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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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How does conservation of energy manifest itself quantum mechanically?

We know that classically, if we have some theory $\mathcal{L}$ such that the action $\int d^4 x \mathcal{L}$ is invariant under time translation, then we can use Noether's theorem to find that (the ...
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Apparent spacetime dependence of creation and annihilation operators

I'm currently going through An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Hartmut Wittig I've stumbled upon. Having trouble with equation (2.29), I'm asking the question: Do creation and annihilation ...
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Renormalization, integrating out high momenta Wilson way

In equation $(12.5)$ in Peskin and Schroeder, they write out the generating function but leave out all quadratic terms of the form $\phi\hat{\phi}$ arguing that they vanish since Fourier ...
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Heat dissipation of a quantum circuit of Hadamard gate and a loop

The following Q&A about reversible computing is available here. It has listed a number of practical scenarios where a reversible circuit can still be dissipating heat. Let's assume that none of ...
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particle and antiparticle notation

This may be a very simple question but I'm really confused. If $\psi$ represents a particle (a Dirac fermion). What is an anti-particle represented by? Is it $\bar\psi=\psi^\dagger\gamma^0$ or ...
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Can the strings in string theory be thought of as troughs in a field?

I figure that string theory is a new breed of QFT which looks at fields in terms of a network of strings and also incorporates gravity into its module, however my question is that since elementary ...
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What does an excitation in a field mean?

The term "field excitation" is used a lot especially when I hear about the Higgs boson. However, I cannot find an explanation of what precisely that means. I have a few questions relating to this. ...
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Pair production and initial separation

I was looking at the wiki article on electron-positron pair production (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_production) and have a question. The article states that the photon energy needs to exceed ...
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Electron's self-energy in QED in arbitrary gauge

Recently I've tried to evaluate electron's self-energy in QED in the second order of perturbation theory by using dimensional regularization. Corresponding 1PI-diagram leads to $$ \tag 1 ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking to subspace not giving massless bosons

I'm currently trying to understand spontaneously broken in general and have stumbled upon a weird result which doesn't seem to correspond to my knowledge about broken gauge symmetries. Suppose we ...
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Weinberg QFT Chapter 5: gamma matrices consistency

Currently reading through Weinberg's QFT book (Vol. 1) [readable in parts here]. In his derivation of the causal Dirac field in Ch. 5, he chooses his gamma matrices as (5.4.17) \begin{align} ...
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What is the four-dimensional representation of the $SU(2)$ generators?

Recently, I have been learning about non-Abelian gauge field theory by myself. Thanks @ACuriousMind very much, as with his help, I have made some progress. I am trying to extend the Dirac field ...
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Switching from sum to integral

I'm specifically asking about an equation in An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Peskin and Schroeder. Example from page 374: $$\mathrm{Tr} \log (\partial^2+m^2) = \sum_k \log(-k^2+m^2)$$ ...
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How is a photon measured?

If photons transmit the electromagnetic force, which is observable: the photon or the electron? Do we ever directly measure a photon, or do we only measure it's effect on electrons. For example ...
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Why is the effective action $\Gamma[\phi_c] \propto -(VT)$ (spacetime volume)?

I'm asking about equation $(11.50)$ in Peskin and Schroeder where they state that the effective action evaluated at the classical field is given by $$\tag{11.50}\Gamma[\phi_c] = -(VT)\cdot ...
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In what order should I read Greiner's books on theoretical physics? [on hold]

I've just finished undergraduate quantum mechanics course and would like to use Greiner's books to continue to study quantum field theory. In what order should I read his textbooks?
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Deconfinement at high T $\leftrightarrow$ spontaneous breaking of the center of the gauge group

I am reading Witten's "Anti-de Sitter Space, Thermal Phase Transitions, And Confinement In Gauge Theories" (see here), in which he connects the confinement-deconfinement transition in $\mathcal{N}=4$ ...
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Is QED valid for arbitrarily short length scale?

Solving the Renormalization Group equation the running coupling constant in quantum electrodynamics is given by $$\bar{\alpha}(q)=\frac{\alpha}{1-\frac{\alpha}{3\pi}\ln{\frac{q^2}{M^2}}}$$ (i) It is ...
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Energy conservation of Virtual Particles - Quantum Fluctuation?

I (as a middle-school student) was wondering how virtual particles even conserve energy of the entire system? I don't mean just the particle's energy, but conservation with respect to the ...
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breitenlohner freedman stability condition

I am looking for a simple way to derive the breitenlohner-freedman bound. Actually I can't understand why we have stability above the BF bound and instability below the BF bound,while both have ...
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Integration by parts [closed]

Zee in his book, Quantum field in a nutshell mentioned the following, p. 22: Equation (14): $$Z=\int{D\phi}e^{i\int d^4x{ {\frac{1}{2}[(\partial \phi)^2-m^2\phi^2]+J\phi}} }$$ He said then, ...
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How is $\varepsilon_+^\mu(p) = \bar{v}(k) \gamma^\mu u(p)$ derived?

The relation $$\varepsilon_+^\mu(p) = \bar{v}(k) \gamma^\mu u(p)$$ is sometimes used to ease calculations of Feynman amplitudes with external gluons (see for example here at (2.13)). Where does this ...
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What is the physical meaning of anti-commutator in quantum mechanics?

I gained a lot of physical intuition about commutators by reading this topic. What is the physical meaning of commutators in quantum mechanics? I have similar questions about the anti-commutators. ...
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Conductivity Matrix (Symmetry Information)

I'm trying to understand the symmetry content of the conductivity matrix: one information is, presence of time-reversal symmetry causes the off-diagonal terms to vanish. When this is broken (e.g. in ...
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Coupling of matter field with gauge boson and Goldstone boson:

What's the fundamental difference between the way a gauge boson gets coupled to a matter field, preferably a Fermionic field and the way a Goldstone boson gets coupled to the matter field ? In ...
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Teach me Wick's theorem the honest way

Generally speaking the average guy marginally acquainted with quantum field theory or advanced combinatorics describes Wick's theorem as some sort of correspondence between higher order differential ...
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Charge Conjugation Operator in Supermultiplet

Consider an $\mathcal{N}=1$ left-handed chiral supermultiplet. The particle content is $$L = (\phi\quad e_L) $$ where $\phi$ is a complex scalar and $e_L$ a left handed Weyl fermion. People usually ...
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Gauge choice after Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

After the spontaneous breakdown of local symmetry in presence of gauge fields (Higgs Mechanism), we can always choose a gauge where the Goldstone bosons are eaten up by the gauge field (also called ...
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Leptons slide between quarks? [closed]

I wonder if one of particles (maybe quarks?) are constructors of highways in 3d field for others floating around re/distributing energy by some (leptons?), restricted to laws set by (bosons?). If ...
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Uncharged Gluon Representation

I'm currently learning for an exam and in an old exam the question was posed: If Gluons were uncharged, under which representation would they transform? The ...
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Two different transformation laws for Quantum Fields

I found a nice answer to a problem that was bothering me for quite a while in a lecture script (unfortunately in german). The first step of the answer, is what remains unclear to me. The script states ...
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Supersymmetric Extension of Mirror Model

A brief description of Mirror Matter can be seen. Some papers about Mirror Matter : Berezhiani, Kolb, Seckel, Turner, Foot,Lew,Volkas Does anyone have some references about How to construct ...
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How to compute the normal ordered angular momentum of a Klein-Gordon real scalar in terms of ladder operators?

I'm trying to compute the angular momentum $$Q_i=-2\epsilon_{ijk}\int{d^3x}\,x^kT^{0j}\tag{1}$$ where ...
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Position operator in QFT

My Professor in QFT did a move which I cannot follow: Given the state $$\hat\phi|0\rangle = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3 2 E_p} a^\dagger_p e^{- i p_\mu x^\mu}|0\rangle,$$ he wanted to show that this ...
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Dalitz plot for $ \pi \to \gamma (1) + e^+ (2) + e^- (3) $

I am studying the decay above and I need an exact form of Dalitz plot in coordinates $m^2_{12}, m^2_{23}$ to integrate over three-particle phase-volume. Please, tell where to read about it? I tried ...
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What is the Quantum Transition Time for Photon Emission?

When an electron in an atom changes energy states to emit a photon, how long does the process take? Is this question even meaningful?
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Normal Ordering the phi^4 interaction

I am trying to quantize the quartic potential $\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^{4}$ in a box of side length $L$, with periodic boundary conditions. I have expanded the field ...
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How to see the ground state degeneracy (GSD) from a $BF$ theory in $2+1$ $d$?

I have seen many times the $BF$ theory has non-trivial ground state degeneracy (typically on torus), but I can not see how the conclusion come out. Recently I found a paper by Hansson, Oganesyan and ...
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Why do we believe in a “force” driven universe? [closed]

Why do we not believe in the potential for a "unified force field" universe, to the exclusion of the belief in the potential for a mechanical, gear driven universe, if the correct shape for the gear ...
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Temperature in CFT

Non-vanishing Temperature can break conformal symmetry(Can anyone show this point explicitly), my question is that in AdS/CFT the temperature of boundary field theory is non-zero, why the boundary ...
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Schrodinger Wave Functional (quantum fields) - Solving Functional Gaussian Integrals

Okay, So i'm doing some research that involves the Schrodinger representation in quantum field theory. The ground state wave functional for the Klein Gordon field is a generalized gaussian in position ...
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Non-invariance of the Interaction term in QED lagrangian

The interaction term in the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}_{int}=e\bar\psi\gamma^\mu A_\mu\psi$$ changes under a gauge transformation $$A_\mu\rightarrow A_\mu+\partial_\mu\chi$$ Doesn’t it affect the ...
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Is there some special case where a fermion can mediate a force?

Looking at the comments of this questions Does the gravitino contribute to the gravitational interaction? and even considering that the answers here in this other question Why are all force particles ...
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How Should I Think About the Dirac Equation?

In Weinberg's QFT Vol. 1 he says the Dirac equation is not a true generalization of Schrodinger's equation, that it does not stand up to inspection when viewed in this light. He says it should be ...
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In SUSY, why do fermions and gauge bosons in the same multiplet both transform in the adjoint representation of the gauge group?

I'm trying to understand a certain point about supersymmetry. We are dealing with a N=1 (i.e, one supersymmetric flavour), massless, four dimensional theory. Then the vector multiplet consists of a ...
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Time evolution operator of a periodic Hamiltonian

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian $H(t)$ with periodicity $T$. The time evolution operator in a full period is $$U_1=\cal{T}e^{-i\int_0^T H(t)\mathrm{d}t}$$, where $\cal{T}$ is time ordering operator; ...
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How to understand “always create before we annihilate, not the other way around”?

On the book QFT in a Nutshell by A.Zee page 61 writes Always create before we annihilate, not the other way around. —Anonymous But in this Phys.SE question we are doing it the other way ...
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Non-Perturbative feynman diagrams?

The wikipedia page for Feynman Diagrams claims that Thinking of Feynman diagrams as a perturbation series, nonperturbative effects like tunneling do not show up, because any effect that goes to ...
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Baryon in terms of quark fields

What is the most general way to write down a current describing a baryon made from quarks $\psi_i^\alpha$? Let's say we suppress flavour indices but want to write colour $(i,j)$ as well as spinor ...
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How to construct singlet and other multiplets from two triplets

Let an $SU(2)$ isotriplet operator is given by\begin{equation}\bar{l^c}i\tau_2\vec \tau l=l^T Ci\tau_2\vec \tau l\sim 3\end{equation} and an isotriplet Higgs field \begin{equation}\vec \Delta\sim ...