New Setting for Spontaneous Gauge Symmetry Breaking?

  • Roman JackiwEmail author
  • So-Young Pi
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 183)


Over half century ago Carl Brans participated in the construction of a viable deformation of the Einstein gravity theory. The suggestion involves expanding the tensor-based theory by a scalar field. But experimental support has not materialized. Nevertheless the model continues to generate interest and new research. The reasons for the current activity is described in this essay, which is dedicated to Carl Brans on his eightieth birthday.


Gauge Theory Gauge Symmetry Transformation Parameter Spontaneous Breaking Unitary Gauge 
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This research was supported in part by U.S. Department of Energy, Grant No. DE-SC0010025.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Theoretical Physics, Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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