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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Higgs mechanism and neutral fields

Consider a Lagrangian $L(\phi,A_{\mu})$ with $\phi$ being some scalar field and $A_{\mu}$ some dynamical U(1) gauge field that minimally couples to $\phi$. Under a global U(1) symmetry the field ...
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In what sense do Goldstone bosons live in the coset?

Goldstone's theorem says that if a group, $G$, is broken into its subgroup, $H$, then massless particles will appear. The number of massless particles are given by the dimension of the coset, $G/H$. ...
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Can weakness of gravity explore new dimensions

Since gravitational force is weakest force out of the four fundamental fources at the microscopic level. Is it possible that gravitational force is strong in a particular direction at a new ...
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Thermal propagator for a scalar field (KMS condition)

I'm having some troubles following the derivation of the scalar field thermal propagator. I'm following the article "Finite Temperature Quantum Field Theory in Minkwoski space" by Niemi and Semenoff ...
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Parity transformation of polarization vectors

In quantum field theory, for vector fields, we can write the following expansion: $$V^\mu = \sum_{p,\lambda} \left[ \epsilon^{\lambda, \mu}\left(p\right) a^\lambda\left(p\right)e^{-ip \cdot x} + ...
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QFT in curved space [on hold]

Can someone exactly tell me what one gains from doing QFT in curved space, and how reliable these new results are. I want to know if it is worth while putting some man hours towards this. Please ...
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Conflict between Lippmann–Schwinger equation and Gell-Mann and Low theorem about energy

Lippmann–Schwinger equation states that scattering state will have the same energy as free state, while Gell-Mann Low theorem says that they have different enery. Lippmann–Schwinger equation says: ...
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Photon Angular Momentum

Essentially I am wanting to evaluate $$\langle j\, m \mid a^\dagger(\mathbf{k}, \lambda) \mid 0 \rangle \,,$$ where $\lambda$ indicates the circular polarization (about $\mathbf{k}$). We have that ...
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Where does this term “shell” with prefix “on-/off-” come from?

Is there some historical reasons or is there a specific reason behind it? This question is connected to: Why on-shell vs. off-shell matters?
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Entropy of Reeh-Schlieder correlations

Any state analytic in energy (which includes most physical states since they have bounded energy) contains non-local correlations described by the Reeh-Schlieder theorem in AQFT. It is further shown ...
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Polar Decomposition of a Complex Scalar Field

People often write a complex scalar field via polar decomposition. What does this parametrization precisely mean? To be more explicit consider the following Lagrangian of a complex scalar field with ...
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Finding the creation/annihilation operators

Using Minkowski signature $(+,-,-,-)$, for the Lagrangian density $${\cal L}=\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi^{\dagger}-m^2\phi \phi^{\dagger}$$ of the complex scalar field, we have the field ...
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Is it possible to define a notion of temperature in a microcanonical ensemble?

I am thinking of a mircrocanonical ensemble as a finite system for which the number of particles, volume and the total energy is fixed. Is there a more refined view of this? Can I think of ...
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$\mathrm{d} \Omega_{CM}$ for a $1\rightarrow 2$ particle decay?

The differential solid angle is described in e.g. Srednicki's QFT text but only for the case of scattering. Because in the case of scattering it's defined with respect to the incoming three-momentum ...
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How to get conserved currents of a theory which are not Noether currents?

In the first SuSy lecture last week following theory of two real scalar fields has been considered as a first example: $$\mathcal{L}=(\partial_\mu \phi_1)^2/2+(\partial_\mu ...
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How use the Higgs branching ratio plot to extract information about the Higgs mass compared to experiment?

What does the plot of higgs branching ratio (see figure below) say about the higgs mass anyway? How can one use it as a guide to find the higgs mass experimentally? If we e.g. go to $M_H=126$ GeV ...
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All angle dependence in $\mathrm{d}LIPS_2$?

Recall that $\mathrm{d}LIPS_2$ (one particle decaying into two particles of the same mass) is given by $$\mathrm{d}LIPS_2 = \frac{\vert{\bf k_1'}\vert}{16\pi^2\sqrt{s}}\mathrm{d}\Omega_{cm}.$$ In a ...
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Mandelstam variables 1 positive 2 negative

The three Mandelstam-variables are defined as: $$s=(p_A+p_B)^2=(p_C+p_D)^2,$$$$t=(p_A-p_C)^2=(p_B-p_D)^2$$$$u=(p_A-p_D)^2=(p_B-p_C)^2.$$ Where A and B are the incoming particles and C and D are the ...
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One question about Weinberg's derivation of arbitrary spin fields expressions

In his book "QFT" (vol. 1) Weinberg writes the expression for an arbitrary spin massive field: $$ \hat {\Psi}_{a}(x) = \sum_{\sigma = -s}^{s} \int \frac{d^{3}\mathbf p}{\sqrt{(2 \pi)^{3}2 ...
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Epsilon Tensor in FeynCalc

A few days ago I started to use the Mathematica package FeynCalc and one thing confuses me: Assume we have a four-vector $p_\mu$ and we contract it with the epsilon tensor. FeynCalc produces ...
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Dirac operator Feynman propagator

Is it true that the following identity holds for the Feynman prescription Dirac propagator: $$ S_F(x) \stackrel{?}{=} \gamma^0[S_F(-x)]^\dagger\gamma^0 $$ where $S_F$ is defined as the Green's ...
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why cannot fermions have non-zero vacuum expectation value?

In quantum field theory, scalar can take non-zero vacuum expectation value(vev). And this way they break symmetry of the Lagrangian. Now my question is what will happen if the fermions in the theory ...
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why do the electroweak vacuum have to be charge and color neutral?

My question is why the electroweak vacuum of the Standard Model have to electroweak charge and QCD color neutral? What goes wrong if electroweak vacuum has either non-zero charge or color quantum ...
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Regulating a particular function

I am interested in computing the integral of this function: \begin{align} \int_0^\infty\frac{2du(u^2+1)}{(1-e^{2\pi u})}, \end{align} which of course at first sight, does not converge. But in QFT ...
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can interaction between a massless fermion and external sourse exist?

For example, let's consider the electromagnetic interaction between a massless fermion and a electromagnetic externel sourse $A^\mu$, then the lagrangian is ...
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Lorentz transformations of fields evaluated at a point

I'm am sure that I must be missing something very simple, so apologies in advance. Considering the Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ of a spinor fields, for the plane-wave solution $u(p)$, I cannot ...
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About the recent discovery of 4-quark boundstates.

I am referring to this, http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2014/04/lhcb-confirms-existence-exotic-hadron So how does this work if we stick to keeping quarks in the 3 dimensional fundamental ...
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Fermion propagator is not a Grassmann-odd object?

Is the following differentiation correct: $$ \frac{\delta}{\delta\eta\left(z\right)}\int d^{4}yS_{F}\left(z-y\right)\eta\left(y\right) = S_F\left(z-z\right)$$ where $\eta$ is a Grassmann-valued ...
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Defining quantum effective action (Legendre transformation), existence of inverse (field - source)?

Given a Quantum field theory, for a scalar field $\phi$ with generic Action $S[\phi]$, we have the generating functional $$Z[J] = e^{iW[J]} = \frac{\int \mathcal{D}\phi e^{i(S[\phi]+\int d^4x ...
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$P$ symmetry that is apparent with one definition of fields but not with another

Suppose that we have a Lagrangian density like $$\mathcal L = -\frac{1}{4} \operatorname{tr} F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} + \frac{\theta}{32\pi^2} \operatorname{tr} \big( \epsilon^{\mu\nu\rho\sigma} ...
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Is $\langle k \vert k_1k_2\rangle=0$

Using that $$ \vert k_1k_2\rangle = a^\dagger({\bf k_1})a^\dagger({\bf k_2})\vert 0 \rangle$$ and the commutation relations $$[a({\bf k}),a^\dagger({\bf k'})]=(2\pi)^32\omega\delta^3(\bf {k}- \bf ...
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Normalization of $\langle p_1 p_2 \vert p\rangle$ in RelQM and NonRelQM

Suppose a particle p of three momentum $\vec p$ decays into two particles of 3-momentum $\vec p_1$ and $\vec p_2$. I know the question might sound stupid but right now my brain is full stop: Is the ...
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A question about propagator of Maxwell field in different gauge

The propagator of Maxwell theory is different, depending on the gauge fixing procedure used. Then why will the S-matrix elements be the same for the same process in different gauges?
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References on $C^{*}$-algerbas, $W^{*}$-algebras and Quantum Theories

I would like to know some references regarding $C^{*}$ and $W^{*}$-algebras and quantum theories. I'm interested in concrete physical applications, models and problems. Here it is the list of ...
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What is the meaning of the negative vacuum expectation value of the Higgs field? Do we see it in nature?

In studying about the Higgs field and related, I find little mention of the equilibrium point at -V. I would like help conceptualizing what a negative vacuum expectation value is, ideally with respect ...
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Functional integral aproach for Feynman rules

I am familiar with the basic ideas of quantum field theory but I feel uncomfortable when I have to derive Feynman rules by myself for a given action (for example in non-linear sigma models or ...
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Anti-symmetric forms on Dirac spinors

In order to describe invariant forms on Dirac spinors $S$ one can find trivial subrepresentations in $S \otimes S$. If we use $S \cong (1/2, 0) \oplus (0, 1/2)$ then \begin{multline} [(1/2, 0) ...
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Why is the periodicity of fields in finite temperature QCD consequence of Trace in the action?

In finite temperature QCD, the gauge fields must be periodic in temporal direction. They say this is the consequence of trace in the action for gauge fields. How does trace imply that the fields must ...
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Nature of Microscopic space-time

I am going through the introductory chapter's of Schwinger's Source theory. He writes, It [Source Theory] is a phenomenological theory, designed to describe the observed particles. No speculations ...
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Connection between QFT and statistical physics of phase transitions

I have heard that there is a deep connection between QFT (emphasized by its path-integral formulation) and statistical physics of critical systems and phase transitions. I have only a basic course in ...
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Allowed interactions in bosonic string theory

In a quantum field theory, only a finite set of interactions are allowed, determined by the Lagrangian of the theory which specifies the interaction vertex Feynman rules. In string theory, an ...
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Understanding Bose enhancement in reheating

I'm struggling to understand the Bose enhancement in reheating. I've read that: At the end of inflation, the inflaton field, $\phi$, is something like a condensate with excitations of a single ...
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How to prove useful property of logarithm of generating functional in QFT?

How to prove that $\ln(Z(J))$ generates only connected Feynman diagrams? I can't find the proof of this statement, and have only met its demonstrations for case of 2- and 4-point.
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'There shall be reheating' and other inflation-related questions [closed]

I've some basic questions about inflation: What is reheating exactly? What triggered the reheating? Is it something that one pulls out of a hat? Through which force did the decay of the inflation ...
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Zero Energy States in 2D Systems

Since we are on a planar system (2D system) the massless Dirac equation reads $$\vec{\alpha}\cdot(\vec{p}-e\vec{A})\psi_E=E\psi_E$$ Here Dirac matrices are Pauli matrices ($\alpha^1=-\sigma^2$ , ...
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Entanglement entropy and area law

I am currently reading a review "Area law for the entanglement entropy" by Eisert, Cramer and Plenio (2010). From what I understand: In one dimension, for local gapped models, we have an area law ...
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Normalization of Source Terms in Large-N Gauge Theory

Typically when you do the counting for large N gauge theory, you rescale fields so that the Lagrangian takes the form \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=N[-\frac{1}{2g^2}TrF^2+\bar{\psi}_i\gamma^\mu D_\mu ...
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Electron Electric Field Mass?

I am confused of whether or not the expected electromagnetic field generated by the point-like electric charge of the electron distributed smoothly across space as a probability distribution creates ...
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Why Green's function will diverge at the same spacetime point?

In $d+1$ dimensional quantum field theory, the 2-point Green's function will diverge at the same spacetime point when $d\geq1$. When $d=0$, $\phi(t)=q(t)$, that is the case of QM, and 2-point Green's ...
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Anomalous Dimensions of Gauge Interactions

Peskin and Schroeder mention a few times that the anomalous dimension of a gauge interaction operator is zero. The justification for this is that the charge operator shouldn't get modified under ...