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Wilson lines, boundary conditions, surface defects of TQFTs

I asked the following question in mathematics stack exchange but I'd like to have answers from physicists too; I have been studying (extended) topological quantum field theories (in short TQFTs) from ...
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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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Relation between conformal and topological field theories

The Chern-Simons (CS) theory is a topological quantum field theory (TQFT). The question is, is a conformal field theory (CFT) a topological quantum theory? Or the reverse, topological quantum field ...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression 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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What is conformal gauge?

I often see in physics articles on gravity such notion as conformal gauge and Weyl transformation. They use Conformal gauge to change coordinates to transform metrics from arbitrary $$ds^2=g_{\mu ...
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Even-branes in IIA and odd-branes in IIB

The R-R sector of IIA and IIB are respectively given as, $8_s \otimes 8_c = [1]\oplus [3] = 8_v \oplus 56_t$ $8_s \otimes 8_s = [0]\oplus [2] \oplus [4]_+ = 1 \oplus 28 \oplus 35_+$ Now looking at ...
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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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How are functional determinants of Laplace-type operators used in physics?

Many mathematical papers concerning the $\zeta$-regularized Determinant of Laplace-type operators refer for motivation to the broad use of such determinants in mathematical physics, especially in ...
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Difference Between Algebra of Infinitesimal Conformal Transformations & Conformal Algebra

in Blumenhagen Book on conformal field theory, It is mentioned that the algebra of infinitesimal conformal transformation is different from the conformal algebra and on page 11, conformal algebra is ...
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Normal ordering of the identity operator

I'm puzzled about what should be the normal ordering of the identity operator (or any proportional operator): looking at it from the "Fock space operators POV",the prescription is to move all the ...
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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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What are the conserved charges related to the Virasoro generators?

I have just learned from reconsidering my demystified book, that when conformally maping the worldsheet of a closed string to the complex plain by using the transformation $z = e^{\tau + i\sigma}$ ...
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Conformal Quantum Mechanics

I heard the term Conformal Quantum Mechanics used today. What exactly does this mean? Why would one want to study this?
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A certain regularization and renormalization scheme

In a certain lecture of Witten's about some QFT in $1+1$ dimensions, I came across these two statements of regularization and renormalization, which I could not prove, (1) $\int ^\Lambda \frac{d^2 ...
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Idea behind Compactified Boson

On p. 167 of his Conformal Field Theory, Di Francesco introduces "Compactified Boson". He says: The invariance of the free-boson Lagrangian [...] with respect to translations $\varphi(x) ...
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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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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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Stress tensor in product of 2D CFTs

I was struggling with a question, hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I'm interested in 2D CFTs on a cylinder. I want to take the tensor product of two CFTs. My questions are these: ...
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Deriving Virasoro algebra question

I'm reading a book Lie groups, Lie algebras, cohomology and some applications in physics by Azcarraga and Izquierdo, and on page 347, when deriving the exact form of the central extension term I came ...
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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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commutation of operator product expansion

In CFT, when we have an OPE: $$O_1(z)O_2(w)=\frac{O_2(w)}{(z-w)^2}+\frac{\partial O_2(w)}{(z-w)}+...$$ this holds inside a time-ordered correlation function, so $O_1(z)O_2(w)=O_2(w)O_1(z)$. Does it ...
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How does the conformal Ward identity guarantee a vanishing 3-point function in this case?

I was looking through some conformal Ward identity related things when I noticed that this paper (arXiv:1212.3788) writes in their equation (33), a 3-point function between a conserved current and two ...
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Question on Section 9.1.3 in “Conformal Field Theory” by Philippe Di Francesco et. al

Question on Section 9.1.3 in "Conformal Field Theory" by Philippe Di Francesco et. al. The basic idea of the Coulomb-gas formalism is to place a background charge in the system, making the $U(1)$ ...
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Operator Dimension and Field Transformation under Rescaling

In conformal field theory the operator dimension $\Delta$ determines how fields and thus correlation functions behave under rescaling. I am having trouble seeing how this number arises from a scale ...
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The contribution to the one loop beta function for the WZW model

When the Wess-Zumino-Witten model $$S_{WZW}=\frac{k}{4\pi}\int d^2 z \, \, \mathrm{Tr}[\partial u \bar{\partial}u^{-1} ]+ \frac{k}{12\pi}\int d^3 \sigma \epsilon^{ijk}\, ...
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What's the conserved quantities correspond to the generator of conformal transformation

What's the conserved quantity corresponding to the generator of conformal transformations?
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Which textbook of differential geometry will introduce conformal transformation?

Which textbook of differerntial geometry will have these formulas about conformal transformation? $$\tilde g_{ij} = e^{2\varphi}g_{ij}$$ $$\tilde \Gamma^k{}_{ij} = \Gamma^k{}_{ij}+ ...
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Renormalization of worldsheet energy-momentum tensor

At the end of section 2.3, Polchinski (in his volume 1) derives the energy-momentum tensor for free massless scalars on worldsheet. He adds a footnote that "the only possible ambiguity introduced by ...
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Explicit definition of the energy operator in the Ising model

I've simulated a few 2d Ising models at critical temperature on triangular lattice and I'm now trying to check that the correlation functions are right. I alraedy did it for the spin operator ...
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A key relation in Di Francesco's book on Conformal Field Theory

Recently I am reading Di Francesco's book Volume I on Conformal Field Theory. In order to reduce the number of fields in a correlator, the calculation of Operator Algebra is extremely important. To do ...
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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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Inclusion of information about external particles to calculate scattering amplitudes

In this (schematic) equation to calculate the scattering amplitude A by integrating over all possible world sheets and lifetimes of the bound states $$ A = \int\limits_{\rm{life time}} d\tau ...
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The neutrality condition and the (non)-vanishing of the one-point correlator for the bosonic vertex operator

Consider the massless scalar field Hamiltonian, \begin{align} H = \frac{1}{2}\int \Pi^2- (\partial_x\phi)^2 dx \end{align} with $\Pi \sim \partial_t\phi$ the conjugate field of $\phi$. This ...
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What is the meaning of the concepts of “operator mixing” (and anomalous dimensions) [closed]

I am looking for an explanation about the idea of "operator mixing" and its associated concept about when anomalous dimension has to be thought of as a matrix. For example this idea is slightly ...
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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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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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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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Chiral Scale and Conformal Invariance in 2D QFT

I am reading a paper by Hofman and Strominger. In the appendix A, I have reproduced the equations (A10). Now they made a statement that "The Jacobi identity can be used to show that $O_h$ and $O_p$ ...
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Vertex operator and normal ordering

The two point function, or propagator for a free massless boson, $\phi$ in 2 dimensions is given by, $$\begin{equation} \langle \phi (z,\bar{z})\phi(w, \bar{w})\rangle ~=~ ...
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Is there a Ramond vacuum for real fermions?

When studying the CFT of a complex fermion $\Psi$ we know that if it's periodic, ie if $$\Psi(\sigma_1+2\pi,\sigma_2)=\Psi(\sigma_1,\sigma_2)$$ then there is a doubly degenerate Ramond vacuum which I ...
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Questions about the existence of 5d & 6d version of 4d ${\cal N}=2$ SCFTs

Given a 4d N=2 Superconfomal field theory (SCFT) with a global flavor symmetry ( $\mathfrak{f}$ as the corresponding lie algebra), can we clam that this theory can always flow from a 5d ${\cal N}=1$ ...
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Are the following terms, related to scale invariance and renormalization in QFT, equivalent?

Which of the following terms are equivalent? and in what cases/limits do the non-equivalent terms become equivalent? A) a scale invariant quantum field theory. B) a conformal quantum field theory. ...
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Monodromy, Holonomy and Braiding Phase

In quantum Hall effect, especially in the context of CFT description, these words come up often. I think I understand the braiding phase - as the phase gained by the wave function when a quasi ...
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Conserved charge of a conformal transformation

From Becker, Becker and Schwarz String Theory and M-Theory: For the infinitesimal conformal transformation $$\tag{3.25}\delta z=\varepsilon(z)\quad\text{and}\quad \delta\bar ...
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Non-abelian bosonization

Reading this review about non-abelian bosonization, Non-abelian bosonization by I.Karmazin, I stumbled about two questions Below equation 6, I don't get the final point in the statement about the ...
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Question about derivation of tensor in Di Francesco's CFT

This is a question for anyone who is familiar with Di Francesco's book on Conformal Field theory. In particular, on P.108 when he is deriving the general form of the 2-point Schwinger function in two ...
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Derivation of the Noether current

(c.f Di Francesco et al, Conformal Field Theory, pp40-41) I am trying to derive eqn (2.142) or $\delta S = \int d^d x \partial_{\mu}j^{\mu}_a \omega_a$ in the book CFT by Di Francesco et al. I have ...
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Virasoro Operators commutation relations

For the commutation relation in quantising the bosonic string $\left[L_n,L_{m}\right]=(n-m)L_{n+m}+\frac{D}{12}n(n^2-1)\delta_{n+m,0}$ we can then calculate this for $m=-n$ in between the vacuum ...
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Questions on entanglement entropy

If the spatial entangling surface is $M$ then it seems that one way to get the entanglement entropy is to think of the QFT on the manifold $S \times M$ where $S$ is a 2-manifold with the metric, ...
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Moduli Space of $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on $\mathbb{R} \times S^3$

When we define $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on flat Minkowski space, the supersymmetric vacua are parametrized by scalars living in the cartan subalgebra of the gauge group. A generic point in the moduli space ...