Quantum field theory (QFT) in curved spacetime is a field of study that focuses on problems that arise when considering a quantum field on a fixed, curved spacetime.

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Do contractions with Dirac matrices involve a metric?

When figuring out where the spacetime metric enters an equation it is often useful to write all vector indices as covariant indices and write out the inverse metrics that are needed to contract them, ...
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Is Hawking radiation valid for a microscopic black hole?

A black hole evaporates by Hawking radiation. The computation of the evaporation time uses some approximations. Question: Is the evaporation time valid for a microscopic black hole? In particular, ...
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Chronology protection for non-geodesic CTCs and imprisoned curves

As far as I can make out, the quantum part of the Chronology Protection Conjecture hinges on the fact that in curved space, in the semiclassical approximation, the stress energy tensor contains a term ...
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Do quantum wave functions curve spacetime before they are measured

Do wave functions cause spacetime curvature before they are measured, or would curvature only happen upon measurement? I guess the question becomes, do quantum wavefunctions carry energy while they ...
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Assumptions needed to derive Hawking radiation

To derive many singularity theorems in GR you need only assume that GR is correct and the weak energy condition or something similar. My question is what are the assumptions needed to derive Hawking ...
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The classification of particles or fields in general spacetime- Is it still meaningful to say spin-0, 1/2 ,1 field in general spacetime? [closed]

In 3+1 dim Minkovski spacetime, the classification of particle or field, that is spin-0, 1/2 , 1..., depends on the representation of the universal covering group of $SO(1,3)$, that is $SL(2,C)$. When ...
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Are black holes eternal?

The question might sound very easy - Hawking radiation, however I was pondering that as you get closer and closer to a black hole, time dilates exponentially where the surface of the black hole is ...
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How does one correctly interpret the behavior of the heat capacity of a charged black hole?

Consider the Reissner-Nordström metric $$ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+f^{-1}(r)dr^2-r^2d\Omega^2\hspace{2cm} f(r)=1-\frac{2M}{r}+\frac{M^2q^2}{r^2}$$ where I defined the charge-to-mass ratio $q:=Q/M$, which ...
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Wave equation on Schwarzschild background

I am trying to follow the solution of the wave equation for a scalar field on Schwarzschild background from http://batteringram.org/science/gr/scalar_wave.pdf. I have a problem on page 2 where they ...
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Textbook on QFT in curved space-time via path integrals

I am looking for an introductory textbook on QFT in curved space-time via the path integral method. I want to understand the following: How to build a generic perturbative QFT in curved space-time ...
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General relativity and quantum fields evolution in curved space [closed]

There are many cases when we have to discuss the problem of evolution of quantum fields on GR background (inflaton evolution during inflation, axion field evolution etc). But GR isn't quantized as ...
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Nonsingularity of the Euclidean black hole metric

How can one show that the nonsingularity of the Euclidean black hole metric is required for thermal equilibrium of the original black hole in Lorentzian signature? It is mentioned in Prof. P. K. ...
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Is there a natural (suitable) definition for functional derivative in Curved space time

If $$\delta S = \int \sqrt g F[\phi] \delta \phi\tag{1}$$ Then is it natural to define the functional derivative as follows, $$\frac{\delta S}{\delta \phi} = F[\phi].\tag{2}$$ In particular does ...
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Massive vector field in curved spacetime

Setup Consider a massive vector field in anti-de Sitter space AdS$_{d+1}$ with metric $$ ds^2=\frac{1}{z^2}\left(dx_\mu dx^\mu+dz^2\right) $$ where $dx_\mu dx^\mu$ is the line element in d+1 ...
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Help for project on the basics of the Higgs field

I have a project for my university class on the Higgs fields and how it impacts the standard model. Also I was going to add some information on how the Higgs particle is formed and decays into ...
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Poisson brackets in curved spacetime

The time evolution of any field $\phi$ is given in terms of the Poisson bracket with the Hamiltonian, $$ \frac{\partial\phi}{\partial t} = \{\phi, H\}. $$ How does this relation change in curved ...
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a glaring deficiency in the QFT lagrangian formalism

Summary: In a quantum field theory there is no way to fully constrain the motion of a test-particle using either the equations of motion, or the Noether current, in the presence of gravity. This is ...
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Pass to globally conserved currents from locally conserved currents in curved spacetime

Let us begin with a Lagrangian of the form $$\mathscr L= \frac 12 \sqrt{-g}g^{\mu\nu}\partial_\mu\phi(x)\partial_\nu\phi(x)+\mathscr L_g,$$ where $$\mathscr L_g=\frac 1{16\pi k}\sqrt{-g}R.$$ ...
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Maxwell's equation in curved spacetime - how come? And experimental evidence?

I'm trying to understand the generalization of Maxwell's equations to curved spacetime. In FLAT (Minkowski) SPACETIME: If we define the "four-potential" as $$\ ...
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Simplifying effect of a hidden Weyl symmetry in a QFT on curved spacetime

We consider AdS$_{d+1}$ in Poincaré coordinates: $$ ds^2=\frac{1}{z^2}\left(-dt^2+dz^2+dx_{d-1}^2\right), $$ where we set the AdS radius to unity. We study a scalar in this background with action $$ ...
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Covariant formulation of physical equations?

Is it possible to rewrite equations like the Klein-Gordon, the Dirac or the Proca equation in a generally covariant way? And if yes, how and how can the general covariance be shown? (I searched ...
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Is there a 2D manifold on which the Dirac equation has a zero mode?

The two-dimensional (2D) Dirac equation $(\sigma_1iD_1+\sigma_2 iD_2)\psi=E\psi$ admits zero mode ($E=0$) solutions on a non-trivial gauge background, such as the zero mode at the core of a U(1) gauge ...
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Eternal black holes and Hawking radiation

I have a fairly simple question which is confusing me a lot. As Hawking showed, a black hole originated by collapse will emit Hawking radiation. This process will reduce the mass of the black hole ...
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Evidence for electrodynamics in curved spacetime

Field theories in curved spacetime is usually formulated by integrating their Lagrangian over the curved spacetime. For example, for electrodynamics, we have the action $$ S = \int d^4x \left( ...
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Energy and momentum conservation - why it is so fundamental?

Over hundreds of years the conservation of energy and momentum in a closed System was proven. 100 years ago, Emmy Noether showed that these fundamental laws arise from the following facts and vice ...
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Stress-energy tensor for a fermionic Lagrangian in curved spacetime - which one appears in the EFE?

So, suppose I have an action of the type: $$ S =\int \text{d}^4 x\sqrt{-g}( \frac{i}{2} (\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \nabla^\mu\psi - \nabla^\mu\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \psi) +\alpha \bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu ...
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Can we test QFT on a curved spacetime?

It is possible to extend a quantum field theory to a curved spacetime. But does this lead to predictions that can be tested and measured? Had it been confirmed? The underlying reason I am asking this ...
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How to prove explicitly that by including Dirac fermions into the Einstein-Hilbert action we make torsion to be non-zero?

Recently I've heard the statement that by including Dirac fermions into the Einstein-Hilbert action we make torsion be non-zero, so that is one of problem of quantum gravity. How to prove that ...
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Why gamma-matrices are associated with tetrads Lorentz rotation?

In Zee's "QFT in nutshell" in a paragraph "Differential geometry of Riemann manifold" he states that Dirac gamma-matrices are associated with tetrads Lorentz rotation, so Dirac lagrangian in curved ...
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What's the physical or mathematical meaning of considering non-minimal coupling?

Why we still consider the case of non-minimal coupling? And I don't really understand the motivation of coupling. In general relativity, the non-minimal coupling violates the principle of ...
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How does the Hawking Radiation mechanism cause a black hole to lose its mass? [duplicate]

Correct me if I am wrong: in the Hawking Radiation mechanism, when a virtual particle-antiparticle pair gets created at the edge of the black hole, a black hole could sometimes eat up one of the ...
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How would gravitons couple to the Stress-Energy tensor?

How would gravitons couple to the Stress-Energy tensor $T^{\mu\nu}$? How did physicists arrive at this result? I've read that it follows from the analysis of irreducible representations of the ...
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Intuition behind $U(1)$-gauge model of Electrodynamics in a general spacetime

As the article Electrodynamics in general spacetime greatly explains, the $U(1)$-gauge theory is a good base for working in non-simply connected spaces. But I wonder whether there is a deep reason to ...
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Isolating the divergences in the stress energy tensor

In DeWitt's report "Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime" (B. S. DeWitt, Phys. Rep. 19C, 292 (1975)), he states that in Eq.(175) $$\langle in, vac| T^{\mu\nu}|in,vac\rangle = 2 \frac{\delta ...
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Background field expansion in normal coordinates

Background field expansion following form $Y= X+\pi$ where $X$ is my background field and $\pi$ is the fluctuation. From the Normal coordinates we have the expansion of $\pi^{\mu} = ...
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Diffeomorphisms and the Dirac action

I have a question concerning fermions in curved space-time. Please read it to the end before suggesting the spin-connection and vierbein-based approach. I heard that there is a special way of ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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Does Hawking radiation need an apparent horizon and when does it switch on during stellar collapse?

I've read that Hawking radiation is implicitly linked with the existence of an apparent horizon (1). This seems a slightly less onerous than linking Hawking radiation with a genuine bona fide event ...
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Wick Rotation in Curved space

So over time I have learned to do exhaustive searches before asking things here. Wick rotations are cool if you are trying to work in qft and make statements about the thermodynamics of some physical ...
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How to calculate the 2-point function of gravitons?

I'm curious about how to calculate the 2-point function of graviton, but there are no textbooks of general relativity covering this problem. So how to calculate it? In which book can I find the ...
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What's the conserved quantities correspond to the generator of conformal transformation

What's the conserved quantity corresponding to the generator of conformal transformations?
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Normal ordering in curved spacetime

In the flat spacetime, one can perform normal-ordering to set the energy of the vacuum state to zero. I read in some places that this procedure cannot be consistently performed in the curved ...
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Solving electromagnetic vector field using the Lagrangian

Given an action of the form \begin{equation}S=-\frac{1}{4}\int d^4x\eta^{\mu\nu}\eta^{\lambda\rho}F_{\mu\lambda}F_{\nu\rho}\end{equation} where ...
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Gauge invariance of Rarita-Schwinger action in curved spacetime

The Rarita-Schwinger action in curved $n$-dimensional spacetime is $$ \int \sqrt{g} \overline{\psi}_a \gamma^{abc} D_b \psi_c $$ Here $g = \det(g_{\mu \nu})$, and the indices $a, b \dots$ are ...
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Dirac equation in curved spacetime - found second derivatives of the metric, violation of the principle of equivalence?

I am working on the Dirac equation on curved spacetime. A Foldy-Wouthuysen transformation was applied to obtain the semiclassical limit of the equation to study the dynamics of the spin of the ...
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Suggested reading for quantum field theory in curved spacetime

I want to learn some QFT in curved spacetime. What papers/books/reviews can you suggest to learn this area? Are there any good books or other reference material which can help in learning about QFT ...
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QFT in curved space [closed]

Can someone exactly tell me what one gains from doing QFT in curved space, and how reliable these new results are. I want to know if it is worth while putting some man hours towards this. Please ...
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Wave equation for de Sitter invariant Green's functions

In several papers on QFT in de Sitter space (curvature set to $1$) it is asserted that the Klein-Gordon equation obeyed by the two point function of the free fields: $$(\square-m^2)G(x_1,x_2)=0 $$ can ...
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Geodesic distance in de Sitter space

Consider $N$ dimensional de Sitter space embedded in $N+1$ dimensional Minkowski space: $$\eta_{\mu\nu}X^\mu X^\nu=1, \hspace{1cm}\eta_{\mu\nu}=\text{diag}(-1,1,\dots,1)$$ where I set $H=1$ for ...
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Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity

What is the difference between Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity? A brief introduction to Minimal Coupling in General Relativity could be useful too.