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Why can't fermions have a non-zero vacuum expectation value (VEV)? Lorentz invariance. If anything other than a Lorentz scalar has a non-zero VEV, Lorentz invariance would be spontaneously broken. For example, suppose we have a Lorentz invariant term in a Lagrangian for a vector $$ \mathcal{L} \supset m^2 A_\mu A^\mu. $$ Now suppose the vector obtains a ...

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