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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Systematic approach to deriving equations of collective field theory to any order

The collective field theory (see nLab for a list of main historical references) which came up as a generalization of the Bohm-Pines method in treating plasma oscillations are often used in the study ...
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O(N) sigma model at large N

I would like to better understand the main principles of large-N expansion in quantum field theory. To this end I decided to consider simple toy-model with lagrangian (from Wikipedia) $ \mathcal{L} = ...
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TQFTs and Feynman motives

Questions Is a topological quantum field theory metrizable? or else a tqft coming from a subfactor? For a given metric, are there always renormalization and Feynman diagrams? Is there always a Feynman ...
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Relation among anomaly, unitarity bound and renormalizability

There is something I'm not sure about that has come up in a comment to other question: Why do we not have spin greater than 2? It's a good question--- the violation of renormalizability is linked ...
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How to apply the Faddeev-Popov method to a simple integral

Some time ago I was reviewing my knowledge on QFT and I came across the question of Faddeev-Popov ghosts. At the time I was studying thеse matters, I used the book of Faddeev and Slavnov, but the ...
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Renormalization group evolution equations and ill-posed problems

There is a class of observables in QFT (event shapes, parton density functions, light-cone distribution amplitudes) whose the renormalization-group (RG) evolution takes the form of an integro-...
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Intuitive sketch of the correspondence of a string theory to its limiting quantum field theory

I'm looking for an intuitive sketch of how one shows the correspondence of string theory to a certain QFT. My best guess is that one calculates the scattering amplitudes in the string theory as a ...
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Monopoles and the magnetic Higgs mechanism

In a paper of 't Hooft about the rôle of magnetic monopoles for a model of quark confinement, I don't understand the following sentence (end af paragraph 14) [...] in order for monopoles to ...
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Apparent failure of SUSY nonrenormalization theorem

I am having trouble reconciling two pieces of information. Consider supersymmetric QED, i.e. a supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory with two chiral superfields of opposite charges, $h$ and $\hat{h}$. The ...
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Noether currents for the BRST tranformation of Yang-Mills fields

The Lagrangian of the Yang-Mills fields is given by $$ \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}(F^a_{\mu\nu})^2+\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu} D_{\mu}-m)\psi-\frac{1}{2\xi}(\partial\cdot A^a)^2+ \bar{c}^a(\partial\...
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time-dependent Hartree-Fock for two-component bosons

How does the ansatz for the time-dependent Hartree-Fock wavefunction look like in the second quantization if we have two-component boson system and in one case the Hamiltonian commutes with number of ...
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Capturing (perturbatively) non-equilibrium field theory effects using “elementary” methods

I am considering a system of two interacting scalar fields: $\psi$, and $\phi$. The Lagrangian is given by: \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}[\psi]=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\psi\partial^\mu\psi+\frac{1}{2}\...
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Intuition behind mass corrections to massless fermions

I'm trying to understand the intuition behind the mass correction to massless fermions. To be concrete lets consider a theory with a massless Weyl fermion ($\psi $), as well as two massive particles, ...
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experimental bounds on microcausality violation

In "The Great Soviet Encyclopedia", 3rd Edition from 1970-1979, (evidently an old book), some V. I. Grigor’ev has a well-written little note on microcausality. Towards the end he states an ...
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Stimulated Emission in QED

The explanations of stimulated emission which I have found all describe the phenomenon in terms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. How might you describe it in a field theory such as QED? In ...
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Faddeev Popov Gauge Fixing in Electromagnetism

Reading section 9.4 in Peskin, I am wondering about the following: The functional integral on $A_{\mu}$ diverges for pure-gauge configurations, because for those configurations, the action is zero. ...
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Gauge fields in Polyakov's treatment of renormalization for nonlinear sigma model

I am deriving the results of renormalization for nonlinear sigma model using Polyakov approach. I am closely following chapter 2 of Polyakov's book--- ``Gauge fields and strings''. Action for the ...
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Penrose's Zig-Zag Model and Conservation of Momentum

I was reading through Penrose's Road to Reality when I saw his interesting description of the Dirac electron (Chapter 25, Section 2). He points out that in the two-spinor formalism, Dirac's one ...
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Reflection positivity in general

In the Euclidean QFT obtained by "Wick-rotating" a unitary QFT, the correlation functions satisfy a property called reflection positivity, see e.g. this Wikipedia article for the case of a scalar ...
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$\phi^4$ theory kinks as fermions?

In 1+1 dimensions there is duality between models of fermions and bosons called bosonization (or fermionization). For instance the sine-Gordon theory $$\mathcal{L}= \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi \...
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Duality between Euclidean time and finite temperature, QFT and quantum gravity, and AdS/CFT

The thoughts below have occurred to me, several years ago (since 200x), again and again, since I learn quantum field theory(QFT) and statistical mechanics, and later AdS/CFT. It is about the duality ...
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Instantons and Borel Resummation

As explained in Weinberg's The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2, Chapter 20.7 Renormalons, instantons are a known source of poles in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. These poles are ...
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What are the remaining obstacles to low-energy quantum gravity?

In a 2003 review Burgess outlined how the QFT perturbative methodology is being extended to gravity, and described some effective quantum gravity expansions that reproduce general relativity in the ...
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Distinguishing between left-handed and right-handed weak coupling from electron-neutrino scattering

This question comes from Schwartz's QFT book, exercise 13.6. In it we consider a coupling between fermions (neutrinos and electrons in this particular case) and the Z boson of the form $g_V \bar{\psi} ...
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Do “typical” QFT's lack a lagrangian description?

Sometimes as a result of learning new things you realize that you are incredibly confused about something you thought you understood very well, and that perhaps your intuition needs to be revised. ...
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Integration & bremsstrahlung calculation

In this paper (relevant pdf section) that I'm reading, involving the calculation of bremsstrahlung in electron proton scattering (diagram below), the author calculates the integral over outgoing ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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Candidates for holographic QFT of 4D Einstein gravity

If we are to believe that holographic principle holds over a wide number of dimensions, and gravitational theories, but specially, those that are relevant to our universe, then there must be some 3D ...
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Topology-dependent groud state degeneracy of $B \wedge F + B \wedge B$ and $B \wedge F + B \wedge B \wedge B$

There are some examples of topological BF theory with extra terms allow it still being topological. See this Ref. paper In 4d (3+1D), we have the trace of: $$ \int\frac{k}{2\pi}\text{Tr}[B \wedge F + ...
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How do we know for sure a theory is non-renormalizable?

In quantum field theory, we are looking for a Lagrangian that is, amongst other, renormalizable. But how do we determine whether or not a theory is renormalizable? Is this purely done by power ...
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Exact diagonalization by Bogoliubov transformation

I am developing a model of multiple gaps in a square lattice. I simplified the associated Hamiltonian to make it quadratic. In this approximation it is given by, $$ H = \begin{pmatrix} \xi_\mathbf{k} ...
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Why is it hard to give a lattice definition of string theory?

In Polyakov's book, he explains that one possible way to compute the propagator for a point particle is to compute the lattice sum $\sum_{P_{x,x'}}\exp(-m_0L[P_{x,x'}])$, where the sum goes over all ...
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Dimensional regularization and IR divergences and scale invariance

I want to know if dimensional regularization has any issues if the theory has IR divergences or is scale invariant. Does dimensional regularization see "all" kinds of divergences? I mean - what ...
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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 $$ \sum\...
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gravitational convergence of light

light has a non-zero energy-stress tensor, so a flux of radiation will slightly affect curvature of spacetime Question: assume a flux of radiation in the $z$ direction, in flat Minkowski space it ...
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On the naturalness problem

I know that there are several questions about the naturalness (or hierarchy or fine-tunning) problem of scalars masses in physics.stackexcange.com, but I have not found answers to any of the following ...
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Descent equation and anomaly polynomial

I am just reading Ryu, Moore and Ludwig's paper on classifications of topological insulators and quantum anomaly. They are trying to relate the quantum anomaly as a signal of the presence of a ...
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In QED/Yang Mills, why do fermions contribute 4 times as much as scalars to vacuum polarization?

Consider a Yang-Mills theory in $4D$ over a gauge group $G$ $$ \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F^{a\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}^a + \bar \psi i D_\mu \gamma^\mu \psi + (D_\mu \phi)^\dagger D^\mu \phi $$ where $\...
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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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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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Peskin-Schroeder Problem 3.5, supersymmetric theories regarded as field theories on parameter space w/commuting & anticommuting coordinates?

I know how to do Problem 3.5 of Peskin-Schroeder. Let us organize the fields $\phi$, $\chi_\alpha$, $F$ of Problem 3.5 into a superfield$$\Phi(x + i\theta\sigma\overline{\theta}, \theta) = \phi(x) + \...
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Is there supersymmetry between Dirac and Klein Gordon solutions?

Usually supersymmetry is explained at the level of the action of a quantum field theory, and there are two ways to go down from QFT to relativistic quantum mechanics: either a non-covariant way where ...
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Why don't we have logarithms or exponentials of the fields in the Lagrangians?

All tbe Lagrangian densities I have seen have always been polynomials of the fields. Is this a coincidence or is there a reason forbid, say, Lagrangians with logarithms or exponentials of the fields?
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What is the physical interpretation of the automorphism on bounded operators induced by an S matrix?

In a QFT, the S-matrix $S$ is a unitary operator, that fixes the vacuum and commutes with the unitary operators implementing the action of the Poincare group on an appropriate Hilbert space $H$. ...
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Intuition for Homological Mirror Symmetry

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Questions regarding $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ supersymmetric Yang-Mills

I have some questions regarding the $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ super-Yang-Mills theory (the one with a really long action which can be acquired by compactifying the 10-dimensional ${\cal N}=1$ theory). I ...
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Is it possible to have fermions in Schwarzschild spacetime?

To my understanding Geroch proved that on 4-dimensional non-compact manifold a necessary and sufficient condition for a manifold to have a notion of spinors is to be parallelizabe .1 (General ...
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Effective Field Theory (EFT) decoupling top

The decoupling theorem of Appelquist-Carazzone says that if you want to decouple a particle, the low energy resulting theory need to be renormalizable. You can't do that for the top, because you break ...
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target category of extended field theory

For a topological field theory to be a true “extension” of an Atiyah-Segal theory, the top two levels of its target (ie its $(n-1)^{\text{st}}$ loop space) must look like $\text{Vect}$. What other (...
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What is a superfluid in field theoretic terms?

I'm wondering how one precisely defines a superfluid in terms of the effective field theory description. In Nicolis's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.2513 there seems to be an extremely simple ...