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Author Ferrari, R. ♦ Picariello, M. ♦ Quadri, A.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2000-12-11
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword High Energy Physics - Theory ♦ physics:hep-th
Abstract We discuss some algebraic properties of the background field method. We introduce an extra gauge-fixing term for the background gauge field right at the beginning in the action in such a way that BRST invariance is preserved. The background effective action is considered and it is shown to satisfy both the Slavnov-Taylor identities and the Ward identities. This allows to prove the background equivalence theorem by means of the standard techniques. We show that the Legendre transform W_{bg} of the background gauge invariant action gives the same physical amplitudes as the original one we started with. Moreover, we point out that W_{bg} cannot in general be derived from a classical action by the Gell-Mann-Low formula. Finally, we show that the BRST doublet generated from the background field does not modify the anomaly of the original underlying gauge theory. The proof is algebraic and makes no use of arguments based on power-counting.
Description Reference: Annals Phys. 294 (2001) 165-181
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 15


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