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

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Is WKB really applicable for the ground state?

It is a long time question for me. For me, 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 ...
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Peskin's book page 334 proof of $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory

Peskin in his QFT page 334 argued that $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory, but I couldn't understand his argument: ... With a generalization of the argument given there (section ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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No mixing in light cone perturbation theory

In hep-ph/0609090, Triumvirate of Running Couplings in Small-x Evolution, Kovchegov et. al. calculated the running coupling correction to the Jalilian-Marian, Iancu, McLerran, Weigert, Leonidov and ...
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Is string theory over a time varying background a conformal field theory to all orders in perturbation theory?

When computing the first order perturbative corrections to string theory over a curved background, we find the background has to be Ricci-flat if the dilaton is constant and we have no fluxes. Such is ...
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How does one actually compute the amplituhedron?

I was watching Nima's very popular talk (download if you're using chrome) (also mirrored at youtube here) about the "Amplituhedron", which has suddenly become very popular recently. He talks all ...
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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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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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Question about the perturbative renormalization group

I'm currently learning about the renormalization group (RG) in condensed matter physics and just want to clarify a couple of things: When doing the RG transformation, there's a flow to a fixed point. ...
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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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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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“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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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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How does one expand gravity Lagrangians about an $AdS$ background?

I had previously asked this question. This is kind of a continuation of that. I recently found this expression which seems to be called the "Fierz-Pauli action" which is apparently the quadratic ...
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General formula to compute the redshift (first order perturbations)

Consider an expanding universe with the following metric in conformal time/co-moving coordinates: ...
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Difference between positron and electron scattering in Coulomb field

In first order of perturbation theory the S-matrix amplitude for electron scattering in the Coulomb field will be (up to normalization factors) $$ S_{fi} = \frac{iZ q^2}{\sqrt{2E_{f}2E_{i}}}\bar ...
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Why do some terms vanish in first-order perturbation theory?

In first order perturbation theory, we usually express the first order perturbation in the eigenket of the perturbed Hamiltonian in the basis of the unperturbed Hamiltonian $H_{0}$: ...
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Stationary Perturbation Theory : Estimating higher order corrections for anharmonic oscillator

Note $\hbar = 1$. $$H = H_0 + \lambda V =\frac{p^2}{2m} + m\omega^2x^2 + \lambda m^2\omega^3 x^4$$ Supposedly the perturbation expansion diverges. We are supposed to estimate for what order we have a ...
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QM perturbation theory : When do I have to use degenerate/non-degenerate perturbation theory?

I am considering a perturbation theory problem in quantum mechanics. The unperturbed hamiltonian is $$H_0 = A_1 \boldsymbol{B} S_{1z} + A_2 \boldsymbol{B} S_{2z}.$$ The eigenstates of the unperturbed ...
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Adiabatic theorem in the regime of quantum optics

I am wondering whether there is a version of adiabatic theorem in the regime of quantum optics. My understanding of quantum optics involves with the interaction between photon and atom. This ...
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Do perturbative renormalization groups help one understand when perturbation theory can be used in general?

If, as I asked in this question, a relevant operator in a renormalization group transformation can't be used in a perturbative expansion since it becomes large as the transformations are applied, does ...
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Derivation of Brillouin-Wigner theory for coupled subpaces

I recall faintly from my quantum theory lecture that there was a really neat way to derive Brillouin-Wigner perturbation theory for the special case of two coupled subspaces that involved a geometric ...
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Wavefunction renormalisation in first order perturbation theory

I just read the following in the context of scattering amplitudes in QFT: Note that the wavefunction renormalisation factor $Z$ itself is of the form $1 + \mathcal{O}(\lambda)$ in perturbation ...
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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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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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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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Adiabatic approximation and time-dependent problems

I am an undergraduate physics student. I have a question in approximation methods for time-dependent problems in quantum mechanics. I read the proof of the adiabatic theorem but I didn't understand ...
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What if UV behaviour of gravity was perturbative?

I understand that the UV behaviour of gravity ought to be dominated by black hole production and that graviton-graviton scattering ought to blow up above the Planck scale. Suppose, however, that ...
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Why cannot we apply perturbation theory in Born-Oppenheimer approximation

In Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, he mentions Unfortunately, we cannot simply use first-order perturbation theory, with $T_{nuc}$ taken as the perturbation and the state vectors ...
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How do I properly express adding perturbed states to unperturbed states?

I have a problem set due tomorrow, and the last problem is driving me nuts. Been combing through griffiths trying to find similar examples to no avail, so it'd be greatly appreciated if stackexchange ...
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Exact summation of a sub-class of diagram: do we know the exact solved problem?

In quantum field theories (to be relativistic, (non-)relativistic statistical or whatever), we have the powerful diagrammatic approach at our disposal. Most of the time we can not sum up all the ...
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Perturbed stress-energy tensor in a cosmological context?

In the theory of cosmological pertubations, we can write the metric of a null-curvature expanding Universe as : $ds^2 = -c^2\left(1+2\frac{\psi}{c^2}\right)dt^2 + a^2 ...
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What is better than time-dependent perturbation theory if the pointer states aren't energy eigenstates?

Time-dependent perturbation theory works excellently if the interaction is weak and the pointer states are approximately energy eigenstates. However, what if the pointer states are not remotely energy ...
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AC Stark effect first order change in energy

I am looking at this paper http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=89946 where Eq (12) $\triangle E_{ii}(\tau)=-\frac{e\hbar}{m_{i}c}\bf{k}.\bf{A}(\tau)$ (where i=c,v) is mentioned as the ...
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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} = ...
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On nonlinearity parameter in Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation (NLS)

While I am studying the wave propagation in fluids, the amplitude modulation seems to be governed by the NLS equation. In some of the journal papers the nonlinearity parameter, $N$ seems to be of high ...
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Coulomb Exhaustion

In thinking about a perturbation model for Coulomb's law, one could imagine photons spewing off of a charge in all directions. The chance of interaction with a near by charge being proportional to ...
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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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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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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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Quick question on Perturbation theory - How do I evaluate this probability?

We know that hamiltonian for interaction between an electron and external field along $z$ is: $$\hat H = \frac{e\hbar B}{2m}\hat \sigma_z = \frac{\hbar \omega}{2} \hat \sigma_z $$ This has energy ...
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Quasi-Degenerate Perturbation Theory

Is there any sort of objective rule on when to use quasi-degenerate perturbation theory vs degenerate vs non-degenerate?
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Does the application of a magnetic field on degenerate spin states (zeeman effect) cause photon emission?

In zeeman effect, before applying any magnetic field, we have two spin states, up and down each of energy $E_0$. Apply a magnetic field, and get $E_+\neq E_- \neq E_0$. Now the question is the ...
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What is the perturbative vacuum?

Will someone please supply me with a good definition of the perturbative vacuum vis a vis quantum cosmology?
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Perturbation of a Hydrogen Atom in a Quadrupole Field

Question: A hydrogen atom is located in a quadrupole field, which gives it a perturbation $$H_1=A(x^2-y^2)$$ where $A$ is some constant. Calculate the ...
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QM : Perturbation theory with multiple operators

When doing perturbation theory in quantum mechanics, if the perturbation hamiltonian is made of three terms : $$W = W_1 +W_2 + W_3,$$ can I treat each term separately and performing perturbation ...