Phil Anderson and Gauge symmetry breaking

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In this article, I describe the celebrated paper that Phil Anderson wrote in 1962 with early contributions to the idea of gauge symmetry breaking in particle physics. To set the stage, I describe the work of Julian Schwinger to which Anderson was responding, and also some of Anderson's own work on superconductivity that provided part of the context. After describing Anderson's work I describe the later work of others, leading to the modern understanding of gauge symmetry breaking in weak interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPWA90
Subtitle of host publicationA Lifetime of Emergence
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789814733632
ISBN (Print)981473361X, 9789814733618
StatePublished - Dec 21 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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