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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Classical conformal invariance

So I am trying to understand classical conformal invariance. So we move gently from general coordinate invariance to Weyl invariance to conformal invariance, and now they start out with this thing ...
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CFTs and hyperbolic spaces

Is there a good way to explain why its natural to consider CFTs to be on hyperbolic spaces? Even if I forget about CFTs is there a good way to explain if there is a way that the hyperbolic space can ...
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How can the stress tensor components of a worldsheet CFT in general background be (anti)-holomorphic?

In all textbooks/lecture notes on string theory (e.g. Polchinski, page 43 at the bottom) it is proven that, as the stress tensor is traceless and conserved, $T^a_a=\partial^a T_{ab}=0$, we have ...
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Generalized gravitational entropy and entanglement entropy

What are the differences (if any) between Generalized gravitational entropy (Lewkowycz-Maldacena) and holographic entanglement entropy (Ryu-Takayanagi)? More specifically, I was wondering following ...
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For what values of $\lambda$ is the distribution $(x-i\varepsilon)^\lambda$ positive?

I've been reading the famous unpublished paper by Luescher and Mack "The energy momentum tensor of critical quantum field theories in 1+1 dimensions". In the proof of their main theorem, page 7 of the ...
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Anomaly polynomial of Hitchin system $\mathcal{N}=2$ 4d SQFT

I would like to ask about mathematical background of this object. So, I am trying to puzzle out with 4d $\mathcal{N}=2$ SQFT. As far as I can gather this theory can be described in terms of ...