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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-15-1983

Abstract

The relation between the gauge or global nature of a symmetry being broken and the order of the associated phase transition is clarified. First-order phase transitions in gauge theories are related to the asymptotic freedom of the Φ3 interaction in six dimensions. Spontaneous violation of lepton number in the standard electroweak theory provides a nontrivial illustration of our results.

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©1983 American Physical Society

Link to publisher version:

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.28.409

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