Dynamical origin of symmetry

  • H. P. Dürr
Invited Lectures D. Symmetry Breaking in Statistical Mechanics and Field Theory
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 79)


It is argued that the majority of broken symmetries observed in elementary particle physics - in particular symmetries connected with strangeness, charm and the higher symmetries SU3, SU4 - should not be interpreted as spontaneously broken fundamental symmetries but as structural symmetries which arise from the many-body structure of the particles. Quarks in this interpretation would have only phenomenological significance as ‘quasi-particles’ in the sense of many-body physics. In the framework of a nonlinear spinor theory of the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio type it is indicated how such structural symmetries can be explicitly obtained as a consequence of a spontaneously broken isospin SU2 symmetry.


Break Symmetry Structural Symmetry Goldstone Mode Elementary Particle Physic Dynamical Degree 
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  • H. P. Dürr
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikMunichGermany

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