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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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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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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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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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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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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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 $SU(2)$?
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What is (meant by) a non-compact $U(1)$ Lie group?

In John Preskill's review of monopoles he states on p. 471 Nowadays, we have another way of understanding why electric charge is quantized. Charge is quantized if the electromagnetic $U(l)_{\rm ...
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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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How to break a irreducible representation into its subgroups

In Grand Unified Theories (though I'm sure this a general group theory result) people write the irreducible representations of a group (i.e., the gauge bosons) using a sum of irreducible ...
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What are the similarities and differences between Stueckelberg mechanism and Higgs mechanism?

What is the difference and similarities between Stueckelberg mechanism and Higgs mechanism? They both make the gauge field massive. Is the Stueckelberg mechanism a special case about U(1) gauge fields ...
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Differences between Goldstone bosons and fermions

I have been looking into basic SUSY and SUGRA theory and have a question relating to Goldstinos (particles giving gravitinos mass). Simply are these analogous to Goldstone bosons produced in the ...
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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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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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Charge operator and the Goldstone boson

Can you explain a one question from Goldstone theorem about charge operator, what does it mean when theory said that charge operator annihilate vacuum and even it create new state of vacuum, which is ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking to subspace not giving massless bosons

I'm currently trying to understand spontaneously symmetries broken in general and have stumbled upon a weird result which doesn't seem to correspond to my knowledge about broken gauge symmetries. ...
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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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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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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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How does the choice of a particular vacuum in a field theory problem decide the number of Goldstone bosons?

How does the field expansion method (by this I mean expanding your fields about a chosen VEV and plugging into a given potential so that the masses of the fields are given by the coefficients in ...
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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; $$ ...