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Instantons and Non Perturbative Amplitudes in Gravity

In perturbative QFT in flat spacetime the perturbation expansion typically does not converge, and estimates of the large order behaviour of perturbative amplitudes reveals ambiguity of the ...
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What is the status of Witten's and Vafa's argument that the QCD vacuum energy is a minimum for zero $\theta$ angle?

The argument, which I reproduce here from Ramond's `Journies BSM', is originally by Witten and Vafa in ($\it{Phys}$. $\it{Rev}$. $\it{Lett}$. 53, 535(1984)). The argument is that for $\theta = 0 $ ...
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Instanton Moduli Space with a Surface Operator

I would like to understand the mathematical language which is relevant to instanton moduli space with a surface operator. Alday and Tachikawa stated in 1005.4469 that the following moduli spaces are ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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The meaning of imaginary time

What is imaginary (or complex) time? I was reading about Hawking's wave function of the universe and this topic came up. If imaginary mass and similar imaginary quantities do not make sense in ...
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The Origins of Instantons from Path Integrals

I know that you can come across non-perturbative effects in QFT, particular when the coupling constant lies outside the radius of convergence of the asympototic perturbation series. From the ...
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Understanding multiple instanton contributions to vacuum tunneling in a double potential well

I'm trying to understand the method of calculating the transition probability of one vacuum state to another in a double well potential, using instantons. The reference I am following is Sidney ...
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Do instantons support quantum bound states?

When one quantizes a scalar in the 1+1 dimensions in the kink background of a double well potential, one finds a spectrum that includes: (1) a zero mode corresponding to the classical particle ...
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Solving Quantum Tunnelling Without Wick Rotation

Edit It seems that I haven't written my question clearly enough, so I will try to develop more using the example of quantum tunnelling. As a disclaimer, I want to state that my question is not about ...
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Instantons and Borel Resummation

As explained in Weinberg's The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2, Chapter 20.7 Renormalons, instantons are a known source of poles in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. These poles are ...
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Ambiguity in Asymptotic Perturbative Series and Instantons

I know there are a number of questions about the asymptoticity of perturbative series and about instantons on StackExchange (e.g. Instantons and Non Perturbative Amplitudes in Gravity from user566, ...
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What is the rate of B violation expected in the standard model during high energy collisions?

In a recent question Can colliders detect B violation? I asked about detecting B violation in collisions. Here I am interested in the theory aspect. (I asked both questions originally in the same ...
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How do instantons cause vacuum decay?

From what I read about on instantons (Zee, QFT in a Nutshell, pg 309-310), an instanton is a vacuum solution that maps $S^3 \rightarrow S^3$ (the boundary of Euclideanized spacetime), which comes from ...
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4D instantons and the moduli space of N=2 on R^3 x S^1

I am reading the paper arXiv:0807.4723 by Gaiotto, Moore, and Neitzke on wall-crossing. I would like to understand whether if the Darboux coordinates in the mutually non-local case contain the ...
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Yang-Mills instanton

How can instanton solution to Yang-Mills theory with gauge group $SU(3)$ or $SU(N)$ be obtained? For $SU(2)$ it is explained in textbooks but what about more general color gauge groups? EDIT: How ...
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Can massive fermions have zero modes?

I'm confused about fermion zero modes in relation to instantons. I understand that instantons can create fermion zero modes, but it's not clear to me when a fermion has a zero mode. For example, ...
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What constitutes a 'reliable' instanton calculation?

In Modern Supersymmetry, John Terning, on pgs 151, and 153 performs a so called 'reliable' instanton calculation when dealing with the ADS superpotential 'since the gauge group is completely broken'. ...
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The relation between classical and quantum vacua

First let me clarify what I mean by vacuum. Suppose we are concerned with a theory of fields $\phi ^i$ defined on a stationary globally hyperbolic spacetime $M$ (I want the spacetime to be stationary ...
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Could sphaleron-induced proton decay also cause vacuum decay?

I will say right away that I don't mean standard-model sphalerons, I mean the sphalerons of some extension of the standard model. The reason to even think about this is last year's paper by Frampton ...
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Field strength vanishes iff $A_{\mu}$ is pure gauge

Is it true that the field strength $F_{\mu\nu}$ in a non-Abelian Yang-Mills case with gauge group $G$ vanishes if, and only if, the gauge field $A_{\mu}$ is a pure gauge? I can show one implication. ...
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electric, magnetic and level quantization for a SU(N), SO(N) and a compact U(1) Chern-Simons theory

Imagine three different worlds describe by three theories (I), (II), (III). Theory (I) - compact U(1) Chern-Simons: A compact U(1) Chern-Simons theory with magnetic monopole charges $m_1$. ...
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Instantons in Witten's supersymmetry and Morse theory

I'm reading Witten's paper on supersymmetry and Morse theory and am confused about the details of the instanton calculation which he uses to define a Morse complex (beginning at page 11 of the pdf) . ...
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Instanton in sine-Gordon equation

This is a statement from Giamarchi's book on Quantum Physics in 1D: "For a single-particle in a cosine potential, the slightest amount of tunneling between two cosine minima leads to conduction ...
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Why is the Taub-NUT instanton singular at $\theta=\pi$?

Consider the following metric $$ds^2=V(dx+4m(1-\cos\theta)d\phi)^2+\frac{1}{V}(dr+r^2d\theta^2+r^2\sin^2\theta{}d\phi^2),$$ where $$V=1+\frac{4m}{r}.$$ That is the Taub-NUT instanton. I have been ...
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Euclidean functional Integrals

In the chapter "Uses of Instantons" from the book "aspects of symmetry" by Sidney Coleman I have come across the euclidean version of the path integral in semi-classical approximation. To evaluate the ...
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Proof for the Mass gap of non-chiral Luttinger liquids with a Cosine potential

Similar to this post, I believe in condensed matter, people know the mass-gap statement for non-chiral Luttinger liquids with large $g \cos(\beta_{}^{} \cdot\phi_{})$ potential. This is the ...
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Quantum tunneling in a time dependent potential

I wonder if I could use the technique for finding the tunneling rate given by $$ \Gamma=2 \Im[ F]$$ where $F$ is the free energy in case of time dependent potentials? Relevant to the previous ...
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An Equality in The Calculus of Many Instantons

I am reading the review on instantons. When I tried to derive formula (2.27) on page 17, I always get the different coefficient of $gF_{mn}$ term. My calculation is just directly expanding the first ...