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Lingli Zhou, Bo-Qiang Ma, "Lorentz Violation of the Photon Sector in Field Theory Models", Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2014, Article ID 374572, 8 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/374572
Lorentz Violation of the Photon Sector in Field Theory Models
We compare the Lorentz violation terms of the pure photon sector between two field theory models, namely, the minimal standard model extension (SME) and the standard model supplement (SMS). From the requirement of the identity of the intersection for the two models, we find that the free photon sector of the SMS can be a subset of the photon sector of the minimal SME. We not only obtain some relations between the SME parameters but also get some constraints on the SMS parameters from the SME parameters. The CPT-odd coefficients of the SME are predicted to be zero. There are 15 degrees of freedom in the Lorentz violation matrix of free photons of the SMS related with the same number of degrees of freedom in the tensor coefficients , which are independent from each other in the minimal SME but are interrelated in the intersection of the SMS and the minimal SME. With the related degrees of freedom, we obtain the conservative constraints on the elements of the photon Lorentz violation matrix. The detailed structure of the photon Lorentz violation matrix suggests some applications to the Lorentz violation experiments for photons.
Lorentz symmetry is one of the basic principles of modern physics, and it stands as one of the basic foundations of the standard model of particle physics. The minimal standard model has achieved a great success in predictions and explanations of various experiments. Nevertheless, some fundamental questions remain to be answered. One of the most essential questions is whether the Lorentz invariance holds exactly or to what extent it holds. Through theoretical researches and recent available experiments on the Lorentz invariance violation (LIV or LV), we can obtain a deeper insight into the nature of Lorentz symmetry and clarify these fundamental questions.
The possible Lorentz symmetry violation (LV) effects have been investigated for decades from various theories, motivated by the unknown underlying theory of quantum gravity together with various phenomenological applications [1, 2]. The existence of an “æther” or “vacuum” can bring the breaking down of Lorentz invariance [3, 4]. From basic consideration, there are investigations on the concepts of space-time such as whether the space-time is discrete or continues [5–8], or whether a fundamental length scale should be introduced to replace the Newtonian constant . The Lorentz violation can happen in many alternative theories, for example, the doubly special relativity (DSR) [10–12], torsion in general relativity [13–15], noncovariant field theories [16–19], and large extra dimensions [20, 21]. Among these theoretical investigations of Lorentz violation, it is a powerful framework to discuss various LV effects based on traditional techniques of effective field theory in particle physics. It starts from the Lagrangian of the standard model and then includes all possible terms containing the Lorentz violation effects. The magnitudes of these LV terms can be constrained by various experiments. The standard model extension (SME)  is an example within such field theory frameworks, in which the LV terms are measured with several tensor fields as coupling constants, and modern experiments have built severe constraints on the relevant Lorentz violation parameters .
The standard model extension is an effective framework for phenomenological analysis. We still need a fundamental theory to derive the Lorentz violation terms from basic principles. An attempt for such a purpose has been offered in [24, 25], in which a more basic principle, denoted as physical invariance or physics independence, is proposed to extend the basic principle of relativity. Instead of the requirement that the equations describing the laws of physics have the same form in all admissible frames of reference, it requires that the equations describing the laws of physics have the same form in all admissible mathematical manifolds. This principle leads to the following replacement of the ordinary partial and the covariant derivative where is a local matrix. We separate it to two matrices like , where is the metric tensor of space-time and is a new matrix which is particle-type dependent generally. Since is Lorentz invariant, contains all the Lorentz violating degrees of freedom from . Then brings new terms violating Lorentz invariance in the standard model and is called Lorentz invariance violation matrix. This new framework can be referred to as the Standard Model Supplemented with Lorentz Violation Matrix or Standard Model Supplement (SMS) [24, 25] for short, and it has been applied to discuss the Lorentz violation effects for protons , photons , and neutrinos [27, 28].
Before accepting the SMS as a fundamental theory, one can take the SMS as an effective framework for phenomenological applications by confronting various experiments to determine and/or constrain the Lorentz violation matrix for various particles. From a more general sense, the SMS should be a subset of a general version of the SME. However, in the case of the minimal version of the SME, the relationship between the SMS and the SME is unclear yet. The purpose of this paper is to compare the Lorentz violation effects of the photon sector between the two models. As have been well known, light has always played a significant role in the developments of physics, and the Lorentz violation in the photon sector is also under active investigations both theoretically and experimentally . The Lorentz violation parameters of photons in the SME have been well constrained by various experiments, as summarized in . By confronting the collected data in , we can obtain bounds and detailed structure of the Lorentz violation parameters in the model SMS [24–26].
This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides the relation between the photon Lorentz violation matrix in the SMS and various tensor fields in the minimal SME, in the case that the two models give the same results. These relations define the boundary of the intersection of these two theories too. In Section 3, we discuss the general structure of the photon Lorentz violation matrix in our model and its implications for the potential property of the space-time structure for photons. At the same time, we obtain the constraints on the elements of the photon Lorentz violation matrix. Then conclusion is given in the last section.
2. Relations between Two Models
In the standard model extension (SME), the terms that violate Lorentz invariance are added by hands from some considerations such as gauge invariance, Hermitean, and power-counting renormalizability. We consider just the minimal SME  here. The Lorentz violation terms in the minimal SME contain many tensor fields as coupling constants, with their magnitudes to be determined/constrained by experiments. Though these Lorentz violation terms are allowed by some general considerations, the reason for their existence still needs to be provided from theoretical aspects. In the SMS [24, 25], the Lorentz violation terms arise from the replacement of (1), which is considered as a necessary requirement from the basic principle of physical invariance. As both of the two models are built within the framework of effective field theory in particle physics, they can be considered as two special cases of a general standard model extension within the effective field theory. It is therefore necessary to study the relationship between the two models.
The Lagrangians of the pure photon sector in the SMS and the minimal SME are where where We denote the matrix above as Lorentz invariance violation matrix, whose dimension is massless. When we ignore the field redefinition, there are 16 independent dimensionless degrees of freedom in generally . As coupling constants, the vacuum expectation value of is CPT-even, and the vacuum expectation value of its derivative is CPT-odd. Coefficients and are CPT-even and CPT-odd, respectively. The CPT-even terms in SME might be understood as originated from some general relativity consideration as proposed in [13, 14]. is antisymmetric for the first pair indices and , antisymmetric for the second pair and , and symmetric for the interchange of the two pairs of indices. Hence there are 21 degrees of freedom in . With the redefinition of the gauge field, there are 2 degrees of freedom to be reduced in . So there are 19 independent degrees of freedom under the redefinition of the fields and 21 degrees of freedom in general without considering this redefinition. Another 4 degrees of freedom are in . After all consideration, there are independent degrees of freedom for and to consider the field redefinition and ones without considering this redefinition in general in the pure photon sector of the minimal SME . Given the situation that the Lorentz violation matrix here is coupled with other types of fermions and bosons, there are no universal redefinitions for all the fields of different particles yet. So we discuss mainly the general form of with all the 16 degrees of freedom, fit data from various experiments, and obtain the magnitudes or constraints by the experiments, avoiding any a priori assumption on .
We can make a direct correspondence between the two Lagrangians in (2) and (4) (cf. the table in ), when considering the vacuum expectation values of both (CPT-even) and its derivative (CPT-odd) as coupling constants and Lorentz violation parameters. In the case that just the Lorentz violation matrix is adopted as the violation parameters, there are terms left in (2) which cannot be covered by the Lagrangian in (5). Comparing directly (3) with (5), we cannot find a direct term-to-term equivalence between the Lagrangians of the free photon sector in the SMS and the minimal SME.
Here, we treat as its vacuum expectation value, that is, as coupling constants in the field theory framework. Then any derivatives vanish in the following partial integrations during the derivations.
In the standard model supplement, the motion equation for free photons is and the Lagrangian in (2) reads also where From (2) to (7), partial integrations are used. We use the Fourier transformation to get For the free photon in the minimal SME, the Lagrangian is similar where and the representation in momentum space is We see that and are the inverse of the photon propagator in the momentum space. The propagator determines the propagating properties of photons.
When the two Lagrangians equations (2) and (4) are equivalent to each other for free photons, that is, we consider the common part (intersection) between the two models, some enlightenments are expected to come. We can get . Then the matrix equation is satisfied Making derivative with respect to momentum for two times, we obtain We accept conventions of general relativity for the notation of indices here and in the following derivations. The coefficient is introduced here, and its dimension is or . represents the characteristic length of the physical process. Based on the symmetric/antisymmetric properties of indices and , we get two matrix equations further The general formula (16) here demonstrates the relations of the Lorentz violation matrix and the coefficient , for the intersection of the SMS and the minimal SME.
When we take and of (15) and (16) into the Lagrangians of the minimal SME of (5), we find that the Lagrangian of the minimal SME of (4) can be converted to that of the SMS of (2). This tells us that the free photon sector of the SMS can be considered as a subset of the minimal SME, provided that the coefficients and are constrained by (15) and (16).
The identity equation (15) tells us the relations between and . The constraints mean that the violation coefficient (CPT-odd) vanishes in the photon sector of the minimal SME; that is, There is a maximal sensitivity GeV for the coefficients , , , and in Table 2. These four parameters are defined in terms of coefficient in Table 3. In (16), tensor is antisymmetric for indices , and antisymmetric for indices . At the same time, . So there are 21 degrees of freedom in generally and independent elements in tensor . We have already known that there are 16 degrees of freedom for , without the field redefinitions being considered. Therefore, any one of and cannot completely determine the other one. In (16), there are 15 degrees of freedom of the Lorentz violation matrix related with 15 ones of the tensor . A definite can determine at most 15 degrees of freedom of and vice versa.
We consider an example that is a symmetric matrix. Then we can get the explicit form for it. Multiplying on both sides of (16), we obtain where we define . The tensor has most of the properties of the Riemann curvature tensor. So is a “Ricci tensor” and satisfies that . As we know that and , the solution of in terms of , to the second order, is With the assumption of being a symmetric matrix, there are 10 independent elements in it. Then the Lorentz invariance violation matrix for the free photon can be obtained from the tensor completely and can be considered as somewhat a kind of Ricci tensor. In the following part, the general case of with all the 16 degrees of freedom is considered.
3. Lorentz Violation Matrix of Photons
The Lorenz violation parameters of the minimal SME have been constrained from various recent experiments. The data can also provide bounds on the magnitudes of the elements of the Lorentz violation matrix of photons in the SMS, through (15) and (16) above. The Lorentz violation parameters of the SME commonly used in experiments are four matrices , , , and in : The same indices mean summation. More parameters related with the Lorentz violation matrix are listed in Table 3.
In terms of , the four matrices can be rewritten as follows:
which is symmetric for the indices and ;
which is symmetric for the indices and , and ; which is antisymmetric for the indices and ; and which is symmetric for the indices and . The symbol " above means that the matrix element is not written explicitly for brevity and it can be obtained from the property of symmetry/antisymmetry of the corresponding matrix.
With (16), we can replace the tensor with the Lorentz violation matrix . So the four matrices above are rewritten like which is symmetric for the indices and , with ;
which is symmetric for the indices and , with ; which is antisymmetric for the indices and ; and which is symmetric for the indices and . The metric tensor is used here. The symbol “?” in matrix denotes that the involved elements , , and cannot be written in terms of the Lorentz violation matrix through (16). We have known from the preceding section that only 15 degrees of freedom in matrix are interrelated with the same number of independent degrees of freedom in tensor and vice versa. Besides the representation of , , , and in terms of , the relations between other Lorentz violation parameters commonly used in the minimal SME and the Lorentz violation matrix here are summarized in Table 3. There are 15 independent expressions in terms of appearing in the four matrices , , , and . These 15 independent expressions help to determine 15 degrees of freedom of the Lorentz violation matrix .
With the recent maximal sensitivities attained from current experiments for Lorentz violation parameters , , , and of the free photon sector in the minimal SME (see Table 2), we get the maximal sensitivities or the conservative bounds from experiments for Lorentz invariance matrix in the Sun-centered inertial reference frame [23, 29]. The publication  claimed a limit on Lorentz violation coefficients , , , , and so forth in Table 2. The 15 independent degrees of freedom of are determined, and there is still one freedom remaining unclear. The maximal sensitivity for the elements of is listed in Table 1.
Equation (29) demonstrates that the Lorentz violation matrix does not need to be a symmetric matrix in general. The nonsymmetric structure of the photon Lorentz violation matrix suggests preferred directions and potential anisotropy of space-time [26, 30] for propagating of the free photon, even in the case of no gravitation. More experiments will give more details for .
There are different representations for the Lorentz violation matrix in different coordinate systems. These representations are related with each other by a coordinate transformation matrix in group SO(1,3). When the relative velocity between these two coordinate systems is much smaller than the light speed, the element of is either order or close to zero. An element of the Lorentz violation matrix in a coordinate system is the linear combinations of the elements of in the other coordinate system. Then the magnitudes of the Lorentz violation matrix in these two coordinates are not different too much from each other. So we expect that the upper bound on the violation parameters appearing in  is compatible with the maximal sensitivity shown in (29). The limit of order in  for the photon Lorentz violation matrix is indeed compatible with the bound here.
From (29), we find that the trace . A competitive upper bound on the photon Lorentz matrix was obtained in . In that article , we made an assumption about the form of the matrix theoretically for the analysis on the data there. There is no a priori assumptions here about the general structure of . We see that the maximal attained sensitivity for the trace of the Lorentz violation matrix is stronger than the upper limit gotten in . Compared with the stringent bound on the trace , the maximal attained sensitivities put looser limits on the nondiagonal elements of , shown in (29).
Through this work, we have seen that the two theories of the SMS and the minimal SME can give same results for free photons. Equation (16) shows the correlations between the Lorentz invariance violation matrix of our model and the coupling tensor appearing in the photon sector of the minimal SME. The relations of the violation parameters with the parameters uncover the detailed structure of the Lorentz violation matrix of free photons in (29). Up to now, there have been no compelling experimental evidences for the existence of Lorentz violation for photons. All that we have gotten so far are the theoretical analysis and the maximal sensitivities attained from the recent experiments.
Two Lorentz violation models, the minimal standard model extension (SME) and the standard model supplement (SMS), are compared here for the photon sector. For all the terms in the Lagrangians of the pure photon sector, there is no direct one-to-one correspondence between the two models in general. However, some interesting results can be obtained by the requirement that the two models are identical with each other in the intersection. We find that the free photon sector of the SMS can be a subset of the minimal SME provided with some connections in the SME parameters. (i) We consider the photon sector of the two models, and two main equations are obtained between , , and , through the propagator of photons in the momentum space. (ii) These equations suggest that the CPT-odd coefficients are zero. Such a suggestion is supported by available experimental bounds; for example, there is the maximal sensitivity GeV from experiments for the coefficients , , , and . (iii) There are 15 degrees of freedom in the Lorentz violation matrix and the same number of degrees of freedom in tensor to be interrelated. We got the conservative bound equation (29) on the detailed structure of the photon Lorentz violation matrix in our model. The bounds on are gotten from the limits on the Lorentz parameters of the minimal SME. The detailed structure of the photon Lorentz violation matrix can play an important role for applications to Lorentz violation experiments.
For of free photons, due to the factor that a universal constant can be absorbed into the gauge field , there are 15 independent degrees of freedom in of free photons to describe Lorentz violation. In the paper, we do not use these 15 independent degrees of freedom to derive the magnitudes of all the 16 elements of but use the relations of it with the parameters in the minimal SME to get the constraints on of free photons from the constraints of various experiments on the minimal SME.
The strong constraints on the matrix elements of mean that Lorentz violation is small for photons if it exists. The matrix is not symmetric generally. The nonsymmetry property of implies that the space-time for free photons can be not isotropic very well, even in the case of no gravitation. To date, there has been theoretical analysis on Lorentz violation and there is no strong experimental evidence supporting Lorentz violation for photons. Generally, we should study the minimal standard model extension and the standard model supplement separately and then determine whether these two models are equivalent to each other by directly confronting relevant experiments.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
The work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11035003 and no. 11120101004) and by the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education, China.
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