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We consider scalar quantum electrodynamics in the Higgs phase and in the presence of Lorentz violation. Spontaneous breaking of the gauge symmetry gives rise to Lorentz-violating gauge field mass terms. These may cause the longitudinal mode of the gauge field to propagate superluminally. The theory may be quantized by the Faddeev-Popov procedure, although the Lagrangian for the ghost fields also needs to be Lorentz violating.

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Altschul, B. (2012). Lorentz violation and the Higgs mechanism. Physical Review D, 86(4).

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