Spontaneously broken spacetime symmetries and the role of inessential Goldstones

Remko Klein*, Diederik Roest, David Stefanyszyn

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In contrast to internal symmetries, there is no general proof that the coset construction for spontaneously broken spacetime symmetries leads to universal dynamics. One key difference lies in the role of Goldstone bosons, which for spacetime symmetries includes a subset which are inessential for the non- linear realisation and hence can be eliminated. In this paper we address two important issues that arise when eliminating inessential Goldstones.

The first concerns the elimination itself, which is often performed by imposing socalledinverse Higgs constraints. Contrary to claims in the literature, there are a series of conditions on the structure constants which must be satisfied to employ the inverse Higgs phenomenon, and we discuss which parametrisation of the coset element is the most effective in this regard. We also consider generalisations of the standard inverse Higgs constraints, which can include integrating out inessential Goldstones at low energies, and prove that under certain assumptions these give rise to identical effective field theories for the essential Goldstones.

Secondly, we consider mappings between non- linear realisations that differ both in the coset element and the algebra basis. While these can always be related to each other by a point transformation, remarkably, the inverse Higgs constraints are not necessarily mapped onto each other under this transformation. We discuss the physical implications of this non- mapping, with a particular emphasis on the coset space corresponding to the spontaneous breaking of the Anti-De Sitter isometries by a Minkowski probe brane.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 9-Oct-2017


  • Effective Field Theories
  • Global Symmetries
  • Space-Time Symmetries

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