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GEOMETRY OF CLASSICAL HIGGS FIELDS
International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics (IJGMMP)
In gauge theory, Higgs fields are responsible for spontaneous symmetry breaking. In classical gauge theory on a principal bundle P , a symmetry breaking is defined as the reduction of a structure group of this principal bundle to a subgroup H of exact symmetries. This reduction takes place iff there exists a global section of the quotient bundle P/H. It is a classical Higgs field. A metric gravitational field exemplifies such a Higgs field. We summarize the basic facts on the reduction indoi:10.1142/s0219887806001065 fatcat:5wvnkpl3dvgc7g5udbilkphwue