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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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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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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How rigorous is the description of the edge of the Kitaev Honeycomb as a CFT?

My understanding of the Kitaev honeycomb model is that high-level abstract properties (anyons and their braid statistics) can be seen to emerge the microscopics of the model (fermions and vortices). ...
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Conformal invariance of Maxwell equation in presence of external current

It is known that pure electrodynamics in curved space-time is invariant under Weyl transformations $$ \tag{1} g_{\mu\nu} \to \Omega(x)g_{\mu\nu}, \quad F_{\mu \nu} \to \Omega^{-1}(x)F_{\mu\nu}. $$ ...
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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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Transformation of quasi-primary field in CFT

As it is well known that in conformal field theory the energy-momentum tensor is a quasi-primary field, and its transformation law under conformal transformation $z\rightarrow w(z)$ is \begin{...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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How is the two-point function of an operator dual to a scalar ADS field obtained in ADS/CFT?

The two point function of an operator dual to a scalar field in ADS/CFT can obtained directly from computation of the on-shell action in momentum space and then taking it back to position space. The ...
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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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Correlator of energy-momentum tensor and OPE

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 Equation (2.22), the correlation function of then energy-momentum tensor with some primary fields is We can view this as sum over the OPE of the energy-...
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Central charges in 2D CFT and Virasoro algebra

Suppose we quantize some classical CFT algebra given by generators which satisfy $$[l_n,l_m]=(n-m)l_{n+m},$$ $$[\overline{l}_n,\overline{l}_m]=(n-m)\overline{l}_{n+m},$$ $$[l_n,\overline{l}_m]=0.$$ ...
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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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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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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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Where to look up calculations in CFT? [duplicate]

I am a mathematician, but occasionally I need the answers to questions that might already have been calculated by physicists. Recently I've found myself asking questions like "what is the space of 0-...
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Why are WZW models interesting?

I realise this is a very broad question, but when I was studying for my thesis I came across WZW models a few times and I never quite understood them. So, I understand that these models describe ...
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Transformation law for the eigenfunction representation of dilations (scale transformations) in CFT

On page 32 section 2.1.2. of http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9905111 a representation $\phi(x)$ for the conformal group is chosen such that $D\phi(x) = -i \Delta\phi(x) $. After that it is stated that ...
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Conformal Gravity

Lubos, in his comment to a question, says that (http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/61281) First of all, one can't gauge a symmetry without modifying (enriching) the field contents. Gauging a ...
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OPE coefficients identity operator

when I have two canonically normalized operators $\phi_{1}$ and $\phi_{2}$ and I want to compute their OPE in terms of the identity operator, is there any way to actually calculate the first levels of ...
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Partition functions for a (3+1)-d TQFT

It is well known that for a Chern-Simons theory defined on an arbitrary (2+1)-d oriented manifold, its partition function can be evaluated based on Witten's surgery method. My question is: is there a ...
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Virasoro Algebra vs Witt Algebra

I'm reading some notes on CFT, and there's a strange topic that I find quite confusing. We define the Witt algebra to be the generators of conformal transformations on the complex plane. $l_n = -z^{...
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What is the origin of the five-form field in bubbling Ads geometries?

I have been reading the paper: Bubbling Ads space and the 1/2 BPS geometries[hep-th/0409174]. In the paper they look at 1/2 BPS states in the field theory which are dual to D3 branes IIB supegravity. ...
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CFT conformal weight vs. scaling dimension

I was wondering if anybody could clarify what the difference between the conformal scaling dimension $\Delta$ and the conformal weight $h$ is? Is it correctly understood that $\Delta$ is related to ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta S}{\...
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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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How to calculate anti analytic conformal weights

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 \...
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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?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Laughlin wave function and CFT

I have a question regarding Eq. (3.5) in Moore & Read's paper. They said \begin{equation} \Psi_{\text{Laughlin}}=\left\langle\prod_{i=1}^{N}e^{i\sqrt{q}\phi(z_i)}\exp\left[-i\int \mathrm d^2z^{\...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $...
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A conformal mapping between a Rindler Wedge and a causal diamond. What is the right map and how do I see it does what is expected?

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 $X^1 \geq 0,X^+\geq 0,X^-\geq 0 \quad$ (...
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Why is conformal field theory so important?

I just started escaping the world of quantum mechanics and looking to study quantum field theory. I heard of AdS/CFT and also heard that CFT is of much importance. Now I do not get why having ...
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Virasoro operators commutation relations [closed]

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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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 particular I'm referring to ...
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Relation of conformal symmetry and traceless energy momentum tensor

In usual string theory, or conformal field theory textbook, they states traceless energy momentum tensor $T_{a}^{\phantom{a}a}=0$ implies (Here energy momentum tensor is usual one which is symmetric ...
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Does Operator Product Expansion form an algebra?

The operator product algebra in CFT is defined as $$\mathcal{O}_i(z,\bar{z})\mathcal{O}_j(\omega,\bar{\omega}) = \sum_{k} C^k_{ij}(z-\omega,\bar{z}-\bar{\omega})\mathcal{O}_k(\omega,\bar{\omega}).$$ ...
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Why do people care about Mathieu groups and related things? (Something about monstrous moonshine)

Before I begin, let me say I don't know anything about what I am asking. This morning for somewhat random reasons I decided to google moonshine and related things. As it were I discovered my ignorance ...
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Question about the superconformal index

According to arXiv:1507.08553v1, the superconformal index, defined by $$I(\beta_j) = \mbox{Tr}_{\mathcal{H}}(-1)^F e^{-\gamma\{Q,Q^\dagger\}}e^{-\sum_{j}\beta_j t_j}$$ is independent of the ...
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$\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on a rotating three-sphere

In the following paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9911124, the authors claim that the dual field theory to the five dimensional Kerr-AdS black hole is a $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM on a rotating three-...
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How to show that $L_n^\dagger=L_{-n}$ for the Virasoro generators in CFT?

It seems to be a common knowledge that for the Virasoro generators in CFT the rule of hermitian conjugation reads $$L_n^\dagger=L_{-n}$$ There is probably more then one way to show this. I ask for a ...
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$i\epsilon$ in CFT correlation functions

M. Luescher in his talk on p.6 writes that the 2-point correlation function of a Hermitian local field $O_k$ of scaling dimension $d=3-k$ looks like $$ \langle 0| O_k(x) O_k(y) |0\rangle = A_k (x-y-i ...
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Monodromy matrix and differential equations

What is the significance of monodromy matrix in the context of differential equations? I have seen some papers(1,2,3 etc) in CFT which use the monodromy method to compute conformal blocks at large ...