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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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### Conformal group in 2D being a subgroup of Diff/Weyl - Polchinksi's 'String Theory' [on hold]

In the appendix on page 364 of 'String Theory', Polchinski defines the conformal group (Conf) in two dimensions to be the set of all holomorphic maps. On page 85 he explains how Conf is a subgroup of ...
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### Conformal transformation/ Weyl scaling are they two different things? Confused!

I see that the weyl transformation is $g_{ab} \to \Omega(x)g_{ab}$ under which Ricci scalar is not invariant. I am a bit puzzled when conformal transformation is defined as those coordinate ...
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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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### Normal Ordering in String Theory: Polchinsky vs. all others

Polchinsky defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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### Central charge in energy-momentum tensor OPE

I think that general point of view about central charge in books is considering OPE $T(z) T(w)$ for different field theories and finding that general expression for the most singular term is about to ...
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### The relation between critical surface and the (renormalization) fixed point

In the book, I read some remarks about the criticality: Iterations of the renormalization (group) map generate a sequence of points in the space of couplings, which we call a renormalization ...
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### Are there field theories which are not CFTs but resemble CFTs up to 3 point functions?

We know that in CFTs the functional form of 2 and 3 point functions are completely fixed by conformal symmetry. So if a given quantum theory is a CFT we know what form the 2 and 3 point functions will ...
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### What is the conserved quantity of a scale-invariant universe?

Consider that we have a system described by a wavefunction $\psi(x)$. We then make an exact copy of the system, and anything associated with it, (including the inner cogs and gears of the elementary ...
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### 2d Ising model in CFT and statistical mechanics

When I recently started to read about conformal field theory, one of the basic examples there is the so called Ising model. It is characterized by certain specific collection of fields on the plane ...
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### Are second-order phase transitions always scale/Lorentz invariant?

I know that both scale invariance and Lorentz invariance typically emerge at second-order phase transitions, but is there a proof or a counterexample? (I know that it's believed that any theory that ...
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### Zamolodchikov's c-theorem paper

I am reading the 1986 paper [1] where Zamolodchikov proves the c-theorem and I would like to understand how equations (7a), (7b) and (8) are derived from the Callan-Symanzik equation. For self-...
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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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### S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...
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### irrational conformal dimension

I know examples of Conformal Field Theories in which the scaling dimension of certain operators is an integer number or a fractional number. However I do not know any example in which the scaling ...
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### A question from CFT (possibly due to the English expressions)

I am currently reading the book ''Conformal Field Theory'' and encountered a description about which I am very confused. I am afraid to say, this may be due to the fact that I am not a native English ...
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### Construction of Primaries of WZWN CFT

Is it possible to construct primaries of $SU(2)_{k+1}$ by using primaries of lower levels?. E.g. If I have a primary of $SU(2)_2$, let's say $\Phi^{(1/2)}$, the field with spin $1/2$ and another ...
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### How can I show that inversion is continuously connected to a reflection?

From Ex 3.1 in the TASI lectures on the conformal bootstrap: http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.07982 the problem is the inversion map (with Euclidean signature) $$I\colon x^\mu \mapsto \frac{x^\mu}{x^2}$$ ...
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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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### 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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### Entanglement in Quantum field theory [duplicate]

How is entanglement represented in a field theory? For instance how can I represent a maximally entangled state such as a Bell state? Would such an approach also apply in a Conformal field theory ...
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In books like Mussardo's "Statistical Field Theory" and "Conformal Field Theory" of Di Francesco et al, there is no clear explanation on how to calculate the anti analytic conformal weights $\bar \... 1answer 37 views ### Conformal Transformation: Minkowski sheet to cylinder What conformal transformation can I make to 2d Minkowski with metric$ds^2=-dt^2+dx^2$to show that it is conformal to a cylinder? 0answers 37 views ### Conformal Connections in Physics [closed] For my diploma thesis in Mathematics I investigate conformal connections (as an example of Cartan connections). All in all the thesis should deal with geometric aspects (associated bundles, (pseudo)-... 1answer 439 views ### Why do we assume local conformal transformations are symmetries in 2D CFT The global conformal group in 2D is$SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. It consists of the fractional linear transforms that map the Riemann sphere into itself bijectively and is finite dimensional. However, when ... 5answers 6k views ### A pedestrian explanation of conformal blocks I would be very happy if someone could take a stab at conveying what conformal blocks are and how they are used in conformal field theory (CFT). I'm finally getting the glimmerings of understanding ... 0answers 30 views ### Laughlin wave function and CFT I have a question regarding Eq. (3.5) in Moore & Read's paper. They said \Psi_{\text{Laughlin}}=\left\langle\prod_{i=1}^{N}e^{i\sqrt{q}\phi(z_i)}\exp\left[-i\int \mathrm d^2z^{\... 0answers 76 views ### CFT: from States to Operators I'm having trouble finding the general algorithm for moving from states to operators under the state-operator correspondence in a CFT. Does anyone have any hints as to how one might go about ... 0answers 36 views ### What is a zero temperature horizon? While reading the paper "Disorder horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points" by Hartnoll and Santos, I came across this: We are interested in solutions with a zero temperature ... 1answer 55 views ### Does the two-point function of free field reveal conformal anomaly? Consider free scalar field in two dimensions with the standard action written in complex coordinates$S=\int d^2z\, \partial \phi\bar{\partial}\phi$. The two-point correlation function is known to be$...
I am going through the calculations in arXiv:1312.7856 [hep-th]. These involve a conformal map between the Minkowski Rindler Wedge ($\mathcal{R}$), given by $X^1 \geq 0,X^+\geq 0,X^-\geq 0 \quad$ (...