Quantum Field Theory (QFT) is the theoretical framework describing the quantisation of classical fields which allows a Lorentz-invariant formulation of quantum mechanics. QFT is used both in high energy physics as well as condensed matter physics and closely related to statistical field theory. Use ...

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Why scalar function of vector can only depend on norm of vector?

In Field Quantization by Greiner and Reinhardt as well as The Qunatum Theory of Fields by Weinberg, concerning the spectral function, the authors say a scalar function of the four-vector $p^\mu$ can ...
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Proving $[a_k^\dagger, a_q^\dagger]=0$

I am trying to prove the commutation relations between the creation and annihilation operators in field theory. I was already able to show that $[a_k, a_q^\dagger]=i\delta(k-q)$. I want to show that ...
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Normalization constant of the Vacuum polarization

In the article "On gauge invariance and vacuum polarization" by Schwinger, at some point the equation $$\frac{C}{s^2}\int e^{i\frac{x^2}{4s}} \, dx =1$$ is said to have the solution ...
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What are the definition and examples of topological excitation?

I read topological excitation in wiki, while it's too brief. What is the precise definition of topological excitation? And can give me some examples and explain why they are topological excitation? ...
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How to handle the potential $V(x)$ or $V(\phi)$ which is not analytic in QM and QFT

In QM, $$\hat{x}\phi(p)=i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} \phi(p)$$ and when $V(x)$ is an analytic function of $x$, then $$V(\hat{x})\phi(p)=V(i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} )\phi(p)$$ and we can do Taylor ...
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Staying up-to-date on modern physics [on hold]

Not necessarily a science question, but I was hoping for advice as to what journal I should read online to stay more up-to-date on modern physics discoveries. To be specific: I'm an undergrad in ...
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Infinitely many scalar fields

Suppose I have the following Lagrangian density: $$ \mathcal L = -\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i = 1}^N \left [ \partial_\mu \phi_i\partial^\mu \phi^i +m^2 \phi_i^2\right ] + \frac{g}{2N}\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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Why every state evolving infinite time becomes the ground state in QFT?

For any state $|\phi \rangle $ evolving infinite time $$\lim\limits_{t\rightarrow \infty} e^{-iHt}|\phi\rangle=\lim\limits_{t\rightarrow \infty} e^{-iHt}|n\rangle\langle n|\phi\rangle$$ Let ...
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Eigenstates of a bosonic field operator

Even though related questions are discussed here and here, I am still confused about the eigenstates of the field operator of a bosonic field $$ ...
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Why use a particular regularization for $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$?

There are many badly defined integrals in physics. I want to discuss one of them which I see very often. $$\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$$ I have seen this integral in many physical problems. ...
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Simplify QCD Lagrangian

How we can derive the electric charge of the field theory for each field ? For example lets say that we have the u quarks(3-colors) and electron that we know that has charge -e) free Lagrangian ...
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The integral is zero! $\int \frac{\mathrm{d}^d k}{(2\pi)^d} = 0$

In using dimensional regularization in QFT calculations, one comes across integrals over propagators, they might look like $(d = \text{dimension of spacetime}, n = \text{a number})$ ...
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Why aren't purely Dirac neutrinos rules out?

Its common knowledge that in neutrinos can be Dirac particles without any Majorana masses as given a mass matrix, \begin{equation} \left( \begin{array}{cc}\nu _L & \nu _R \end{array} \right) ...
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1-particle non-interacting Green function

At $T=0$ in the non-interacting case the $1$-particle Green function for an electron in the excited state $\lambda$ (empty band) is of the form \begin{eqnarray} G^{(0)}(\lambda,t-t') = -i \theta(t-t') ...
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Interpretation of all eight solutions of the Dirac equation

There are eight solutions of the Dirac equation. $u_1, u_2, u_3 , u_4$ and $v_1,v_2,v_3,v_4$. Conventionally the four solutions ($u_3 , u_4,v_3,v_4$.) following from $E=- \sqrt{ (\vec p)^2 +m^2}$ are ...
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What is really interacting in weak interactions?

Only particles with chirality $-1$ do interact weakly. The corresponding eigenstate in the Dirac basis is $ \Psi_L = \begin{pmatrix}f \\ -f \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix}u_r {\mathrm{e}}^{-imt} \\ ...
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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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Feynman rule for propagator with derivatives

Suppose you have an interaction term of the form $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = \frac{h g}{3!}\phi^3\partial^2\phi$$ where $h $ and $g$ are both couplings. Now if I draw a diagram of the form given in the ...
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What are Quarks made of and will they ever decay to this? [duplicate]

What is it that quarks are actually made of? Will they decay into this substance? As the up and down quarks are the lightest type of quark do they not decay? I was thinking that if this could happen, ...
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Are virtual particles limited by the speed of light? [duplicate]

I have recently been reading about Quantum Electrodynamics which I found very interesting, but even more confusing. I understand photons mediate the electromagnetic force and interactions between ...
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Everything moves at the speed of light? [duplicate]

Whatever happened to that idea? Presumably it came from a concept known as Zitterbewegung. As wiki says, a theoretical rapid motion of elementary particles, in particular electrons, that obey the ...
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Is there an analytical expression for the conductivity of the surface of topological insulators?

I have a question about the conductivity on the surface of Topological Insulators (TI): Is it accurate to model the conductivity by the Drude model (I read a paper that modeled the conductivity with ...
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Relationship between the on-shell and BPHZ renormalization schemes

In his book Quantum Field Theory - A Tourist Guide for Mathematicians, Gerald Folland introduces the on-shell renormalization scheme for the $ \phi^{4} $-scalar field theory. According to my ...
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Can an elementary particle be reduced to its properties?

For instance, is an up quark merely its particular mass, 2/3 electrical charge and 1/2 spin? I was wondering if there was a 1:1 correspondence with a particle and its properties, but I noticed a gluon ...
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What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence problem?

What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem? And who are the physicists and mathematicians working in this nowaday?
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Are there Planck units for weak or strong “charge”, similar to the electromagnetic Planck charge $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}~$?

Are there Planck units for "charge" of weak or strong interaction, similar to the Planck unit of electromagnetic charge: $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}$ ? Are there perhaps direct substitutes, ...
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Definition of mass gap [duplicate]

Why do we say that a system with mass gap has correlation function which decays exponentially and one without a mass gap has a slower power law decay?
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Interpretation of Dirac Spinor components in Chiral Representation?

I failed to find any book or pdf that explains clearly how we can interpret the different components of a Dirac spinor in the chiral representation and I'm starting to get somewhat desperate. This is ...
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How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positrons solve the negative energy problem?

How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positive energy positrons solve the negative energy problem? How does change of “interpretation” without fixing the mathematics have such a profound ...
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Bulk Symmetry corresponding to Yangian Symmetry of Planar N=4?

4D N=4 Super Yang Mills in the planar limit has an infinite dimensional symmetry known as Yangian symmetry. Dualities respect symmetries, so what does this symmetry correspond to in the $AdS_5\times ...
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Minimization of a quaradic-like expression when calculating the generating functional for free Dirac field

The generating functional for a free Dirac field is $$Z_0[\eta,\bar{\eta}]=\int D\bar{\psi}D\psi \mathrm{exp}\{i\int [\bar{\psi}(x)S^{-1}\psi(x)+\bar{\eta}(x)\psi(x)+\bar{\psi}(x)\eta(x)]dx\}$$ where ...
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What are Maximally Helicity Violating (MHV) Amplitudes?

Definition of MHV amplitudes on Wikipedia: In theoretical particle physics, maximally helicity violating amplitudes are amplitudes with n external gauge bosons, where n-2 gauge bosons have a ...
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Is it possible to derive the effective potential of a given theory by only using the RGE equations?

I know that it is possible to derive the RGE equations from the effective potential by requiring that the first derivative with respect to the renormalization scale $\mu$ vanishes: $$ ...
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The virtual particles are only a fictive tool in equations? DO they exist or DON'T? And if they exist, why do we call them VIRTUAL?

There is no "action at a distance" in nature. Attraction of a piece of iron by a magnet, attraction between distant electric charges of opposite sign, have to be mediated by something. The virtual ...
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Why do we have different signs before the delta on the Klein-Gordon and the Dirac Green's function equation?

Let's read equation (2.56) on Peskin & Schroeder $$(\partial^2+m^2)D_R(x-y)=-i\delta^4(x-y).$$ Let's look now to equation (3.118) $$(i\gamma^{\nu}\partial_{\nu}-m)S_R(x-y)=i\delta^4(x-y).$$ ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = ...
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What kind of math is used in QFT? [duplicate]

What branch(es) of math are used in Quantum Field Theory? Or the question, by way of analogy: Tensor Calculus is to General Relativity as What is to Quantum Field Theory?
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Photon and Wave

There are some aspects of light that can be easily demonstrated by using the concept of wave. However I really want to know what it would be like in term of photon point of view. So I have some ...
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What is the physical interpretation of a field operator

So far in our lecture we defined creation operators $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ in the following way, that we said: Somebody got you a antisymmetric or symmetric N- particle state and now $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ ...
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A question from Schwinger's particles, sources and fields monograph

My first question from his first volume. On page 254, he writes down the action expression: $$(3-10.1)W=\int (dx)[K\phi+K^{\mu}\phi_{\mu}+\mathcal{L}]$$ Where the lagrangian is: $$ ...
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Higher-order gauge coupling terms in the Lagrangian

In QFT, one works with Lagrangians that are invariant with respect to a certain symmetry. Out of this invariance, one is able to write down interaction terms at first order in the gauge couplings. The ...
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Chiral-Projection operator in a basis different than the Weyl basis

I was pretty confident that things are simple, but unfortunately I must have missed something. We can always change between between the bases for Dirac spinors, using unitary transformation, because ...
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Proof that the effective action is the generating functional of one-particle-irreducible (1PI) correlation functions

In all text book and lecture notes that I have found, they write down the general statement \begin{equation} ...
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Renormalization condition

Can any on explain to me, why renormalization condition $$\Sigma(\gamma_\mu p^\mu=m)=0,$$ for one loop implies $$\Sigma_2(m)=m\delta_2-\delta_m~?$$ In the original $\Sigma_2$ we had $ m_0$ which is ...
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Path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in a CFT

Below, I paraphrase the path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in David Tong's notes on CFT (see pdf here). This is my interpretation of the text in that pdf, so please correct ...
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Upper bound to annihilation cross section into heavy particles

For a process in which two relativistic particles annihilate to produce two or more heavy(er) particles of mass $M$: Is it true that the cross section $\sigma_{ann}$ cannot be larger than ...
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Are relative phases observable for identical particles but not for non-identical ones?

In quantum mechanics, amplitudes are represented by complex numbers $e^{i\phi}$, which have phase angles $\phi$. These phase angles are clearly not observable in absolute terms. If I have two ...
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Are Matsubara states pure states?

Generally in a non-interacting QFT one can solve the Klein-Gordon equation to get a (complete) set of states $\frac{e^{i\omega_k t-ikx}}{\sqrt{2\omega_k}}$. It is not clear to me how to construct the ...
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Justification of not quantizing small extra dimensions

When dealing with extra dimensions ($ x ^\mu $ represents $ 4D $ spacetime and $ y $ the extra dimension) we use what's known as Kaluza-Klein decomposition (basically a Fourier transform), ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...