Aspects of Chiral Symmetry

  • B. Renner
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Physica Austriaca book series (FEWBODY, volume 7/1970)


Most discussions of chiral symmetry start with rather sophisticated theoretical concepts, like current algebra, non-linear group realizations, an unsymmetric vacuum state, Goldstone bosons etc., and only at the end is the formalism put to use to obtain verifiable tests. This approach allows the display of mathematical elegance, but it may not be too helpful in motivating in what way these concepts are actually needed to describe the empirical facts.


Chiral Symmetry Current Algebra Chiral Symmetry Breaking Pseudoscalar Meson Axial Current 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Renner
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  1. 1.D .A. M. T. P.CambridgeUK

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