Yang–Mills theory is a QFT, a *gauge theory* normally symmetric under a compact non-Abelian Lie group relying on (originally massless) gauge vector fields. YM theories describe the strong and electroweak interactions of elementary particle physics, the Standard Model.

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Doubts about the theta angle and the ground state energy density in Euclidean Yang-Mills theory

I am reading the following notes https://munsal.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/marino-lectures2014.pdf. On section 4.3 the euclidean Yang-Mills theory is considered. It is said that renormalizability and ...
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Time independent Yang-Mills field coupled to scalar field

Let $A$ be a Yang-Mills field with $A_0 = 0$ and we also have time independent scalar field $\phi$ in the adjoint representation of our gauge group with zero potential (no mass too). I have to show ...
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Writing the Yang-Mills topological charge using differential forms

I have a very pedestrian knowledge of differential forms and I am having some trouble in a derivation. The topological charge $Q$ in Yang-Mills theories is supposed to be $$ Q=\int{}q(x)d^4x $$ where $...
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In QED/Yang Mills, why do fermions contribute 4 times as much as scalars to vacuum polarization?

Consider a Yang-Mills theory in $4D$ over a gauge group $G$ $$ \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F^{a\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}^a + \bar \psi i D_\mu \gamma^\mu \psi + (D_\mu \phi)^\dagger D^\mu \phi $$ where $\...
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$SU(N)$ Yang-Mills Theory

Yang-Mills theory is based on the gauge group $G$ which we take to be $SU(N)$. Consider an example; $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F^a_{\mu\nu}F^{a\mu\nu}-\sum_{j=1}^N\bar{\psi}_j(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m)\...
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Dimensional Reduction for scalar fields

The main motivation for this question is the paper "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theories" by Brink, Schwarz and Scherk where they use dimensional reduction to go from Yang-Mills in $D=4$ to $D=2$. But ...
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Yang-Mills field strength tensor

In basically every QFT book the Yang-Mills strength tensor $F_{\mu\nu}$ is defined as $$F_{\mu\nu}=[D_\mu,D_\nu]$$ where $D_\mu$ is the covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu-A_\mu$$ and $A_\mu$ is ...
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Calculating the Berry curvature in case of degenerate levels (Non abelian Berry curvature): issue

The Berry phase accumulated on a path can be described by a matrix when we look at adiabatic time evolution with a Hamiltonian with degenerate energy levels. The Berry phase matrix is given by $$ \...
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Non-abelian current commutators

There many articles, in which non-abelian current commutators are computed. The general result is that quantum corrections lead to additional term in commutator $$[J^a_\mu (x), J^b_\nu (y)] \delta (x^...
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Why is Seiberg duality called an electromagnetic duality?

An electromagnetic duality is a duality that maps electric to magnetic degrees of freedom of two distinct theories. Apart from source-less Maxwell electrodynamics, other theories require magnetic ...
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Where is the BRST symmetry?

When quantizing YM we start from the gauge fixed path integral (to remove redundancy of integrating over Gauge symmetric configurations) $$\int \mathcal{D}A \delta(G(A)) \text{det} \Delta_{FP}e^{i\int ...
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Classical Yang Mills vacuum

What is the vacuum of classical Yang Mills theory $$\mathcal{L} = - \frac14 F^{a \mu \nu} F^a_{\mu \nu}~?$$ Is it simply $A^a_\mu=0$ for all its components?
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Equality of renormalized coupling constant

I want to show, that the renormalized coupling constants of a SU(N) Yang-Mills field with fermions included, are all equal. In the most textbooks it is written, that this could been shown by the Ward-...
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Infinitesimal gauge invariance of Yang--Mills Lagrangian

Under an infinitesimal gauge transformation $g(x) = 1 - i\alpha{}_i(x)T{}^i$, where $[T{}^a, T{}^b] = if{}^{ab}{}_c T{}^c$, I want to know what happens to the Lagrangian $\mathcal{L} = F{}_{a\mu\nu}F{}...
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Unphysical degrees of freedom in the Yang Mills Lagrangian [duplicate]

Im taking my first course in QFT and has stumbled upon something that I do not understand. Given the Yang Mills lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4}F^{a}_{\mu \nu}F^{a\mu \nu}$$ with $F^{\mu \nu}...
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Is the standard model a quantized gauge theory?

I have studied some quantum field theory and gauge theory but I am definitely not an expert. I am aware that in quantizing electrodynamics one has to fix a gauge. I have read that for general gauge ...
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On the action of superconformal generators in maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills

Consider maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in 3+1 dimensions. This theory has 32 supercharges: 16 ordinary ones, conventionally labeled $Q$; and 16 superconformal ones, conventionally ...
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Doesn't modelling using Lie Groups assume spacetime is continuous?

Lie groups are used to some behaviors of quantum mechanics, as well as forming a basis for Kaluza-Klein, Yang-Mills, and String theory. But Lie groups are defined as involving a differentiable ...
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$\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang Mills propagators

In $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang mills there are only massless particles. If one wishes to obtain a heavy quark one can see the SYM theory as a stack of (N+1)-branes in AdS$_5 \times$S$^5$ where one ...
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Correlation functions in a zero dimensional QFT?

I would like to ask about correlation functions in a 0-dimensional matrix model QFT. What information do these correlators give? I know only of correlators between two different spatial positions.
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Why is quantising gravity so difficult? [duplicate]

Since gravity is so similar with the Yang-Mills theory, the Christoffel connection is the gauge potential, the Riemann curvature is the field strength, then why is quantising gravity so difficult when ...
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Coupling constant in the Yang-Mills action

Intuitively, gauge coupling defines the strength of interactions between fields. But how to interpret the coupling $1/g^2$ in front of the kinetic term of Yang-Mills theories, $-\frac{1}{4g^2}tr(F_{\...
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Gauge invariance in classical electrodynamics

I think that I don't fully understand concept of gauge invariance. Suppose we have a Lagrangian for classical ED which is: $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4} (F_{\mu \nu})^2 - j^{\mu}A_{\mu}.$$ First part ...
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Number of components of a One-Form Superfield

A Supersymmetric Yang Mills theory has 8 bosonic and 8 fermionic components. Since SUSY YM Theory is described via the Vector Superfield, $$V=C(x)+i\theta\chi(x)-i\bar{\theta}\bar{\chi}(x) \dots.$$ ...
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Integrals of Chern class, $c_i$ in YM theories

I am a bit confused with the definition of the 1st (and 2nd by extension) Chern class in YM theories. I understand that in general $c_i \in H^{2i}(M,\mathbb{Z})$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold. Then, ...
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Gauge transformations in gravity [duplicate]

The Maxwell equations are invariant under the transformation $$A_{\mu} \rightarrow A_{\mu} - \dfrac{1}{e}\partial_{\mu}\alpha(x)$$ where $\alpha(x)$ is a phase transformation varying from point to ...
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Yang-Mills theories, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking

I was thinking about hadrons in general Yang-Mills theories and I have some doubts that I'd like to discuss with you. Suppose that we have a Yang-Mills theory that, like QCD, tend to bind quarks ...
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Reason for not using Higgs mechanism to solve mass gap problem

I am curious as to precisely why one can't introduce masses for gluons in Yang-Mills by a Higgs-type mechanism as in electroweak theory. Is it because then one would end up with an unwanted massless ...
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Question from Terning's book

In Chapter 7 of Terning's book (Modern Supersymmetry), the first example considered is that of an SO(3) gauge theory, a complex scalar in the triplet representation of SO(3) and a potential term: $$\...
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Nahm's theorem and related with SYM ;other theories

To study $S$-duality in more detail, i tried to read, Electric-magnetic duality and the Geometric Langlands Program. In section 2.1, there is a comment about 10d SYM. Excerpt from the paper above, ...
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Unitarity of the S-matrix and Feynman Diagrams

There are several questions on the unitarity of the S matrix, but unfortunately non of them answers directly the following question. The S matrix is unitary and that can be proven by the fact that ...
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What exactly is the “diagonal embedding” in the supersymmetric topological twist?

Consider $\mathcal{N}=2$ pure SYM theory. If we want to put the theory in a 4-manifold we take its topological twist. The global symmetry group $$G= SU(2)_{+} \times SU(2)_{-} \times SU(2)_I \times U(...
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How can I understand instantons as sheaves?

In specific, instantons are considered or interpeted as torsion free coherent sheaves. Why is that the case? Is there a nice way to understand this relation and of course also understand how the two ...
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Gauge theory for mathematicians?

I'm looking for a textbook or set of lecture notes on gauge theory for mathematicians that assumes only minimal background in physics. I'd prefer a text that uses more sophisticated mathematical ...
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Completeness Relations of Polarization Vectors in QCD

What are the completeness relations of the polarization vectors of (external) particles in QCD amplitude calculation? (I assume the polarization vectors depend on the gauge and even so still have some ...
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Yang and Mills' (and others') justification for local gauge invariance

In most physics textbooks, local gauge invariance is simply postulated---you start with a global symmetry, e.g. the global phase, then allow it to depend on the spacetime point, make the necessary ...
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The BPS mass formula for 3d N=4

Is the mass formula (or equivalently the central charge formula) known for BPS particles in 3d $\mathcal{N}=4$ susy gauge theories? In particular, what is its dependence on the Fayet-Iliopoulos ...
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What are the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM before twisting and after twisting?

I am confused with the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM. On one hand I know that the theory has a $U(2)_R = SU(2)_R \times U(1)_R$ symmetry. Now, there exists also a $U(1)_B$ global symmetry. ...
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Vector potential in gauge transformation

While applying Gauge transformation, $\psi\prime = U \psi$ , where $ U= e^{i q \lambda(x)}$ , transformation law for "Vector Potential" comes out to be : $$ A_{\mu}\prime= UA_{\mu}U^{-1}-\dfrac{i}{q}(\...
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What S means in S-duality?

As I know, there are many dualities related to S-duality. For example, Montonen-Olive duality, Seiberg duality. and so on. so, I wonder that what "S" means in the term "S-duality". If this is a stupid ...
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Are correlators constructed out of Wilson loops singular in pure Yang-Mills?

If I have some gauge invariant function of two Wilson loops (such as $\left<\text{Tr}W_1 \text{Tr}W_2\right>$) does the expectation value diverge when the loops coincide the same way $\left<\...
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Einstein-Yang-Mills Connections

I am playing around with coupling a classical $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills theory to Einstein's equations. Assuming spherical symmetry, the $SU(2)$ connection can be written \begin{equation} A = \omega(r)\...
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Is it true that particles propagate on geodesics in Yang-Mills theory?

I mean free particles. Sorry for the inaccurate wording, I'm new in this field of physics.
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How are quadruple gluon vertices related to $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$?

I once read that the non-commutativity of the Lie Groups $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$ is the reason that the weak and strong interactions have Feynman diagrams with quadruple vertices, where four gauge bosons ...
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How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general?

I asked this in astronomy How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general? but they suggested I ask it here. It is very confusing. Is there an easy ...
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Invariance of supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory under supersymmetry

I was following Brink, Scherk and Schwartz, "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories". The variation of the Lagrangian w.r.t a supersymmetry transformation can be reduced to $$ \delta L = -igf_{a b c} \bar{...
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Why is QCD hard to solve if I know the beta functions?

Why is it still hard to solve QCD if we know the beta functions of the coupling? Aren't only the loops causing problems? And am I not able to write every possible interaction exact at tree-level with ...
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Why is $U(1)$ special when defining global charges?

For gauge groups like $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$ etc. we know that observable states such as mesons or baryons must be charge neutral. However, for a $U(1)$ gauge group we can have charged initial states in ...
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Intro to Super Yang Mills theory

I'm looking to start learning Super Yang Mills theory. Currently I have studied Peskin and Schroeder up to the Renormalization Group, but don't know supersymmetry yet. I know some Conformal Field ...
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Geometric interpretation of quantum Yang-Mills field

In most books\articles review geometric interpretation of classical Yang-Mills field in terms of principal bundle, connections...etc. What are geometric interpretation of quantum Yang-Mills field? ...