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Cross-section in relativistic limit: Fermi's golden rule still valid?

In order to calculate the cross-section of an interaction process the following formula is often used for first approximations: $$ \sigma = \frac {2\pi} {\hbar\,v_i} \left| ...
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Interpretation of “transition rate” in Fermi's golden rule

This is a question I asked myself a couple of years back, and which a student recently reminded me of. My off-the-cuff answer is wrong, and whilst I can make some hand-waving responses I'd like a ...
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Universality in Weak Interactions

I'm currently preparing for an examination of course in introductory (experimental) particle physics. One topic that we covered and that I'm currently revising is the universality in weak ...
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Fermi's Golden Rule

It is well known that to calculate the probability of transition in the scattering processes, as a first approximation, we use the Fermi golden rule. This rule is obtained considering the initial ...
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Irreversibility and the Fermi golden rule

When a quantum system is perturbatively coupled to a continuum of states, one uses the Fermi's golden rule to compute the rate of transition form an initial state to a set of states contained in an ...
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Why doesn't Fermi's golden rule distinguish attraction from repulsion?

Let's say I have two distinguishable charged particles interacting electrostatically. In Fermi's golden rule, the two particles can change state at a rate proportional to: $$|\langle \psi_f | H_{int} ...
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Fermi's Golden Rule and Density of States

I know Fermi's Golden Rule in the form $$\Gamma_{fi} ~=~ \sum_{f}\frac{2\pi}{\hbar}\delta (E_f - E_i)|M_{fi}|^2$$ where $\Gamma_{fi}$ is the probability transition rate, $M_{fi}$ are the transition ...
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Why multiply by volume when integrating over final momenta in scattering amplitude calculations?

I am learning about calculating decay rates from quantum field theory amplitudes from David Tong's lecture notes (page 74 in the notes, 24 in document). However, I have some doubts: When he says the ...
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What is the physical meaning of the “decay rate” in Fermis golden rule? [duplicate]

As far as I understood, Fermi's golden rule gives a prediction of the transition rate in a perturbed quantum system $H_0+V$ between two eigenstates of the unperturbed system $H_0$, say from $\left| ...
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Delta normalization and density of states in the Golden rule of Fermi

In the text-book derivation of first order inelastic scattering amplitude, box normalization is usually used to calculate the result. This leads to a correct result through the Golden Rule of Fermi, ...
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Density of States for Fermi's Golden Rule

I recently read a question on fermi's golden rule posted here: Fermi's Golden Rule and Density of States However, I do not really know how you would go about obtaining a value for the density of ...
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Time Dependent perturbation driven at resonance

SO I am looking at driven perturbations, and I came across Fermi's golden rule here. It has a term that goes as: $$P\propto\frac{1}{\omega_{fl}-\omega}$$ Now I am curious how to go about solving this ...
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Physical interpretation of Fermi golden rule? [duplicate]

What is the physical interpretation of Fermi's golden rule?
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Fermi's weak interaction theory

In Fermi's theory, we have energy squared in the numerator of the cross-section which makes it diverge as energy increases. But isn't that the Fermi constant suppresses it with increasing order?
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Fermi's golden rule and Probabilities in QM

In Fermi's golden rule $$P_{ab}(t)=2\pi t/\hbar \left|\langle\psi_b|V|\psi_a\rangle\right|^2 \delta(E_f-E_i)$$ for transition probability from state $a$ to $b$, how can the probability grow with ...