Spontaneous symmetry breakdown in the abelian Higgs model

Tom Kennedy, Chris King

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For the abelian Higgs model we introduce a new gauge invariant observable which in Landau gauge is {Mathematical expression}. In three or more dimensions this observable is used to show that the global gauge symmetry is spontaneously broken in the lattice theory for a suitable range of parameters. This observable also provides a gauge invariant order parameter for the phase transition in this model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-347
Number of pages21
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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