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Non-abelian gauge covariant derivative acting on non-algebra-valued quantities

How does a gauge covariant derivative in a non-abelian field theory act on various quantities which are not valued in the algebra, and why? In particular, how does it act on a scalar valued function ...
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Book on Noether theorem and classical field theory

I couldn't follow the derivation of Noether theorem in my QFT book, and have some problems with classical field theory and functional derivatives etc. Is there a book which gives an introduction to ...
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Why are differential equations for fields in physics of order two?

What is the reason for the observation that across the board fields in physics are generally governed by second order (partial) differential equations? If someone on the street would flat out ask ...
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Interpretation of QED gauge freedom

In quantum (or classical) electrodynamics we are free to make gauge transformations, which change the form of terms in the Feynman diagrams (or the potentials) without affecting any physical ...
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Dimensions of $\phi$ in scalar field theory

On Srednicki page 90-91 (in printed edition) he derives that $$[\phi] = \frac{1}{2}(d-2) \tag{12.10}$$ from $${\cal L}=-\frac{1}{2}\partial^{\mu}\phi\partial_{\mu}\phi -\frac{1}{2}m^{2}\phi^{2} - ...
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What is the relation between dimension and Quantum Field Theory? How does different dimensions change QFT? [closed]

Does the quantisation rules & field operators for scalar or Dirac fields change with dimension? Most books wrote about 3 spatial dimensions, and then upgraded it to 4 spacetime dimensions, keeping ...
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What happens when a field turns on or off?

Short Setup I am curious about the the mechanics of fields, whether electromagnetic, gravitational, etc. So as a specific example in order to simplify (hopefully) how to ask this question, consider ...
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What does 'vector-like' mean?

What are properties of vector-like field/particle? What's the counterpart of it? Chiral like?
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Transformation Law for a scalar field [closed]

The following is taken from Peskin and Schroeder page 36: $$\partial_{\mu}\phi(x) \rightarrow \partial_{\mu}(\phi(\Lambda^{-1}x)) = (\Lambda^{-1})^{\nu}_{\mu}(\partial_{\nu}\phi)(\Lambda^{-1}x)$$ It ...
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Boundary conditions of fields from the stationary action principle

First principle of stationary action Consider a real Klein-Gordon scalar field $\phi$ living in a $D$ dimensional flat spacetime. The field is considered off shell (the on shell condition is defined ...
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Why is $V=(1/2) m^2 \phi^2$ for a free relativistic scalar field of mass $m$?

Bit of a basic question here but how come for a free relativistic scalar field of mass $m$ such as Klein Gordon theory, we take the potential to be $$V=\frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^2$$ Is the mass term ...
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Quantum Field Theory: commutator of covariant derivatives

I just started studying qtf and I dont understand the last lecture. In the lecture script a shortcut is defined. $P^j = \frac{1}{i}\partial_j - qA^j$ With this: $[P^j,P^k] = -\frac{q}{i}(\partial_j ...
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Gauge the symmetry $φ \to φ + a(x)$ for a free massless real scalar field

How does one alter the Lagrangian density for a real scalar field $$\frac{∂_μφ∂^μφ}{2}$$ such that is will be invariant under the gauge transformation $φ → φ + a(x)$? For a complex scalar field ...
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Is electric field by a charge present where the net field is zero?

I have heard a lot of people say that, at all the points where electric field is zero, electric field by any of the charges never reaches there. It's quite commonly thrown around that electric field ...
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2D square lattice, nearest neighbor and next-nearest connected by springs

For my field theory class I am trying to build the Lagrangian for the following system. Consider a 2D square lattice where the nearest and next-nearest neighbor interactions are modeled by springs ...
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solutions of wave equation with cubic term

Does the following equation $$ \nabla^\mu \nabla_\mu \psi + a \psi^3 = b \psi $$ where $\psi$ is a real function, $a$ and $b$ are real constants, have other solutions that extend beyond a one ...
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Peskin-Schroeder Problem 3.5, supersymmetric theories regarded as field theories on parameter space w/commuting & anticommuting coordinates?

I know how to do Problem 3.5 of Peskin-Schroeder. Let us organize the fields $\phi$, $\chi_\alpha$, $F$ of Problem 3.5 into a superfield$$\Phi(x + i\theta\sigma\overline{\theta}, \theta) = \phi(x) ...
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Conceptual Change thinking needed [closed]

Using Conceptual Change Research To Reason About Curriculum By Glenn D. Berkheimer, Charles W. Anderson, and Steven T. Spees Introduction The kinetic molecular theory is fundamental to the ...
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What does it mean for an action to be defined “on-shell”?

Some actions like 11D supergravity are defined "on-shell". What does this mean exactly? Can you give me an example? Say for example the Klein-Gordon action. Can this be defined on-shell too?
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Fourier transform for $W(J)$ in a free QFT

In chapter I.3 and I.4 of A. Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, he starts with the theory $$ \mathcal{L}(\varphi) = \frac 12[(\partial\phi)^2-m^2\varphi^2]+J\varphi $$ Using the path integral approach, he ...
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Is this the correct way to obtain $<f|i>$ term in $\phi^4$ interaction theory? [closed]

Lets first write the expectation value of the fields in the interaction picture; $$ ...
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What does “n-particle reducible” mean?

I am reading Ramond and in page 112 he says "In $\lambda \phi^{4}$ theory, diagrams can be at most three-particle reducible". My question: whether the individual Feynman Diagrams are treated as ...
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Full form of the Pauli-Fierz action

In Deser's paper on the fully interacting version of the Pauli Fierz theory, he does a rather simple method of treating the Pauli Fierz equation without going with infinite sums, just by treating the ...
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Representation of the Lorentz group

Is there any representation of the Lorentz group where $$U^{-1} f(x) U = f(\lambda^{-1}x)$$ other than the (0,0) representation? If not then is it possible for a field (with a well defined ...
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Active versus passive transformations

I am a bit confused by the concepts of active and passive transformations. In all the courses I am doing at the moment we do transformations of the form: $$ \phi(x) \rightarrow\phi'(x') = \phi(x) $$ ...
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Writing the Interaction Hamiltonian for pions in a different way

$\pi^+$, $\pi^-$ and $\pi^0$ are scalars particles with masses approximately equals. Their interaction is, approximately, given by $H_{int}(x) = g \epsilon^{abe}\epsilon^{cde}(\phi^a\partial_\mu ...
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Modified gauge fixing condition in Faddeev-Popov approach

Which gauge fixing conditions are allowed to choose for this approach? For example (following the steps of Peskin in 9.4) I can choose a "modified" lorenz gauge ( for a abelian theory): $$ ...
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Mass term in field Lagrangian

In the Klein-Gordon or in the Dirac Lagrangian density, the mass term is quadratic in the field. The other way around, I have heard a quadratic term in a general Lagrangian density be referred to as a ...
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When considering local phase transformations are we forced to use covariant derivatives?

When considering local phase transformations $e^{i\theta(x)}$ of the fields $\phi$ and $\phi^*$ corresponding to \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=\partial_\mu\phi^*\partial^\mu\phi-m^2\phi^*\phi ...
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Field theory where fields are differential forms, other than electromagnetism [closed]

I am looking for a few examples of field theories (classical or quantum) that can be formulated taking the fields to be differential forms at least of degree 1 (not counting 0-forms) excluiding ...
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Can we use a photon to use it as a changing field in an electric generator? [closed]

In an electric generator we use a changing magnetic field to create electricity. But what if we use a photon's oscillation of EM waves to generate electricity in a metal wire as we do in an electric ...
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Is the long range neutron-antineutron interaction repulsive or attractive?

I can model this interaction as Zee does in "Quantum field theory in a nutshell". In chapter I.4 section "from particle to force" he uses two delta functions for the source. The integral gives ...
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Examples of non-linear field symmetries?

Consider a Lagrangian theory of fields $\phi^a(x)$. Sometime such a theory posseses a symmetry (let's talk about internal symmetries for simplicity), which means that the Lagrangian is invariant under ...
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Is the coordinate transformation of an object the same of the action of a group on this same object?

I am having troubles in understanding frame transformations in physics from the mathematical point of view. What I understand for a coordinate transformation is just a function to one chart to another ...
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What is the current theory underlying the concept of fields? [duplicate]

When I went to school I was specifically told that fields are material (they occupy some region in space, and they "exist" there) and continuous. Recently, studying quantum physics I came across the ...
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Are field theories special?

Our best descriptions of the microscopic world, that satisfy many fundamental requirements (as we know them today), are field theories. Is there something fundamental about field interactions, or are ...
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Current divergenceless

We can define a topological current, \begin{equation} J_{top}^u = \frac{1}{2v} \epsilon^{\mu \nu} \partial_\nu \phi \end{equation} where $\epsilon^{\mu \nu} = − \epsilon^{\nu \mu}$ and $\epsilon^{01} ...
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DBI action with Weyl Invariance

The DBI action, given by $S_{Dp}=-T_p\int d^{p+1}\xi e^{-\phi(\xi)}\sqrt{-\textrm{det}\left(G_{ab}(\xi)+B_{ab}(\xi)+2\pi{\alpha}'F_{ab}(\xi)\right)}$ is diff and Poincaré invariant. I want to ...
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Hilbert Stress Energy Tensor for fermions + EM field and Yang-Mills theory (fermions + gluons)

@Qmechanic or anyone else who knows the reference. I am trying to find a references to the work(s) where thorough derivation of Hilbert Stress Energy Tensor for fermions + EM fields and Yang-Mills ...
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Scattering, Perturbation and asymptotic states in LSZ reduction formula

I was following Schwarz's book on quantum field theory. There he defines the asymptotic momentum eigenstates $|i\rangle\equiv |k_1 k_2\rangle$ and $|f\rangle\equiv |k_3 k_4\rangle$ in the S-matrix ...
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Need for a side book for E. Soper's Classical Theory Of Fields

I am reading now E. Soper, Classical Theory Of Fields, now and sometimes it is very hard to follow the equations. So I need a side book on classical field theory to read it comfortably. Landau & ...
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Is the phrase “coupling constant” interchangable with “ strength of interactions”?

Can I use the terms coupling constant and strength of interactions, interchangeably, or are there more subtleties to the term coupling constant that I am not aware of? Coupling Constants from ...
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signal from uniformly moving charge

As a charge moves, its field changes, and this change can only be propagated outward at the speed of light. Thus the field lines will be curves that keep changing apparent source point and direction. ...
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Quantum field operators in HEP and CMT

For a real scalar field (which is a bosonic field) we have these commutation relations : $$ \left[\phi(x,t),\phi(y,t)\right]=0 \qquad \qquad \left[\phi(x,t),\pi(y,t)\right]=\delta(x-y).\tag{1}$$ But ...
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Rotation, Boosts and their relation to Spin

Angular momenta are the generators of rotations. For example, $L_1,L_2,L_3$ represents the orbital angular momentum operators which represents rotations in 3-D space in $xy$, $yz$, $zx$ plane. Spin ...
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Hamiltonian density for Proca Lagrangian [closed]

The (classical) Proca Lagrangian density for a massive vector field $A_\mu$ is $$ {\cal L} = -\frac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu} F^{\mu\nu}+\frac{1}{2}m^2 A_{\mu}A^{\mu},$$ where as usual ...
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How is the direction of Magnetic/Electric Lines of Force Known?

It is shown that the direction of magnetic line is from north to the south and that of the electric line is from positive to negative. How do we/scientists know that the imaginary lines of force or ...
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How to explain the upgrade from Particles to Fields between Relativistic QM->QFT?

It is strange that all books I walked through, non of them explains or motivates how physicists realised that we need to deal with fields instead of particles. Maybe the closest thing I found is the ...
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Wilsonian Renormalization Group and Symmetries of the EFT

I have am action $S_0$ valid up to energy scale $\Lambda_0$ with renormalisable terms. I want to study the EFT at a lower scale $\Lambda \ll \Lambda_0$, by using the Wilsonian RG. It will give me an ...
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Modeling effects of grounded electrodes

I am trying to model electric fields due to the contributions of many conducting electrodes. So far, I have worked with both positively charged and negatively charged electrodes, but I am now ...