97-35 G. Gaeta , P. Morando
Michel theory of symmetry breaking and gauge theories (191K, PS) Jan 28, 97
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Abstract. We extend Michel's theorem on the geometry of symmetry breaking [1] to the case of pure gauge theories, i.e. of gauge-invariant functionals defined on the space $\C$ of connections of a principal fiber bundle. Our proof follows closely the original one by Michel, using several known results on the geometry of $\C$. The result (and proof) is also extended to the case of gauge theories with matter fields.

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