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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Anomalous dimension for bare actions with a standard kinetic term

In this paper on p42, it is explained that when starting with a bare action that contains a standard kinetic term, this kinetic term attains a correction in the course of the RG flow which can be ...
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Can a quantum field be understood as a superposition of all particles' wave functions?

Many text books emphasize that the quantum field is not wavefunction. But because of the similarity in the format, I could not stop from wondering whether they are actually the same thing.
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Is the weak interaction Lagrangian invariant under parity transformations?

The weak interaction term in the Lagrangian reads $$ \bar \Psi \gamma_\mu P_L \Psi W^\mu. $$ Under parity transformations, because of $\Psi \rightarrow \gamma_0 \Psi$ and $\gamma_5 \rightarrow ...
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Charge dependence of operators in QED renormalization

Consider a UV cutoff regulator $\Lambda$ with an effective QED lagrangian: $\mathcal{L}_{\Lambda} = \bar{\psi}_{\Lambda}(i\not \partial - m_{\Lambda})\psi_{\Lambda} - ...
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Doing a Gaussian Integral [duplicate]

When you integrate over p you get: by using What are the steps to this? Do you integrate by parts?.
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Reconciling two interpretations of renormalization

I know of two fascinating and perfectly reasonable explanations of renormalization. However, I'm having difficulty reconciling the two. The first is to say that when we initially write down a ...
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$d=2$ pole argument of quadratic divergences in Peskin & Schroeder's book

Q1: My question is, in the context of dimensional regularisation(DREG, in dimension $d$), why do they mention the absence of $d=2$ pole in the gauge theory cases[1], whereas the $d=2$ pole is not ...
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Wavefunction renormalisation in first order perturbation theory

I just read the following in the context of scattering amplitudes in QFT: Note that the wavefunction renormalisation factor $Z$ itself is of the form $1 + \mathcal{O}(\lambda)$ in perturbation ...
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Interpretation of the four-vector $k$ in scalar QFT

I'm studying the canonical quantization of the Klein-Gordon real scalar quantum field theory, given by the classical Lagrangian density $$\mathscr L = {1\over ...
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Is there a field for which neutral particle and antiparticle, can be considered as positive and negative charge?

I apologize, but QFT is not my domain. What I ask is connected with the question Do the fields exist without charges? . By analogy with the electron and proton, that carry the electric charges of the ...
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An annoying question about perturbative quantum field theory

I am so sorry for posting this long question. But I've been confused and frustrated by perturbation series in Quantum Field Theory for years. I hope someone can help me. Thank you so much! In the ...
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Does graviton loops affect the seperately covariant conservation of energy momentum of two noninteracting sectors of matter

Consider the action $$\int \sqrt{-g}\left[R[g]+\mathcal{L}_{m1}(g,\psi_1)+\mathcal{L}_{m2}(g,\psi_2)\right]$$ Classically we have $$\nabla^\mu T^1{}_{\mu\nu}=0,\,\,\,\,\nabla^\mu T^2{}_{\mu\nu}=0$$ ...
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Do Dirac field states belong to a Hilbert space with spinor coefficients?

The quantized Dirac field at a certain space-time point can be written (roughly) as a linear combination of creation operators acting on the Hilbert space of physical states, with coefficient that are ...
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Inverse of gauge covariant derivative

Consider the gauge covariant derivative defined by $$ D_z = d_z + \Delta_z $$ or explicitly $$ (D_z)^a{}_c = \delta^a_c d_z + (\Delta_z)^a{}_c = \delta^a_c d_z + f_{bc}{}^a A_z^b $$ Here, $d_z$ is the ...
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Feynman diagrams for scalar field: which particle are we drawing?

Chapter I.7 of Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell is an introduction for Feynman diagrams in the context of a scalar field $\varphi$, with Lagrangian $\mathcal{L} = \frac12[(\partial ...
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Terminology of Higgs boson and Goldstone boson

I know, the from the Higgs Mechanism, or Spontaneous symmetry breaking, the massless Goldstone boson becomes massive. So in some sense Goldstone bosons are eaten by gauge "boson". Here I got ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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Are there really left-chiral particles?

A chiral eigenstate is always a linear combination of a particle and an antiparticle state and a particle or antiparticle state is always a linear combination of chiral eigenstates. Now, how can we ...
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Modular invariance for higher genus

As far as I understand, there are roughly 2 "common" kinds of 2D conformal field theories: Theories that are defined only on the plane, more precisely, on any surface of vanishing genus. Such a ...
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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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Stimulated emission direction

Place a sub-micron clump of crystal violet molecules in front of a multipixel detector. Raise the molecules to an electronically excited state with a beam of 590 nm light, illuminating from the side ...
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Treating the spinors as Grassmann numbers or as c-number objects

In the literature on supersymmetry, the following spinor summation convention is often used (eg. Wess & Bagger's book Supersymmetry and Supergravity) $$ \psi\chi = \psi^{\alpha}\chi_{\alpha} = ...
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What are the end points in the action integral of field theory?

In the mechanics of particles when we apply the principle of the least action the two end points are two spatial coordinates. Therefore, if we consider the variation of the action with respect to the ...
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How to count and 'see' the symmetry factor of Feynman diagrams?

Could somebody explain how one can derive the symmetry factor both by counting possible contractions and by looking at the symmetry of a diagram. Consider for example this diagram in $\phi^4$-theory ...
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The index of a Dirac operator and its physical meaning

I recently read Witten's paper from the 1980s and he often uses the notion of the index of a Dirac operator in K-theory. What is the meaning of the index of a Dirac operator? What exactly is the ...
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Klein-Gordon propagator integral in the light-like case

In Kerson Huang's Quantum Field Theory From Operators to Path Integrals (Amazon link), pages 28 and 29, he calculates the propagator in the following case: time-like, space-like and light-like. First ...
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Why do or don't neutrinos have antiparticles?

This was inspired by this question. According to Wikipedia, a Majorana neutrino must be its own antiparticle, while a Dirac neutrino cannot be its own antiparticle. Why is this true?
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How to work with singular gauge transformations in QFT [closed]

I was recently considering a problem analogous to the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect but in the context of quantum field theory. Consider then Dirac electrons minimally coupled to an AB flux and described ...
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A question about Ising model

If $H$ is the Hamiltonian of an Ising model of $n$ spins on a lattice then is the following quantity look like something one has seen? $([uI-H]^{-1})_{ii} - \frac{1}{n}Tr[[uI - H]^{-1}]$ where $u$ ...
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Making sense of the canonical anti-commutation relations for Dirac spinors

When doing scalar QFT one typically imposes the famous 'canonical commutation relations' on the field and canonical momentum: $$[\phi(\vec x),\pi(\vec y)]=i\delta^3 (\vec x-\vec y)$$ at equal times ...
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Finding the normal ordered momentum operator for free theory

I am asked to show that the normal ordered momentum operator for free theory is $$\hat{p^\mu} = \int \frac{d^3 p}{(2 \pi)^3} p^\mu \: a_p^\dagger \:a_p.$$ The free theory Lagrangian is given by ...
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A test for virtual particles by measuring gravity fluctuations possible?

Ok to begin I will begin by talking briefly about my discussions with my Quantum Mechanics (specializes in Particle physics) professor and my Cosmology Professor (who studies particle physics with ...
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Uncertainty Principle for Information?

I'm not familiar (yet) on how Information theory can be emerged/used in QM/QFT but I was thinking about this question: While we have Heisenberg uncertainty principle on measuring coupled observables, ...
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QFT propagator, time reversal and the Born rule

As far as I understand it a propagator, $D(x-y)$, gives the amplitude for a flow of positive energy-momentum from an earlier event $y$ to a later event $x$. Addendum: Instead of talking about energy ...
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Fast and slow modes, and the vanishing of certain diagrams during re-normalization

In the middle of pg. 452 of Atland and Simonss Condensed Matter Field Theory, they state the following: Terms of $\mathcal{O}(\phi _{\text{s}}^3\phi _{\text{f}})$ do not arise because the addition ...
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Decay of massless particles

We don't normally consider the possibility that massless particles could undergo radioactive decay. There are elementary arguments that make it sound implausible. (A bunch of the following is ...
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Does path integral and loop integral in a Feynman diagram violate special relativity?

Consider a correlation function between two points $A(x_1,t_1)$ and $B(x_2,t_2)$, we need to integrate over paths which could be infinite long. But the time length $(t_1-t_2)$ is finite, so if $A$ ...
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Help with derivation of the Casimir Effect?

I am at the very last part of a relatively long derivation of the Casimir effect, and I just don't understand the final step D: So far, I have derived the ground state energy to be $$\langle 0| ...
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History of QFT after 1973 [closed]

Where I can read about history of development quantum field theory after 1973? I'm interested in historical reviews, like as first chapter of the Weinberg's book.
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The one-loop contribution to a time ordered product of conserved currents

In two dimensions one can define for a Lagrangian describing free Dirac fermions with $N$ associated flavours by $$\mathcal{L}=i\bar{\psi}_i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu \psi^i $$ and associate vector ...
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Question on finite temperature field theory

In quantum field theory at zero temperature, the expectation values of operators are taken with respect to the vacuum. Is it the case that in quantum field theory at finite temperature, the ...
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Normal ordering for a two fermion case

I am trying to understand how normal ordering works. I am considering a system of two photons, with $\hat{f}_i$ and $\hat{f}_i^\dagger$ being the annihilation and creation operators, respectively. I ...
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Why is only the third component of weak isospin used as a conserved quantity?

Using Noether's theorem \begin{equation} \partial_0 \int d^3x \left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial(\partial_0\Psi)} \delta \Psi \right) = 0 \end{equation} we get three conserved quantites $Q_i$ from ...
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Can the energy of the universe ever be infinite in qunatum physics? [closed]

Suppose that the universe runs under some variants of QFT, with universal wavefunction and Hamiltonian. Then would infinite energy of the universe ever be possible? According to what I am thinking, ...
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Why do we use functional integration in QFT?

Recently I learned functional integral's formalism in quantum field theory. I have realized that I don't understand why exactly do we introduce it. We have the expression for $S$-matrix, then we may ...
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Are atoms made of protons, electrons and neutrinos?

If neutrons decay into proton, electron and (anti)neutrino of electron type, then is it safe to say that atoms are protons, electrons and neutrinos?
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The contribution to the one loop beta function for the WZW model

When the Wess-Zumino-Witten model $$S_{WZW}=\frac{k}{4\pi}\int d^2 z \, \, \mathrm{Tr}[\partial u \bar{\partial}u^{-1} ]+ \frac{k}{12\pi}\int d^3 \sigma \epsilon^{ijk}\, ...
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BRST quantization of point particle

Suppose we have Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ with basis $t_a$ with a representation $$ t_a \mapsto K_a: V \to V. $$ Denote by $c^a$ the dual basis. Chevalley differential is defined as $$ Q = c^i K_i - ...
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About interchange phase of identical particles in Weinberg's QFT book

In Weinberg's textbook on QFT(google book preview), he discussed the phase acquired after interchanging particle labels in the last paragraph of page 171 and the footnote of page 172. It seems he's ...
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Relationship between the on-shell and BPHZ renormalization schemes

In his book Quantum Field Theory - A Tourist Guide for Mathematicians, Gerald Folland introduces the on-shell renormalization scheme for the $ \phi^{4} $-scalar field theory. According to my ...