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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Incorrect proof that all gauge theories are abelian

Consider a gauge field $W_\mu = W_\mu^{a} \tau_a$ where $\tau_a$ are the generators of the Lie algebra and $W_\mu^{a}$ just numbers. Then: $$ W^2 = W_\mu W^\mu = W_\mu^a\tau_a W^{\mu b} \tau_b = ...
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How did the scientists discover that antimatter exists?

How did the scientists discover antimatter? I'd like to know the process of that discovery.
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vanishing of $\Pi^0$ and non-existence of propagator

We know that if we try to quantize the free electromagnetic field without a gauge fixing term added to the Lagrangian, then one of the conjugate momentum density $\Pi^0$ vanishes. We also find that ...
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How could the effective electric dipole interaction be derived

In some papers (e.g. Bernreuther equation (1.4), The electric dipole moment of the electron) you can find the electric dipole interaction defined as $$L_I=-\frac i2 ...
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How to calculate explicitly the *external leg correction* diagram

I tried to calculate the Amplitude of the external leg correction of figure 6.1 in Peskin&Schroeder. I focus on the diagram with one incomming charged fermion $f^-$ (with momentum $p'$), then a ...
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How does a laser emit light in a coherent state?

Lasers work by stimulated emission of atomic transitions. Stimulated emission produces two photons which, because the particle number is well-defined, projects the field into a Fock state. However, it ...
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Quantum Fields From Cluster-Decomposition Principle

My question is asking for an explanation of Weinberg's claim that QFT is the only way to satisfy Lorentz invariance and the cluster-decomposition principle. The theory is in his QFT Vol. 1. Below I've ...
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Is the elementary charge really a constant of nature? - Accuracy of QED

There are a couple of natural constants; examples are Planck's constant or the Speed of light in vacuum. The elementary Charge is the coupling factor to all Kind of electromagnetic interactions; this ...
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Problem on a computation regarding the annihilation field on Weinberg's book (Ch. 5) [on hold]

This is my first post so sorry in advance is something is not "standard". I have a doubt about a computation that is done in the Weinberg book "The Quantum Theory of Fields". The computation should ...
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Defining a gauge field for an anisotropic material under strain

I have a Hamiltonian for a system which is somewhat analogous to graphene but with additional degrees of freedom. The Hamiltonian is $H=\sum_q \Psi^\dagger \mathcal{H}\Psi$ where ...
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Does magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry?

Does a magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry? In what sense and why? Insofar as I know, there are at least two types of magnetic monopoles. One is the Dirac monopole while the other is the ...
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Missing a factor of $\sqrt{\frac{\hbar}{m}}$ in a QFT Practice Problem. Can someone explain why?

I am doing problem 2.3 on page 27 of Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur. Use eqns 2.46 and 2.62 to show that \begin{equation} \hat{x}_j = \frac{1}{\sqrt{N}} ...
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Physical meaning of the coupling matrix in Fermi golden rule

I am calculating the energy transfer rate using Fermi golden rule where the coupling matrix $M$ is obtained using second order pertubation method. $$ \Gamma_{tran}=\frac{2\pi}{\hslash}|M|^{2}\rho$$ ...
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Still confused about $ T_i $ generators (Spontaneous Breakdown)

If the Langrangian density is $$L=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \Phi)\cdot(\partial^\mu \Phi)-V(\Phi \cdot \Phi)$$ where $V(\Phi \cdot \Phi)=\frac{1}{2}\mu^2 \Phi \cdot \Phi + \frac{1}{4}|\lambda|(\Phi ...
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Running of the Higgs mu term (or: running of individual mass terms in a complicated mass matrix)

I am wondering how to calculate the (one-loop) beta function for an individual mass term that appears in combination with a number of other mass terms in the coefficients of a number of fields. What ...
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Tadpole diagrams in $\phi^3$ theory

In "Quantum Field Theory" by Mark Srednicki, Chapter 9 page 67, after he proves that $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0 \rangle$ vanishes (meaning sum of all connected diagrams with a single source is zero), he ...
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Does the existence of instantons imply non-trivial cohomology of spacetime?

Gauge theories are considered to live on $G$-principal bundles $P$ over the spacetime $\Sigma$. For convenience, the usual text often either compactify $\Sigma$ or assume it is already compact. An ...
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Positronium energy level in QED

I'd like to know if it is possible to compute positronium mass and lifetime from a QED approach. I'm searching for some literature on how to treat resonances in QED (or general QFT) ; most of the ...
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QFT Perturbative analysis of multiple atom-level quantum computers close to each other

Following up on this question, I'm wondering about electromagnetic interactions perturbation expansions close to a "black-box" quantum computer and modularity of Feynman diagrams in general. Let me ...
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Why string theorist use the following result? [duplicate]

$1+2+3.......$so on $ = -1/12.$ I have seen a few proofs of this result. And I hope most of you are familiar with them. Why string theorist use this ambiguous result in string theory, when assigning ...
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Invariance of the QED Lagrangian under charge conjugation

Is it true that the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \bar{\psi}(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m) \psi $$ is invariant under charge conjugation? $$\begin{align} \psi &\mapsto -i(\gamma^0 \gamma^2 \psi)^T\\ ...
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Why does the electric field escape a black hole?

An (unlikely) charged black hole can be described with the mass, angular momentum, charge and the thermal radiation. The reasoning behind the thermal radiation rests on the particle creation outside ...
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Why instantons can not cause confinement in 4d?

I am reading Aspects of Symmetry by Sidney Coleman. More specifically I am trying to learn about instantons, and I would like some clarifications. In chapter 7, section 4. he derives confinement in ...
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What is the essence of the renormalization flow? [closed]

Recently I started learning QFT and I am trying to understand the renormalization group (RG), however I have some difficulties. Is the whole concept just based on tracing out certain (irrelevant) ...
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Lagrangian density with explicit $x_\mu$ dependence

In the Quantum Field Theory book, by Ryder, he says that a Lagrangian density of a field can also be an explicit function of $x_\mu$ if the field interacts with external sources. Can someone give an ...
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What are the simplest quantum 1D spin chain models which aren't integrable?

What are the simplest quantum 1D spin chain models which aren't integrable? Are there any generic criteria for telling whether or not a given quantum 1D spin chain model is integrable?
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What is the essence of the Unruh-effect?

The essence of the Unruh effect is basically that coordinate-transformations lead to different excitations/occupation numbers of the quantum fields. Is that statement correct? So in QFT, while an ...
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Is an electron technically a set of two particles?

The electron - described as a four-spinor in the Dirac equation - transforms according to the $(1/2,0)\oplus(0,1/2)$ representation of the Lorentz group, so it is actually a direct sum of a left- and ...
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Is a photon technically a set of two particles?

When looking at the classification of massless particles, one finds that there is the (half-integer) quantum number "helicity" $h$. For every possible $h$ there is a certain particle kind. In the case ...
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Fractional exponent in a scalar quantum field: Is energy and momentum conserved in this case?

Assuming that I would have the following term in the Lagrangian for a scalar boson field $$L=\int d^4x g (\phi^{2-p} \phi^{\dagger 2+p}+\phi^{\dagger 2-p} \phi^{2+p}))$$ with a fractional number $p$. ...
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How to understand the Bose glass phase has infinite superfluid susceptibility?

The Bose glass phase is characterized by a gapless excitation spectrum, exponential decay of superfluid correlations, finite compressibility and infinite superfluid susceptibility. The disordered ...
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Reference for the non-perturbative origin of the baryon masses

I'm looking for nice introductions to the non-perturbative generation of the baryon masses.
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Non-Hermitian Lagrangian in Quantum Field Theory

I have seen more than once non-Hermitian Lagrangian densities being used in effective field theories. Usually the problem of unitarity is explained away with decays into some degree of freedom not ...
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Eigenvalues of a nearest-neighbour tight-binding Hamiltonian in (Mahan, 2003)

In this paper by G. D. Mahan, he obtains the following electron Hamiltonian in a nearest-neighbour tight binding scheme: (page 2 of the paper, top of the right column) \begin{align} H_0 &= J_0 ...
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Resource commendations for SUSY gauge theory [duplicate]

Does anyone know of recent SUSY gauge theory reviews aimed at the graduate student? Preferably something to bring the reader up to speed?
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What is the relation between a basis transformation and an induced transformation $\psi(\Lambda^{-1} p)$ on the wave function? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding why is $\psi(\Lambda^{-1}p')$ the correct wave function in the Lorentz transformed frame $p' = \Lambda p$. Suppose the state in frame $O$ is given by $$ ...
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Diagrammatics of Slavnov Taylor Identity

Is there a reference other than the original paper of 't-Hooft and Veltman, where I can get a pedagogical introduction to the diagrammatic approach to understanding the BRST-Ward or Slavnov-Taylor ...
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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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Basic QED - How are conserved charges expressions throught ladder operators derived?

I can't find this in similar questions, and I must be missing something very basilar since I can't find this in any textbook or online note: they just skip the passage. So, from my course's notes, we ...
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Definition of Fermion [closed]

Recently, I encounter a problem about the definition of Fermion operator. In our standard textbooks, the Fermions are defined by their exchange/braiding property, that is, if a minus sign appears by ...
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Do Standard Model Yukawa couplings depend on the gauge choice?

In the standard model and the Unitary gauge, we write the Higgs field as $ \phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ v + H \end{pmatrix}$ and the Yukawa couplings (leaving out the neutrino ...
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The Dirac equation for helium?

How to write down the Dirac equation for the two electrons in the helium atom? The problem is the interaction term, as $1/|r_1 - r_2|$ is apparently not Lorent-covariant.
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Are there any tests of quantum field theory one can do using everyday objects?

One of the reasons I love physics is because many of the theories I can test using everyday objects around me. For example I can predict how long it would take for me to drop the ball of a roof using ...
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Vacuum Structure of Schwinger Model

Quantum Electrodynamics in one-space and one-time dimensions ($QED_{1+1}$) for charged fermions is called the Schwinger model. If the charged fermion is massless, then the model is called the massless ...
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Eigenvalue for interacting Hamiltonian [closed]

Consider the Hamiltonian $$H=\omega_{1} a_{1}^\dagger a_{1}+\omega_{2}a_{2}^\dagger a_{2}+\alpha a_{3}^\dagger a_{3}(a_{1}^\dagger a_{2}+a_{2}^\dagger a_{1})$$ with $$ ...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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Is there a scalar field that is not a lorentz scalar if we begin with Lorentz invariant Lagrangian?

In Quantum Field Theory by Mark Srednicki chapter 3 and 4, he constructs Lorentz invariant theory for scalar field by assuming that the scalar field transforms by ...
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What is the missing step in this result regarding the creation operators in Fock space?

In the above extract from Simons and Altman: Condensed Matter Field Theory, I am having trouble getting from (2.3) to (2.4) in the case of Fermions (ζ=-1 and the n(subscript i) values are modulo 2). ...
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Embedding of particles into fields

For the classification of particles (Wigner 1939), we look for unitary representations of the Poincaré/Lorentz group. There are are only infinite-dimensional (non-trivial) unitary representations! To ...
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How is the functional integral over momentum performed in the case of the real scalar field?

Let's follow Peskin and Schroeder section 9.2, page 282. The Hamiltonian of a free real scalar field is $$H=\int{}d^3x[\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla\phi)^2+V(\phi)]$$ so the expression for ...