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Active transformation and passive transformation of a scalar field

For the Lorentz transformation $x \to x'=\Lambda x$, the active transformation is $\phi(x) \to \phi'(x)=\phi(\Lambda^{-1}x)$ and the passive transformation is $\phi(x) \to \phi'(x)=\phi(\Lambda x)$. ...
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QFT: prove Dirac lagrangian is invariant under C, P, T separately

As it is stated in Peskin, $\mathcal{L}=\bar\Psi(i\gamma_{\mu}\partial^{\mu}-m)\Psi$ is invariant under C,P and T transformation separately. I have some problems to see how the partial derivative is ...
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What defines the spin of a certain field? (formally)

Update: see the restatement of the question below! I've seen this question over and over through the archive of questions, but so far the closer to an answer was this. But I still don't understand. ...
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How do I obtain the SUSY Transformations from Poisson Brackets?

In Friedman's and Van Proyen's Supergravity textbook it is explained how one can get the supersymmetry transformations using the conserved currents. Specifically this is in section 6 where we are ...
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Why Different charges attract while they should repel? [closed]

When I started studying magnetic fields, my teacher was always telling me that strong fields push the bodies to weaker fields, so i tried to apply the same concept to charges in the following picture: ...
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Field theory on a lattice, what is this?

I only have the training of undergraduate quantum mechanics and solid state physics. For me, field theory is defined on a continuous space. So, what does lattice field theory mean? Is it similar to ...
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Cosmology: equation of motion for a scalar field in conformal time [closed]

So, I've derived the equation of motion for a scalar field in "normal" time, $t$: $$ \ddot{\phi}+3H\dot{\phi}+\frac{dV(\phi)}{d\phi} $$ Then, using the expressions for the scalar field density, $\...
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Generalized Schroedinger Equation

Given a Lagrangian for N particles of the form $$L = \sum_i\frac{1}{2}m\dot{q}^2 - V(q^i) ,$$ what one usually does, is to diagonalize the matrix $\left.\dfrac{\partial V}{\partial q^i \partial q^j}\...
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General Relativity as a Special Relativistic Field Theory

In this question, I want to consider only the classical case. I have seen the statement that general relativity can be considered as a spin-2 field living on a Minkowski background. In that case, you ...
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what the explicit formula magnetic field a electron that moving on the curve path?

,hi,we suppose ,we have a single electron that moving on a curve path,the velocity is v (it is variable),the path moving is a curve not direct path.i saw maxwell equation my question is ,is there a ...
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How does the choice of a particular vacuum in a field theory problem decide the number of Goldstone bosons?

How does the field expansion method (by this I mean expanding your fields about a chosen VEV and plugging into a given potential so that the masses of the fields are given by the coefficients in front)...
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What's the meaning of a field?

Sorry if the title sounds meta-sciency, allow me to clarify. In physics, our goal is to understand how the universe works. To this end, we construct a theory, which hopefully makes falsifiable ...
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Confused about anti-fermion notation

Classically anti-fields are obtained by charge conjugation, right? But sometimes authors label hermitian conjugated fields as anti-particles (or barred fields in Dirac language). But h.c. and charge ...
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Do the equations on this piece of art have physical significance

Someone I know owns a piece of art, which is shown in the figure. $$[\varphi_\alpha(x), \varphi_\beta(y)]= -i\Delta_{\alpha\beta}(x-y)$$ and $$U[\sigma,\sigma_0]= I-i\int_{\sigma_0}^\sigma\...
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Transformation of self-dual and anti-self-dual tensors and irreducibility of representations

I am working out exercise 2.5 of Maggiore's book. Part of the exercise is the following: Verify that self-dual and anti-self-dual tensors are irreducible representations of (real) dimension three of ...
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Why is stat mech involved in mean field theory?

Mean field theory involves approximating an interacting system by a non-interacting one, by replacing some operators with their expectation value. However, to my surprise, free energy is involved in ...
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Why can the bra and ket be varied independently?

Given a functional which depends on a function (ket), and its complex conjugate (bra), e.g. $$F[\varphi] = \langle \varphi|\hat{F}|\varphi\rangle = \int \varphi^{*}(\mathbf{r}) \hat{F} \varphi(\...
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Non-Euclidean mechanics; is it useful?

Special relativity has the following single-particle Lagrangian: $$S = \int_{t_0}^{t_f}\sqrt {\langle \mathrm d\vec{s},\mathrm d\vec{s}\rangle}.$$ Clearly it is based on Euclidean norms; it is in ...
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Fields in the action of the Non-linear Sigma Model (WZW)

I am trying to understand the action of the nonlinear sigma model in the context of understanding WZW-models. On Wikipedia, its action is given as $S_k\left(\gamma\right)=-\frac{k}{8\pi}\int_{S^2}\...
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Is it known what the necessary and sufficient conditions are for the existence of a “3+1 split” (by means of a foliation) of a (Lorentzian) manifold?

When trying to do physics on a more general pseudo-Riemannian manifold we want to require that there is a foliation of this manifold into three-dimensional subspaces. By this I mean we would like to ...
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QFT: Limits in Time Ordered Correlation Function Derivation

Background In part of the derivation for the time ordered correlation function I have the following equation (This equation I am fine with - it is what follows that I am not), $$ \int\mathcal{D}\...
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Free Complex scalar field and conservation principle

In a free complex scalar field, the difference between the number of Particles and antiparticles is conserved. This constarint can be satisfied with a simultaneous creation of equal number of ...
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What is the point of complex fields in classical field theory?

I see a lot of books/lectures about classical field theory making use of complex scalar fields. However why complex fields are used in the first place is often not really motivated. Sometimes one can ...
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Can one write down a Hamiltonian in the absence of a Lagrangian?

How can I define the Hamiltonian independent of the Lagrangian? For instance, let's assume that i have a set of field equations that cannot be integrated to an action. Is there any prescription to ...
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What is the limit of the finite solenoid equation?

I'm trying to work out how long to make solenoid in order that the field is uniform over a certain length. I was wondering if there was a formula for this or any rule of thumb? I know the field inside ...
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How can I prove that the axionic field is a pseudoscalar?

My professor has given me the following action stating that $a(x)$ is an axionic field and told us in class that for this action to be Lorentz invariant the field must be a pseudoscalar. $$ S = -\int ...
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Super massive Black Hole and photon reduction [closed]

This is a picture of 2 galaxies taken from The Hubble. The arrow shows a smaller galaxy's black hole starving of the usual stars because of the binary rotation about the bigger galaxy that is pulling ...
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Euclidean classical action

This is the Euclidean classical action $S_{cl}[\phi]=\int d^{4}x\ (\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}\phi)^{2}+U(\phi))$. It would be nice if somebody could explain the structure of the potential. I don't ...
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General principles require that a massless vector couple to a conserved current?

I have a quote from Introduction to Bosonic Strings by Polchinski on page 28 which is presented below: "General principles require that a massless vector couple to a conserved current and ...
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State counting in the d = 1+2, $\cal{N} = 2$ vector multiplet

The question is from Box 8.2, page 282 of the book "Gauge Gravity Duality" by Ammon and Erdmenger. The link to the specific page from Google Books is here. According to the authors, a $\mathcal{N} = ...
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Reparametrization invariance in scalar QFT: What does it mean, exactly?

In the Cecotti's book "Supersymmetric Field Theories" he wrote " Physical quantities are independent of the fields we use to parametrize the configuration, that is, observables are invariant under ...
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Transformation of photons under Lorentz transformation

This question is a continuation of one of my earlier post. In this post,I asked about the transformation of photon fields under rotation. Here I generalize the question to Lorentz transformation, and ...
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Higher order Lagrangians [duplicate]

Recently I have read some papers in which the authors considered higher order lagrangians. For example, in this paper "A path integral leading to higher-order Lagrangians" by C.Acatrinei the higher ...
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What is populating a force “field”? [closed]

What "matter" is populating a force "field"? It can't be actually empty?
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Are there conserved quantities in field theory which don't arise from Noether's Theorem?

In some QFT texts one writes down the number operator $N$ for free theories, such that when acting on an $n$-particle state $|n\rangle$ we have $$N|n\rangle=n|n\rangle$$ In free theories this is a ...
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Why do some fields have a distance limit and other don't? [closed]

I'm not a mathematician or a physicist but interested in quantum mechanics/gravity/relativity. I'm trying to understand some ideas that are presented for laymen, and a lot of them talk about different ...
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How is everything a field?

I've heard before that everything in physics can be thought of as either a field, or its excitation. Is there some intuitive explanation of how I can look at gravity, light, electromagnetism, etc as a ...
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Majorana fermions and the continuum limit of the Ising model

In Paolo Moligini's Analyzing the two dimensional Ising model with conformal field theory lecture notes, it is shown at the end of chapter 3 that the Lagrangian of the continuum limit of the Ising ...
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What is the difference between the momentum in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the conjugate momentum of the field?

What is the difference between the momentum $p$ in $e^{i\mathbf{p}\cdot{\mathbf{x}}}$ in the Fourier transform of a scalar field and the corresponding conjugate momenta $\pi(x)$ of the scalar field?
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Why do $\psi_a$ and $\bar{\psi}_{\dot{\alpha}}$ represent two different degrees of freedom?

I am taking a course in QFT and I've been introduced to the concept of left-handed (undotted) and right-handed spinors (dotted). I know that left-handed spinors are associated with the irreducible ...
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How to interpret the field configuration in quantum field theory?

We often use the Fock space as the start point for our quantum field theory. In the Fock space we have definite physical meanings for the state. For example, the state $$|k_1k_2...k_n\rangle$$ ...
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Non-perturbative effects: classical or quantum?

Are non-perturbative effects (solitons) classical or quantum effects (corrections) ? (examples ?) My confusion stems from the fact that, for instance, an instanton is a classical solution of the ...
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Simple conceptual question conformal field theory

I come up with this conclusion after reading some books and review articles on conformal field theory (CFT). CFT is a subset of FT such that the action is invariant under conformal transformation ...
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Magnetic field outside the solenoid

I found solution to problem 257 from "300 Creative Physics problems" hard to understand. In that problem we have very long solenoid with coil wounded in one layer. Data such as: density of turns, ...
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Relation between interaction Lagrangian and interaction Hamiltonian

I work with this interaction Lagrangian density $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = ia\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\Psi Z_\mu +ib(\phi^\dagger\partial_\mu \phi - \partial_\mu\phi^\dagger \phi)Z^\mu,$$ where $Z^\mu$ is an ...
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What, to a physicist, are instantons and the Donaldson invariants?

I study gauge theory from a mathematical perspective. To me, one of the most fundamental ideas is the notion of an instanton on a 4-manifold. To be precise, I have a Riemannian 4-manifold and a ...
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Center of mass of a quantum field

In classical field theory the Noether conserved quantities associated to the translation symmetry are the momentum of the field $P^i = \int\! d^3 x\ T^{0i}$, where $T^{\mu \nu}$ is the energy-momentum ...
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Self Study Textbook Progression from QM to QFT? [duplicate]

Hello Physics StackExchange! I will put the TL;DR in the beginning: I need a self contained, relatively hand-holding sequence of textbooks that covers up from the end of Griffith's Intro to QM to ...
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Why four-point vertex function in $\phi^3$ theory?

So as I understand it the order of $\phi$ in a scalar Quantum field theory is indicative of the number of lines entering a given vertex. For example for $\phi^3$ this leads to vertices like the one ...
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Can lightning be used to solve NP-complete problems?

I'm a MS/BS computer science guy who is wondering about why lightning can't (or can?) be used to solve NP complete problems efficiently, but I don't understand the physics behind lightning, so I'm ...