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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Ladder operators evolution for fermions

For the free Dirac field we have $$ \psi(x) = \sum_s\int d\Omega_{m}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}k_0}\left(b(\mathbf{k},s)u(\mathbf{k},s)e^{-ik\cdot x}+d^\dagger(\mathbf{k},s)v(\mathbf{k},s)e^{+ik\cdot ...
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Transformation of the scalar field under Lorentz Boost [on hold]

Assume a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ is to be implemented as the unitary operator $U(\Lambda)$ in the Hilbert space of quantum states of the Fock representation upon which the scalar Klein-Gordon ...
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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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If 2 photons collided head on, what would happen? [duplicate]

If 2 photons, in perfect synch (frequency, amplitude, etc. were all equal) and they collided head on, what would happen? Would they pass right through each other? Would they interfere, then go back to ...
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How do you build a Lagrangian in particle/nuclear physics? (A specific example)

I know that the terms in the Lagrangian needs to be scalars (with respect to Lorentz symmetry etc.). Also I know that [see C. G. Tully (EPP) p. 85] in general, for $\psi$ in the fundamental ...
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Mølller scattering

I came across Mølller scattering today (which is just a fancy name for electron-electron scattering. I'm confused as to why there are two tree level Feynman diagrams for this process: Check out the ...
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The contraction of fermion field in 1+1-dimensional massless QED

My question comes from the textbook by Peskin & Schroeder, the integral (19.26): $$\begin{align} \int \frac{d^2 k}{(2\pi)^2}\! e^{- i k\cdot (y-z)}\frac{i \not{k}}{k^2} = -\not\partial ...
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Example of critical (non-relativistic) quantum field theory in 1D?

Is there an example of a critical non-relativistic bosonic quantum field theory in 1D (no time)? So, the field theory can be describe by annihilation, $\psi(x)$, and creation operators, ...
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Matter-antimatter asymmetry and fermions lagrangian

Consider a Lagrangian which corresponds to particles with spin one half and their interaction with some fields $A$ which cause matter-antimatter asymmetry. Assume that we have integrated out fields ...
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Field transformations

I'm reading Maggiore's book "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" and I'm very confused by what he did in chapter 2.6 page 31 eq. (2.80). He basically wants to find the generators of the ...
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Why are Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell?

The difference between Green Functions and the S-matrix in Quantum Field Theory is whether the momentum is on the mass shell. Why are the Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell? ...
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Trilinear term in SUSY soft-breaking

In MSSM soft-SUSY breaking, there are such term called 'A-triliear term'. But, some papers, e.g Riva-Biggio-Pomarol, do not have trilinear term. What is the use of introducing trilinear term?
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How does the notion of topological order relate to the Landau-Ginzburg theory of phase transitions?

As per Landau-Ginzburg (LG) theory, we write down a theory (Hamiltonian) with all possible interactions/operators (in terms of some order parameter) that respects certain symmetries. The ground state ...
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How can we measure chirality in experiments?

Chirality is a concept quite different from helicity. These two concepts only happen to have the same numerical value for massless particles. I understand that we can measure helicity, but how can we ...
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Width of a photon. And its length

Everyone is always talking about photon's wavelength. But what about its dimensions? What is length and width of it? And does it even have a point to think about such things? Or those dimensions are ...
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How do I solve this Gaussian path integral?

Suppose $$ Z = \int \mathcal D[\phi^*] \mathcal D[\phi] \exp(\phi^*A\phi + \phi B\phi) $$ where $A$ and $B$ are operators. I know how to solve a Gaussian path integral involving only $\phi^* A \phi$ ...
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Why do we require quantum fields to vanish at infinity?

Classical fields, like the electrical field must vanish at infinity, because otherwise their energy would be infinite. This can be used in computations to exclude certain solutions. In quantum ...
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Fock representation of a electromagnetic wave

Suppose an arbitrary classical (electromagnetic) wave package $E(x)$. What is its Fock space representation? I.e. I am looking for a state $| \psi \rangle$ such that $\langle \psi | \hat E(x) | \psi ...
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Matter antimatter fundamental and adjoint representation (Hermitian Anti-Hermitian)

I’m struggling with the following. I read in “The Standard Model: A Primer by Cliff Burgess”, page 493, that fermion fields in the fundamental representation can be thought of as column vector(s) ...
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Why does the $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ representation of the Lorentz group act on hermitian matrices?

Why can we write an arbitrary object $v_{a \dot{b} }$ our transformations in this basis act on as $$ v_{a \dot{b} } = v_{\nu} \sigma^{ \nu}_{a \dot{b} } = v^0 \begin{pmatrix} 1&0 \\ 0&1 ...
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What is the quantum state of a static electric field?

This is something that I've been curious about for some time. A coherent, monochromatic electromagnetic wave is well described by a coherent state $|\alpha\rangle$. The quantum treatment of the ...
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Trace of derivatives of unitary operators [closed]

I have been studying some lecture notes on the non-linear sigma model and I came up with some difficulties involving a trace. I have the following unitary operator $$ U=\exp\left( ...
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How to deal with coupled fermion boson operators?

I am a beginner in field theory and I have an exercise where I have a product of coupled fermion boson operators? $$ \hat{b_{l} }^{\dagger}\hat{c_{l^{'}} }^{\dagger}\hat{a_{q} }\hat{b_{l} ...
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What exactly do we mean by symmetry in physics?

I'm referring here to invariance of the Lagrangian under Lorentz transformations. There are two possibilities: Physics does not depend on the way we describe it (passive symmetry). We can choose ...
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Field renormalization of scalar Yang-Mills

In most books, one can find the field renormalization $Z_3$ in Yang-Mills with fermionic matter in the fundamental. In the $\overline{MS}$ scheme, tt is given by $$ Z_3 = 1 + \frac{g^2}{16\pi^2 ...
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Global symmetry and particle multiplets

In chapter 20, of Peskin and Schroeder's quantum field theory book, they start with a comment that a global symmetry that is manifest lead to particle multiplets with restricted interactions. Can ...
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Question about surface term in QFT problem

I am trying to follow the solution of the following problem (Srednicki 39.2): To show that: $$J_z b_s^\dagger(p\hat z)|0\rangle=\frac{1}{2}\ s\ b_s^\dagger(p\hat z)\ |0\rangle, $$ where $J_z$ ...
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One loop tadpole diagram $\phi \to \phi$ in $g\phi^3$ theory

I am trying to evaluate the tadpole diagram of $\phi^3$ theory to practice one loop amplitudes, but I am stuck at a certain point. The amplitude is given by the integral, $$\mathcal{M} = ...
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Canonical Quantization Simplified [closed]

Can someone please show me how to use canonical quantization of interacting scalar fields? I'm wanting to develop a quantum scalar field theory (of quintessence, long story) myself but can't seem to ...
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Why third Pauli $\tau_3$ becomes third Isospin component $\tau_3^{<\Phi>}$?

When considering the higgs coupling to the neutral gauge boson of EW theory (see e.g. C. G. Tully (EPP nutshell) page 102): $$\tag{1}\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{4}\left\{\left(g' B_\mu Y_\Phi+gW_\mu^3 ...
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How does QFT interpret the Negative probability problem of the real scalar fields' Klein-Gordon equation?

I am totally a beginner in QFT, here's the problem that I got: for the real scalar fields, are there any elementary particles descriped by them. If so, how to understand the negative probability ...
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Why scattering of red and blue quark only involves $G_8^\mu$?

According to the author C. G. Tully (Particle physics in a nutshell), the scattering of a red and blue quark only involves $G_8^\mu$. How come this is so? I thought $G_3^\mu$ and $G_8$ only mediate ...
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What would be the most general effective Lagrangian involving one Higgs and two gluons?

Two different possibilities come into my mind $\mathcal{L}\sim{}HG_{\mu}G^{\mu}$ where $G^{\mu}$ is the gluon field and $H$ the Higgs, or either $\mathcal{L}\sim{}HG_{\mu\nu}G^{\mu\nu}$ Where ...
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Evaluation Feynman parameters from denominator

I try to evaluate Feynman parameters but got stuck at some point. $$ \int_0^1 \frac{1}{(Ax+(1-x)B)^2}\,dx=\frac{-1}{(Ax+B(1-x))}\frac{1}{A-B}=\frac{1}{AB} $$ $$ \frac{1}{AB}=\int_0^1 \int_0^1 ...
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't Hooft many instanton solutions

I'm study 't Hooft many instanton solutions of self-duality equation. In this method $A^a_\mu=-\bar{\eta}^{a}_{\mu\nu}\partial^\nu \ln{\Phi}$. After substitution in self-duality equation I've proven ...
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QCD color factors from quark gluon vertices

The color factors in QCD tell us the relative strength of the coupling of a quark emitting a gluon, a gluon emitting a quark-antiquark pair or a gluon emitting two gluons. To calculate let them we ...
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Sphaleron interactions erase baryon asymmetry?

The sphaleron interactions in the standard model is $(B-L)$ conserving and $(B+L)$ violating. Each sphaleron transition causes $\Delta B$ and $\Delta L$ to change by the same amount so that ...
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Variation of the kinetic quark term of the QCD Lagrangian under gauge transformation

A simple kinetic quark term would look like $$\bar{\psi}(\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} - m){\psi}.$$ Imposing SU(3) symmetry the Dirac spinor transforms like $$\psi(x) \rightarrow \psi'(x) = e^{ig_s ...
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Klein-Gordon field commutator integral identity [closed]

Consider a Klein-Gordon field $\phi$ on points $x,y$ of $\mathbb R^4$ Minkowski-spacetime. Here I'm writing $x=(x^0, \stackrel \rightarrow x)$ so that $\stackrel \rightarrow x$ gives the spatial ...
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Klein Gordon for spin-1 particle photon

If Klein Gordon equation is for spin-0 particles, I write massless fields as $\square A=0$, how can I say $A_\mu=\epsilon^\mu e^{-ikx}$ as a wave function of polarized photon (spin-1) ?
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A question about the interchanges of particles belonging to species in Weinberg's QFT book 1

Weinberg put this in page 171 that I can't quite understand: If we like, we can avoid this question by simply agreeing from the beginning to label the state-vector by listing all photon momenta and ...
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Why can a particle have a nonzero amplitude outside its forward light-cone?

I'm having trouble grasping an idea that I think that is a very basic part of  quantum field theory. Many introductory QFT resources I have consulted often pose the following question: "what is ...
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Group representation acting on operators (QFT)

I have found in many texts the following statement: Let $T_g$ be a representation of a group (of transformations, e.g. rotations, translations, Lorentz transformations ) acting on a given Hilbert ...
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Showing that a bilinear variation is Lorentz invariant

Let $\psi, \chi$ be a spinor (say Dirac). Then the infinitesimal Lorentz variation is given by $$\delta \psi = -\frac{1}{4}\lambda^{\mu \nu} \gamma_{\mu \nu}\psi$$ then I think that the conjugate is ...
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difference between classical vacuum solutions and instantons

What does the classical vacuum of the $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills action correspond to? Does it correspond to $F_{\mu\nu}=0$ everywhere or just at the spatial infinity? In Srednicki’s book, he has shown that, ...
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Going from width to cross section

Given the decay width of a process, $\Gamma(A\to B+C)$, is it possible to turn this around to find the production cross section, $\sigma(B+C\to A)$? Edit: In particular I have been thinking of ...
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Variational calculus needed for QFT [duplicate]

Where can one learn the variational calculus needed for QFT? Im not sure a whole book of super rigorous treatment is what i need.
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difference between instantons and sphalerons

What is the difference between instantons and sphalerons? If they are different, how do they violate baryon and lepton number in the standard electroweak theory?
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Physical significance of Dirac equation in (2+1)-D

What's is the physical significance of the two inequivalently irreducible-represented Dirac equations in (2+1)-D? As it is known, all the $4\times 4$ matrix representations of the Dirac algebra ...
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Baryogenesis via Leptogenesis

Baryon number is directly violated through electroweak anomaly and so does the Lepton number, for each transition from one vacuum to another. The two violations are of equal amount $\Delta B=\Delta ...