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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Quantum State of Photon Question

I need to learn more about quantum field theory for my PhD research and I wont be able to take a class until after the summer. I am reading the QFT book from Landau and Lifshitz. I have some ...
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Fermions, different species and (anti-)commutation rules

My question is straightforward: Do fermionic operators associated to different species commute or anticommute? Even if these operators have different quantum numbers? How can one prove this fact in a ...
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Good Books on Gauge Theory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comprehensive book on group theory for physicists? I'm having a hard time trying to get my head around the fundamentals of gauge theory. I've taken classes in QFT and ...
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Special conformal transformation of stress-energy

Consider a 2d CFT, e.g. a single bosonic degree of freedom. The $TT$ OPE is $$ T(w) T(z) = \frac{c/2}{(z-w)^4} + \frac{2 T(w)}{(z-w)^2} + \frac{\partial T(w)}{z-w} + \text{regular terms}. $$ Does ...
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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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General properties of Matsubara frequency summations

By properties, I mean linearity, shifting, commutativity, etc. I was hoping to evaluate something like $S_\eta = \dfrac{1}{\beta}\displaystyle\sum_{i\omega} g(i\omega)$ where $g(i\omega) = ...
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Time-ordered 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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Fierz identity for Weyl spinors in tensor currents

Using Fierz identity I found that certain four-fermion operator with left $l_i$ and right-chiral $r_i$ Weyl spinors vanish $\bar{l}_1\sigma_{\mu\nu} r_2 \bar{r}_3 \sigma^{\mu\nu} l_4 =$ $ ...
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Casimir effect as an entropic force

When I first learned about the depletion interaction, my initial reaction was that it looks very similar to the Casimir effect. On making this remark to the professor, he replied somewhat mystically: ...
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Question on in and out states in chapter 10 of Weinberg's QFT volume 1

In chapter 10 section 2 (on pomology) of Weinberg's QFT volume 1, he shows $G$ has a pole when the external line goes on shell. In the proof, he inserted a complete set of single-particle states ...
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Relation of conformal symmetry and traceless energy momentum tensor

In usual string theory, or conformal field theory textbook, they states traceless energy momentum tensor $T_{a}^{\phantom{a}a}=0$ implies (Here energy momentum tensor is usual one which is symmetric ...
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Correlation function for ghosts in 2D CFT

In Di Fracenso, page 117, it is explained that the correlation function for two primary fields $\phi_1,\phi_2$ of weights $h_1,h_2$ is constrained to be of the form ...
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How do you find a particular representation for Grassmann numbers?

This question is more general in the sense that I want to know how one finds a particular (say matrix) representation for any object. For the case of Grassmann numbers we have from Wikipedia the ...
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Merger of old black holes

On the eve of a possible announcement on the production of gravitational waves via a black hole merger, I think this question is quite aptly timed. I have a few questions regarding the evolution of ...
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What are the various physical mechanisms for energy transfer to the photon during blackbody emission?

By conservation of energy, the solid is left in a lower energy state following emission of a photon. Clearly absorption and emission balance at thermal equilibrium, however, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
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How does Haldane conjecture follow from the topological $\Theta$ term

The one dimensional SU(2) Heisenberg quantum spin chain is known to be described by the 1+1d O(3) nonlinear $\sigma$ model with a $\Theta$ term, following the action ...
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Why doesn't a plane wave solution represent a single photon?

Why doesn't a plane wave solution represent a single photon? And what is meant by the quantum-mean field being zero? EDIT: This post is an extension to a previous post I made asking about the photon ...
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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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Why should field operators satisfy the classical equations of motion?

To quantize a scalar field theory with the action: $$S=\int \mathrm d^Dx\mathscr{L}(\phi,\partial_\mu\phi)=\int \mathrm dx^0L(\phi,\partial_0\phi)$$ we promote $\phi(\vec{x})$ and $\pi=\frac{\delta ...
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Pseudoscalar particle decay

Suppose I want to calculate amplitude of pseudoscalar particle decay into electron + positron. Interaction Hamiltonian is given by (ignoring the positive and real constants) $\mathcal{H} = \bar{\psi} ...
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Ryder QFT, Is there an errata sheet?

Just spent the last hour trying to find one, but to now avail. Has anyone ever seen such a thing?
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What uniquely defines a CFT?

So, I am quite new to CFT (and a as descriptive answer as possible would be appreciated). I want to know what uniquely defines a CFT in 2D and otherwise. Firstly in 2D, What defines a CFT? So I ...
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Understanding the $\phi^4$ phase diagram

I'm having trouble making sense of this phase diagram. The model is a $V(\phi)=g_2 \phi^2+g_4\phi^4$ scalar field theory. Here's what I think I understand: the capital letters represent different ...
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Quantum field theory's interpretation of double slit experiment

After reading Art Hobson's article titled, "There are no particles, there are only fields" published in The American Journal of Physics in 2013, I'm wondering what other experts think of his main ...
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Doppler effect of matter waves

We all know that the relativistic mass of a moving object in Special relativity increases for an observer who is measuring it for a moving object. We also know the the concept of particle-wave ...
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Callan-Symanzik equation for the QCD scattering cross section of the $e^{-}e^{+}\to q\bar{q}$ process

In Peskin and Schroeder (Section 17.2) it is stated without derivation that the scattering cross section for the $e^{-}e^{+}\to q\bar{q}$ process obeys the following Callan-Symanzik equation: $$ ...
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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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Explaining the Atemporal Dimension of Feynman Diagrams

In a Feynman diagram, I understand that one of the dimensions (horizontal, say) represents time. Could someone please rigorously explain why a second dimension (vertical) is necessary? In particular, ...
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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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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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Derived Geometry and Deformation Quantization

Can anyone please explain to me in layman' terms what derived geometry deals with and what deformation Quantization is? I have only a good understanding of Relativity,Classical Mechanics.
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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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Explaining causal completion axiom in Haag-Kastler axioms?

There are several variants of the Haag-Kastler axioms for algebraic quantum field theory. Usually one associates an algebra $\mathcal{A}(O)$ to each open region $O$ of spacetime. An often-suggested ...
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Sign of Wick rotation [closed]

Suppose you have the integral $$i \int^\infty_{-\infty} L_M(t) dt$$ and that $L_M$ contains two poles: when $t>0$ the pole lies above the t-axis and when $t<0$ the poles lies below the t-axis. ...
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meson decay in Yukawa theory [on hold]

I want to calculate decay width $\Gamma_{i\rightarrow f}$ (under assumption that we don't measure the polarization of particles in final state) in a decay process $$\phi \rightarrow \psi \bar{\psi}$$ ...
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Would superconducting mirrors in a superposition of spatial states make a difference related to the dynamical Casimir effect?

Related to the dynamical Casimir effect: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/424111/first-observation-of-the-dynamical-casimir-effect/ Related to superposition of macroscopic objects: ...
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Operators, Distributions and States in QFT

First of all, I will mention what I understand (pls. correct if wrong): States are vectors in the Hilbert space, to include continuous spectrum (and thus distributions), we expand this space to ...
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Field transformations

I'm reading Maggiore's book "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" and I'm very confused by what he did in chapter 2.6 page 31 eq. (2.80). He basically wants to find the generators of the ...
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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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Bose-Einstein condensation and phase transition

I would like to ask the following question for which I cannot find a definite answer in the literature. Of what ORDER is the phase transition leading to Bose-Einstein condensation for a ideal and ...
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Topological terms VEVs and ghosts

Suppose we have the Standard model, and we want to calculate with VEVs of topological susceptibilities of $SU_{L}(2), U_{Y}(1)$ and $SU_{c}(3)$ fields, which have the form $$ \tag 1 \kappa \equiv ...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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Is the empty space really empty? [duplicate]

I've come across another article in "list verse" which says that the empty space is not actually empty at least for a while. I've tried to find about this, so I googled it .It also quotes a word ...
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Colour decomposition in QCD

I am looking to compute the matrix element for the process gg -> u ubar at leading order. It is straightforward to calculate the non-colour part of the usual s, t and u channels. I will call these ...
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Isn't gravity non-local and non-causal?

The way I think of this is that, I can ask physical questions about a space-time which are impossible to answer unless one knows the full space-time, and hence I am inclined to believe that gravity is ...
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BRST quantization and norm

States with definite ghost number have zero norm (since ghost number is anti-hermitian and has real eigenvalues). E.G. when quantizing relativistic point particle, physical spectrum turns out to ...
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Why treat complex scalar field and its complex conjugate as two different fields?

I am new to QFT, so I may have some of the terminology incorrect. Many QFT books provide an example of deriving equations of motion for various free theories. One example is for a complex scalar ...
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Atom - light field coupling and emission process

Suppose a "2-state atom" and a light field are quantized with the following Hamiltonians, respectively: $$\hat{H}_A=\hbar\omega_{21}\hat{\sigma}^{\dagger}\hat{\sigma}$$ and ...
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Question about the superconformal index

According to arXiv:1507.08553v1, the superconformal index, defined by $$I(\beta_j) = \mbox{Tr}_{\mathcal{H}}(-1)^F e^{-\gamma\{Q,Q^\dagger\}}e^{-\sum_{j}\beta_j t_j}$$ is independent of the ...
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Fermi's theory of beta decay - Does Fermi's Hamiltonian have the wrong transformation properties?

I'm studying the theory of beta decays as proposed by Fermi in the 30's, and I found an inconsistency between the transformation properties that he claims for his Hamiltonian and the transformation ...