Spontaneous symmetry breaking in the presence of strong fields


Journal Article

We analyse the properties of spontaneous symmetry breaking in the presence of external sources, concentrating on the question whether these sources can lead to a change of the vacuum expectation value of the Higgs field. We discuss in particular how the meaning of the Higgs-Kibble mechanisms is modified by such a vacuum change. The consequences of the presence of a strong electric charge are investigated in the framework of the Glashow-Salam-Weinberg model. Finally we discuss the possibility of actually observing this process. © 1984.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schäfer, A; Müller, B; Greiner, W

Published Date

  • December 27, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 149 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 455 - 458

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0370-2693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0370-2693(84)90365-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus