Quantum-ChromoDynamics (QCD) is the quantum field theory believed to describe the strong nuclear force.

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What's jet multiplicity?

That's a basic thing, but, surprisingly, it is very difficult to find concise explanation of: What is the definition of jet multiplicity? Why is it interesting?
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Why does this proof show the gluon propagator comes from the first two terms?

I am reading the book "QCD: Renormalization for the Practitioner" and i am having trouble understanding something. In page 70 the gluon propagator is written as follows $$\begin{multline} iD^{\mu\nu}(...
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What does Gribov's last paper tell about coloured states?

In the first days of July 1997, after a long driving effort, crossing all of Europe to come to a meeting in Peñiscola, Vladimir Gribov fell fatally sick and he passed away one month later. His paper "...
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A certain gluon scattering amplitude

I am stuck with this process of calculating the tree-level scattering amplitude of two positive helicity (+) gluons of momentum say $p_1$ and $p_2$ scattering into two gluons of negative (-) helicity ...
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Counting degrees of freedom in spinor-helicity formalism

Just a couple of quick questions about the spinor-helicity formalism. We start with $p^\mu$ and $\epsilon^\mu$, so we have eight degrees of freedom. Then we have that $p^\mu p_\mu = 0$ and that $\...
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Baryon in terms of quark fields – spinor index structure

What is the most general way to write down a current describing a baryon made from quarks $\psi_i^\alpha$? Let's say we suppress flavour indices but want to write colour $(i,j)$ as well as spinor $(\...
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Why are Wilson lines the effective degrees of freedom for high energy partons?

I've read that Wilson lines are the effective degrees of freedom for high-energy partons, when you consider collinear gluon emission. But I'm struggling to find a readable account of this topic. Does ...
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From $U(3)$ to $SU(3)\times U(1)$ Color symmetry. There is a “gluon” photon-like?

Suppose that $U(3)$ was the gauge group. We can decompose this as $U(3)=U(1)\times SU(3)$, which implies that in addition to the $SU(3)$ that has eight generators corresponding to eight gluons, there ...
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Why does strong interaction increase with distance?

I read numerous times that strong interaction increases with distance. But how can one actually derive the force-distance relation from the lagrangian (quark field + gluon field + gauge coupling)? ...
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How to understand the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? [closed]

How do you read the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? What do all the symbols and tensors represent? And, how can you derive them by yourselves?
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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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Cusp anomalous dimension in QCD

What is the "cusp anomalous dimension", starting from the basics? I came across this term while reading some QCD papers.
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Dimensional transmutation in QED?

I am familiar with the QCD dimensional transmutation (QCD is dimensionless theory but via renormalisation we get dimensional parameter; we have to choose some referent scale...), but I'm not sure if ...
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Polarization of the gluon

I think that, by now, it's understood that the gluon propagator in QCD has a dynamically generated mass. Ok, so my question is the following: where does the extra polarization degree of freedom come ...
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Can quarks of different colors annihilate?

Wikipedia: "Antiparticles have exactly opposite additive quantum numbers from particles, so the sums of all quantum numbers of the original pair are zero." Is it possible to annihilate a quark-...
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How can a detector distinguish between a photon and a gluon

Considering that both gluons and photons have no mass, no charge and spin 1, I was wondering how one can tell the difference, if they hit a detector after a collision at the LHC. I know that gluons ...
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Asymptotic Freedom - Qualitative Explanation

I am doing a (mostly qualitative) course on Particle Physics, and am confused about the concept of asymptotic freedom. The lecture notes basically say that a quark may experience no force/be "unbound" ...
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What are threshold corrections?

As the title goes, what are threshold corrections in quantum field theory? In particular, I would be glad if a good reference is provided. Standard QFT books such as Peskin, Weinberg, etc seem to ...
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Is QCD free from all divergences?

On page 8 in http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/9704139v1.pdf David Gross makes the following comment: "This theory [QCD] has no ultraviolet divergences at all. The local (bare) coupling vanishes, and the ...
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buiding circuits from color superconductors

caveat: the sort of exotic matter engineering in here is currently beyond the reach of our technology, but, that having been said: Has their been any research on building models of these sorts of ...
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Where can I get the most accurate measurements of parton distribution functions?

Where would I look to get the most accurate experimental values of parton distribution functions for the proton? I know these functions aren't measured directly, but I'd basically like to find a fit ...
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Yang-Mills theories, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking

I was thinking about hadrons in general Yang-Mills theories and I have some doubts that I'd like to discuss with you. Suppose that we have a Yang-Mills theory that, like QCD, tend to bind quarks ...
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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 is the mathematical motivation for complexifying momenta in BCFW?

One of the first steps in obtaining the on-shell BCFW recursion relations is complexifying the momenta of the external particles. Now complexifying things is not unprecedented (the dispersion program ...
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What does the discovery of a pentaquark signify?

at a particle collider a pentaquark was discovered. My question in short is what does the discovery of a pentaquark signify? Is there a theory that it supports or something like that?
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If virtual particles have negative mass why do they contribute positive mass to atoms?

According to Lawrence Krauss, atoms containing in our body consists of merely 10% (if I remember correctly) of our total mass. The rest come from virtual particles popping in and out of existence from ...
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What kinds of contributions can be neglected in the leading logarithmic approximation?

I'm looking for some good explanation on leading logarithmic approximation (LLA) in QCD; in particular, what types of contributions can be neglected while assuming LLA?
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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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Why do we exclude the quark condensate in the OPE?

In every QCD paper I open people say that in the OPE, the lowest order non-trivial condensate is the gluon condensate, whose dimensions are 4. Nonetheless, I knowof the existence of the quark ...
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Valence sea quarks parton distribution functions

There's somethin from Thomson (Modern Particle Physics) that I am a little mythed by. Section 8.4.3, eq. 8.3 is given as $$ \frac{F^{\mathrm{en}}_2(x)}{F^{\mathrm{ep}}_2(x)}=\frac{4d_{V}(x)+u_{V}(x)+...
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Origin of quark masses

Does all the mass of the quarks in the standard model come from the Higgs sector or is there also a contribution to quark masses due to QCD chiral symmetry breaking?
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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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all multipolar terms of nuclear fields must be confined?

When usually speaking about QCD confinement, one refers to the fact that color charges over lengths above the hadron size are fully neutral, which implies that monopolar charges over an extended ...
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Colour decomposition of $n-$gluon tree amplitude

I have here a $SU(N_c)$ Yang-Mill's theory and let the index $i$, label the $n$-gluons, and $\{k_i, \lambda_i, a_i\}$ be its momenta, helicity and colour index and $\cal{A}_n^{tree/1-loop}(\{k_i, \...
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Is the color gauge group spontaneously broken in QCD by the Savvidy vacuum?

One model for confinement in quantum chromodynamics is the Savvidy vacuum. This is a spontaneous symmetry breaking of color gauge symmetry by the gauge fields. The vacuum is divided into Savvidy ...
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Polarization Sums in QCD for the calculation of parton model splitting functions

Before i state the actual problem, here's a premise. In the case of a Spin 1 massive particle it's possible to demonstrate that $$\sum_{\lambda=0,\pm1}\epsilon_{\lambda}^{* \ \mu}\epsilon_{\lambda}^{\...
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Origin of the quark condensate VEV

Consider the QCD lagrangian : $$L_{QCD}=-\frac{1}{4}G^a_{\mu\nu}G^{a\mu\nu}+\sum\bar{\psi}_q(i\not{D}-m_q)\psi_q$$ Textbooks explain that this lagrangian is spontaneously broken by the VEV of quark ...
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String breaking in QCD

I have trouble understanding string breaking in QCD. I have read an article on arxiv (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-lat/0505012), and I still don't understand what truly happens. My understanding of ...
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For mesons, or baryons, do sea quarks contribute to the angular momentum of the bound state?

The total angular momentum of a bound state of quarks, such as a meson say, can be done by studying the spin and orbital angular momentum of the 2 valence quarks. What about the sea quarks why they ...
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Wilson loops and gauge invariant operators (Part 2)

These questions are sort of a continuation of this previous question. I would like to know of the proof/reference to the fact that in a pure gauge theory Wilson loops are all the possible gauge ...
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CP-Symmetry of the axion field and decay constant

In the $U(1)$-Peccei-Quinn-Symmetry an axion field $a$ is introduced in order to solve the strong CP-Problem. It is said, that below a certain scale $f_{a}$ this symmetry is broken and you are able to ...
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Doubts about quark confinement, the pole mass and the quark gluon plasma

I have seen written a few times that the notion of a pole mass for a quark contradicts the quark confinement picture and that non-perturbatively it is expected that the quark pole mass be infinite. ...
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Unitarity of the S-matrix and Feynman Diagrams

There are several questions on the unitarity of the S matrix, but unfortunately non of them answers directly the following question. The S matrix is unitary and that can be proven by the fact that ...
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Strong CP Problem

So, as far as I know, the Strong CP Problem in QCD results from the theta angle term in the action: $i\theta\int_X F_\nabla\wedge F_\nabla$ where $\nabla$ is the gauge connection and $X$ is a manifold ...
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Does the number of left handed chiral quark superfields always equal half the number of quark flavours?

In Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields Vol III" page 267 we're told that $n_f = 2N_f$. Where $n_f$ are the number of flavours and $N_f$ is the number of left chiral quark superfields (or the ...
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Is there something like Hawking radiation that makes protons emit component quarks?

If Hawking radiation can escape from black holes, could quarks perhaps become separated from protons despite it being "impossible" for that to happen?
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Confirming an inconsistency of the Balitsky-Kovchegov equation between references

I'm comparing the form of the Balitsky-Kovchegov equation, which describes the splitting of low-momentum gluons, between different references, and I'm finding an inconsistency: most sources (1, 2, 3, ...
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The Gluon - Does It Exhibit Wave Properties?

Do Gluons have frequencies and wavelengths? I assume that they do, but have been unable to find anything on point in SE or Wikipedia. Just beginning to study university-level physics here.
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Proton is made of 3 quarks of each spin 1/2, but the total spin of proton also 1/2, how it is possible?

Proton is made of 3 quarks (UUD) each has a spin of 1/2, so if you follow the constitution the total spin of the proton must be (3/2), but the spin of the proton is still 1/2. How it is possible? But ...
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Are the properties assigned to quarks meaningful?

Suspect this may have been asked before, but can't find it. My question is: If you can never have a free quark, what sense does it make to attribute properties to them, since you can never ...