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 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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Anyons: Effect of braiding on fusion multiplicities

In the theory of non-abelian anyons, essential information is stored in the fusion multiplicities or Verlinde coefficients $N_{ab}^c$. Having the Pants Decomposition in mind, it is possible to use ...
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Choice and identification of vacuums in AdS/CFT

I know how we define a vacuum in flat space QFT and also in a curved space QFT. But, can somebody tell me how do the choice of vacuum state in (say) the CFT side of AdS/CFT changes the choice of ...
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Do a 1-dimensional conformal theory exist?

can we have in physic or can we speak about 1-d conformal theory in physics ?? for example in this one dimensional theory what would be the generators $ x \partial _{x} $ or $ \partial _{x} $ ??
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Defining a CFT using beta-functions

Won't it be correct to define a CFT as a QFT such that the beta-function of all the couplings vanish? But couldn't it be possible that the beta-function of a dimensionful coupling vanishes but it ...
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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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CFT and the conformal group

Equations 2-7 on page 21 of these notes, http://www.math.ias.edu/QFT/fall/NewGaw.ps seems to give a fairly compact definition of what a CFT is. But I have two questions, This definition is ...
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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? $e^{iH(z)...
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Significance of massive states in string theory

A free superstring has an infinite tower of states with increasing mass. The massless states correspond to the fields of the corresponding SUGRA. In "Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for ...
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What makes General Relativity conformal variant?

I have a question regarding the well known fact that General Relativity is not a conformal invariant theory or to put it in other words about the fact that it is conformal variant: What are the ...
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Klein factors and Conformal Field Theory

Consider the mode expansion of a (chiral) scalar field confined to a disc with circumference L: $$ \phi(x) = \phi_{0} + p_{\phi} \frac{2\pi}{L} x + \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} e^{-(k_{n}a)...
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Why do three dimensional gauge theories flow to conformal theories in the infrared?

What is meant with the fact that Super Yang-Mills flows to a conformal field theory in the infrared? Also, is this a general fact or does this depend on the fact of considering a certain class of ...
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Derivation of Eq. 7.12 in the review paper of Kraus

I'm reading "Lectures on black holes and the $AdS_3/CFT_2$ correspondence" by Kraus. http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0609074 I don't know how one can obtain Eq.7.12. My stupid question is how to obtain ...
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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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Reading list and book recommendation on Conformal Field Theory

I have a background in QFT, GR and differential geometry at the level of a master student in theoretical physics. I would like to touch the area of CFT. I know the textbook of Philippe Di Francesco. ...
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Vertex operator - state mapping in Polchinski's book

In Polchinski's textbook String Theory, section 2.8, the author argues that the unit operator $1$ corresponds to the vacuum state, and $\partial X^\mu$ is holomorphic inside couture $Q$ in figure 2.6(...
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Do primary fields (in a CFT) satisfy the wave equation?

In a 2-dimensional CFT, do primary fields generally satisfy the wave equation? I know that if they have either purely holomorphic or purely anti-holomorphic, they do. But what about a general primary ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wick's theorem for calculating OPE

I am trying to understand a calculation using Wick's theorem. Let $T(z)$ be the analytic part of a stress-energy tensor, and $\phi(z)$ a free boson field. Now, $$T(z)\partial_{w}\phi(w)=-2\pi:\...
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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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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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BTZ Black Hole Central Charge and Conformal Weight

I have been trying to reproduce a calculation (equation 4.12) in this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1107.2678v1.pdf by Carlip reviewing the derivation of the effective central charge of the BTZ Black ...
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When does the correlator of a string of fields and the current vanish “sufficiently fast” at infinity and Ward's identity?

One consequence of the Ward identity (cf. Di Francesco et al) is that it means variation of correlators under infinitesimal transformation is zero. This can be seen by integrating the ward identity, ...
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Meaning of conformal field theory [closed]

Can anyone summarize what conformal field theory is actually about,i.e. 1) what are its goals? (for example, to study such-and-such fields/functions/maps/etc. to see whether they have such-and such ...
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“Light” states in critical $O(N)$ model in $2+1$ (and holography)

Let me split the question in a few parts, Can someone give me a reference which explains the CFT properties of the critical $O(N)$ model in $2+1$? Like how are the CFT correlators (in a $1/N$ ...
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Some questions about calculation central charge in a CFT in $d$ spacetime dimensions

This is based on this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0212138 For a CFT on a $S^d$ spacetime (of radius R) it seems to be claimed that the central charge is given by, $ c = \langle \int_{S^d_R} d^...
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RG flow from a UV scale invariant field theory to a gapped phase in the IR

On the section 3 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.2921 the authors consider the RG flow from a scale invariant field theory in the UV to a gapped theory in the IR. The theory is couple to a background ...
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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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Defects in 3+1 TFTs/2+1 CFTs

I would like to know of good pedagogic references to learn about the notion of "defects" in TFTs and CFTs. I am specially interested in 3+1 TFTs (.and probably about their relation to 2+1 CFTs..) In ...
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A calculation problem on Conformal Field Theory

This problem is on Di Francesco's book I. It's exercise 7.1: Calculate the norm of the following vector, where $\lvert h\rangle$ is the state of highest weight. $$L_{-1}^n\lvert h\rangle$$ I have ...
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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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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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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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Conformal fields on compactified manifolds? An apparent paradox!

I would appreciate it if someone tells me how a cft on a compactified manifold (e.g. by means of periodic boundary conditions) can be meaningful? The global conformal invariance is broken due to the ...
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Why is string theory a two dimensional quantum (conformal) field theory on its worldsheet?

In string theory, we quantize the two dimensional field theory on the string's worldsheet. I have a question about this kind of quantization of string theory: did we have similar theory for point-like ...
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Massive excitations in Conformal Quantum Field Theory

Single particle states in quantum field theory appear as discrete components in the spectrum of the Poincare group's action on the state space (i.e. in the decomposition of the Hilbert space of ...
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Commutation relations of the generators of the conformal group

My question is from P.98 of the book by Di Francesco on Conformal Field theory. He gives the six non-vanishing commutation relations between the elements $P_{\mu}, D, L_{\mu \nu}$ and $K_{\mu}$ ...
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Representations of the Conformal Group in terms of the Poincare Group Reps

The Conformal group contains the Poincare group. Typically, if you take a representation of a group and then look at it as a representation of a subgroup, the representation will be reducible. I often ...
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Some questions about the paper, “AdS description of induced higher spin gauge theory”

I am referring to this paper. I guess that in this paper one is trying to relate the massless spin $s$ gauge fields in $AdS_4$ to conformal spin $s$ theory on $S^3$. So am I right that the ...
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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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Witten Index and letter partition function

I haven't seen any reference which explains these things and I am not sure of all the steps of the argument or the equations. I am trying to reproduce here a sequence of arguments that I have mostly ...
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Why should a holomorphic function be expanded in Laurent series rather than Taylor series?

In 2d free conformal field theory, there is an operator equation: $$ \partial\bar\partial\hat{X}^\mu\left(z,\bar z\right)=0 $$ Why can it have Laurent expansion like this below rather than Taylor $$...
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Expectation value of the stress-energy tensor in 2-D CFT

Due to a previous question, I am confused with the expectation value of the stress-energy tensor in a 2-D conformal field theory. Let's take the example of string theory, to sketch the problem. ...
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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 $h&...
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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 ...