Perturbation theory refers to methods for understanding physical systems by treating them as small modifications to exactly solvable systems.

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How to tell the order of a Feynman diagram?

How can we know the order of a Feynman diagram just from the pictorial representation? Is it the number of vertices divided by 2? For example, I know that electnro-positron annihilaiton is first ...
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Linear Perturbation theory in General Relativity, what to do with products of derivatives?

I'm trying to do a problem in which I am given the Einstein tensor for the following metric: $$ ds^2 = -e^{2\Phi}(d{x^0})^2 + e^{2\Psi}\delta_{ij}dx^idx^j, $$ And then asked to find the Einstein ...
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Applicability of perturbation theory

Consider some system in some initial state $|k^{(0)}\rangle$. The probability that such a state makes a transition to some other state $|m^{(0)}\rangle$ can be computed to various orders in time ...
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Gauge invariant quantities [closed]

In the context of cosmological perturbation one write the most general perturbed metric as $$ ds^2=-(1+2\alpha)dt^2-2a(t)(\partial_i\beta-S_i)dtdx^i+a^2(t)(\delta_{ij}+2\psi\delta_{ij}+2\partial_i\...
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Performing one-loop “triangle” integral

Let's have integral $$ \tag 1 I_{\alpha \beta \gamma \delta} = \int d^{4}qD^{V}_{\alpha \beta}(k + q)D^{V}_{\gamma \delta}(q + k - p)D^{f}(q), $$ where $D^{V}_{\alpha \beta}$ corresponds to massive ...
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Energy levels in close-proximity of each other in time-independent degenerate perturbation theory

I've applied second order time-independent degenerate perturbation theory corrections to the energy with the method presented in Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J. Sakurai. I shortly summaries this ...
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Non-degenerate or degenerate perturbation theory for a non-degenerate level of a system with other levels degenerate?

To decide whether I have to use non-degenerate or degenerate perturbation theory, I have to look only on whether the energy level I am calculating corrections to is degenerate, the degree of ...
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Decay of some particle involved quarks vs mesons as outgoing states

Let's have decay width of some mother particle into the state which involves hadrons. For simplicity, let's assume that creation of hadrons (on diagram) is possible only through electroweak vertices (...
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What is the sum over the transition rates?

I was looking at the solution to an exercise, and I came over this expression: $$P_{i\to f} = \sum \limits_{f} {2 \pi \over \hbar }\; |\langle f |\hat V | i \rangle |^2 \delta(E_{fi}-E),$$ where ...
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Does the fact that we cannot exactly solve the Standard Model undermine the validity of QFT?

I have seen discusstions of this types before: there is a question about photons or virtual particles or vaccuum, etc. And there is usually a good and clear explanation from the point of view of ...
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Definition of “nonlinear” in the context of perturbation of gravity

What exactly is the definition of a nonlinear perturbation when applied to a background spacetime metric? I have seen so called "linear perturbations" which look like $$ds^2 = -(1+2\Phi)dt^2 +a^2(1+...
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Time evolution of two orthogonal states in Time Dependent Perturbation Theory

Given the two orthogonal states for $H_0$ , $|n(t)>_I, |m(t)>_I$, in the interaction picture, we want to find the probability of transforming from one to the other after time t, aka: $ \ (1) \ |...
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Is the energy expectation value comparable to the equation from power series ansatz?

The Hamiltonian is given by $$ H = H_0 + \lambda H_1 $$ where $H_0$ is the unperturbed Hamiltonian, which solves the Schrödinger Equation $$ H_0 \left |n^{(0)} \right \rangle = E_n^{(0)} \left |n^{(0)}...
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General two state system with general pertubation

I am trying to solve this two-level system with time independent perturbation problem Consider an atomic system with only two stationary states $|1\rangle$ and $|2\rangle$ , of respective energies ...
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Question about derivations in Sakurai's Quantum mechanics, section 5.8 [duplicate]

If anyone is familiar with Sakurai's book, specifically section 5.8 on energy shift and decay width, I am stuck and could use some help. I can't see how he derives 5.8.9 (in the revised edition). He ...
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Sakurai QM section 5.8

If anyone is familiar with Sakurai's book, specifically section 5.8 on energy shift and decay width, I am stuck and could use some help. I can't see how he derives 5.8.9 (in the revised edition). He ...
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Transition Probabilities for the Perturbed Harmonic Oscillator

I consider the following Hamiltonian $$H=\frac{p^2}{2m}+\frac{m\omega^2}{2}x^2+\Theta(t)Fx,$$ where $F$ is an external constant force. So the Hamiltonian describes an unperturbed harmonic oscillator ...
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On GR with perturbation

Could anyone explain to me what I have misunderstood/missed when trying to understand this paper on GR perturbation? The paper is http://arxiv.org/pdf/0704.0299v1.pdf In equation 25 for $R_{00}$, $...
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A question about first order perturbation in the Stark effect.

Consider ground state of a hydrogen atom which influenced with external uniform weak electric field. What does mean the following statement? $$\left< 100|\quad Z\quad |100 \right> =\int { |{ \...
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Integrability of the many body problem

In classical canonical perturbation theory of many degrees of freedom we encounter the problem of small divisors when attempting to find a solution for the generating function of the canonical ...
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Gauge invariance of Fermi's golden rule

I am having some issues with gauge invariance of Fermi's golden rule. Say we have a system Hamiltonian for a particle in an electric field and some additional potential $V$ with \begin{equation}H=(p-A(...
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What does the first order energy correction formula in non-degenerate perturbation theory means?

I'm studying for a test in quantum mechanics and I'm currently trying to learn about perturbation theory and I've realized that I don't quite understand what I'm doing when I'm doing my calculations. ...
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Time Dependent Perturbation Theory Probabilities

(This is taken from Griffiths Quantum Mechanics): So suppose I have two states $\psi_{a}$ and $\psi_{b}$, and the particle starts out in the state $\psi_{a}$: $$ c_{a}(0)=1\qquad c_{b}(0)=0. $$ To ...
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Cubic perturbation to coupled quantum harmonic oscillators

I recently came across this two-dimensional problem of a particle in a potential of the form $$V = \displaystyle{\frac{1}{2}m \omega^2} \big(y^2 + x^2y \big) - \alpha y,$$ where $x$ and $y$ are known ...
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Applications of the study of Hamiltonians with constant magnetic fields

I am interested in understanding possible applications for the study of quantum systems with constant magnetic fields. For definiteness, consider the Landau Hamiltonian $$H_{0} = \left(-i\frac{\...
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Why does the time-independent perturbation theory become no longer useful when its order gets larger?

In Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics p. 256, after figuring out $$E_n^2=\sum_{m\neq n} \frac{|\langle\psi_m^0|H'|\psi_n^0\rangle|^2}{E_n^0-E_m^0}$$ he says We could go on to calculate ...
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Hartree-Fock correction to $e$-$e$ interaction

The corrections to the energy per electron in a jellium model (uniform distribution of positive ion charge approximation to the regulated long range order ionic array) is given by (in units of Ry) $$\...
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What's the importance of background field gauge?

Recently I've read that background field gauge is very convenient for gauge theories, because it fixes the connection between normalization constants of gauge field and gauge coupling constant one. I ...
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WKB approximation for multiple turning points

I'm working on a numerical program which approximates the eigenvalues of a Schrödinger equation by making use of the WKB approximation formulas. For example, if the Schrödinger equation is $$ y''(x) = ...
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Fine Structure Degenerate Perturbation Theory Hydrogen

Note: We are dealing with perturbation on the states $|nlm_lm_s>$ where n is the principle quantum number, l is the angular momentum quantum number, and $m_l$ and $m_s$ are the eigenvalues of $L_z$ ...
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LSZ reduction vs adiabatic hypothesis in perburbative calculation of interacting fields

As far as I know, there are two ways of constructing the computational rules in perturbative field theory. The first one (in Mandl and Shaw's QFT book) is to pretend in and out states as free states,...
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“Good” States In Degenerate Perturbation Theory

During the section on Degenerate Perturbation Theory, Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2ed) starts with a general linear combination of two orthogonal eigenfunctions of $H_0$. He walks ...
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Textbooks on algorithms for the perturbative calculation of High energy physics

For the perturbative calculation of High energy physics, I have known some packages such as FeynArts, FeynCalc, MadGraph, CompHEP, GiNaC, and so on. But I am wondering whether there exists a textbook ...
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How to carry out the perturbation expansion of an anharmonic oscillator to high orders?

I think this is a standard problem in quantum mechanics. Consider the anharmonic oscillator $E \psi = \left(- \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial^2 x } + \frac{1}{2}x^2 + \epsilon x^4 \right) \...
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Estimating volume of moduli space of genus-g Riemann surface with n marked points

I wanted to know how can I estimate the volume of the moduli space of a Riemann surface of genus $g$ and having $n$ marked points. I am reading some old string theory papers which discuss divergences ...
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Splitting of degenerate energy levels with a perturbed particle in a box

Suppose you have a particle in a square box $[0,L]\times[0,L]$. As the box is a square, the (2,1) and (1,2) eigenfunctions will have the same energy. If you were to apply an oscillating electric field ...
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Electron photon interaction potential in old fashioned perturbation theory (OFPT)

In this PDF on old fashioned perturbation theory (OFPT) we find from equation (14) the potential describing the interaction between the electron and photon: $$ V = \frac{1}{2}e \int \mathrm{d}^3x\, \...
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Expansion in Quantum Fluctuations of the Path Integral

In this post: Dimensionless Constants in Physics there is a discussion about dimensionful vs. dimensionless constants in physics. In the context of this discussion, I'm wondering about the ...
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A question about the asymptotic series in perturbative expansion in QFT

Related post I heard about the argument that the perturbative expansion in QFT must be asymptotic, such as http://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/perturbation+theory#DivergenceConvergence Roughly this can ...
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When is Fermi golden rule exact?

My recent study Nonsmooth and level-resolved dynamics illustrated with a periodically driven tight binding model motivates me to ask this question: Is there any example in which the Fermi golden rule ...
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Is WKB really applicable for the ground state?

It seems that WKB is applicable for a given $E$ if and only if $\hbar$ is sufficiently small. Or in other words, WKB is applicable if and only if the quantum number is large enough. Is this ...
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Perturbation theory emitting high order powers

For my second-order energy correction for a harmonic oscillator in an electric field I have the following: $$q^2\varepsilon^2\sum_{m\neq n}\frac{|\langle m|x|n\rangle|^2}{E^{(0)}_n-E^{(0)}_m}+\text{ }...
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What does it mean to expand a Hamiltonian using perturbation theory?

On UC Davis chemwiki website, the Hamiltonian for quadrupolar coupling in NMR is analyzed. (The details of this aren't important.) It is said in the analysis that: The expansion of the ...
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Does first quantization perturbation theory imply a large scale web of electron entanglement?

My question may seem quite esoteric given the title, but I think it's relatively straightforward when explained properly. Imagine a relatively simple situation of 2 hydrogen atoms (numbered 1 and 2), ...
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Effect of small variable transverse force on satellite orbital precession

Consider a small satellite which moves in a 2D elliptical orbit around a much larger body (e.g. the Sun) under the influence of Newtonian gravitational acceleration $$Ar = G.M/d^2 $$ Next imagine ...
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One question about renormalization

The idea of renormalization of "naked" perturbation theory is in principal possibility of addition counterterms which reduce infinity when calculating matrix elements. But I have met such concepts as ...
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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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Perturbative vs. non-perturbative approaches to a well-defined Yang-Mills theory in 4 dimensions

Another question regarding the Yang-Mills Existence and Mass Gap problem (http://www.claymath.org/sites/default/files/yangmills.pdf). Does the problem require that the "construction" of a four ...
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What does it mean by complex frequencies? (Quasinormal Modes)

Something I've taken for granted and not yet thought about physically, is how the frequency of quasinormal modes related to a black hole are $\textit{complex}$. I know that it's something to do with ...
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Why are the zeroth order terms in degenerate perturbation theory the eigenstates of the perturbing Hamiltonian?

I have for quite some time now tried to find a satisfactory answer to this, but I haven't yet. In perturbation theory, with small parameter $\lambda$, we expand the eigenstate as $$| E \rangle=| E^{(...