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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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: $$ z\...
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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) = T(z)...
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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 C)/\...
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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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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 ...
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What is a ghost number?

I am currently studying CFT chapter of Becker,Becker,Schwarz and am trying to understand what the ghost number is in BRST Quantization. From what I gather BRST Quantization is used to add an extra ...
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In 1d criticality, what is the relation between the universality class and central charge?

I want to know how to obtain the universality class of the phase transition from the central charge "c" in one dimensional model. If c is less than 1, there is a one-to-one correspondence. But if c is ...
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Problem with OPE (from Polchinski) [closed]

I was reading Polchinski, Vol. 2 pag 12, while I found (10.3.12a): $$ e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(z)}=\frac{1}{2z} + i\partial H(0) + 2zT^H_B(0) + O(z^2).\tag{10.3.12a} $$ Now I tried to do the OPE, what I ...
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Correlator $bc$ system [closed]

I have da doubt with bc system. Polchinski says (2.5.10) $$ b(z)b(0)~=~O(z). \tag{2.5.10} $$ I tried to compute the correlation function With eom, using eq (2.5.6b) by Polchinki, removing the ...
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Connection between the M5 brane and (2, 0) superconformal field theory

I have read that the worldvolume theory of the M5 brane is a $(2, 0)$ superconformal field theory (SCFT). But I have also learnt from talks that the $(2, 0)$ theory lacks a Lagrangian description. ...
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What are the quantum dimensions of the primary fields for SU(N) level k Kac-Moody current algebras?

The CFT of the $\mathrm{SU}(N)$ level $k$ Kac-Moody current algebra has many Kac-Moody primary fields. I wonder if any one has calculated the quantum dimensions of those Kac-Moody primary fields. I ...
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Conformal blocks in 2D CFTs

I have studied conformal field theories in two dimensions and I understand the basic idea behind conformal blocks too. But I never completely realized what they are when it comes to computing them. ...
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Target Space Lorentz Invariance vs. World Sheet Weyl Invariance

The Polyakov action, $S\sim \int d^2\sigma\sqrt{\gamma}\, \gamma_{ab}\partial^a X^\mu \partial ^b X_\mu$, has the well known classical symmetries of world sheet diffeomorphism invariance, world ...
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How can one calculate the central term of the conformal field theory algebra (and show it's really the virasoro algebra)?

So I'm following Szabo's book "An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics (2nd ed, 2011); still on the canonical treatment in chapter 3. After doing a mode expansion, we get (up to a ...
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Large Spin operators and radial quantization

I've been reading the paper "Comments on operators with large Spin" (here) and I am having some trouble understanding the following: In section 2, they begin by studying, in a conformal field theory ...
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OPE in a general $d$-dimensional CFT

I am looking for a good reference which explains how to express an OPE in a general $d$-dimensional CFT for bosonic and fermionic fields. Precisely, I don't understand the reason of the appearance of ...
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Is there a maximum number of fixed points that a QFT can have?

I was wondering: is there a maximum number of (trivial and non-trivial) fixed points that a QFT can have (as a function of the space-time dimension and field content in the QFT)?
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator [duplicate]

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...
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Operator product expansion energy momentum tensor

We have the following equation from Polchinski (2.4.6) $$ T(z)X^{\mu}(0) \sim \frac{1}{z}\partial X^{\mu}(0) , \tag{2.4.6} $$ where $T(z)$ is defined as $T(z) = -\frac{1}{\alpha'} :\partial X^{\mu} \...
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Special OPE in $\beta\gamma$ system

I would like to find the OPE $$\beta(z)\gamma(w)^{-1}\tag{1}$$ given $$\beta(z)\gamma(w)~\sim~\frac{1}{z-w}\tag{2}$$ from the $\beta\gamma$-system in CFT. Is it possible?
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Anyonic Braiding and Conformal Field Theory

I am looking for resources (both pedagogical and newer research articles) on the connection between topological quantum computation and conformal field theory. In particular, a CFT description of ...
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Analogy for the AdS/CFT Correspondence

Some time ago, I heard about a simple analogy for the AdS/CFT correspondence to something in everyday life. Consider a room filled with furniture, with the walls of the room covered in mirrors. The 2D ...
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Ishibashi states and Cardy states in CFT

What are the Ishibashi states and Cardy states in CFTs? I am familiar with conformal field theory language. It would be great if someone can discuss about the basic idea of these states and their ...