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 theory,...

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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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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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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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The relation between critical surface and the (renormalization) fixed point

In the book, I read some remarks about the criticality: Iterations of the renormalization (group) map generate a sequence of points in the space of couplings, which we call a renormalization ...
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Are there field theories which are not CFTs but resemble CFTs up to 3 point functions?

We know that in CFTs the functional form of 2 and 3 point functions are completely fixed by conformal symmetry. So if a given quantum theory is a CFT we know what form the 2 and 3 point functions will ...
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What is the conserved quantity of a scale-invariant universe?

Consider that we have a system described by a wavefunction $\psi(x)$. We then make an exact copy of the system, and anything associated with it, (including the inner cogs and gears of the elementary ...
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2d Ising model in CFT and statistical mechanics

When I recently started to read about conformal field theory, one of the basic examples there is the so called Ising model. It is characterized by certain specific collection of fields on the plane ...
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Are second-order phase transitions always scale/Lorentz invariant?

I know that both scale invariance and Lorentz invariance typically emerge at second-order phase transitions, but is there a proof or a counterexample? (I know that it's believed that any theory that ...
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Zamolodchikov's c-theorem paper

I am reading the 1986 paper [1] where Zamolodchikov proves the c-theorem and I would like to understand how equations (7a), (7b) and (8) are derived from the Callan-Symanzik equation. For self-...
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Invariance of Maxwell's Equations under inverting variables - Reference and use

Some months ago, an ArXiv paper mentioned in passing that Maxwell's Equations were invariant under reciprocating the variables, or at least this results in a dual set of Maxwell Equations. (Actually I ...
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S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...
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irrational conformal dimension

I know examples of Conformal Field Theories in which the scaling dimension of certain operators is an integer number or a fractional number. However I do not know any example in which the scaling ...
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A question from CFT (possibly due to the English expressions)

I am currently reading the book ''Conformal Field Theory'' and encountered a description about which I am very confused. I am afraid to say, this may be due to the fact that I am not a native English ...
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Construction of Primaries of WZWN CFT

Is it possible to construct primaries of $SU(2)_{k+1}$ by using primaries of lower levels?. E.g. If I have a primary of $SU(2)_2$, let's say $\Phi^{(1/2)}$, the field with spin $1/2$ and another ...
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How can I show that inversion is continuously connected to a reflection?

From Ex 3.1 in the TASI lectures on the conformal bootstrap: http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.07982 the problem is the inversion map (with Euclidean signature) $$ I\colon x^\mu \mapsto \frac{x^\mu}{x^2} $$ ...
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Difference Between Algebra of Infinitesimal Conformal Transformations & Conformal Algebra

in Blumenhagen Book on conformal field theory, It is mentioned that the algebra of infinitesimal conformal transformation is different from the conformal algebra and on page 11, conformal algebra is ...
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How to define the distance between two points in a conformal transformed space?

Consider a particular conformal transformation $x^\mu\rightarrow x'^\mu$, and the metric of a flat space transforms in the following way, $$\eta_{\mu\nu}\rightarrow g'_{\mu\nu}=\Lambda^2(x)\eta_{\mu\...
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How rigorous is the description of the edge of the Kitaev Honeycomb as a CFT?

My understanding of the Kitaev honeycomb model is that high-level abstract properties (anyons and their braid statistics) can be seen to emerge the microscopics of the model (fermions and vortices). ...
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Transformation of quasi-primary field in CFT [closed]

As it is well known that in conformal field theory the energy-momentum tensor is a quasi-primary field, and its transformation law under conformal transformation $z\rightarrow w(z)$ is \begin{...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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How is the two-point function of an operator dual to a scalar ADS field obtained in ADS/CFT?

The two point function of an operator dual to a scalar field in ADS/CFT can obtained directly from computation of the on-shell action in momentum space and then taking it back to position space. The ...
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Correlator of energy-momentum tensor and OPE

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 Equation (2.22), the correlation function of then energy-momentum tensor with some primary fields is We can view this as sum over the OPE of the energy-...
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Central charges in 2D CFT and Virasoro algebra

Suppose we quantize some classical CFT algebra given by generators which satisfy $$[l_n,l_m]=(n-m)l_{n+m},$$ $$[\overline{l}_n,\overline{l}_m]=(n-m)\overline{l}_{n+m},$$ $$[l_n,\overline{l}_m]=0.$$ ...
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conformal symmetry vs time ordering

In Quantum field theories we generally calculate time ordered correlation functions. But it seems that in a conformal field theory I can use conformal symmetry to destroy time ordering. Let me look ...
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Where to look up calculations in CFT? [duplicate]

I am a mathematician, but occasionally I need the answers to questions that might already have been calculated by physicists. Recently I've found myself asking questions like "what is the space of 0-...
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Why are WZW models interesting?

I realise this is a very broad question, but when I was studying for my thesis I came across WZW models a few times and I never quite understood them. So, I understand that these models describe ...
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Transformation law for the eigenfunction representation of dilations (scale transformations) in CFT

On page 32 section 2.1.2. of http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9905111 a representation $\phi(x)$ for the conformal group is chosen such that $D\phi(x) = -i \Delta\phi(x) $. After that it is stated that ...
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Conformal Gravity

Lubos, in his comment to a question, says that (http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/61281) First of all, one can't gauge a symmetry without modifying (enriching) the field contents. Gauging a ...
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OPE coefficients identity operator

when I have two canonically normalized operators $\phi_{1}$ and $\phi_{2}$ and I want to compute their OPE in terms of the identity operator, is there any way to actually calculate the first levels of ...
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Partition functions for a (3+1)-d TQFT

It is well known that for a Chern-Simons theory defined on an arbitrary (2+1)-d oriented manifold, its partition function can be evaluated based on Witten's surgery method. My question is: is there a ...
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Virasoro Algebra vs Witt Algebra

I'm reading some notes on CFT, and there's a strange topic that I find quite confusing. We define the Witt algebra to be the generators of conformal transformations on the complex plane. $l_n = -z^{...
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What is the origin of the five-form field in bubbling Ads geometries?

I have been reading the paper: Bubbling Ads space and the 1/2 BPS geometries[hep-th/0409174]. In the paper they look at 1/2 BPS states in the field theory which are dual to D3 branes IIB supegravity. ...
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CFT conformal weight vs. scaling dimension

I was wondering if anybody could clarify what the difference between the conformal scaling dimension $\Delta$ and the conformal weight $h$ is? Is it correctly understood that $\Delta$ is related to ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta S}{\...
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Why are CFT descriptions of String Theory inherently perturbative and how can it be circumvented?

Field theories like QED/QCD are a priori non-perturbative theories. Perturbatively you can describe them by Feynman diagrams which essentially sum over all topologies of virtual particle creation and ...
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Entanglement in Quantum field theory [duplicate]

How is entanglement represented in a field theory? For instance how can I represent a maximally entangled state such as a Bell state? Would such an approach also apply in a Conformal field theory ...
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How to calculate anti analytic conformal weights

In books like Mussardo's "Statistical Field Theory" and "Conformal Field Theory" of Di Francesco et al, there is no clear explanation on how to calculate the anti analytic conformal weights $\bar \...
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Conformal Transformation: Minkowski sheet to cylinder

What conformal transformation can I make to 2d Minkowski with metric $ds^2=-dt^2+dx^2$ to show that it is conformal to a cylinder?
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Conformal Connections in Physics [closed]

For my diploma thesis in Mathematics I investigate conformal connections (as an example of Cartan connections). All in all the thesis should deal with geometric aspects (associated bundles, (pseudo)-...
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Why do we assume local conformal transformations are symmetries in 2D CFT

The global conformal group in 2D is $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. It consists of the fractional linear transforms that map the Riemann sphere into itself bijectively and is finite dimensional. However, when ...
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A pedestrian explanation of conformal blocks

I would be very happy if someone could take a stab at conveying what conformal blocks are and how they are used in conformal field theory (CFT). I'm finally getting the glimmerings of understanding ...
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Laughlin wave function and CFT

I have a question regarding Eq. (3.5) in Moore & Read's paper. They said \begin{equation} \Psi_{\text{Laughlin}}=\left\langle\prod_{i=1}^{N}e^{i\sqrt{q}\phi(z_i)}\exp\left[-i\int \mathrm d^2z^{\...
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CFT: from States to Operators

I'm having trouble finding the general algorithm for moving from states to operators under the state-operator correspondence in a CFT. Does anyone have any hints as to how one might go about ...
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What is a zero temperature horizon?

While reading the paper "Disorder horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points" by Hartnoll and Santos, I came across this: We are interested in solutions with a zero temperature ...
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Does the two-point function of free field reveal conformal anomaly?

Consider free scalar field in two dimensions with the standard action written in complex coordinates $S=\int d^2z\, \partial \phi\bar{\partial}\phi$. The two-point correlation function is known to be $...
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A conformal mapping between a Rindler Wedge and a causal diamond. What is the right map and how do I see it does what is expected?

I am going through the calculations in arXiv:1312.7856 [hep-th]. These involve a conformal map between the Minkowski Rindler Wedge ($\mathcal{R}$), given by $X^1 \geq 0,X^+\geq 0,X^-\geq 0 \quad$ (...
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Why is conformal field theory so important?

I just started escaping the world of quantum mechanics and looking to study quantum field theory. I heard of AdS/CFT and also heard that CFT is of much importance. Now I do not get why having ...
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Virasoro operators commutation relations [closed]

For the commutation relation in quantising the bosonic string $$\left[L_n,L_{m}\right]=(n-m)L_{n+m}+\frac{D}{12}n(n^2-1)\delta_{n+m,0}$$ we can then calculate this for $m=-n$ in between the vacuum ...
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Question on Conformal Field Theory

Since every question has to be asked in a seperate topic, I'm asking a question refering to the following topic: Beginners questions concerning Conformal Field Theory In particular I'm referring to ...