Geometric Invariant Theory in a Model-Independent Analysis of Spontaneous Symmetry and Supersymmetry Breaking
Author: Sartori, G.
Source: Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, Volume 70, Numbers 1-3, January 2002 , pp. 183-207(25)
Abstract:Functions which are covariant or invariant under the transformations of a reductive linear algebraic group can be advantageously expressed in terms of functions defined in the orbit space of the group, i.e. as functions of a finite set of basic invariant polynomials. This fact and the tools of geometric invariant theory can be exploited in many physical contexts where the study of covariant or invariant functions is important, for instance in the determination of patterns of spontaneous symmetry and/or supersymmetry breaking in possibly supersymmetric quantum field theories of elementary particles, in the analysis of phase spaces and structural phase transitions in solid state physics (Landau's theory), in covariant bifurcation theory, in crystal field theory and in most areas of solid state theory where use is made of symmetry adapted functions. We shall present some elements of geometric invariant theory and illustrate some of the possible applications in the study of spontaneous symmetry and supersymmetry breaking.
Keywords: geometric invariant theory
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Padova and INFN, Sezione di Padova, I–35131 Padova, Italy. e-mail: email@example.com
Publication date: January 2002