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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Why $U(1)_Y$ hypercharge rather than $U(1)_\text{em}$ electromagnetism?

In the Standard Model we have $SU(2)_I\times U(1)_Y$, where $U(1)_Y$ is weak hypercharge and $SU(2)_I$ is the symmetry group of weak isospin. Why do we introduce $U(1)_Y$ of weak hypercharge rather ...
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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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Do the broken symmetry functions of a Mexican hat potential form a smooth function throughout space?

When the symmetry of a Mexican hat potential is spontaneously broken, the new zero potential comes to lie on one of the points on the rim of the hat (the collections of potentials with zero as value). ...
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Understanding standard model and symmetry

I just want to know whether my understanding regarding standard model and symmetry is correct or utter nonsense. The standard model is the (yet incomplete) Lagrangian of the universe. The ...
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“Constant Fermion”

I was talking to a professor in my institution which works in Lorentz Violation of various QF theories. While we talk about a SUSY lagrangian, I asked him if we could have a fermion acquiring VEV and ...
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Is there a Symmetry-Topology duality? [closed]

Both symmetry breaking and topology "create" information within the Universe. It seems that topology causally affects symmetry and symmetry causally affects topology. Can the two concepts co-exist as ...
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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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How does a $\Theta$ function arise in this correlator?

I am currently reading the paper by Coleman on Symmetry breaking in 2d, which can be found here. On page 262 (4th page in the document), he is evaluating the following distribution: $$ ...
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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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How looks the resultant of all broken symmetry fields of the Mexican hat potential throughout space?

When the symmetry of the Mexican hat potential is broken, the potential field ends up somewhere on the circle of the minimum values (zero) of the potential. But where does the field end up on this ...
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Massless excitations without SSB

Is there possible the situation when there are massless excitations in spectrum of states in a theory with phase transition but without spontaneous symmetry breaking? The motivation for this question ...
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Why are there gapless excitations in the anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg model while the true ground state is a singlet?

The true ground state of the anti ferromagnetic quantum Heisenberg Model (nearest neighbor only)is known to be a singlet (I think this is Liebs theorem.) Since a singlet is invariant under rotations, ...
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Are symmetries of a degenerate ground-state manifold always broken?

If a Hamiltonian has a global symmetry and a degenerate ground state, then in the thermodynamic limit, the ground states $| \psi \rangle$ that are eigenstates of the symmetry operator typically become ...
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What is the minimal symmetry required for a spin Hamiltonian to describe a spin-liquid ground state?

Let's restrict to the case of spin-1/2 system. As we know, a spin-liquid (SL) state is the ground state of a lattice spin Hamiltonian with no spontaneous broken symmetries (sometime it may ...
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Symmetry breaking with adjoint matter, departing from vacuum in different way

$$L=-\frac{1}{4}TrF_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}+\frac{1}{2}D_\mu\phi D^\mu \phi -\lambda V(\phi)$$ Say we have a potential $V(\phi)=(|\phi|^2-v^2)^2$, and 3-component real scalar field $\phi=(\phi_1, \phi_2, ...
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Can a symmetry breaking VEV lie far above the “symmetry breaking scale?”

The scale where some symmetry gets broken can be computed using the renormalization group equations for the gauge couplings. If there is only one Higgs VEV responsible for some breaking, can this VEV ...
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What are the Higgs masses for $SU(2) \times U(1)$ goes to $U(1)$ symmetry breaking with a complex triplet?

Consider an $SU(2)\times U(1)_Y\rightarrow U(1)_{EM}$ theory that is broken via a complex triplet with hypercharge 2. The potential is of the form \begin{align} V(\Phi) = -m^2\Phi^\dagger\Phi + ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of a spinor / vector field [duplicate]

Why does SSB deal only with scalar fields and not with fermion or vector fields? My professor told me that it's closely related to the Lorentz invariance of the theory, but I don't understand at all ...
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Why cannot fermions have non-zero vacuum expectation value?

In quantum field theory, scalar can take non-zero vacuum expectation value (vev). And this way they break symmetry of the Lagrangian. Now my question is what will happen if the fermions in the theory ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the role of the vacuum expectation value in symmetry breaking and the generation of mass?

Consider a theory of one complex scalar field with the following Lagrangian. $$ \mathcal{L}=\partial _\mu \phi ^*\partial ^\mu \phi +\mu ^2\phi ^*\phi -\frac{\lambda}{2}(\phi ^*\phi )^2. $$ The ...
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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 $SU(2)$ 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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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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How is Meissner effect explained by BCS theory?

Someone says we can derive the GL equations from BCS theory, which can explain Meissner effect, but I want a more clear physical picture of this phenomena.
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Interpretation of vector mesons in QCD

It is well-known that scalar mesons are interpreted as pseudogoldstone bosons which is connected with spontaneous broken $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ symmetry to $SU(3) \times SU(3) / SU(3)_{chiral}$. Is ...
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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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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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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 $SU(2)$?