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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Do we need virtual particles?

I understand the $\Delta t \cdot \Delta E \geq \hbar / 2$ relationship and the idea behind them. However, I don't understand why do we need them at all. I'm a physics undergraduate. As far as I know, ...
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What's the Coulomb Branch and why is it important?

I'm studying the introduction of flavour degrees of freedom in the AdS/CFT correspondence and now I'm supposed to calculate the mass spectrum of mesons in the Coulomb branch. I have searched the ...
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Klein-Gordon field quantization [on hold]

I'm taking my first QFT course and I have a problem when solving the Klein-Gordon equation for a free, non-interacting, field. When solving it, I start making a Fourier transform and expand the field ...
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Quantum entanglement definition

How can we define Quantum entanglement (in QFT)? Can we regard it as organised information or just random data exchange? Why in either cases (Mathematically)?
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Operator formalism in QFT in Euclidean space-time

In QFT there are two very useful general approaches to study quantum fields (on the Minkowski space-time): path integrals and operator formalism. Sometimes they give the same results, sometimes one ...
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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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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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Placement of indices in canonical commutation relations of coordinates and conjugate momenta as well as fields and conjugate momenta

The canonical commutation relations between generalised coordinates $q_a$ and their conjugate momenta $p^a$ are given by $[q_a,q_b]=[p^a,p^b]=0$ $[q_a,p^b]=i\delta^b_a$. Furthermore, the canonical ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of a spinor / vector field [duplicate]

Why does SSB deal only with scalar fields and not with fermion or vector fields? My professor told me that it's closely related to the Lorentz invariance of the theory, but I don't understand at all ...
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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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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 a problem with a proof. I'm studying the two point correlation ...
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Regulating the sum in Casimir Force

I am trying to evaluate the Casimir force using a Gaussian regulator (I know there are other much easier ways to do this, but I want to try this!) We then are reduced to evaluating the sum $$ ...
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S-matrix and derivative interaction

I just read in some lecture notes that formally we can write the S Matrix as: $$S=T(e^{-\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} H_{int}dt}) $$ Where $T$ is the normal product and $H_{int}$ is in the interaction ...
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Construct recurrence relation for the temporal evolution of a Master equation

Say that we have a system evolving over discrete timesteps. The quantity we are interested is X and is given by a distribution $P_X$. This distribution is evolving temporally, and we have a ...
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Time-ordered product of two normal-ordered products of fields

Suppose you have a scalar field theory with field operators $\phi(x)=\phi(x)_+ + \phi(x)_- $ that can be decomposed into terms of annihilation and destruction operators. Let $$ D(x-y) = ...
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Path integral (sum over paths where $v>c$) [on hold]

The path integral formalism is used to get for example the propagator of particles. In this formalism we integrate over all mathematically possible paths (and weight them with the non-relativistic ...
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Antiparticles, charge conjugation and chirality

(Why/how) are antiparticles and charge-conjugates different things? I am trying to understand the effect of discrete symmetries on spinor fields (neutrinos in particular). In the article, Dirac, ...
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Superficial degree of divergence for scalar theories

I have a few questions regarding the derivation of the degree of divergence for feynman diagrams. The result is $$D = [g_E] - \sum_{n=3}^{\infty} V_n [g_n]$$ (following notation in Srednicki, $P118$) ...
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What is quantum foam?

Can someone please explain me what quantum foam is? Is it the space-time fabric or just any other field? Also please explain this image
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Deep Inelastic Scattering - electromagnetic current

When one tries to compute the deep inelastic scattering for the process: where $l$ is a lepton with incoming momentum $k$ and outgoing $k'$, $h$ is an hadron with momentum $P$, $q$ denotes some ...
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Entanglement in Quantum field theory [duplicate]

How is entanglement represented in a field theory? For instance how can I represent a maximally entangled state such as a Bell state? Would such an approach also apply in a Conformal field theory ...
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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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What does it mean by “infinities” when dealing with QFT? [on hold]

I found this PDF online here while browsing Nobel Prize winner contributions, which explains a bit about renormalization (a concept for which Kenneth G. Wilson won the Nobel). However I was somewhat ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? ...
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Are the path integral formalism and the operator formalism inequivalent?

Abstract The definition of the propagator $\Delta(x)$ in the path integral formalism (PI) is different from the definition in the operator formalism (OF). In general the definitions agree, but it is ...
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Fine structure constant and unit conversion [on hold]

In a paper I'm reading, the author writes down the following formula: $$\Gamma=\dfrac{\alpha^2}{576\pi^3}\dfrac{\left(4+z\right)^2}{z}\dfrac{m^5}{m^2_\pi f_\pi^2}$$ $\Gamma$ is a function of $m$ (in ...
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Calculating $\mathrm{Tr}[\log \Delta_F]$

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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Why do gauge bosons/leptoquarks not mediate proton decay in the Pati-Salam model?

In the Pati-Salam $\mathrm{SU}(4)_c\times\mathrm{SU}(2)_L\times\mathrm{SU}(2)_R$ model, I see Wikipedia and some slides mention this model doesn't predict gauge mediated proton decay without giving ...
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QCD color factors from quark gluon vertices

The color factors in QCD tell us the relative strength of the coupling of a quark emitting a gluon, a gluon emitting a quark-antiquark pair or a gluon emitting two gluons. To calculate let them we ...
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Transverse and longitudinal random forces

I am trying to read following article: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1410.1262v1.pdf According to the equation (2.10) and (2.11), the random force is defined as $ \langle f_i(x) \ f_j(x) \rangle = ...
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What are skeleton diagrams and what is their use in qft and many-body physics?

How does one construct skeleton diagrams from specific Feynman diagrams (e.g. for the electronic Green function in QED and in many-body gases, for the polarization function, for the vertex function, ...
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Is an electron technically a set of two particles?

The electron - described as a four-spinor in the Dirac equation - transforms according to the $(1/2,0)\oplus(0,1/2)$ representation of the Lorentz group, so it is actually a direct sum of a left- and ...
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Coulomb law and photons

When we consider process like $e^- e^- \to e^- e^-$ in QED, we see that from exchanges of one photon (tree-level diagrams) one can obtain Coulomb's law, while loop-diagrams give quantum corrections ...
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Differential cross-section for a 2-particle process in the LAB frame

This should really be a straightforward calculation, but somehow, I keep confusing myself and failing over and over again. I did the calculation so many times that I don't even know what I'm looking ...
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Limits used to find non-rel limit of the Klein-Gordon equation

I just have a question regarding assessing the non-relativistic limit of the Klein-Gordon equation. In the book I'm following (Quantum Mechanics by Bransden & Joachain) they use the limits (Chpt. ...
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Why is the strong CP term $ \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} G_{\mu \nu}^a \tilde{G}^{a, \mu \nu}$ never considered for $SU(2)$ or $U(1)$ interactions?

The Lagrangian one would write down naively for QCD is invariant under CP, which is in agreement with all experiments. Nevertheless, if we add the term \begin{equation} \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} ...
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How do (and don’t) particles emerge from fields?

I am aware of the following field- and particle-like notions: QFT particle, a unit of excitation in (the Fock space of) a QFT; SR field, an extremal $A = A(\mathbf x)$ of a Lorentz-invariant action; ...
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Wick contraction in proton-pion production

Proton-pion production $\gamma + p \rightarrow \pi^0 + p$ occurs through the interaction hamiltonian $$\mathcal H_{int} = ig \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_5 \psi^{(p)} \phi + e \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_{\mu} ...
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Equivalence of canonical quantization and path integral quantization

Consider the real scalar field $\phi(x,t)$ on 1+1 dimensional space-time with some action, for instance $$ S[\phi] = \frac{1}{4\pi\nu} \int dx\,dt\, (v(\partial_x \phi)^2 - \partial_x\phi\partial_t ...
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Representation of $P_\mu$ on a field [closed]

So I've been going through a QFT past paper and I seem to be having a particular problem with this one. Consider the space-time transformation of translation $x^\mu\to x^\mu+a^\mu$ where $x^\mu$ is ...
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Symmetry breaking to a special subalgebra?

This is a follow-up to my question here. For regular subalgebras of some group's Lie algebra the root system of the subalgebra is a subset of the root system of the original's group algebra. In ...
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Where does the matching condition for $U(1)$ subgroups come from in unified models?

The matching conditions for a breaking $G \rightarrow \prod_i G_i$ are $$\omega_G-\frac{C_2(G)(\mu)}{12 \pi}=\omega_{G_i}-\frac{C_2(G_i)(\mu)}{12 \pi} ,$$ where $C_2(g)$ denotes the quadratic ...
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Simple QFT simulation - how to do it

I would like to write a simple QFT simulation for a free scalar field with a cubic interaction term. However, I got stuck a bit. I will try to describe what I think I understand. I want to have a ...
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Why can't a real scalar couple to the electromagnetic field?

If we have a complex scalar $\phi$ we know that the gauge-invariant interaction with $A$ is given by $A^\mu J_\mu$, where $J$ is the Noether current of the $U(1)$ symmetry of the Lagrangian $$ ...
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Is it possible to do a path integral between two boundaries analytically on a quantum lattice?

I have been trying to perform some path integral between two boundaries for a massless scalar field $$\int_{\varphi(t_a, \vec{x})}^{\varphi(t_b, \vec{x})} \mathcal{D}\varphi(x)e^{iS[\varphi(x)]}$$ ...
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Two-point function of a free massless scalar field in Euclidean space-time

Let $\phi(x)$ be a free massless scalar field on $d$-dimesnional space-time with Euclidean metric. I am interested in the operator formalism, i.e. $\phi(x)$ is an operator satisfying $\Delta \phi=0$ ...
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Weinberg's QFT I Chapter 1 Problem 1 [closed]

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Suppose that observer $\cal O$ sees a $W$-boson (spin one and mass $m \neq 0$) with momentum $\textbf{p}$ in the $y$-direction and spin $z$-component ...
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Perturbation expansion of effective action

Chapter 11.4 of Peskin & Schroeder's book discussed the computation of effective action, but I don't understand some details of derivation. The book first split the Lagrangian into normal ones and ...
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Supersymmetric background and fermion variations

I'm trying to understand some basic questions about supersymmetric theories in curved backgrounds and supergravity. If I understand it correctly, there's a condition for a background to preserve SUSY, ...