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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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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Textbook on QFT in curved space-time via path integrals

I am looking for an introductory textbook on QFT in curved space-time via the path integral method. I want to understand the following: How to build a generic perturbative QFT in curved space-time ...
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Why do particles and antiparticles annihilate? [duplicate]

I was wondering about this and I would like to know an explanation why do particles and antiparticles annihilate? I would be interested in phenomenological, but most importantly mathematic explanation ...
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What is the algebraic form of the momentum eigenstate?

I'm asking this in the context of trying to verify the equation $a^{\dagger}_{p} \vert 0 \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\omega_p}} \vert p \rangle$. So far I have calculated $\vert 0 \rangle = ...
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Clarification on Use of Counterterms in Renormalized Perturbation Theory

In renormalized perturbation theory, it's unclear to me how exactly we add the necessary counter-terms. Do we: Draw all possible diagrams, including the diagrams of the counter-terms to some order ...
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Field expansion in Peskin & Schroeder

Peskin and Schroeder state something which I'm not fully understanding. More specificially I think it's just phrased in a way I'm not understanding. In the Schrodinger picture we can expand the real ...
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What do we take the functional determinant of in computing th effective action in the Background field method?

I have some schematic notes on computing the effective action and I would like someone to help me fill the gaps. We start with \begin{equation*} \int{}\mathcal{D}\phi\,e^{-iS[\phi]} \end{equation*} ...
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Non-relativistic limit of complex scalar field Lagrangian

I am trying to derive the non-relativistic Lagrangian for a complex scalar field from taking the non-relativistic limit of the complex scalar field Lagrangian. I am following the steps in "QFT for ...
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In QFT how do you write down the most general interactions?

This past year I took a QFT class and I now feel comfortable solving scattering problems, but I am still a bit perplexed by how physicists write down a Lagrangian in the first place. In particular, ...
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A trace formula of two noncommutative operators

In many cases of quantum many-body problems, the Hamiltonian $H$ can always be divided into two parts, i.e. $H_0$ and $H'$. In this occasion, one can systemically calculate the partition function ...
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Plane wave solutions of the Majorana equation

Let u(p) and v(p) be the plane wave solutions of the Dirac equation with positive respectively negative energy. In case of a solution of the Majorana equation the charge-conjugated solution is ...
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Choice of framing in Gravitational Chern-Simons

I was trying to understand formula(2.21) in Witten's paper "Quantum Field Theory and Jones Polynomial"(link: https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.cmp/1104178138) (Page 360). There, it was mentioned, the ...
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Doubts with basic renormalization

When we renormalize to obtain the physical mass, the $\Lambda$ dependence of the physical mass is removed by introducing the counterterms in the Lagrangian. So whether we put ...
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Gaussian integral on a Riemannian manifold

How do I estimate the Gaussian integral $\int d^nx \sqrt{g(x)}~e^{-x^2} $ on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g=det~g_{\mu\nu})$? I've tried to consider $\sqrt{g(x)}$ as an analytic function and expanded it. ...
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Dynamics and kinematics of quantum field theory

What is the difference between dynamics and kinematics of quantum field theory? I read that in QFT there is no possibility to keep the two things distinct because of a problem with the separability of ...
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Spin magnetic moment direction of a particle

Is the spin magnetic moment of a fundamental particle like an electron always aligned along the direction of the spin angular momentum (meaning that the magnetic moment and the spin operators have the ...
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Uncertainty principle in quantum field theory

Can the uncertainty principle be derived in quantum field theory? If yes, does is have a different interpretation than quantum mechanics because the coordinates $x_i$ are now parameters and not ...
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Why is cut-off regularization is not Lorentz invariant?

Why is it said that the cut-off regularization is not a Lorentz invariant regularization method?
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Violation of unitarity: meaning and consequences

What is meant by unitarity and violation of unitarity of a QFT? For example, Fermi theory of beta decay is said to violate unitarity. How does violation of unitarity make a theory sick?
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$\phi^4$ theory two-loop contributions

Wherever I see calculations of two-loop contributions to the $\phi^4$ propagator (such as Peskin, page 328, on the bottom), only the sunset diagram (aka the Saturn diagram) is considered, but not, ...
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A question about a consequence of symmetry in $\phi^4$ theory

Why does the symmetry $\phi→-\phi$ mean that an amplitude can be written as $\alpha+\beta p^2+\gamma p^4+...$ without the odd terms in $p$? I understand that, due to this symmetry, any diagram in ...
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Why can't quantum field theory be quaternion instead of complex?

So, the definition of QFT in terms of path integrals is that the partition function is: $$Z[J] \propto \int e^{iS[\phi]+J.\phi} D[\phi]$$ But does it have any meaning if instead of this $U(1)$ ...
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What is the required differentiability of the solutions to do QFT?

Given a real scalar field satisfying: $$P\psi=(\square_{g}+m^{2})\psi=0$$ on a globally hyperbolic spacetime ($M,g_{ab}$). One can construct a $C^{*}$-algebra $A(M,g)$ ("the minimal algebra") which ...
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Why is the introduction of a quantization volume necessary for quantization of the EM field

I have been working through the quantization of the electromagnetic field, and every source I find introduces a quantization volume with periodic boundary conditions in the process, in which we fit ...
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Physical explanations for renormalization

Some related questions on Renormalization: Why is renormalization even necessary? My understanding is that the supposed problem is that the sums of certain amplitudes end up being infinite. But ...
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Wick's Theorem: Why is the vacuum expectation value of uncontracted operators zero?

I'm am right now reading Chapter 4.3 (Wick's Theorem) in Peskin & Schroeder. It is said that In the vacuum expectation value, any term in which there remain uncontracted operators gives zero ...
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Classical vacuum and quantum vacuum

How to determine the ground state of a classical field, for example an electromagnetic field? What is the difference between the the ground state of a classical field and that of a quantum field?
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QFT field expansion: Positive/negative energies and exponentials

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the exponentials in the field expansion and the energy of the of the particle being positive or negative. Is it necessary or is it a convention that ...
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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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Why can we set mass to zero in Yukawa RGE derivation?

In problem 12.1 from Peskin&Schroeder's book I have to derive the beta functions in massless Yukawa theory. What's the justification for setting mass to zero and what's the difference between ...
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Goldstone's theorem massless states

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around Goldstone's theorem proof as given by Itzykson & Zuber. The reasoning is pretty straightforward, but there's a result that's bothering me from a ...
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Field theory in four dimensions

I was reading Schwartz's book on QFT. In chapter 14.5 at p.267, while speaking about path integral he says: [...] the path integral (and field theories more generally) is only known to exist (i.e. ...
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What role does “spontaneously symmetry breaking” played in the “Higgs Mechanism”?

In talking about Higgs mechanism, the first part is always some introduction to the concept of spontaneously symmetry breaking (SSB), some people saying that Higgs mechanism is the results of SSB of ...
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How is polarization vector in QFT related to polarization in classical electrodynamics?

As i know in classical electrodynamics polarization shows the orientation of the electric vector in a plane perpendicular to the direction of propagation of light. But in quantum field theory ...
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Compton Scattering Feynman diagram integral expression

I'm trying to write down the integral expression according to the feynman-rules for this Diagram of an electron with compton scattering and a one-loop correction: ![Compton Scattering][1] ...
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A classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity

Consider a classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity. The relevant dynamical variables are $\chi^\mu (\tau)$ of the particle, the electromangetic potential ...
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Pseudoscalar particle decay

Suppose I want to calculate amplitude of pseudoscalar particle decay into electron + positron. Interaction Hamiltonian is given by (ignoring the positive and real constants) $\mathcal{H} = \bar{\psi} ...
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Creating an arbitrary state of the quantum simple harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

Suppose $\mathcal{B}=\{\lvert 0\rangle, \lvert 1\rangle, \lvert 2\rangle, ... \}$ is the energy eigen-basis of a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. I want to create the state \begin{equation} ...
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Current density defined by the scattering operator

I have a problem with the definition of the current density. In most literature it is defined as $j^\mu=\frac{i}{2}(S^*\frac{\partial S(A)}{\partial A_\mu(x)})$. I understand that normally we use ...
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Analogy between a classical discrete system and non classical continous system

Most introduction textbooks about quantum fieldtheory start with a discrete classical harmonic oscillator and then looks at it in the continuous quantized case (quantized field). This leads to the ...
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Does the Unruh effect really describe a thermal bath?

If we consider a free (massless scalar) field $\phi$ in Minkowski space and look at it in Rindler coordinates (which correspond to what an accelerated observer sees), we find that the action of the ...
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Why do tadpoles contribute to amplitudes?

In some quantum field theories tadpoles of the form                         ...
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Does spontaneous emission actually emit in a random direction, or is it measured in a random direction?

When an excited state couples to the vacuum, it has an infinite number of directions of the quantized electromagnetic field to couple to. Does it evolve into a superposition of all those directions at ...
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Is there a theoretic temperature where single quarks might become individually stable?

This question is what lead me to ask this. Strong force between quarks that are out of causal contact and my understanding of the standard model is that the answer is no - but the standard model ...
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Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant?

Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant or they mix under boosts?
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How does a photon mediate both electric attraction and repulsion?

The answer to this question probably lies in QFT, which I know just enough about to appreciate my current lack of understanding of the subject, if you follow me. About a year ago I asked our ...
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Invariance in Euclidean and Minkowski spaces

Consider Wick's rotation from Minkowski to Euclidean space in QFT. What is the connection between O(4) invariance in Euclidean space and Lorentz invariance in Minkowski space? If we define a quantity ...
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Are the pion fields in chiral perturbation theory complex or real fields?

The chiral perturbation theory Lagrangian is written $$\mathcal{L}_2=\frac{f_{\pi}^2}{4}Tr(D_{\mu}U^{\dagger}D^{\mu}U)$$ shouldn't we complex conjugate the first covariant derivative? what triggers ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...