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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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...
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Energy conservation limited by uncertainty principle

The way I learned it from practicing Fourier analysis and signal processing besides quantum mechanics, is that Energy conservation cannot be achieved in short time scales, and that limits energy ...
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How Uncertainty Principle, Vacumm fluctuations and Energy Conservation coexist in QFT?

Recently I had a debate about the uncertainty principle in QFT that made me even more confused.. Because we use Furrier transforms in QFT we should have an analogue to the usual Heisenberg ...
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What is meant by the phrase “this operator does not renormalize this other operator”, and how can understand it using diagrammatic arguments?

I am trying to understand some sentences in a paper. In section two the following theory of a (complex) massless scalar coupled to a $U(1)$ gauge boson is introduced ...
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Functional integral in spontaneous symmetry breaking

So, functional integral is defined to be (with $\lvert\Omega\rangle$ is the vacuum state): $$\frac{\langle\Omega\rvert ... \lvert\Omega\rangle}{\langle\Omega\vert\Omega\rangle} = \int \mathcal{D} ...
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Lagrangian to Hamiltonian in Quantum Field Theory

While deriving Hamiltonian from Lagrangian density, we use the formula $$\mathcal{H} ~=~ \pi \dot{\phi} - \mathcal{L}.$$ But since we are considering space and time as parameters, why the formula ...
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Momentum Space Renormalization of $\phi ^6 $ Model

I'm trying to find the RG flow to lowest order in $\epsilon = 3 -d $ for the energy functional: $$ f=\frac{1}{2} \phi ^2 +u \phi ^6 +\frac{c}{2} (\nabla \phi ) ^2 $$ where $\ d$ is the dimension ...
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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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Motivation to introduce von Neumann algebras in addition to $C^*$algebras?

Observables are self-adjoint elements of a $C^*$algebra. As such, this structure seems sufficient to describe physics. A theorem by Gelfand and Naimark says that a $C^*$algebra can always be ...
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Are gauge theories always renormalizable?

Speaking of quantum field theories. Is one of the following implications correct? gauge theory (gauge invariant) => renormalizable renormalizable => gauge theory (gauge invariant) If yes do you ...
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'schrodinger' picture in measurement based topological quantum computation

I am looking at the measurement processes in topological quantum computation (TQC) as mentioned here http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.7929 and in other measurement based TQC papers. Let's say I start with ...
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Does regularity of distributions have anything to do with definiteness of their product?

Recently I've gone through some literature concerning causal perturbation theory (CPT). As is well known, it deals with UV divergences in QFT by defining products of (operator-valued) distributions ...
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What makes *electric* charge special (wrt. CPT theorem)?

I'm wondering why the 'C' in CPT - charge conjugation - refers specifically to electric charge. Of course you could say that C is just defined as $e^+ \leftrightarrow e^-$... but there has to be ...
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Weak force: attractive or repulsive?

We are always told that there are the four fundamental forces or interactions of nature: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces. We know that gravitation is attractive, that ...
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Vacuum stability in quantum field theory

What exactly do people mean when they talk about the scale dependence of the effective potential ($V$)? I explain the motivation for my question (and hence my confusion) below. Please correct me as ...
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Scattering amplitude, link between quantum mechanics and QFT

In quantum mechanics, we can define the scattering amplitude $f_k(\theta)$ for two particles as the magnitude of an outgoing spherical wave. More precisely, the asymptotic behaviour (when ...
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Wave functions in complex scalar free field theory?

Consider free complex scalar theory. Let's denote $a(p)^{\dagger}$ as the particle creation operator, and $b(p)^{\dagger}$ as the antiparticle creation operator. I know that an arbitrary one particle ...
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QFT question, scalar field and so on

$\newcommand{\bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 |}$ I have such a problem with a proof. I'm studying the two point correlation ...
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If proton spin emergence from quarks and gluons is mysterious, why is silver atom spin not?

A recent Scientific American article brought up an old issue, which is this: According to quantum chromodynamic models, the emergence of exactly 1/2 unit of spin in a proton (or a neutron, or any ...
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Can elementary particles be rightfully considered quasiparticles?

Can elementary particles rightfully considered quasiparticles? I have this association, because renormalization makes particle properties, like mass and couplings, energy-dependent quantities, even in ...
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Charged-current: Why does the neutrino interact with the down-quark?

I'm revising for an exam and looking at a few exercises, one of which starts with Consider the charged-current interaction between a muon neutrino with one of the valence quarks of the proton. ...
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Why gauge field should be vanishing on horizon?

When considering an AdS spacetime including a black hole, matter field and gauge field, the value of temporal component $A_t$ of the gauge potential $A_\mu$ on horizon always is set be zero, even the ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [on hold]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Why isn't $\bar \psi_L \psi_R$ zero?

My book gives this Lagrangian: $$ L = -|\partial \phi|^2 -V(\phi) -\bar \psi_L \not \partial \psi_L -\bar \psi_R \not \partial \psi_R -g(\phi \bar \psi_L \psi_R + \phi^* \bar \psi_R \psi_L) $$ It's ...
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Can you take the cutoff to infinity at a conformal fixed point?

A conformal fixed point is defined by $$\beta(g)=0$$ We hence know that couplings, masses and dimensions of operators do not flow in the effective Lagrangian when we change the renormalization ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Infinite bare quantities and dressed quantities confusion

I'm getting very confused. Taking the example of the mass of the Z-boson. Constructing the GWS model using gauge symmetry breaking one finds a lagrangian which is a function of the Z-boson mass: ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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Feynman paths of FTL velocity have imaginary momentum?

In this Phys.SE answer it is discussed that Feynman path integrals sums amplitudes for all possible paths, including those that are not time-like. If you take the momentum-space path integrals, I ...
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How exactly analyticity of S-matrix comes from causality principle?

Recently I've read that analyticity of S-matrix ($S(k)$, where $k$ corresponds to momentum, may be analytically extended into complex values of momentum) comes from causality principle. How to prove ...
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What is the procedure to follow if I want to renormalize a given operator $\cal{O}$ or a given coupling?

Consider QED. I know that the renormalization constant of the mass can be obtained from considering the electron propagator, regularizing it and renormalizing it. I know that from this process we can ...
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How to replace $T$-product with retarded commutator in LSZ formula?

I am reading Itzykson and Zuber's Quantum Field Theory book, and am unable to understand a step that is made on page 246: Here, they consider the elastic scattering of particle $A$ off particle $B$: ...
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Is Parity really violated? (Even though neutrinos are massive)

The weak force couples only to left-chiral fields, which is expressed mathematically by a chiral projection operator $P_L = \frac{1-\gamma_5}{2}$ in the corresponding coupling terms in the Lagrangian. ...
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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What is the connection between Conformal Field Theory and Renormalization group in QFT?

As I know, the fundamental concept of QFT is Renormalization Group and RG flow. It is defined by making 2 steps: We introduce cutting-off and then integrating over "fast" fields $\widetilde{\phi}$, ...
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Can we quantize Maxwell-Chern-Simon Theory through Gupta-Bleuler approach?

In 3+1 QED we covariant quantize the Maxwell theory through Gupta-Bleuler method. But I have seen that MCS theory is explicitly covariant quantized using Nakanishi auxiliary field. Why cannot we take ...
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Casimir Forces and its associated Feynman Propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Doubts in understanding the role if quantum corrections in the Hierarchy Problem

Trying to understand the Hierarchy problem many questions come to my mind that I am unable to answer due probably to my poor understanding of renormalization. The basic set up of the hierarchy ...
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Does time stand still at a phase transition?

For second order phase transition thermodynamic properties can be described in very general terms by their critical exponents. So at every transition the correlation length $\xi$ should diverge as ...
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Peskin's book page 334 proof of $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory

Peskin in his QFT page 334 argued that $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory, but I couldn't understand his argument: ... With a generalization of the argument given there (section ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Negative energy of free particle: classical and quantum picture

Classically, the energy of a free particle consists of only the kinetic energy given by $E=\frac{|\textbf{p}|^2}{2m}$ Since $|\textbf{p}| $is real and $m>0$, $E\geq 0$. However, since ...
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Fermionic path integral on the disk - Recovering the vacuum state

I'm trying to get a better feel for the operator to state map in quantum field theory. There is a general claim for 2d theories that doing the path integral on a disk with no operator insertions gives ...
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Chiral Fermion Problem and the String Net Model

In Xiao-Gang Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems", he mentions that (the string-net condensation picture)...has a problem: we do not yet know how to produce the $SU(2)$ part of ...
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Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

I have heard virtual particles pop in and out of existence all the time, most notable being the pairs that pop out beside black holes and while one gets pulled away. But wouldn't this actually violate ...
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Gauge symmetry is not a symmetry?

I have read before in one of Seiberg's articles something like, that gauge symmetry is not a symmetry but a redundancy in our description, by introducing fake degrees of freedom to facilitate ...
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How can we see that a 4D N = 2 sigma model will yield a 3D N = 4 sigma model when compactified on a circle?

I have a question about sigma models in 3D. If we have $\mathcal{N}=2$ field theory on $\mathbb{R}^4$ and compactify it on $\mathbb{R}^3 \times S^1_R$ (in which $S^1_R$ is a circle of radius $R$) we ...
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Renormalizing QED with on-shell fermions

When renormalizing QED, we calculate the 1 loop correction to the fermion-fermion-photon vertex using the diagram, $\hskip2in$ When doing the calculation we typically let the photon go off-shell ...