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

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Mass and wave function renormalization In chiral perturbation theory

Before I put forward my actual question, I think it will be useful to set the context in a clear way and that involves my understanding of a few very basic things of Chiral Perturbation Theory. ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...
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Neutron dipole moment and $\theta -$term

In many references is stated that by having QCD $\theta -$term, $$ L_{\theta} = \frac{g_{s}^{2}}{8 \pi^{2}}\theta F \wedge F, $$ we may compute the value of neutron dipole moment, $$ d \approx ...
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Why is shown three-gluon diagram a two-loop diagram?

Why is this QCD diagram a two-loop and not a three-loop diagram? Thanks for your help!
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Why is the chiral symmetry only $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ and not $SU(6)$?

In the limit where the masses vanish, low energy QCD has a well known chiral symmetry (see http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0505265 for a very extensive review, and pg 19 for the section relevant for my ...
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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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What are the equations for the weak and strong forces?

What are the equations for the strong and weak force, like how for the Electrostatics the equation is $F_c= k*Q*q/(r*r)$. I understand to an extend what the strong and weak forces are. However, I ...
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Decomposing a Tensor Product of $SU(3)$ Representations in Irreps

Can somebody explain in a simple way why, talking about representations $$3\otimes3\otimes3=1\oplus8\oplus8\oplus10~?$$ Here $3$ and $\bar{3}$ are the fundamental and anti-fundamental of $SU(3)$, in ...
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Strong force between quarks that are out of causal contact

This is a rather artificial scenario, but it has been bugging me lately. Background Due to the confinement in QCD, quarks are bound in color-neutral configurations. Any attempt to separate a quark ...
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Why is QCD hard to solve if I know the beta functions?

Why is it still hard to solve QCD if we know the beta functions of the coupling? Aren't only the loops causing problems? And am I not able to write every possible interaction exact at tree-level with ...
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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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Is it pions or gluons that mediate the strong force between nucleons?

From my recent experience teaching high school students I've found that they are taught that the strong force between nucleons is mediated by virtual-pion exchange, whereas between quarks it's gluons. ...
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Why are the dineutron and diproton unbound?

It is known that there is no diproton and dineutron nuclei. Does this mean that two protons or neutrons are not actually attracted to each other? Even if the attraction was weak, wouldn't it cause ...
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Quark-gluon plasma: status [closed]

Can we say that a QGP has been observed or is there only suggestive evidence? Is the idea that string theory, through the AdS/CFT correspondence, could help to understand this new state of matter ...
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How to compute scattering amplitude $\gamma\pi^+\to\pi^+\pi^0$

I wish to find the amplitude for process $\gamma\pi^+\to\pi^+\pi^0$ at low energies. I am familiar with the basic concepts and techniques of QFT but have never dealt with the scattering processes ...
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How to count completely symmetric wavefunctions can be made by 6 (u, d, s, $\bar{u},\bar{d},\bar{s}$) quarks to form Baryons (i.e., 3 particle state)?

(Excluding antisymmetric part i.e., colour part) Peskin said 6 (particles + Anti-Particles) "guys" make (6(i.e., total "guys") x7x8)/(3x2)= 56 total symmetric state. How? There are 10 (decuplate) ...
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If proton spin emergence from quarks and gluons is mysterious, why is silver atom spin not?

A recent Scientific American article brought up an old issue, which is this: According to quantum chromodynamic models, the emergence of exactly 1/2 unit of spin in a proton (or a neutron, or any ...
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Hadron Annihilation - what happens with the constituents

When a Hadron and its antimatter equivalent annihilate, what happens to the QCD "soup" (for lack of an appropriate term) from each? Eg, the valence quarks in a proton - antiproton event, to they pair ...
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Can we just replace the finite part of $Z_m$ in a renormalization scheme at leading order

Suppose that we have to determine the finite part of $Z_m$ how it differs from common schemes, but we are free to choose the other renormalization constants in QCD (at Leading order). Could we make ...
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Can we change the point form $\not p = m$ to $\not p = 0$ in on-shell renormalization scheme condition?

In the on-shell scheme, in QCD, one can impose the counterterms action to vanish the part of 1PI diagrams on external lines. The on-shell condition can be written as follows: \begin{equation} {\left. ...
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Computation of the QCD vector two point function

I am following some notes on the computation of the vector two point function in QCD and I would like somebody to make some intermediate steps more explicit. Let's consider ...
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Matrix elements of four-quark operators [closed]

In weak interaction phenomenology, especially in strangeness changing processes, effective four-quark operators are used. Such as $Q_1 = (\bar{s}_\alpha \gamma_\mu (1-\gamma_5) d_\alpha) ...
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Experimental determination of $\Lambda_{QCD}$

I have a question about $\Lambda_{QCD}$, the energy scale at which there is a transition from the regime of perturbative QCD to quark confinement. How it is measured experimentally?
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Can we quantitatively understand quark and gluon confinement in quantum chromodynamics and the existence of a mass gap?

Quantum chromodynamics, or QCD, is the theory describing the strong nuclear force. Carried by gluons, it binds quarks into particles like protons and neutrons. According to the theory, the tiny ...
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What does mathematical equivalence means here?

On Motls blog, http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/06/on-importance-of-conformal-field.html, while I was trying to understand what dimensional transmutation means, he said: I said that by omitting the ...
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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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Problem in the derivation of the Ward identities

This is a follow up to my previous Phys.SE question. The last equation in that question is $$-a\frac{1}{k^2+i\eta}k^{\lambda}i\Pi_{\lambda\rho}(k)iD^{\rho\nu}(k)=0$$ which we can further simplify as ...
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Permissible combinations of colour states for gluons

My lecturer has said that there are 8 types of gluons (I'm assuming that the repetition of $r\bar{b}$ is a typo that is meant to be $r\bar{g}$) $$r\bar{b}, b\bar{r}, r\bar{g}, g\bar{r}, g\bar{b}, ...
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Computing the ratio of unpolarized QED and QCD cross section

How is the last equality of the equation $$ \frac{\sigma_{QCD}}{\sigma_{QED}}=\frac{1}{3*3}(tr T^a T^b)^2=\frac{2}{9} $$ derived, where $T^{a,b}$ are the basis matrices of SU(3)?
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Why is the strong CP term $ \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} G_{\mu \nu}^a \tilde{G}^{a, \mu \nu}$ never considered for $SU(2)$ or $U(1)$ interactions?

The Lagrangian one would write down naivly for QCD is invariant under CP, which is in agreement with all experiments. Nevertheless, if we add the term \begin{equation} \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} ...
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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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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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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} ...
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Altarelli-Parisi Splitting Function $P_{qq}(z)$ vanishing integral if and only if quark flavour sum rules and equivalence

Question 1: I believe both questions are in the context of Deep Inelastic Scattering. I've been given the expression for $F_{2}^{ep}(x)=(\frac{2}{3})^2[u(x)+\bar{u}(x)] +(\frac{1}{3})^2[d(x) + ...
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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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Parameterization of an arbitrary element of $U(2)_L \times U(2)_R$ (Chiral symmetry with two quarks)

When you write down the Lagrangian for two quarks : \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}_\text{QCD}^0 = -\frac{1}{4} G_{\mu\nu}^a G^{a\mu\nu}+ \bar\Psi i \gamma^\mu D_\mu \Psi \end{equation} you find an ...
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Why are $SU(N)$ gauge theories easier to handle for $N\rightarrow \infty$?

I was wondering if there was a intuitive/heuristic argument to understand why generalizing the QCD gauge group $SU(3)$ to $SU(N)$ and taking $N\rightarrow \infty$ simplifies the analysis of the ...
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Interpretation of vector mesons in QCD

It is well-known that scalar mesons are interpreted as pseudogoldstone bosons which is connected with spontaneous broken $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ symmetry to $SU(3) \times SU(3) / SU(3)_{chiral}$. Is ...
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Difference between LO and NLO event generators?

I am performing undergraduate research in particle physics. In our research, we are using two event generators (PYTHIA8 and MC@NLO with HERWIG++) to study open bottom production. I am unsure of the ...
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Asymptotic behavior of Euclidean correlators in QCD

I am reading an old review paper (http://journals.aps.org/rmp/abstract/10.1103/RevModPhys.65.1). In the beginning it makes the following statement (I copy with slightly different notation). If we ...
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What is the status of Witten's and Vafa's argument that the QCD vacuum energy is a minimum for zero $\theta$ angle?

The argument, which I reproduce here from Ramond's `Journies BSM', is originally by Witten and Vafa in ($\it{Phys}$. $\it{Rev}$. $\it{Lett}$. 53, 535(1984)). The argument is that for $\theta = 0 $ ...
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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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Why do the quarks constantly change colors?

In a hadron the quarks constantly change colors.They,then exchange gluons to remain color neutral.For example a red quark becomes blue by emitting a red and anti blue gluon and then the blue quark ...
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Quark anti-quark pair creation. Do we need a gluon?

What is the difference between these diagrams? Is the presence of the gluon taken for granted in the second one? and EDIT: I just zoomed into the picture, it is not a single quark state. ...
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How to compute this loop integral? [closed]

I have a gauge boson that splits into two scalars and the loop is closed by a gauge boson as shown in the picture. The incoming boson has $\mu$ index while the boson that runs in the loop has momentum ...
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Instantons and confinement

Do instantons tell us something about behavior of QCD when lowering an energies? I.e., is it possible that instantons provide confinement? Are there some calculations which tell us that instantons ...
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Hard processes in particle collisions

This is in reference to a MC generator called Pythia, but has wider applicability because the phrases are used widely in particle phyiscs, even though I have not managed to find a clear, ...