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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Plane wave solutions of Dirac equation

I'm reading chapter 3 in Peskin on the Dirac equation. First of all, they say since Dirac satisfies Klein Gordon it can be written as a linear combination of plane waves. This is fine. So a general ...
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Can the sign of metric change physics?

Consider the Lagrangian of a massless real scalar (classical field) in $\phi(\textbf{x},t)$: $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu\phi\partial_\mu\phi$$ The Hamiltonian density in two different ...
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If the Higgs field has so few observable effects, what is its purpose in a theory? [on hold]

The Higgs boson makes absolutely no sense to me because despite the Higgs field's presence everywhere, its existence is very hard to confirm. Then why does we we posit that it exists? If it has so few ...
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What is the explicit decay width formula for a four body decay?

I'm trying to calculate the decay width for a theory with one particle having a decay mode into 4 particles. Does anyone know the explicit formula for this (not the generalized decay formula).
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Lorentz-invariant phase space of a three-body decay process

I am not following the use of delta function in the 3-body decay process. In $\gamma^* \to gq\bar{q}$ process, with $\gamma^*$ being a virtual photon, we have a phase space factor $$d^9R_3 = ...
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Solving the Klein-Gordon equation via Fourier transform

I have been writing a personal set of notes on QFT and I'm currently writing up a section on solving the Klein-Gordon (K-G) equation. I many texts that I've read, the author starts by expressing the ...
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Complex scalar theory: annihilation and creation operators give wrong commutators with Hamiltonian

The theory of a real (hermitian) scalar field can be found in many books and everywhere online. On the other hand, if we take the field non-hermitian, then I can only find notes on path integrals. I ...
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How was this one probability amplitude derived by Mattuck?

I'm reading A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem by Richard D. Mattuck (2nd edition). You can look at the relevant pages here. On page 45, he presents a formula for $D_t c_p(t)$. ...
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One-particle scattering: LSZ vs Feynman

This question is about Klein-Gordon theory (the field is hermitian). If I calculate the amplitude for the process $\phi\to\phi$, I get two different results depending on whether I use Feynman rules ...
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Question about the Georgi-Glashow model and the VEV of the scalar field

Consider the Georgi-Glashow model, an $SU(2)$ gauge theory with a real scalar in the adjoint (thus a 3-vector in the colour space) $\phi$. The Lagrangian is $$ L = -\frac{1}{4g^2} F_{\mu \nu}^{\, a} ...
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How is this possible that photons are absorbed?

From the lessons on QM, I got impression that there are some discrete orbitals that emit light when electron drops from one to another. Specific molecules emit light in very narrow bands, therefore. ...
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Commutation relations in second quantization

I know that for operators $a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)$ of the same type (fermionic or bosonic) $$ [a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = [a^\dagger (\chi_1), a^\dagger (\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = 0 \tag{1}$$ where $$\xi ...
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Klein-Gordon Green's function: derivative of delta distribution?

In Peskin/Schroeder there is an explicit calculation showing that the retarded Green's function of the real Klein-Gordon field $$D_R(x-y) ~\equiv~ \theta(x^0 - y^0) \langle 0 | [\phi(x), \phi(y)] ...
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A functional average calculation confusion within Gaussian planar model's RG

I am trying to follow some detailed calculation in a famous paper [John, B. Kogut, Rev. Mod. Phys. 51, 659 (1979), An introduction to lattice gauge theory and spin systems]. More precisely, please ...
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Coupling an electric charge to a gauge field. How is it done in this setup?

In page 9 of Tachikawa's N=2 susy dynamics for pedestrians it says that an electric particle with charge $n$ in the first quantised setup (in what sense first quantised?), Wick rotated to Euclidean ...
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Difference between Cosmologial Constant and Quantum Vacuum State

Hello I am very new to cosmology and quantum physics. I need some basic understanding (in Layman's term) of the Difference between Cosmological Constant and Quantum Vacuum. Cosmological Constant is, ...
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Problems 2.3 in Peskin's book [migrated]

It's about how to evaluate the integral below, $$ D(x-y)=\int \frac{d^3 p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2\sqrt{p^2+m^2}}e^{-i\vec p\cdot (\vec x-\vec y)} $$ it describes the amplitude for a scalar particle in ...
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Momentum eigenstates in an interacting quantum field theory

Context for the following questions: two widely stated claims hinge on what appears to be an inconsistent argument. The claims are that (1) an interacting field can produce, in addition to ...
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How to choose the proper loop correction?

I review my QFT lecture notes and I am having hard times to figure out the significance of Ward identity in vacuum polarization. In class, we calculated one loop correction stated as $$ ...
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Are the mass matrices the same if Higgs corresponding to different Cartan generators get a vev?

I'm trying to understand what happens when a Higgs field in the adjoint representation of a given gauge group gets a vacuum expecation value (vev). Normally, the fermions do not couple to adjoint ...
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Target Space Lorentz Invariance vs. World Sheet Weyl Invariance

The Polyakov action, $S\sim \int d^2\sigma\sqrt{\gamma}\, \gamma_{ab}\partial^a X^\mu \partial ^b X_\mu$, has the well known classical symmetries of world sheet diffeomorphism invariance, world ...
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Representation theory and the Nekrasov partition function

Is there any review or lecture notes on the Nekrasov partition function which particularly thinks of this from a representation theorist's point of view? Some possibly related references I know of ...
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Problem getting a product of traces out of a single trace in a chiral perturbation theory computation

I am stuck at a computation and I would appreciate any help. $U$ is the pion matrix in chiral perturbation theory $$U=e^{i\sigma_a\phi_a/f}$$ where $\sigma_a$ are Pauli matrices, $\phi_a$ are three ...
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Can you express the Feynman propagator as a limit?

At first I thought that the Feynman propagator was the limit of: $$ G(x) = \frac{1}{x^2 + i \varepsilon} $$ But if you apply the wave equation to this you get: $$ \Box G(x) = ...
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Time-independence of Hamiltonian of atomic chain

In the first chapter of Atland and Simons book he gives the Hamiltonian of the atomic chain $$ H[\pi,\phi] = \int dx \Bigg(\frac{\pi^2}{2m} + \frac{k_sa^2}{2}(\partial_x\phi)^2\Bigg) $$ After ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some linear combination of Higgs fields gets a VEV?

This is a follow-up question to this question. How can I compute which generators remain unbroken when a linear combination of Higgs fields $a \Phi_1+ b\Phi_2$ get a vev? If I compute the unbroken ...
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How unique are the quantum numbers we commonly use?

We use the eigenvalues of the Cartan generators (=diagonal generators) of a given gauge group as quantum numbers in physics. Are these numbers somehow fixed and if not, what transformations are ...
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Books on superconductivity and its relation to spontaneous symmetry breaking

I wish to understand more about the relationship between superconductivity and spontaneous symmetry breaking. I would also appreciate sources for learning about symmetry breaking and particles in more ...
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Unruh radiation and conservation of energy

Consider the Minkowski spacetime filled by some fields in their Minkowskian vaccum state. Now consider a Rindler observer carrying with him, say, one liter of water. According to Unruh formula, the ...
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Charged CFT observables and AdS/CFT

I have a simple question regarding the holographic dictionary when mapping operators on the CFT side to those in AdS. One piece of the dictionary is that a global symmetry maps onto a gauge symmetry ...
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In QFT are fields considered a property/function of spacetime? How do they become “excited”?

I am a total layman in physics, but I've been trying to understand the various existing theories and after reading/watching lectures on QFT for months I still can't find an answer to a few very basic ...
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QED and anomaly

I've just started to learn anomalies in quantum field theories. I have a question. How to show that QED is free from vector current anomaly and what would happen if it were not? In other words, how ...
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What is crossover?

It is known that EW and QCD phase transitions in SM are so-called "crossovers". What is the difference between crossover and phase transition of the second kind?
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Massive Gauge Bosons without Higgs Effect

In a possible theory like our Standard model but without a Higgs i.e.: $$ \mathcal{L}=i\bar{\Psi}_f\gamma_\mu D^\mu\Psi_f-\text{Tr}[G^b_{\mu\nu}G^{b\,\mu\nu}] $$ where $b,f$ run over the typical ...
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Consequences of local and global anomaly

Are the physical consequences of anomalies associated with a local symmetry is different from that of a global symmetry? If yes, why? We have global anomaly in the standard model but not local ...
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Time evolution of scalar field

Consider the quantized real scalar field acting on the vacuum state $\vert 0 \rangle $. We can interpret the state $\phi(\textbf{x})\vert 0 \rangle $ (defined in the Schrodinger picture at $t=0$) as a ...
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Instantons and Fivebranes

What is the general relationship between instantons and fivebranes? In the paper ``Magnetic Monopoles in String Theory'' by Gauntlett, Harvey and Liu, the authors state the fivebrane ansatz of ...
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What is the energy-conserving delta function

I am reading about the S-matrix in QFT (Standard Model book by Burgess and Moore) and I came across the energy-conserving delta function, which is factored out of the S-matrix. I would greatly ...
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Supersymmetric transformation of general Wess-Zumino Lagrangian

I suspect that I might have understood something wrong here. I'm trying to show that the general Wess-Zumino Lagrangian \begin{align} \mathcal{L} &= \int d^2\theta d^2\bar{\theta} K(\Phi^*, \Phi) ...
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How can I compute the orbit of a Higgs field?

In many papers that deal with symmetry breaking a concept called orbit is introduced: It is worth noting that if the potential is a minimum $\phi_0$ at a value of the field, then from (3.13) it is ...
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What is the defintion of a current-current diagram?

Right now I am facing some Feynman diagram calculations and in the instructions I am reading the phrase current-current diagram appears quite often so I wanted to know: What is the definition of a ...
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Does QFT prevent preparation of an entangled particle pair as in EPR experiment?

This is the claim Tommasini makes in Reality, Measurement and Locality in Quantum Field Theory:"Two spin $1/2$ particles, A and B, are created in coincidence in a spin-singlet state, and are detected ...
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Why does not the bare interaction potential appear in the Bogoliubov theory?

They use some effective potential defined by the s-wave scattering length, but not the bare atom-atom interaction $V(r)$. Why? It is standard practice in second quantization to use the bare ...
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Weinberg Volume I Equation (10.5.10) on page 451

I copy it here: $$\Delta'_{\mu\nu}(q)=\Delta_{\mu\nu}(q)+\Delta_{\mu\rho}(q) M^{\rho\sigma}(q) \Delta_{\sigma\nu}(q)$$. $\Delta_{\mu\nu}(q)$ is the bare photon propagator, and $\Delta'_{\mu\nu}(q)$ ...
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Counterterm Lagrangian and Renormalisation?

I am going through the notes on QFT by M. Srednicki (online: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html), and I am having a hard time to understand the "renormalised" Lagrangian. Consider a ...
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Large Spin operators and radial quantization

I've been reading the paper "Comments on operators with large Spin" (here) and I am having some trouble understanding the following: In section 2, they begin by studying, in a conformal field theory ...
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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude confusion

I keep seeing this for the vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude: $\langle 0,\infty|0,-\infty\rangle_J\,.$ What is $|0,-\infty\rangle_J?$ Am I to take the Hamiltonian with the source present, ie. ...
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How are scale of renormalization and scale of symmetry breaking related?

If symmetry breaking, e.g. with a potential $V=-\mu^2\phi^2 + \lambda \phi^4 $ occurs at a certain energy scale, and I now evolve to another scale via the Callan-Symanzik equations, does that change ...
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Do particles with exactly zero energy exist?

In my understanding, in Newtonian mechanics if something has no mass it cannot be said to "exist" since it cannot possibly have energy or momentum and thus cannot participate in interactions or be ...
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Is there a useful way to represent the optical theorem in the parametric representation?

The usual way to represent the optical theorem for Feynman diagrams is through the Cutkosky rules. The proof of these rules works by considering the momentum representation and performing the iterated ...