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Why correlation functions?

While this concept is widely used in physics, it is really puzzling (at least for beginners) that you just have to multiply two functions (or the function by itself) at different values of the ...
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Differentiating Propagator, Greens function, Correlation function, etc

For the following quantities respectively, could someone write down the common definitions, their meaning, the field of study in which one would typically find these under their actual name, and most ...
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Calculating correlation functions of exponentials of fields

In their book Condensed Matter Field Theory, Altland and Simons often use the following formula for calculating thermal expectation values of exponentials of a real field $\theta$: $$ \langle ...
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What does the sum of two qubits tell about their correlations?

How much can I learn about correlations between two quits by measuring the sum of their values? What is the best way to formalize such a question? Below is my original, longer formulation of ...
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LSZ reduction vs adiabatic hypothesis in perburbative calculation of interacting fields

As far as I know, there are two ways of constructing the computational rules in perturbative field theory. The first one (in Mandl and Shaw's QFT book) is to pretend in and out states as free ...
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How does one get these definitions of the energy momentum tensor?

I was just reading a book - Mirror Symmetry by Clay Mathematics Institute, and on Page 402 of the book, the writer says that energy momentum tensor is defined classically by $$\delta S = -\frac{1}{4 ...
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Significance of Poles of Correlation Function in QFT

In QFT, specifically in scattering processes, what is the physical significance of the poles / residues of the $N$-point correlation function? And why?
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Hamilton operator in absence of causal order?

I hope, this question isn't too broad or vague. In a recent paper, Ognyan Oreshkov et al. worked out a theory of quantum correlations in absence of any causal order, dropping the assumptions of a ...
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Correlation function which has branch cut in momentum space

When correlation function has branch cut in momentum space, how to find correlation in coordinate space? For example $$ \tilde {G}(\omega) = \frac{2i}{\omega+(\omega^2-\nu^2)^{1/2}}$$ How to get the ...
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Cluster decomposition in string theory

Do amplitudes and correlation functions in string theory satisfy the cluster decomposition principle? Note added: Even without local observables such as correlation functions, one can define the ...
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Mathematically, what is the kernel in path integral?

Mathematically, what is the kernel in path integral? At first, I thought that it is the kernel in the integral transform because when we use the (physical) kernel to transform the wave function (Eq ...
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What are Wightman fields/functions

Simple question: What are Wightman fields? What are Wightman functions? What are their uses? For example can I use them in operator product expansions? How about in scattering theory?
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Differential equation (Greens function) satisfied by the kernel using path integrals

I'm reading Feynman and Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals. How do I show that the kernel $$\tag{2-25} K(x_2 t_2;x_1 t_1)=\int e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}S[2,1]}\mathcal{D}x$$ satisfies the ...
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Contact Term and Schwinger Term

In field theory, when 4-divergences of time-ordered Green's functions are computed, there are extra terms known as 'Schwinger terms'. When deriving the quantum equations of motion for time-ordered ...
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“Correlation energy” using the pair correlation function

In this paper on the Quantum Hall effect the authors refer to something called the correlation energy of electrons. It is defined at the top of page 5 as $E=\frac{n}{2}\int (g(r)-1)V(r)dA\ ,$ where ...
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Mean of a measurement on periodic data: what is the use of the inverse of correlation length?

Correlation and autocorrelation is something that in my Bachelor's programme in physics has been somewhat overlooked, so I'm in trouble understanding their use in this paper (The prisoner’s dilemma on ...
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Correlation, Time Ordering, and Observables

In general, the product of two Hermitian operators $\phi$ will not be Hermitian, unless the two operators commute. Question: is $X = T \phi(t_1) \phi(t_2)$ Hermitian? It doesn't seem to be if $T ...
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Can scattering amplitudes be simplified with 1PI diagrams?

I have been teaching myself quantum field theory, and need a little help connecting different pieces together. Specifically, I'm rather unsure how to tie in renormalization, functional methods, and ...
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How do I define time-ordering for Wightman functions?

This is a follow-up question to What are Wightman fields/functions Ok, so based on my reading, the field operators of a theory are understood to be operator-valued distributions, that is, to be ...
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What is the sense of introducing generating functional to the summands of expansion of S-matrix?

Let's have generating functional $Z(J)$: $$ Z(J) = \langle 0|\hat {T}e^{i \int d^{4}x (L_{Int}(\varphi (x)) + J(x) \varphi (x))}|0 \rangle , \qquad (1) $$ where $J(x)$ is the functional argument ...
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Why do disconnected diagrams not contribute to the S matrix?

I've read somewhere that disconnected diagrams do not contribute to the S-matrix. I don't see why this is the case. I do know why vacuum bubbles do not contribute: given a generating functional for a ...
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To what extent correlation functions determines the theory (and lagranian)

In other words, does a finite set correlation functions sufficient to determine a theory? Is there a chance correlation functions are more fundamental then the lagrangian?
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Applying theorem of residues to a correlation function where the Fermi function has no poles

Let $n_F(\omega) = \large \frac{1}{e^{\beta (\omega)} + 1}$ be the Fermi function. A fermionic reservoir correlation function is given by: $$C_{12}(t) = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} d\omega~ ...
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How would Kohn-Sham orbitals differ from 'true' elecron wavefunctions?

How would the non-interacting electron orbitals from a perfect DFT solution for a given potential shape differ from the 'true' electron wavefunctions? Or can you only really talk about the total ...
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Have the correlation functions of the XY spin chain model been calculated using a functional partition function with source terms?

Have the correlation functions of the XY spin chain model, \begin{equation} H=-\sum_l (J_x \sigma_l^x \sigma_{l+1}^x+J_x \sigma_l^y \sigma_{l+1}^y)-B\sum_l \sigma_l^z \end{equation} been calculated ...
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Feynman rules for coupled systems

I have the following system of two coupled real scalar fields $\sigma$ and $\phi$: ...
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Can the correlation for the Potts model be bounded?

I am studying a $d$-state Potts model. A configuration $\sigma$, which assigns for each $x\in \mathbb{Z}^2$ a value $\sigma(x)\in [1,2,\ldots,d]$, with the probability on a finite lattice defined as ...
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Transition amplitudes by functional methods in QFT

I am following section 9.2 in Peskin and Schroeder in which the Feynman rules are derived for scalar fields. They define (in eqn (9.14), page 282) the transition amplitude from $\vert\phi_a\rangle$ ...
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Equation 7.22 in Peskin & Schroeder: writing the Fourier transform of a two-point function as a series of 1PI diagrams

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, on page 219, there is the following equation: The heading to the equation is: "The Fourier transform of the two-point function can now be written as". Could ...
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Wick Contraction

I am reading Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee. Zee introduces the rationale/machinery behind Feynman diagrams in three steps: Baby -> Child -> "Real". The baby problem generates ...
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Use and understanding of higher-order correlation functions

The correlation function g1 is pretty easy to understand and the relation to young's double slit experiment is also clear to me. In every quantum optics book I read so far correlation functions ...
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What is the time correlation function in the Green-Kubo formulation of ionic current?

I am reading a paper, and I came across the Green-Kubo formulation, where the conductivity $\sigma$ of charged particles is related to the time correlation function of the $z$-component of the ...
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What is the difference between correlation and entanglement?

I have read that not all correlated states are entangled. What is the difference between the two? Mathematically, it was stated that a system which can be put in the form of ...
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Quantum Field Theory without LSZ, how is it possible?

Most modern texts spend some time deriving the LSZ reduction formula that connects S matrix elements to time ordered field correlation functions. It seems essential, and really helps clear up what you ...
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Coulomb potential

It is known that the Coulomb potential can be obtained by Fourier transform of the propagator from E&M. Is this because one of Maxwell's equations have the form $\nabla \cdot \mathbf{E}=\rho$?
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Three-body correlation function in kinetic theory

In Kinetic Theory, one studies the evolution of a system of $N$ particles interacting with each other. We use the notation $\boldsymbol{w}_{i}$ to describe the coordinates in phase-space of each ...
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Autocorrelation of noise - negative correlation

I am investigating autocorrelation of electrical noise as part of an undergraduate experiment (as detailed in http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/images/a/ab/Correlation.pdf). I sampled noise voltages using an ...
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Can one compute the vibrational spectrum of a bond by the Fourier transform of the dipole moment vector autocorrelation function $C_{\mu\mu}(t)$?

Is it true that one can calculate the vibrational spectrum of a bond by the Fourier transform of the dipole moment vector autocorrelation function $C_{\mu \mu}(t)$? For example, suppose that I have ...
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Polology in Functional Integration

Completeness of Hilbert space (on-shell states) is a very powerful concept in canonical quantization, for example, to study the nonperturbative characteristics of the S-matrix, like polology (pole and ...
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Two-point correlation function for Potts Model

Consider the Potts model with three states , $\sigma (x) \in \{ 1, e^{2 \pi i/3}, e^{4 \pi i/3} \}$. I wanted to make sure that the following definition for two-point correlation function is correct: ...
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Where does one find pair-correlation functions for various materials?

What is the canonical source for finding pair-correlation functions for atoms in various materials? I am interested in both numeric computations and experimental measurements (like might be obtained ...
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How to prove Wick's Theorem (Zee's eq. I.2 (16)) via Gaussian integration?

I'm working through Zee's QFT in a Nutshell but there's an integral [I.2 (16)] I couldn't quite derive. The problem is to find $$\langle x_i x_j ... x_k x_l\rangle=\frac{\int ... \int dx_1 ... dx_n ...
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Proof for a time-ordering equation in Negele & Orland (1998)

Let $T$ be the time-ordering operator which orders operators $A_1(t_1), A_2(t_2), \ldots$ such that the time parameter decreases from left to right: $$T[A_1(t_1) A_2(t_2)] = A_2(t_2) A_1(t_1) \text{ ...
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How to choose the Correct Green's Function?

In order to solve the Green’s function of the Helmholtz operator $$(\nabla^2+k^2)G(\vec r-\vec r’)=\delta^{(3)} (\vec r-\vec r’)$$ one can obtain four different Green’s functions corresponding to four ...
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Why does correlation length diverge at the percolation threshold?

I'm reading a paper about electronic percolation. $p$ is the fraction of occupied bonds (or sites, depending on the model you're using, but I'll just use bonds), $p_c$ is the critical fraction of ...
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Why are Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell?

The difference between Green Functions and the S-matrix in Quantum Field Theory is whether the momentum is on the mass shell. Why are the Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell? ...
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Internal and spacetime symmetries?

I am trying to understand Wiki's explanation about correlation. Part of this article talks about internal and spacetime symteries: If the probability distribution has any target space symmetries, ...
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Product of VEVs vs. VEV of product

How can we prove the following cluster decomposition formula $$\langle \phi_1 \phi_2 \rangle ~=~ \langle \phi_1 \rangle \langle \phi_2 \rangle,$$ where brackets denote vacuum expectation value (VEV) ...
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Correlation Functions, Symmetries and Measurements

Is there a book that goes deep into correlation functions? What I'm interested in a book/article that explains in the detail the relation of the correlation functions with symmetries and how one can ...
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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 ...