Chapter 15. Broken Symmetry

  1. Kerson Huang

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617371.ch15

Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals

Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals

How to Cite

Huang, K. (2007) Broken Symmetry, in Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527617371.ch15

Author Information

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 21 AUG 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471141204

Online ISBN: 9783527617371

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Keywords:

  • Goldstone mode;
  • rotational symmetry;
  • spontaneous magnetization;
  • thermal agitation;
  • spontaneous symmetry

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Broken Symmetry

  • Ferromagnetism

  • Spin Waves

  • Breaking Gauge Invariance

  • Superfluidity

  • Ginsburg-Landau Theory

  • Effective Action

  • Effective Potential