lagrangian. Consider a Simple Harmonic Oscillator, its lagrangian is time translationally invariant but its ...
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Spontaneous Time Reversal Symmetry Breaking?

It is known that you can break P spontaneously--- look at any chiral molecule for an example. Spontaneous T breaking is harder for me to visualize. Is there a well known condensed matter system which ...
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Symmetry breaking and band gaps?

Can the discontinuity in the E-K dispersion relation of a periodic lattice (at the boundary of a Brillouin zone) be understood as a consequence of breaking continuous translation symmetry into ...
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masslessness of Goldstone boson, Effective action, and functional-integral measure

I have difficulty in understanding the path-integral formalism of SSB, and that of Effective Action. Let's say a complex scalar field theory has the global $U(1)$ SSB, $$L(\phi)=(\partial^\mu ...
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Explicit Symmetry Breaking: Where do the additional d.o.f. come from?

Massless vector bosons have only two independent degrees of freedom, while massive ones have three. In spontaneous symmetry breaking, the massless vector belonging to the broken group becomes massive ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking to subspace not giving massless bosons

I'm currently trying to understand spontaneously broken in general and have stumbled upon a weird result which doesn't seem to correspond to my knowledge about broken gauge symmetries. Suppose we ...
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Renormalizability of standard model

I'm wonder what precisely is meant by the renormalizability of the standard model. I can imagine two possibilities: The renormalizability of all of the interaction described by the Lagrangian before ...
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Symmetry Breaking And Phase transition

Is every phase transition associated with a symmetry breaking? If yes, what is the symmetry that a gaseous phase have but the liquid phase does not? What is the extra symmetry that normal $\bf He$ ...