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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Time-ordering vs normal-ordering and the two-point function/propagator

I don't understand how to calculate this generalized two-point function or propagator, used in some advanced topics in quantum field theory, a normal ordered product (denoted between $::$) is ...
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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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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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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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Charged CFT observables and AdS/CFT

I have a simple question regarding the holographic dictionary when mapping operators on the CFT side to those in AdS. One piece of the dictionary is that a global symmetry maps onto a gauge symmetry ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Complex coordinates in CFT

The Setup: Let's say we want to study a Euclidean $\mathrm{CFT}_2$ on $\mathbb R^2$ with coordinates $\sigma^1$ and $\sigma^2$ and metric $ds^2 = (d\sigma^1)^2+(d\sigma^2)^2$. It seems to me that ...
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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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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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Quantum field theory variants

Wikipedia describes many variants of quantum field theory: conformal quantum field theory topological quantum field theory axiomatic/constructive quantum field theory algebraic quantum field theory ...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression (1) for the square of the normal ordered version of $\phi^2(x)$. $$T(:\phi^2(x)::\phi^2(0):) ~=~ 2<0|T(\phi(x)\phi(0))|0>^2 ...
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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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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 ...
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2D Ghost CFT and two-point functions

For some reason I am suddenly confused over something which should be quit elementary. In two-dimensional CFT's the two-point functions of quasi-primary fields are fixed by global $SL(2,\mathbb ...
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How to derive the effective action or Vertex generating functional of complex scalar field?

I am studying-self QFT. Recently, I am studying and trying to follow the calculation of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional of superconductor in this paper:http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0108256. ...
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What is the meaning of conformal mass on a branched manifold?

Consider the following QFT on the "branched" manifold, $\mathbb{H}^2 \times S^1_q$ where $S^1_q$ is an unit radius circle whose angular coordinate goes from $0$ to $2\pi q$, and hence the "branching". ...
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Why does the Weyl transformation preserve angles in string theory?

The Weyl invariance symmetry of the Polyakov action is said to be considered as the invariance of the theory under a local change of scale which preserves the angles between all lines. However, why ...
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What is the conformal mode of a metric?

I have a problem in terminology. This article talks about the conformal mode of a physical metric. I know what a conformal transformation is. But what is the conformal mode of a metric?
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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 randomly came across WZW models for a few times and I never quit understood them. So I understand that these models ...
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Dilations in momentum space

I don't quite understand what's going on here. Let's suppose I have a dilation in real space. The generator is $D=x^j \partial_j$, so an infinitesimal dilation is $\delta x^i = Dx^i = x^j \partial_j ...