Spontaneous symmetry breaking,
a vacuum Higgs field, a Higgs boson are quantum phenomena. A vacuum '''Higgs
field''' is responsible for spontaneous symmetry breaking the gauge symmetries
of fundamental interactions and provides the Higgs mechanism of generating mass
of elementary particles. However, no adequate mathematical model of this Higgs
vacuum has been suggested in the framework of quantum gauge theory, though
somebody treats it as

*sui generis*a condensate by analogy with that of Cooper pairs in condensed matter physics.
At the same time, classical
gauge theory admits comprehensive geometric formulation where gauge fields are
represented by connections on principal bundles. In this framework, spontaneous
symmetry breaking is characterized as a reduction of the structure group

*G*of a principal bundle P -> X to its closed subgroup*H*. By the well-known theorem, such a reduction takes place if and only if there exists a global section*h*of the quotient bundle*P/G -> X*. This section is treated as a**classical Higgs field**.
A key point is that there
exists a composite bundle

*P -> P/G -> X*where*P -> P/G*is a principal bundle with the structure group*H*. Then matter fields, possessing an exact symmetry group*H*, in the presence of classical Higgs fields are described by sections of some composite bundle*E -> P/G -> X*, where*E -> P/G*is some associated bundle to*P -> P/G*. Herewith, a Lagrangian of these matter fields is gauge invariant only if it factorizes through the vertical covariant differential of some connection on a principal bundle*P -> P/G*, but not P -> X.
An example of a classical
Higgs field is a classical gravitational field identified with a
pseudo-Riemannian metric on a world manifold

*X*. In the framework of gauge gravitation theory, it is described as a global section of the quotient bundle*FX/O(1,3) -> X*where*FX*is a principal bundle of the tangent frames to*X*with the structure group*GL(4,***R**).

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