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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Stress-Energy Tensor of Riemann's Curvature Field

Einstein, in "The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity," as well as most modern lecturers in the subject, use a pseudo-tensor for the stress-energy of the gravitational field. By ...
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### What is a field? [duplicate]

What is a field? Lengthy texts about fields have been published but none ever answer the simple question "What do you mean when you say the world field."
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### Fermion Lagrangian with linear momentum versus quadratic momentum

$$L = \bar{\psi} (\gamma^\mu (p_\mu -A_\mu)- m)\psi \tag{1}$$ $$L = \bar{\psi} ((\gamma^\mu( p_\mu-A_\mu))^2 - m^2)\psi \tag{2}$$ Is there a difference between the two Lagragians in equations 1 ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
### 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;  <\Omega|T\phi(x_1)\phi(x_2)\phi(x_1')\phi(x_2')|\Omega>\\=\frac{i\lambda}{4!}<0|T\phi_I(x_1)\phi_I(x_2)\...
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 ...