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In ch84, Srednicki is considering the guage group SU(N) with a real scalar field [itex]\Phi^a[/itex] in the adjoint rep. He then says it will prove more convienient to work with the matrix valued field [itex]\Phi=\Phi^a T^a [/itex] and says the covariant derivative of this is [itex] D_{\mu}\Phi=\partial_{\mu}\Phi-igA^a_{\mu}\left[T^a,\Phi\right][/itex]

Why is this covariant derivative not just [itex] D_{\mu}\Phi=\partial_{\mu}\Phi-igA^a_{\mu}T^a\Phi[/itex] ?

I understand [itex]\Phi [/itex] is a matrix and it does not commute with the generators, but I don't understand how this commutator is arising here in the second term of the covariant derivative? is it something to do with the adjoint rep?

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# Covariant deriv of matrix valued field(srednicki)

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