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

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How to Perform Wick Rotation in the Lagrangian of a Gauge Theory (like QCD)?

I'm studying Lattice QCD and got stuck in understanding the process of going from a Minkwoski space-time to an Euclidean space-time. My procedure is the following: I considered the Wick rotation in ...
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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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Conversion of QCD cross section formula

I'm writing a program to calculate NLO cross sections for semi-inclusive high-$p_T$ pion production in proton-proton-collisions for my bachelor thesis. I've got a paper describing the production ...
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Quantum fluctuations in the non-relativistic limit

Is there any way to describe quantum fluctuations in ordinary quantum mechanics? For instance, a proton fluctuating into a proton-$\pi^0$ state and then back to a proton? What are the relevant ...
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't Hooft duality

I've studied something so I'm able to explain better what I'm thinking about. 't Hooft duality states: In a gauge theory with fields in the adjoint representation in presence of a mass gap only the ...
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Large-$N$ Yang Mills

I've bumped into the study of the $SU(N)$ theory in the large-$N$ limit. I'm wondering in which way the study of this Yang-Mills theory, can give contribution to QCD with gauge group $SU(3)$, i.e. ...
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Are there any serious alternatives to QCD nowadays?

I've read several posts here where people talk about the history of the developement of the theory of strong interactions. And they mention Regge theory, pomerons, S-matrix and so on. I'm confused ...
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Are “confinement” and “asymptotic freedom” two sides of the same coin?

On Wikipedia it says that the two peculiar properties of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) are: confinement and asymptotic freedom. Asymptotic freedom is the idea that at low energies we cannot use ...
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Effective Field Theories of QCD

Recently, I am studying the online course Effective Field Theory provided by MIT OCW. Prof. Stewart gives a nice picture to summarize the effective theories: As a newbie in this field (I only have ...
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Are there new states of matter at ultrahigh temperatures and densities?

Under extreme energetic conditions, matter undergoes a series of transitions, and atoms break down into their smallest constituent parts. Those parts are elementary particles called quarks and ...
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Resources for QCD colour factors

I'm looking for resources on the computation of (I think) very simple Feynman diagrams for QCD processes. The processes are q'qbar' -> qqbar and gg->qqbar (only at tree level, no loops involved) and ...
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Probability of forming mesons vs baryons

When a heavy quark hadronizes it has some probability of forming a meson vs forming a baryon. I suspect there is a well known branching ratio for each type of hadron. Does anyone know what the ...
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Isospin and Energy

I would to know if there is a correlation between isospin and energy. Consider for example the $\eta$ meson ($I =0$) and the pions($I=1$). The $\eta$ turns out to be much heavier then the pions ...
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Could quarks be free in higher-dimensional space than 3D?

Reading this answer, I now wonder: if quarks are confined by $r^2$ potential, could their potential allow infinite motion in higher-dimensional space? To understand why I thought this might be ...
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No non-trivial UV asymptotically free and IR free

How it could be proven that a non-trivial theory cannot be both asymptotically free and IR free (g=0 both in the UV and IR with some interpolating function in between)? This is of course contrary to ...
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Gluon Fusion in Top Pair Production

In my textbook, there is a feynman diagram showing top + anti-top pair production with a highly energetic gluon resulting from the fusion of two gluons. I know that all vector bosons have spin 1, so ...
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Are mesons color polarized?

The binding of quarks in mesons baffles me. It's an Occam's Razor thing. Since a meson is a colorless, the simplest way to bind its two quarks together is to use a $U(1)$ Cartan subalgebra of ...
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Is quark electric charge also confined?

Since we will (maybe) never observe free quarks which has fraction charge, is it logically correct to say that the fraction (1/2,2/3 etc) electric charge is also confined. I.e. the charges that we do ...
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Is forward scattering = no scattering?

What is forward scattering? If it is equivalent to no scattering, then why not call it "no scattering"?
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What is quark transverse momentum?

When you google my question you get something on the order of 400 000 results but none of them explains how it is defined (No I didn't check them all). I know what the words quarks, transverse and ...
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What is the nucleon axial charge?

Can someone point me to a short definition of what the nucleon axial charge is?
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Why Cronin Effect Happens?

I'm looking for explanation on Cronin effect but unfortunately there's no Wikipedia entry or self-contained paper to start from. The statement of this effect is that: "At leading order, multiple ...
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How to describe hadron-hadron strong interactions from QCD?

I'm trying to set up the problem of deriving the thermodynamics of hadronic matter. I know how to proceed in the case of an effective description such as mean field (Walecka/linear sigma model) but ...
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Proof that QCD is the theory describing strong interactions?

I would like to ask what are the experimental evidences that led to the conclusion that QCD is the right theory to describe strong interactions. I know that some of the key point are the decay of ...
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Quark space tensor product Vs Angular momentum space tensor product

For two triplet angular momenta states, say $J=1$ and $I=1$, if we wanna look at it in the coupled basis $F=I+J$, we use the regular Angular Momentum rules: $$|I-J|\leq F\leq I+J,$$ and from that ...
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Yan - Drell process

I'm looking for more information about Yan - Drell process but didn't manage to find a good place to learn from (still looking for one). I understood that this process can help us to understand the ...
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Fermion field structure in non-abelian gauge theories

I am trying to understand the structure of the fermions in non-abelian gauge theories. Disclaimer: my question might be very trivial (I suspect the answer could simply be "a change of basis"), but I ...
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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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QCD mass gap finite temperature

QCD has a mass gap. Does heating up QCD to a finite temperature change this fact, or is it a property which is independent of temperature?
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How do you derive the Lagrangian for the Standard Model?

Is there a way to derive the Lagrangian for the Standard Model just like one would for Einstein's field equations for instance? Also, how do you derive the Laganrigans for QCD and QED? Is it possible ...
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What's the heuristic reasoning for Chiral Symmetry breaking

In Peskin and Schroeder (page 669), and other references, the heuristic reasoning for why one would expect chiral symmetry breaking at low energies is that quark masses are small and hence it's not ...
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momentum conservation and gluons

The process is the following: $$e^-e^+ \rightarrow photon \rightarrow quark + antiquark$$ Regarding the momentum conservation law, how come we have a photon of spin 1 and at the end some meson with ...
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Baryon operators for $N_f<N_c$

Simple question. The answer is probably obvious, but I just don't see it. In section 3 of this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9509066 it is stated that in SUSY QCD if $N_f<N_c$ the classical ...
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What is the precise statement of the OZI Rule?

What is the precise statement of the OZI Rule? I've heard that a diagram is OZI suppressed if it can be "cut in two by cutting only gluon lines", but I don't really understand. For example, consider ...
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How does flux tubes between quarks bind them together?

If you have, say, a proton it has gluon field fluctuations around it. Those flux tubes between the quarks suppresses the gluon field fluctuations and create a true vacuum between them(correct me if ...
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Is Higgs mechanism necessary in QCD?

As we known, we introduce Higgs mechanism into Standard model to explain mass of Gauge boson, lepton and neutrino(maybe?). Higgs mechanism is necessary for electroweak theory because gauge symmetry ...
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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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What is a “reggized gluon”?

I'm reading a paper in which the author used these words many times assuming that the reader knows what he is talking about. Can someone please explain what it is? What is the difference between a ...
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Reduced graphs and pinch-singular surfaces

I am reading a book on perturbative QCD by John Collins. In Chapter 5, the terms reduced graph and pinch-singular surface are used for the analysis of mass singularities. However, their meanings are ...
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QCD in the non-perturbative regime

In the list of unsolved problems in physics. Confinement: the equations of QCD remain unsolved at energy scales relevant for describing atomic nuclei. How does QCD give rise to the physics of nuclei ...
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Nambu-Goldstone bosons from a quantum anomaly symmetry breaking?

We know that: Nambu-Goldstone bosons come from Goldstone theorem: a spontaneous (continuous)-symmetry breaking of the system leads to massless scalar modes. quantum anomaly: is the anomalous ...
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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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'Validity' of QED/QCD/Electroweak interaction

I am currently attending a course on Quantum Field Theory and I got into thinking how valid these theories are. As the theory attempts to describe reality only far above the Planck (length) scale, ...
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Multiquark states and molecular QCD

Due to some recent "discoveries" (yet to be completely confirmed), we have hinted the existence of tetraquark particles. Why QCD exotics like multiquark states beyond n=2,3 (mesons, ...
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The divergence in QCD Series— How many are they, and what do they mean?

I am referring to this question, and especially this answer. In addition, QCD has - like all field theories - only an asymptotic perturbation series, which means that the series itself will ...
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Vacuum polarization in QCD and gluon bubbles

In analogy to QED, the following Feynman diagram is a diagram contributing to the vacuum polarization effect, leading to anti-screening, asymptotic freedom and running of the strong coupling constant. ...
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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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Possible implications of Tetraquark/Quark Quartet

Today on Nature's website appeared a news about the discovery of a quark quartet (formed from two quarks and two antiquarks). They say that this particle containing four quarks is confirmed. This is ...
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Is there a non-technical way to understand why proving confinement is difficult?

As far as I understand, the basic reason why we are not able to solve QCD at low energies is because it is a strongly coupled quantum field theory, and a part from exceptional situations in simplified ...
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Neutral pions and chromodynamics

$\pi^0$ particles are either up-antiup or down-antidown (or strange-antistrange?) They must be opposite colors to preserve neutrality. Why don't the opposite quarks annihilate?