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Link between anomalous dimensions and fractal dimensions

I just realized that anomalous dimensions in quantum/statistical field theory is not that different from fractal dimensions of objects. They both describe how quantitaive objects transform under a ...
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A gentle introduction to CFT [closed]

Which is the definition of a conformal field theory? Which are the physical prerequisites one would need to start studying conformal field theories? (i.e Does one need to know supersymmetry? Does one ...
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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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Conformal symmetry of Navier-Stokes?

This question is in reference to the paper arXiv:0810.1545 Can someone help understand this scaling argument and the proof(?) that there is a conformal symmetry in Navier-Stoke's equation? (..am I ...
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Derivation of the enhancement of U(1)$_L$ x U(1)$_R$ to SU(2)$_L$ x SU(2)$_R$ at the self-dual radius

Towards the end of the paragraph with the title String theory's added value 2: enhanced non-Abelian symmetries at self-dual radii and abstract C with current algebras of this article, it is explained ...
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Relating the deformation of Calabi-Yau metrics and the conformal quantum field theories

(v2) As I read e.g. in this question, the nice holonomy group features of Calabi-Yau manifolds are valuable regarding supersymmetry (I suspect because it's a symmetry involving the target manifold, ...
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Central charge at the fixed point of the ${\cal N}=2$ Landau-Ginzburg theory in $1+1$ dimensions

Let me first believe that the ${\cal N}=2$ Landau-Ginzburg theory does in the IR flow to a non-trivial fixed point and that if the potential is of the form $\Phi ^k$ then the central charge of the CFT ...
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How to construct a 2D conformal field on a mirrored annulus with a looping pattern?

I would like to construct a 2D conformal field on an annulus in which the inner and outer boundaries are like mirrors, and can be approximated by regular polygons (with the same number n of mirror ...
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Question on Conformal Field Theory

Since every question has to be asked in a seperate topic, I'm asking a question refering to the following topic: Beginners questions concerning Conformal Field Theory In particula I'm refering to the ...
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Stress-energy Trace of Massless Klein Gordon Field

I've calculated the trace of the stress-energy for a massless KG field and I keep getting $T = - (\partial \phi)^2$ in 3+1 dimensions. I'm using $$T_{\mu\nu} = \partial_\mu \phi \partial_\nu \phi - ...
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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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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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What are marginal fields in CFT?

In this article they call weight $(h,\bar{h})=(1,1)$ fields marginal. Why are these fields called marginal? Why are they to be distinguished.
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Are diffeomorphisms a proper subgroup of conformal transformations?

The title sums it pretty much. Are all diffeomorphism transformations also conformal transformations? If the answer is that they are not, what are called the set of diffeomorphisms that are not ...
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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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The spin and weight of a primary field in CFT

A primary field in Conformal Field Theory transforms as $$\phi (z,\bar{z}) =\left(\frac{dz}{dz'} \right)^h \left(\frac{d\bar{z}}{d\bar{z}'} \right)^\bar{h}\phi (z',\bar{z}') $$ under a conformal ...
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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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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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Invariance of Maxwell's Equations under inverting variables - Reference and use

Some months ago, an ArXiv paper mentioned in passing that Maxwell's Equations were invariant under reciprocating the variables, or at least this results in a dual set of Maxwell Equations. (Actually I ...
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Number of zero-modes on the sphere

Is it true that a field of conformal dimension $h$ (integer or half integer) has $1-2h$ zero-modes on the sphere, if $1-2h \geq0$. This seems to be right for different ghost fields : $c$ has ...
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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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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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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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Equivalent definitions of primary fields in CFT

I have come across two similar definitions of primary fields in conformal field theory. Depending on what I am doing each definition has its own usefulness. I expect both definitions to be compatible ...
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conformal, Weyl transformations, apparent discrepancies and confusions

Because of the apparent discrepancy of how some CFT and GR books define conformal transformation unlike in string theory area, I wanted to get rid of all the confusion from McGreevy's lecture notes: ...
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Standard derivation of Witt algebra

I have been studying Conformal field theory for the past one week from the books by Blumenhagen and Di Francesco etal. If I understand correctly, whenever one talks of 'local (infinitesimal) ...
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How can one prove that there cannot exist a conformal primary, in the case of free field theory, that doesn't saturate the unitarity bound?

In free field theory, the full list of conformal primaries, is given by the Twist-2 operators. These have $\Delta = l+2$, which is also the saturation condition for the unitarity bound for $l \neq 0$. ...
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Looking for intro to Conformal Bootstrap

I want to start looking at the conformal bootstrap. I've heard very interesting things about it but would like to clear some things up first. I taken QFT at the level of Peskin & Schroeder, ...
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Ward identities and operator product expansions

Polchinski's (2.3.11) gives the Ward Identity $$i\epsilon[Res_{z\rightarrow z_0}j(z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)+\bar {Res}_{\bar z\rightarrow \bar z_0}\tilde j(\bar z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar ...
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World-sheet energy-momentum tensor and OPE

On p43 of Polchinski's book, it says that under the world-sheet translation $\sigma^a\rightarrow\sigma^a+\epsilon v^a$, $X^\mu\rightarrow X^\mu-\epsilon v^a\partial_a X^\mu$. And $$j^a=iv^b T_{ab},$$ ...
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Operator product expansion in CFT

I'm on Polchinski's p39. Can someone please tell me the steps in the equivalence below? $$\exp\left[\frac{\alpha'}4\int d^2z_4 d^2z_5\ln|z_5-z_4|^2\frac{\delta}{\delta X^\mu(z_4,\bar ...
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A question about the Bosonization of the Thirring model

Is there a way or sense in which one can Bosonize this kind of a Lagrangian, $L = \bar{\psi}\gamma^\mu \partial _\mu \psi + f(x) \bar{\psi}\psi$ for $f(x)$ being some function on space-time. ...
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Does $c = 0$ implies that the theory is “empty”?

I'm wondering if there is more than the empty theory (no local fields, identically vanishing stress energy tensor) that can have central charge $c$ equals to $0$? My intuition tells me no, the stress ...
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Transferring CFT correlations from $\mathbb{R}^3$ to $S^3$

There seems to be a simple method to transfer a CFT's correlations from $\mathbb{R}^3$ to $S^3$ but I am not understanding why it is supposed to work. The idea is that somehow because, $ds^2_{S^3} = ...
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Conformal dimensions of the energy-momentum tensor

Currently I am reading the Di Francesco-Mathieu-Sénéchal textbook on conformal field theory. Above the equation 5.52, the author argues that the EM tensor should have scaling dimension 2 and spin 2. ...
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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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Conformal Invariance and the OPE

I am reading Polchinski's String Theory now and am having trouble with a couple of things mentioned on Page 45 under "Conformal Invariance and the OPE". Here is the paragraph I am reading. The ...
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A certain $\cal{N}=2$ superconformal theory (or is it?)

I want to look at the following theory in $1+1$ dimensions with $\Phi$ being the chiral superfield, $L = \int d^2x d^4\theta \bar{\Phi}\Phi - \int d^2x d^2\theta \frac{\Phi^{k+2}}{k+2} - \int d^2x ...
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Why is a critical quantum system described by a conformal theory in one higher dimension of space?

These questions are linked, so I've asked them in a single post: Why is a critical one-dimensional many-body system a two-dimensional conformal field theory?- Why the switch from 1D to 2D? What does ...
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How do you obtain the commutation relations at non-equal times (for the edge of a fractional quantum Hall state)?

The edge of a fractional quantum Hall state is an example of a chiral Luttinger liquid. Take, for the sake of simplicity, the edge of the Laughlin state. The Hamiltonian is: $$H = ...
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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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Coset construction of Tricritical Ising CFT

In http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-5468/2008/03/P03010 the authors state that the Tricritical Ising Model (TIM) CFT can be obtained from a Wess Zumino Witten construction based in the coset ...
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Temperature in CFT

Non-vanishing Temperature can break conformal symmetry(Can anyone show this point explicitly), my question is that in AdS/CFT the temperature of boundary field theory is non-zero, why the boundary ...
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Correlation functions and connection to ward identities

I have the following definition of a general correlation function $$ \langle \Phi(x_1)\dots \Phi(x_n)\rangle = \frac{1}{Z} \int [d\Phi] \Phi(x_1)\dots\Phi(x_n)e^{-S[\Phi]} $$ I have only just ...
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Conformal compatification of Minkowski and AdS

How do I show that the compactification of Minkowski is given by the quadric $$uv-\eta_{ij}x^{i}x^{j}=0$$ with an overall scale equivalence in the coordinates.I get that for $v \neq 0$, the surface ...
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Steepest descent for Mellin-type integration

Here I would like to see the behavior of a function as an integral when its argument (which is a parameter in the integral) goes to zero. If I try to evaluate an integral $$I(\lambda) = ...
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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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Current operators for compactified CFTs

Intuitively I feel that if you compactified open bosonic strings on a product of $n$ circles such that each radius is fine-tuned to the self-dual point then the CFT of these $n$ world-sheet fields ...
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Application of Ward identities for OPE under scaling and rotations

I think this is a very straightforward question but I don't see it right now. In Tong's notes on String theory (http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/string/four.pdf) section 4.2.3 he defines the ...