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Central charge in a $d=2$ CFT

I've always been confused by this very VERY basic and important fact about two-dimensional CFTs. I hope I can get a satisfactory explanation here. In a classical CFT, the generators of the conformal ...
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Traceless of stress-energy tensor in $d=2$

This is a question regarding Francesco, section 4.3.3. In this section, he considers the two-point function $$ S_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}(x) = \left< T_{\mu\nu}(x) T_{\rho\sigma}(0)\right> $$ He then ...
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Factor of two differences for free field Green's functions in conformal field theory

I have a question about the expressions for free field Green's functions in conformal field theory. It comes from three origins 1) In Polchinski's string theory volume I p36, it is given $$ ...
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Massless fields in curved spacetimes

I read the following statement in one of Penrose's paper zero rest-mass field equations can, with suitable interpretations, be regarded as being conformally invariant. I take this to imply that ...
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OPE and 4-point correlation function in CFT_d

I'm reading this paper where to determine the coefficient $C^{\phi\phi O}(x_{12},\partial_2)$ of the OPE (p.10) $$\phi^\alpha (x_1)\phi^\beta (x_2)=C_\phi ...
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The basic equation of bosonization

[..quoting from Page 11 of Polchinski Vol2..] Given $1+1$ conformal bosonic fields $H(z)$ one has their OPE as, $H(z)H(0) \sim -ln(z)$ Then from here how do the following identities come? ...
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representation of conformal group in d>2

In P. Di Francesco, P. Mathieu, D. Snchal they fix the generators of the conformal group acting on a scalar field by somewhat arbitrarily defining $$\Phi'(x)=\Phi(x)-i\omega_a G_a\Phi(x)$$ and by ...
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About the general expression of trace anomaly and CFT partition functions

I have put up a question here, http://mathoverflow.net/questions/139685/proof-of-the-general-expression-for-anomaly-in-a-cft-and-its-partition-function Here I am putting up a slightly different ...
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A question related to “old covariant quantization” of string theory

I have a question about "old covariant quantization" in Polchinski's string theory p. 123. It is said The only nontrivial condition at this level is $(L_0^{\rm m} + A) | \psi \rangle =0 $, ...
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Decomposition of representations of the Virasoro algebra under $sl(2)$

The Virasoro algebra has a finite $sl(2)$ sub-algebra generated by $L_{-1}$, $L_0$ and $L_{+1}$. Let's consider a unitary highest weight representation of the Virasoro algebra with conformal weight ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor in Conformal Field Theory

Basically, I would really like it if somebody just explained to me what is going on here. Please use any physics lingo you feel is necessary, but explain what you mean. I am just having trouble ...
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Virasoro operator in “old covariant quantization”

I met some problem about the Virasoro operator in "old covariant quantization" in Polchinski's string theory vol I p 123. It is given $$L_0^{\rm m}=\alpha' p^2 + \alpha_{-1} \cdot \alpha_1 + \cdots ...
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Classical theories and AdS/CFT

When I was editing the Physics.SE tag wiki for ads-cft, I initially wrote something on the lines of : The AdS/CFT correspondence is a special case of the holographic principle. It states that ...
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A question about vertex operator

(skip disclaimer) I have a question about writing raising and lowering operators in the Schroedinger basis in the section of vertex operator in Polchinski's string theory vol 1 p.68. It is given ...
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About the conserved charge for the ghost number current in $bc$ conformal field theory

(skip disclaimer) I have a question about the conserved charge for the ghost number current in $bc$ conformal field theory in Polchinski's string theory p62. It is said For the ghost number ...
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Anticommuting relation in $bc$ CFT

(skip disclaimer) I have a question about conformal field theory in Polchinski's string theory vol 1 p. 61. Given anticommuting fields $b$ and $c$ and the Laurent expansions $$ b(z) = ...
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A question about Virasoro algebra

(skip disclaimer) I have a question in Polchinski's string theory book volume 1 p54, related to the Virasoro algebra. Introducing complex coordinates $$w=\sigma^1 + i \sigma^2 $$ $$z=\exp (-i ...
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Expressions of action and energy momentum tensor in bc conformal field with central charge equals one

I have a question with conformal field theory in Polchinski's string theory vol 1 p. 51. For $bc$ conformal field theory $$ S=\frac{1}{2\pi} \int d^2 z b \bar{\partial} c $$ $$ T(z)= :(\partial b) ...
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Compute the central charge of $bc$ conformal field theory

I have a s****d question, how to calculate the central charge of $bc$ conformal-field theory in Polchinski's string theory, Eq. (2.5.12)? For a $bc$ CFT given by $$S=\frac{1}{2\pi } \int d^2 z \,\,b ...
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How to derive Eq. (2.4.23) in Polchinski's string theory book

Given the Operator Product Expansion (OPE) of a product of the energy momentum tensors $$T(z)T(0) = \frac{ \eta^{\mu}_{\mu} }{2z^4} - \frac{2}{\alpha' z^2} :\partial X^{\mu} \partial X_{\mu}(0): + ...
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Identify the weight of operator under conformal transformation

I have a stupid (homework tag may be suitable =_=) question about the problem 2.7 in Polchinski's string theory volume 1. Why the weight of operator $:e^{ik\cdot X}:$ is $(\frac{\alpha'k^2}{4}, ...
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Is there a general relationship between the conformal weight of a field and its (classical) scaling dimension?

A field $\phi(z)$ has the conformal weight $h$, if it transforms under $z\rightarrow z_1(z)$ as $$ \phi(z) = \tilde{\phi}(z_1)\left(\frac{dz_1}{dz}\right)^h $$ The (classical) scaling dimension can ...
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Identity of Operator Product Expansion (OPE)

I have one more s****d question in Polchinski's string theory book, Eqs. (2.3.14a) $$ j^{\mu}(z) :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:~ \sim~ \frac{k^{\mu}}{2 z} :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:,$$ where $j^{\mu}_a ...
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Identify the coefficients of Operator Product Expansion (OPE)

Sorry I have a stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book vol 1, p46. For a holomorphic function $T(z)$ with a general operator $\mathcal{A}$, there is a Laurent expansion $$T(z) A(0,0) \sim ...
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A question about conformal transformation in Polchinski's string theory

I have one more stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book. P. 46, it is said It is convenient to take a basis of local operators that are eigenstates under rigid transformation (2.4.9) ...
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How to prove Eq. (2.4.5) in Polchinski's string theory book?

I got one more stupid question in Polchinski's string theory book. In p. 44, it is said The currents $$j(z)=i v(z) T(z), \tilde{j}(\bar{z}) = i v(z)^* \tilde{T}(\bar{z}) \tag{2.4.5}$$ are ...
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Divergence theorem in complex coordinates

This question is related to Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates (CFT) but, I still don't understand :( Namely how to prove the divergence theorem in complex coordinate in Eq (2.1.9) in ...
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Some questions about the free Fermionic partition function on a circle (Ginsparg's CFT lectures)

The following questions are based on these lectures, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 I would like to know what is the relationship between the last equation on page 82 ($(L_0)_{cyl} = L_0 - ...
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AdS/CFT and boundary translational invariance

I work in quantum information theory/condensed matter and have some very basic questions about AdS/CFT correspondence. For simplicity, I would like to restrict to 1+1 CFT <-> 2+1 AdS. I apologize ...
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Why does tachyon arise in bosonic string theory?

I am looking for precise mathematical and physical reasons which cause the presence of tachyon in bosonic string theory(specially closed bosonic string theory). Has it to do with the specific form of ...
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Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates (CFT)

I am studying CFT, where I encounter Stokes' theorem in complex coordinates: $$ \int_R (\partial_zv^z + \partial_{\bar{z}}v^{\bar{z}})dzd\bar{z} = i \int_{\partial R}(v^{z}d\bar{z} - v^{\bar{z}}dz). ...
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What is on the AdS side in AdS/CFT supergravity or string theory?

What really is on the AdS side in AdS/CFT, does it always have to be string theory or is sometimes supergravity "enough" or better suited to do calculations? From the answers to my earlier question, ...
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Time-ordered Derivative and Equal-time Commutator

In Green, Schwarz & Witten Superstring theory, Vol. I, page 141, I don't understand how pulling the derivative inside the Time-ordered product can give an Equal-time Commutator: $$\tag{3.2.44} ...
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Conformal group in two dimensions [closed]

How can one show in a group-theoretical way that each of SO(d,2) and SO(d+1,1) is isomorphic to two-copies of Virasoro algebra for d=2?
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Number of Independent “Cross-ratios or Anharmonic-ratios”

The Cross-ratios or the Anharmonic-ratios are defined as, $${r_{ij}r_{kl}}/{r_{ik}r_{jl}}, \text{ where } r_{ij}=\mod{r_i - r_j}.$$ Now the claim is: conformal symmetry implies that for computing $N$ ...
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When are the OPE relevant?

I've seen OPEs commonly used in 2d CFT, it's quite apparent to me that, in that case, it dresses a bridge between the algebraic and the operator formalism especially when combined with radial ordering ...
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Is there a general systematic approach how to calculate the individual terms in an operator product expansion?

Is there a general systematic procedure or approach to obtain the analytic functions $c_{ijk}$ as well as the corresponding operators $$A_i(z)$$ that appear in the operator product expansion (OPE) $$ ...
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Is there a “covariant derivative” for conformal transformation?

A primary field is defined by its behavior under a conformal transformation $x\rightarrow x'(x)$: $$\phi(x)\rightarrow\phi'(x')=\left|\frac{\partial x'}{\partial x}\right|^{-h}\phi(x)$$ It's fairly ...
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Spherical inversion in terms of special conformal transformation

I want to consider conformal maps on suitable compactifications of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. I know that a special conformal transformation: $$x_i\mapsto\frac{x_i-x^{2}b_i}{1-2b\cdot x+b^{2}x^{2}}$$ can be ...
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Identity in CFT

I heard and read couple of times reference to a certain identity in conformal field theory (maybe specific to two dimensions). The identity relates the trace of stress-energy tensor to the beta ...
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What exactly is meant by the conformal group of Minkowski space?

This is sort of a silly question because I'm a total beginner, and I debated whether it was better to ask here or on Math.SE. I decided on here because it's about how physicists use terminology, even ...
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What is the exact relationship between on-shell amplitudes and off-shell correlators in AdS/CFT?

In this answer to a question, it is mentioned that in the AdS/CFT correspondence, on-shell amplitudes on the AdS side are related to off-shell correlators on the CFT side. Can somebody explain this ...
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Questions about classical and quantum scale invariance

This is kind of a continuation of this and this previous questions. Say one has a free "classical" field theory which is scale invariant and one develops a perturbative classical solution for an ...
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Motivation for the Deformed Nekrasov Partition Function

I have recently been doing research on the AGT Correspondence between the Nekrasov Instanton Partition Function and Louiville Conformal Blocks (http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.3219). When looking at the ...
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Spectral properties of CFT

What are the general spectral properties of CFT? I mean what is the "spectrum"/eigenvalues of CFT in 2d and d>2 spacetime dimensions? I understand the "spectrum" and "Fock space" realization of Dirac ...
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QM with complex eigenvalues

What class of theories/physical systems own finite/infinite complex eigenvalues? I do know that e.g., quasinormal modes of BH do have complex eigenvalues, but are they finite or infinite in number? ...
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References for Understanding Minahan's N=4 SCFT review

This is about the same paper as this thread: Some questions about chapter I.1 (by Minahan) of the "Review of AdS/CFT Integrability" but it was never answered. I have some different ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG (2)

This question is related to the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.5221 and is a continuation of the previous question Symmetries in Wilsonian RG In the liked paper why do the equalities in equation ...
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Dimensional regularization and IR divergences and scale invariance

I want to know if dimensional regularization has any issues if the theory has IR divergences or is scale invariant. Does dimensional regularization see "all" kinds of divergences? I mean - what ...
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Virasoro TT OPE in Polchinski's book

I'm trying to understand eq. 2.2.11 in Polchinski's first book. He's computing $$:\partial X^\mu(z)\partial X_\mu(z): :\partial' X^\nu(z')\partial' X_\nu(z'):$$ Now, I understand why this ...