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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A Question about a $U(1)_{B-L}$

I know I can write the QCD lagrangian like this: $$ \mathcal{L} = (i\bar{q}_{R} \gamma_{\mu}\partial_{\mu} {q}_{R} + i\bar{q}_{L}\gamma_{\mu}\partial_{\mu} {q}_{L}) + \text{other terms} $$ When ...
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Connexion of S matrix and path integral

I have been studing the path integral formalism but all I am finding is how to calculate time ordering product. How can we connect it with the S-matrix in the canonical formalism?
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Confusion in understanding of quantum fluctuations and vacuum energy

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding what exactly is meant by a quantum fluctuation of a quantum field and its relation to the vacuum energy attributed to such a field. Is the point, that due ...
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Quantum field theory with constraint: energy-momentum conservation?

Suppose I have a 2-form field $B$ and a Lagrange multiplier field $\lambda$, then the Lagrangian $S = \int (B \wedge \delta B + \lambda \delta B \wedge \delta B)$ with a Lie derivative operator ...
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Singlet neutrinos decaying to Higgs bosons during leptogenesis

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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Do the broken symmetry functions of a Mexican hat potential form a smooth function throughout space?

When the symmetry of a Mexican hat potential is spontaneously broken, the new zero potential comes to lie on one of the points on the rim of the hat (the collections of potentials with zero as value). ...
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Propagator from Path integral

In class we have proved something like: $$ \frac{\partial^2 Z(J,\bar{J})}{\partial J(x) \partial \bar{J}(x')}\frac{1}{Z}|_{J=\bar{J}=0}=\Delta(x-x').$$ That by introducing source terms to path ...
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Vacuum expectation value in presence of a source

If a vacuum is translationally invariant i.e., $P^\mu|0\rangle=0$ or $e^{(\pm ip\cdot x)}|0\rangle=0$, we can express the the vacuum expectation value of a field as $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle$ as ...
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About series expansion of effective potential and its justification

The books on quantum field theory often uses an expansion of the effective action $\Gamma[\phi_c]$ in terms of $\phi_{cl}$ and its derivatives given by $$ \Gamma[\phi_c]=\int ...
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Klein Gordon, Dirac, Proca [on hold]

How do we know these equations : Klein-Gordon, Dirac, Proca is for spin 0, spin 1/2 , spin 1? How did people find Klein Gordon doesn't work for spin 1/2?
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Physical interpretations of the generating functions $Z[J]$ and $W[J]$ (or $E[J]$)

In quantum field theory, the generator of all Green's functions $Z[J]$ and that of the connected Green's functions $E[J]$ are related as $$Z[J]=\exp[-iE[J]]=\int D\phi\exp[i\int ...
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Quantizing highly nonlinear field-theories?

I'm wondering how to go about quantizing a classical field theory which looks nothing like a free field theory plus a perturbation term. Suppose for concreteness I have the classical hamiltonian $ ...
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Wilsonian vs 1PI

As a follow up to Difference between 1PI effective action and Wilsonian effective action, where can I find pedagogical material that highlights the similarities and differences between the 1PI and ...
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Hankel transformation of Yukawa potential [on hold]

This is a Hankel transformation problem that is used to do the 2-d Fourier transformation of Yukawa potential. We already know that $H_0(\frac{1}{z^2 + r^2}) = K_0(kz)$. Then what should be the right ...
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On shell and off shell simultaneously?

I am considering the following one loop virtual correction in the DIS process: where I have a quark of momentum $p$ coming in, emitting a gluon before interacting with a photon of momentum $q$ to ...
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Temperature in the Hamiltonian limit

There is a well known connection between statistical mechanics in D spatial dimensions and quantum field theory in D-1 spatial dimensions. Changing the temperature in statistical mechanics corresponds ...
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Determinant for a coupled fluctuation Lagrangian

Lets consider a bosonic physical system in variables $t, x$ and $y(x)$ ($x$ dependent) with a classical Lagrangian $L$. To first order in fluctuations $x \to x+\xi_1$ and $y \to y+\xi_2$ the ...
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How are the field operator and quantum state after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter individually?

How are the field operator $\hat{a}$, $\hat{a}^\dagger$ and the quantum state (like coherent state $|\alpha>$, Fock state $|n>$) changed after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter ...
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Yukawa Potential in non-relativistic limit

In Peskin's book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", on page 121 (section 4.7) , it tries to recover the Yukawa Potential in the nonrelativistic limit, but there's a simplification that I don't ...
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Derivation of eq 6.17, Peskin and Schroeder [on hold]

I am having trouble following a derivation in Peskin and Schroeder's textbook, namely equation 6.17 on page 182. It seems benign at first, but I am completely stuck. Essentially, we have an expression ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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What happens when two wavefunctions meet?

Apologies for the over-broad question(s), but I'm having a hard time finding out where to look to answer these myself: If a particle is a wavefunction describing a probability amplitude distributed ...
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Anomaly, Ward identity [on hold]

While studying notes on anomaly by Adel Bilal (http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.0634), I stuck in a calculation. Here it goes as follows: The three-current correlator in perturbation theory as a one-loop ...
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Determinants in path integrals in gauge theories and geometry

I know that in the formalism of path integral it is easy to show how determinants, corresponding to gauge fixing condition and FP ghosts, appear. But there is strict explanation of these determinants ...
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What is meant by the term “value” of a scalar quantum field?

During the slow roll of a scalar field, the scalar field is changing its value over time. But what is meant by the term "value" of a scalar field? Since the scalar field is quantized, I don't ...
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Simple, physical explanations for Hadamard behaviour of two-point functions

The two-point function of local quantum fields on a curved spacetime exhibits a singularity of a very particular form, known as Hadamard form, for null separated points $(x,y)$ (including the ...
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Rest mass of phonon: is this concept definable?

Phonons are obtaied by non-relativistic quantization of the lattice vibration. The dispersion relation is given by $\omega=c_s k$ where $c_s$ is the velocity of sound. What can we say about the mass ...
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From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum field theory to String theory?

Today during a very "unique" study session, I might have internalized why Quantum mechanics was not enough, and Quantum field theory makes sense. It seems the reasons are that When a potential is ...
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“Constant Fermion”

I was talking to a professor in my institution which works in Lorentz Violation of various QF theories. While we talk about a SUSY lagrangian, I asked him if we could have a fermion acquiring VEV and ...
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Reaching equilibrium in a blackbody and light-matter interaction

Suppose we have a metallic cavity maintained at a fixed temperature. Suppose we start with any distribution of radiation that is not in equilibrium with the container. Gradually, when the equilibrium ...
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Manipulating tensors in relativistic quantum mechanics

I was doing a problem that involved showing a Heisenberg equation of motion was consistent with the Dirac equation. The question involved a lot of algebra which was generally fine but something done ...
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What's the mathematical relation between 1PI Green's function and standard Green's function (in momentum space)? [on hold]

I need the mathematical relation between 1PI Green's function and standard Green's function (in momentum space) to derive the ward identity for 1PI Green's function for scale transformation(ref-broken ...
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Quartic interactions of a complex scalar field

For a quartic self-interaction of a complex scalar field (matrix), one can write the terms: $aTr((\phi^*\phi)^2)$ and $bTr(\phi^*\phi)^2$ ; the trace and the "double" trace term, with two different ...
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One-Loop Yukawa RGEs

I'm currently trying to understand how one can write the one-loop RGEs for the Yukawa couplings using the general formula: One example I'm interested in is how the author derives, using this ...
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Inner product of standard-momentum one-particle states in Weinberg

My question has essentially already been addressed in Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT (third question), but unfortunately ...
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Physical interpretation of the retarded vs. Feynman propagators?

We calculate the real-space propagator $\Delta(x)$ for a free real scalar field $\varphi(x)$ with mass $m$ by performing the Fourier transform (using sign convention +---) $$\Delta(x) = \int ...
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What justifies the dependence of the coupling renormalization constant in the dimensional regularization regulator?

I wanna clarify some issues about renormalization in the $\bar{MS}$ scheme that I glossed over when I first learnt about this stuff. I am following http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.7853 section 3.1. The ...
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With the descent of Newtonian mechanics is Newton's third law still valid?

Or more specifically, with the standard model, quantum theory and other advances in physics, all those experiments in CERN and other accelerators, was there any occurrence where this law was violated? ...
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LSZ formula in spontaneously broken gauge symmetry

The LSZ formula connects scattering amplitudes with the pole structure of correlation functions. I've only seen the derivation for $\phi^4$, and the poles where then simply the dressed propagators of ...
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What happens to Goldstone bosons in the Higgs potential after symmetry breaking?

When the gauge symmetry of our Lagrangian breaks spontaneously through the Higgs mechanism, we usually find that $n$ Higgs degrees of freedom become massless through the vacuum expecation value (vev), ...
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Virtual Photons [duplicate]

In QFT formalism of Feynman diagrams, all propagators must be off-shell otherwise they would end up being undefined. The latter implies that physically we might regard these force messengers (i.e. ...
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Is Bohmian Mechanics incompatible with loop corrections?

For those who continue to be unsatisfied with Quantum Mechanics (QM), Bohmian Mechanics (BM) is an alternative worth considering. It is sometimes claimed that BM is equivalent to QM, but Lubos Motl ...
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Schwartz QFT solution

Is there a way I Can find a solutions manual for Matthew Schwartz's "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" book?
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From Lagrangian to Feynman diagrams [closed]

Consider the the following Lagrangian of the $\phi ^4$ theory: $$\begin{align} \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} [\partial ^{\mu} \phi \partial _{\mu} \phi - m^2 \phi ^2] - \frac{\lambda}{4!} \phi ^4 ...
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Non-covariance of the higher rank propagator (from Weinberg's QFT textbook)

In chapter 6.2 of Weinberg's QFT Vol.1, he gave the general form of Wick contractions of all possible fields(scalar, spinor, vector, etc.), he showed ...
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How does a $\Theta$ function arise in this correlator?

I am currently reading the paper by Coleman on Symmetry breaking in 2d, which can be found here. On page 262 (4th page in the document), he is evaluating the following distribution: $$ ...
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Thermal mass and Thermal Width

I have a question about understanding the physical interpretation of the thermal mass and width of a particle. If we consider a particle in a plasma (which lets say is in the early universe and so ...
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How to calculate the contour integration with branch point? [closed]

The question come from a Mutusbara Sum like this $${ \sum _{ { z=i\omega }_{ n } } { \frac { -\alpha E\pi }{ 4{ z }^{ 3 }\sqrt { -\alpha -z } } } }$$ it equal a contour integral around Imaginary ...
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Gradient involved commutator in $\phi^4$ theory

In a phi fourth theory, the Hamiltonian density is: $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$$ Now I impose the usual equal time ...