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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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

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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Why on-shell vs. off-shell matters?

The definitions between on- and off-shell are given in Wikipedia. Why is it so important in QFT to distinguish these two notions ?
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Quantum field theory meson scattering calculation (scalar yukawa theory)

Please see this question for a clear background of the notation I use. My issue is that I want to use Wick's theorem to calculate the amplitude of meson ...
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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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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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Two photons transition

if an atom in its ground state is coupled to an electromagnetic field it can absorb a photon if the EM field contains one with the right frequency. These transitions depends on $⟨f|H_i|i⟩$ (from ...
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Entanglement in single particle state

Is it possible that we have entanglement in different degrees of freedom of a singe particle. like spin and linear momentum .
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Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously?

Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously? Mainly with respect to quantum gravity or gauge theores, abelian or non-abelian? Anyone doing any research on axiomatization of QFTs in some way?
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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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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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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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$\mathrm{d} \Omega_{CM}$ 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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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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Massless Thirring Model in 1+1 Dimensions

In Coleman's paper, "Quantum sine-Gordon equation as the massive Thirring Model" (link to Phys Rev D article), he pointed out that the massless Thirring Model is exactly scale invariant. More over, ...
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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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Log-interaction term calculation

I have a question regarding calculating the following integral with cutoff. $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{d\omega}{|\omega|} \cos(\omega(\tau_i-\tau_j)-1)$$ How should I set up the correct cutoff ...
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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Superficial Degree of Divergence for Feynman Diagrams

The superficial degree of divergence for a diagram is defined as the power of $k$ in the nominator minus the power of $k$ in the denominator. It is written to be equal to $4\times$ ...
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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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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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Relation between symmetry factors

In $\phi^3$ theory, the generating functional for interacting field theory is given by: $$ Z_1(J) = \sum_{V=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{V!} \Big[ \frac{iZ_g g}{6} \int \Big( \frac{1}{i}\frac{\delta}{\delta ...
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Mass generation by Chern-Simons theory

Why the mass generation via a Higgs mechanism is different from that of Chern-Simons theory? I haven't done any formal course in Quantum field theory,so how do I understand this just having some basic ...
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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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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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Time-orded operator in Srednicki

On page 51 Srednicki states, "Note that the operators are in time order...we can insert $T$ without changing anything". This I agree with. But then on the next paragraph he states "The time order ...
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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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How do I construct the $SU(2)$ representation of the Lorentz Group using $SU(2)\times SU(2)\sim SO(3,1)$ ?

This question is based on problem II.3.1 in Anthony Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (I'm reading this for fun- it isn't a homework problem.) Show, by explicit calculation, that ...
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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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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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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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Negative sign in the Dirac term from the SUSY Kahler potential

I want to calculate the Dirac term from the canonical Kahler potential, \begin{equation} K = \Phi ^\ast \Phi \tag{1} \end{equation} but I'm coming across a pesky negative sign in the final result. I ...
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How does the nature of nuclear force change between attractive or repulsive based on distance?

I know that the nuclear force is responsible for binding the protons and neutrons together in the nucleus. The force is powerfully attractive at small separations and rapidly decreases as the distance ...