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When is quantum optics “correct”?

What is the regime under which we may consider quantum optics description of light a good approximation of a more correct theory such as QED? By quantum optics I mean describing the electromagnetic ...
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What's the value of the coupling constant in interacting field theories?

Consider this Lagrangian : $L = \frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \Phi)^2 - \frac{M^2}{2}\Phi^2 +\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \phi)^2 -\frac{m^2}{2} \phi^2 -\mu\Phi\phi^2$ Its interaction term is given by : ...
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Does one really need classical physics in order to understand quantum physics? [closed]

I want to start studying quantum mechanics, and then move to quantum field theory. I have a strong mathematical background, and I think this aspect of quantum physics won't be a problem to me. Though, ...
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Atomic Brownian Motion

Since atoms 'wiggle' proportionally to their energy level, I have two questions: Does it last 'forever'? Absolute Zero question And so, is this 'flux' a fundamental force? Then as an extra ...
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Problem books like I.E. Irodov for advanced physics [duplicate]

I really enjoyed doing problems from Irodov while learning introductory physics. But I am not able to find a book like that for Graduate level physics. Can you suggest me a book which has good (and ...
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Using local U(1) Transformation to solve Problem in Path Integral [duplicate]

When we develop photon path integral, we assume that the current is always conserved. But if we consider interaction between electron/positron and photon, the Noether current is conserved only when ...
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Is negative mass for a bound system of two particles forbidden?

Is there any theorem that forbids the bound system of two massive particles to have negative mass?
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Propagators, path Integrals, transition amplitudes, Green's functions etc

I'm trying to make a simple conceptual map regarding some of the things in the title as they pertain to quantum mechanics and or quantum field theory, and I'm finding that I'm a little perplexed about ...
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Quantum field theory: field operators in terms of creation/annihilation operators

I am learning Quantum Field Theory and there is a step in my notes that I do not really understand. It starts with the classical definitions of position $q$ and momentum $p$: $$ q = ...
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Why do people look for a field formalism for String Theory

String theory was originally formulated from a perturbative description (using quantum mechanics (QM) and replacing points by strings and evaluating path integral). Still, although QM has an upgrade ...
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General definition of vector spinor and spin

I am looking for basic and exact definitions of fundamental physical consepts in graduate level. I reach this following definitions. Could you please help to improve these definitions. Spin: ...
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Is the harmonic oscillator potential unique in having equally spaced discrete energy levels?

I was wondering if the good old quadratic potential was the only potential with equally spaced eigenvalues. Obviously you can construct others, such as a potential that is infinite in some places and ...
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The relationship between angular and linear momentum

Why is orbital angular momentum not 0 when spin and linear momentum are not collinear? Why can it be 0 when spin and linear momentum are parallel? Like in the example of a scalar field at rest ...
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1-particle momentum eigenfunction in terms of field operator for real Klein-Gordon field

Suppose $\phi(x)$ is a real Klein-Gordon field, then the single-particle wave function $\psi(x)$ corresponding to a momentum $p$ is given by (QFT, Ryder) $$\psi_p(x)=\langle0|\phi(x)|p\rangle.$$ The ...
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Is there any difference between massless Dirac fermions and Weyl fermions?

In graphene we call the low energy excitations around the Dirac point Dirac fermions, which are massless. Is this just by convention or is there any further differences between massless Dirac ...
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The need for a 'particle description' of electrons

Is there any phenomenon where the 'wave description' of the electron's motion is not applicable? The reason for this question is to find out if there are any situations were quantum wave theories ...
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What is the mechanism for equilibration?

I read on page 5 of Matthew Schwartz' book QFT & the SM that if you heat a box with monochromatic light, then (later) all the frequencies will get excited. The author says that particles have to ...
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Properties of the Scalar Field in Scalar-Tensor Theories

I've been reading about scalar-tensor theories of gravity, such as Brans-Dicke theory, and I started thinking about the scalar field. Now, I know that the Higgs field is a scalar field, and of course ...
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Understanding the four fundamental forces of the standard model - are they magic [closed]

Don't misunderstand the question, my purpose is exploration and understanding of what defines "mainstream physics". It is not asked idly, or with ill purpose.... My understanding of current ...
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Size of an elementary particle [duplicate]

Do we have a well defined mathematical expression denoting the size of a fundamental particle with no internal structure (electron for example) ? If we do, how does it fit in with the uncertainty ...
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Why do people say “Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon).”?

Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon, etc.). I read this in a paper (version1 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.3728v1, 1st page 1st ...
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Local number operators in quantum field theory

Redhead claims in his paper "More ado about nothing" (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02054660) that number operators associated with different space points (at fixed time) fail to ...
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Does this photograph portray double muon impact with nanogold atoms?

1PHOTO 1: Macro-photograph of an NIH/FDA TEM of a nanogold dark stained biological sample projected onto Silver Halide (AgX) photographic gel paper. On June 10 I questioned if PHOTO 1 ...
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Does yukawa potential of two particles have effect on each other? [closed]

Okay,a novice here.Suppose two particle interact with Higgs field.Does The Yukawa potential created by each of them affect each other or the interaction in any way.If so,what is it physical ...
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Complex Dirac field in antiparticle description

I understand that the Dirac equation has negative and positive sets of solutions and this contributes to its quantization by a superposition of two Fourier modes represented as creation and ...
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What is the most general definition of a bosonic Gaussian state?

I am reading this paper where the definition of the bosonic state is mentioned on page 2 here :- http://arxiv.org/pdf/0806.1625.pdf . From a general definition of any density operator in terms of ...
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What is the analogy of $|x\rangle$ in quantum field theory?

Let me start from path integral formulation in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. In QM, we have $$ U(x_b,x_a;T) = \langle x_b | U(T) |x_a \rangle= \int \mathcal{D}q e^{iS} \tag{1} $$ ...
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Noether's Theorem: Foundations

I'm wondering on what principles Noether's theorem foots. More precisely: The action is a functional on the fields only. Why do we consider then variations of the space time too? In principle careful ...
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What does this question about entanglement and classical geometry mean?

Below is the question from Andy Strominger's presentation at the String 2014 conference. The question was asked by credible physicist Ashoke Sen as an important question. "What is the precise ...
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Schrödinger evolution for a Klein-Gordon equation

I have a problem with the transition from quantum relativistic wave equations (specifically Klein-Gordon equation) to QFT, since a lot of assumptions seem implicit. For example I have a problem with ...
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First quantization version of quantum field theory

In quantum mechanics, we have the word second quantization for identical particles. However, when dealing with localized states, first quantization version of quantum mechanics is also very ...
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From Symmetry Group to Physics Equations

To the extent that I know: There are symmetry groups like the rotation groups SO(3), the Groups of Poincare Transformations,... If the physics of a system has a symmetry group G, then it can be ...
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Which is more fundamental, Fields or Particles?

I hope that I am using appropriate terminology. My confusion about quantum theory (beyond my obvious unfamiliarity with its terminology) is basically twofold: I lack an adequate understanding of ...
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Why is string theory a two dimensional quantum (conformal) field theory on its worldsheet?

In string theory, we quantize the two dimensional field theory on the string's worldsheet. I have a question about this kind of quantization of string theory: did we have similar theory for point-like ...
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CPT symmetries for a free Klein-Gordon equation and in minimal coupling

I'm studying for an exam on relativistic quantum mechanics and one of the issues to prepare is about symmetries of Klein-Gordon equation concerning $C$, $P$, $T$ transformations for a free field, and ...
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Most natural tensor structure for a quantum field

A quantum field is described by a Hilbert space. In many instances, the chosen tensor structure on this Hilbert space corresponds to that of space-like separated regions of space-time. The ...
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The relation between classical and quantum vacua

First let me clarify what I mean by vacuum. Suppose we are concerned with a theory of fields $\phi ^i$ defined on a stationary globally hyperbolic spacetime $M$ (I want the spacetime to be stationary ...
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Ground state of a quantum mechanical system

When looking back at my courses of quantum mechanics, I noticed that assumptions about the ground state of a quantum mechanical system where rather vague and unprecise. It is always assumed that a ...
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Principle of locality

Why does the principle of locality have so such great importance in physics that theory should be consistent with it?
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Derivation of neutrino oscillation phase factor

As we know, the neutrino $\nu_{\alpha}$ with flavor $\alpha=e,\mu,\tau$ is a linear combination of mass eigenstates: $$ |\nu_{\alpha}\rangle=\sum_iU_{\alpha i}|\nu_i\rangle,\quad i=1,2,3 $$ where the ...
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Probability density of Klein-Gordon equation

This may, perhaps, stir some healthy debate; at least I am having some "fun" thinking about it, hopefully I can solicit some outside views too. It is often regarded that the Klein-Gordon equation ...
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Box normalization

Whenever we study free fields, the solutions of these fields (or particles, whatever feels most comfortable) are always given by plane waves. The dispersion-relation $\omega=\omega(k)$ will of course ...
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Angular momentum of anyons

Why is it true that anyons can have angular momentum taking any real value? Why aren't they restricted to the $j(j+1)$ integer values most are familar with?
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Euclidean functional Integrals

In the chapter "Uses of Instantons" from the book "aspects of symmetry" by Sidney Coleman I have come across the euclidean version of the path integral in semi-classical approximation. To evaluate the ...
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Ladder operator on momentum basis

Since in Quantum mechanics momentum operator can be written in terms of ladder operators $$\widehat{p}=-i\sqrt\frac{{\hbar m \omega}}{2}(\widehat{a}-\widehat{a}^\dagger)$$ these operators operate on ...
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Physical meaning of the creation or annihilation operators for a N-electron gases?

For a N-electron gases in a finite volume V, what is the meaning of the first "=" in the following expression: ...
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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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Quantum Logic and Quantum Field Theory

Quantum Logic is a very interesting and powerful answer to the problem of Quantum Mechanics foundations. Nevertheless this approach is usually developed in a non-relativistic framework. Is it still ...
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are sub-atomic particles really particles or mere concepts in our minds? [closed]

are sub-atomic particles really particles or mere concepts in our minds? do they exist independently of human thought? In the tenth century, Ibn al-Haytham initiated the view that light proceeds ...