A conformal field theory (CFT) is a quantum field theory that is invariant under conformal transformations. In 2D, the infinite-dimensional algebra of local conformal transformations normally permits exact solution or classification of such theories. Further use for CFT applications to string ...

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Cardy counting for time dependent theories

In certain limits of 2 dimensional CFT's, it is possible to compute the entropy of the theory in terms of the density of states which is given by the Cardy formula $$S = 2\pi \left(\sqrt{\frac{c_R ...
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In 2D CFT, is there a name for a field with the following OPE?

A primary field $\mathcal{O}(w,\bar{w})$ with weight $(h,\bar{h})$ has the following OPEs with the stress tensor: $T(z)\mathcal{O}(w,\bar{w})=\frac{h\mathcal{O}}{(z-w)^2}+\frac{\partial ...
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Conformal field theories that are not conformally invariant

Is it possible to construct a field theory that is Weyl-invariant but not conformally invariant? Any references?
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Question about the superconformal index

According to arXiv:1507.08553v1, the superconformal index, defined by $$I(\beta_j) = \mbox{Tr}_{\mathcal{H}}(-1)^F e^{-\gamma\{Q,Q^\dagger\}}e^{-\sum_{j}\beta_j t_j}$$ is independent of the ...
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Fields in the action of the Non-linear Sigma Model (WZW)

I am trying to understand the action of the nonlinear sigma model in the context of understanding WZW-models. On Wikipedia, its action is given as ...
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Normal Ordering in String Theory: Polchinsky vs. all others

Polchinsky defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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What is a “dynamically generated scale” physically?

A theory like QCD with massless quarks in four dimensions has no explicit mass parameters in its classical Lagrangian. At the quantum level however, instead a mass scale Λ is generated dynamically at ...
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What is the global Virasoro symmetry generators in BTZ spacetime?

This is the case of AdS3, how about BTZ? The picture is from arxiv:1506.01353.
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Generally speaking, given two CFTs, how can we check that they are equivalent?

We can calculate their central charges. And beyond this, are there some other general approaches? Or we must find an isomorphism of operators between the two theories?
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Reference request: 2D conformal field theory and functions on the triangular lattice

I don't have much of a physics background and was wondering if anyone knows what is meant by "conformally invariant" functions defined on the plaquettes of the honeycomb lattice (ie functions defined ...
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Bosonic and fermionic partitions

Let us look at a set of fermionic and creation operators $b_n$, $b_n^\dagger$ with $n$ a positive integer. Here fermionic means they obey the anti-commutation relations$$\{b_n, b_m\} = \{b_n^\dagger, ...
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Existence of lagrangians at strong coupling

It is well known that some QFT do not admit a lagrangian formulation (like the $(2,0)$ SCFT in $d=6$). Up to my understanding, all the examples that I know of non lagrangian theories are always ...
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Can a scalar field transform nontrivially under a local special conformal transformation?

Is there any way to have a scalar field that transforms non-trivially under local special conformal transformations? Just by the index structure, I can see that the possibilities are $$\begin{align} ...
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CFT and temperature

I have tried to think about this for some time but could not really go anywhere. Sorry for the sloppy question and thanks for any pointer. My question is about CFT at finite temperature and ...
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“Irreversibility” of the RG flow

In his remarkable work, Zamolodchikov proved a theorem regarding two dimensional QFT Renormalization Group (RG) flow, describing a monotonically decreasing function in the flow parameter which is ...
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Operator product expansion in 2D cft

My question is about an orbifold CFT theory in 2 dimension. Forgetting about the details, the problem is If I want to find the OPE of two operators, let's say, $O^{++}(z)$ and $O^{--}(z)$, i can ...
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Can the terms in the microscopic model with nonzero conformal spin generate some new term(s) under RG (renormalization group) flow?

As in the book Bosonization and Strongly Correlated Systems at page 66, it says that "We see that the original perturbation with nonzero conformal spin generates the perturbation with zero conformal ...
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Orbifold actions and twist operators

A twist operator $\sigma$ is the operator that acts on the untwisted vacuum $|0\rangle$ to create a twisted vacuum $\sigma|0\rangle$. States belonging to the twisted sector of an orbifold are built on ...
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Simple conceptual question conformal field theory

I come up with this conclusion after reading some books and review articles on conformal field theory (CFT). CFT is a subset of FT such that the action is invariant under conformal transformation ...
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Central charge in energy-momentum tensor OPE

I think that general point of view about central charge in books is considering OPE $T(z) T(w)$ for different field theories and finding that general expression for the most singular term is about to ...
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Operator Product Expansion

I wonder why in OPE in CFT terms like $$ \frac{:O(z) O(w):}{(z-w)^2} $$ occur, for example in the OPE of Energy-momentum tensor with itself: $$T(z) T(w) = \frac{c/2}{(z-w)^4} + \frac{T(z)}{(z-w)^2} ...
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Globally defined solutions in bc CFT system

Consider $bc$-system which is 2-dimensional CFT of fermions: $S = \int_\Sigma d^2 z \ b \bar{\partial} c + h.c. $ where $\Sigma$ - 2-dimensional manifold of genus $p$, fields $b, c$ have ...
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Is $\phi^4$ theory in 4d conformally invariant at the classial level?

I used to believe the three following statements to be true (at the classical level only): From scale invariance full conformal invariance follows. Scale invariance is present if there are no ...
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1/m Laughlin state and $U(1)_M$ chiral CFT

I am a little confused that people claim that the edge theory of a 1/m Laughlin state corresponds to a $U(1)_m$ chiral CFT. This indicates there should be $m$ primary field operators in $U(1)_m$ ...
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Cones with deficit angle 2$\pi$ and euler characteristics

I've managed to confuse myself with cones and deficit angles. Let's consider a conical defect in 2 dimensions. So the metric is the usual one in polar coordinates, $$ ds^2 = dr^2 + r^2 d\phi^2,$$ ...
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Why is it that the conformal anomaly has to be scale invariant?

When reading about conformal anomalies, such as in this paper it is often stated that the anomaly (ie. $ \delta W[g]/ \delta \sigma$ where $ W[g]$ is the quantum effective action for gravity) must be ...
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Typo in CFT primary field transformation?

Is this a typo? Shouldn't the first formula be $$ \phi'(z', \bar{z}') = \lambda^h \bar{\lambda}^\bar{h} \phi(z, \bar{z}) $$ ? For example, with $$ \lambda = 2 $$ the pair of points $(1,1)$ gets ...
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Different OPE channels in bootstrap

Can someone quickly explain what exactly are those different channels (namely s,t,u) in OPE expansions frequently used in conformal bootstrap. Explanation with a simple example will be really helpful. ...
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How should the path integral change under a dilation?

Let's say I have a two-point function of a scalar field in flat space: $$ \langle \phi(x)\phi(y)\rangle = \int \mathcal D \phi \, \phi(x)\phi(y)\,e^{iS[\phi]} $$ Then I dilate things: $$ \langle ...
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State operator map, and scalar fields in $R\times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$

This question is generalized version of my previous questions State operator map in $R \times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$ , State-operator map, and scalar fields and State operator correponding $i.e$ $S^1\times ...
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State operator map in $R \times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$

This question is relevant in my former question State-operator map, and scalar fields and State operator corrponding $i.e$ $S\times S$ to $R^2$. (which was wrong, corrected one was states in $R \times ...
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State-operator map, and scalar fields

Up so far, i have been studied state-operator correspondence, $i.e$, i have been questioned State operator corrponding $i.e$ $S\times S$ to $R^2$ which was wrong question. By studing Ginsparg's ...
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OPE of two quasi-primaries involves only other quasi-primaries and their derivatives

From Blumenhagen and Plauschinn Introduction to Conformal Field Theory, 2009: "The proof that the OPE of two quasi-primary fields involves indeed just other quasi-primary fields and their ...
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Target space Lorentz symmetry of superstrings in noncritical dimensions

Is the target space Lorentz symmetry of noncritical strings ($D \neq 26$) or superstrings ($D \neq 10$) broken or is it not? Naive arguments suggest that the mentioned anomaly does not exist, since ...
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Orbifold with discrete torsion

I'm trying to understand some of the early works of Vafa and Witten [1-3]. The way I look at orbifolds is they are the quotient space $M/G$. This is simply a quotient manifold when the action of $G$ ...
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CFTs in the phase space of QFTs [closed]

In the cases I have encountered a CFT is often realised as a RG fixed POINT of the RG flow. Is it also possible to have a whole family/mine/manifold of CFTs instead?
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Definition of primary fields actually leads to a Witt algebra with a minus sign?

Let's take as an example Di Francesco et al. but every source I am aware of is doing the same. First of all, the Virasoro algebra is usually defined as $$[L_m,L_n] = (m - n)L_{m+n} + \frac{c}{12} m ...
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Linear Dilaton CFT

I´m doing the exercises on the Tong lectures of String Theory, in particular Problem Sheet 2: Consider the tensor: $T(z) = \frac{-1}{\alpha '} :\partial X(z) \partial X(z): - Q \partial^2 X$. By ...
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DBI action with Weyl Invariance

The DBI action, given by $S_{Dp}=-T_p\int d^{p+1}\xi e^{-\phi(\xi)}\sqrt{-\textrm{det}\left(G_{ab}(\xi)+B_{ab}(\xi)+2\pi{\alpha}'F_{ab}(\xi)\right)}$ is diff and Poincaré invariant. I want to ...
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In what situation will a conformal transformation leave the vacuum invariant

Recently I am reading Francesco's CFT. In section 5.4.2, it considers a generic CFT living on the entire complex plane and maps this theory on a cylinder of circumference L by the transformation: $$ ...
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Error in Kac's “Vertex algebra for beginners” proof that a Wightman QFT gives rise to a vertex algebra?

Given $$ i[Q_k,\Phi_a(x)]=((x_0^2-x_1^2)\partial_{x_k}-2\eta_k x_k E - 2\Delta_a \eta_k x_k) \Phi_a(x), \quad (1.1.8) $$ applying a coordinate change $t= x_0-x_1$, $\bar{t}= x_0+x_1$ and defining $$ ...
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OPE of parity even theories in CFT.

If I consider an OPE of some operators, which belong to a theory where parity is not violated, will I have a constraint on the kind of operators appearing in the right hand side ? For example, I ...
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Conformal properties of the energy-momentum tensor and Schwarzian derivative

Polchinski Vol. 1 (Sec. 2.4): I'm trying to understand the Eq. 2.4.26 where he shows how the stress tensor transforms under a conformal transformation ($z \rightarrow w$): $$(\partial w)^2 T(w) = ...
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Operator-state correspondence in CFT: computing operator for given state

In 2D CFT there is a bijection between states and operators. In one direction it is easy: if $\phi(z)$ is a primary field then $|\phi \rangle:=\lim_{z \to 0} \phi(z)|0\rangle$ is a highest weight ...
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Dual of the Identity operator (AdS/CFT)

We know that in a CFT the spectrum of gauge invariant operators must contain an Identity operator (for the operator algebra to close). For those CFTs that admit a holographic dual what does the ...
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Relationship between modular transformations and anyon braiding

In the context of anyon braiding, we have $S$ and $T$ matrices which describe the mutual and self statistics of anyons. In the context of conformal field theory on a torus, we have modular ...
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Wick Theorem, ordering & CFT

I'm having a little trouble with correlation functions wick theorem and ordering in the context of OPE and CFT, for string theory. (1) My first question, the propagator is: $$<X(z) X(w)> = ...
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AdS/CFT: why is the fifth coordinate in AdS space inversely proportional to an energy scale?

In several different articles about the AdS/CFT correspondence, it is stated that one can show that the fifth coordinate $z$ on the AdS side, in coordinates such that the AdS metric becomes: $$ds^2 = ...
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Total quantum dimension of excitations in the Toric code

In the Toric code, the excitations are e, m, fermion $\epsilon$ and vacuum. Thus, the total quantum dimension is $D= \sqrt{\sum{d_{a}^{2}}} = 2$. It seems one takes into account all sorts of possible ...
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confused about the definition of conformal transformation [duplicate]

Recently, I read some books and articles about conformal field theory and I find there exists two completely different views about conformal transformation... The first is that: Conformal ...