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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Everything moves at the speed of light? [duplicate]

Whatever happened to that idea? Presumably it came from a concept known as Zitterbewegung. As wiki says, a theoretical rapid motion of elementary particles, in particular electrons, that obey the ...
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Can an elementary particle be reduced to its properties?

For instance, is an up quark merely its particular mass, 2/3 electrical charge and 1/2 spin? I was wondering if there was a 1:1 correspondence with a particle and its properties, but I noticed a gluon ...
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What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence problem?

What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem? And who are the physicists and mathematicians working in this nowaday?
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Why do we have different signs before the delta on the Klein-Gordon and the Dirac Green's function equation?

Let's read equation (2.56) on Peskin & Schroeder $$(\partial^2+m^2)D_R(x-y)=-i\delta^4(x-y).$$ Let's look now to equation (3.118) $$(i\gamma^{\nu}\partial_{\nu}-m)S_R(x-y)=i\delta^4(x-y).$$ ...
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Why does adjoint representation matter in some field theories?

Recently I am reading a paper about monopoles. In several cases, it seems that writing fields in adjoint representation of the gauge group makes a difference. Once it leads to different group after ...
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Are there Planck units for weak or strong “charge”, similar to the electromagnetic Planck charge $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}~$?

Are there Planck units for "charge" of weak or strong interaction, similar to the Planck unit of electromagnetic charge: $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}$ ? Are there perhaps direct substitutes, ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = ...
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Are terms with spinors analogous to $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$ forbidden in the Lagrangian?

For scalar particles, the Lagrangian involves terms of the form $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$, which is equivalent through integration by parts to $ ( \partial_\mu \partial^\mu \Phi ...
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Why is normal ordering a valid operation?

Why is normal ordering even a valid operation in the first place? I mean it can give us some nice results, but why can we do the ordering for the operators like that? Is its definition motivated by ...
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Definition of mass gap [duplicate]

Why do we say that a system with mass gap has correlation function which decays exponentially and one without a mass gap has a slower power law decay?
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Massless Dirac equation is Weyl covariant

Does somebody know how to show that the following equation is Weyl invariant? $$\gamma^ae_a^\mu D_\mu \Psi=0$$ where: $D_\mu \Psi=\partial_\mu\Psi+A_\mu^{ab}\Sigma_{ab}\Psi$ is the spin-covariant ...
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What is the fundamental difference between ghost and auxiliary fields?

I am somehow confused by the notion of auxiliary fields, such as for example the fields $F$ and $D$ which appear in supersymmetry, and the notion of ghost fields which appear for example in the BRST ...
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What are Maximally Helicity Violating (MHV) Amplitudes?

Definition of MHV amplitudes on Wikipedia: In theoretical particle physics, maximally helicity violating amplitudes are amplitudes with n external gauge bosons, where n-2 gauge bosons have a ...
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Interpretation of Dirac Spinor components in Chiral Representation?

I failed to find any book or pdf that explains clearly how we can interpret the different components of a Dirac spinor in the chiral representation and I'm starting to get somewhat desperate. This is ...
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How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positrons solve the negative energy problem?

How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positive energy positrons solve the negative energy problem? How does change of “interpretation” without fixing the mathematics have such a profound ...
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Bulk Symmetry corresponding to Yangian Symmetry of Planar N=4?

4D N=4 Super Yang Mills in the planar limit has an infinite dimensional symmetry known as Yangian symmetry. Dualities respect symmetries, so what does this symmetry correspond to in the $AdS_5\times ...
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What does the ordering of creation/annihilation operators mean?

When a system is expressed in terms of creation and annihilation operators for bosonic/fermionic modes, what exactly is the physical meaning of the order in which the operators act? For example, for ...
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Minimization of a quaradic-like expression when calculating the generating functional for free Dirac field

The generating functional for a free Dirac field is $$Z_0[\eta,\bar{\eta}]=\int D\bar{\psi}D\psi \mathrm{exp}\{i\int [\bar{\psi}(x)S^{-1}\psi(x)+\bar{\eta}(x)\psi(x)+\bar{\psi}(x)\eta(x)]dx\}$$ where ...
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The virtual particles are only a fictive tool in equations? DO they exist or DON'T? And if they exist, why do we call them VIRTUAL?

There is no "action at a distance" in nature. Attraction of a piece of iron by a magnet, attraction between distant electric charges of opposite sign, have to be mediated by something. The virtual ...
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Is it possible to derive the effective potential of a given theory by only using the RGE equations?

I know that it is possible to derive the RGE equations from the effective potential by requiring that the first derivative with respect to the renormalization scale $\mu$ vanishes: $$ ...
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What kind of math is used in QFT? [duplicate]

What branch(es) of math are used in Quantum Field Theory? Or the question, by way of analogy: Tensor Calculus is to General Relativity as What is to Quantum Field Theory?
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A confusion from Weinberg's QFT text (a vanishing term in Lippmann-Schwinger equation)

I was reviewing the first few chapters of Weinberg Vol I and found a hole in my understanding in page 112, where he tried to show in the asymptotic past $t=−∞$, the in states coincide with a free ...
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Chiral-Projection operator in a basis different than the Weyl basis

I was pretty confident that things are simple, but unfortunately I must have missed something. We can always change between between the bases for Dirac spinors, using unitary transformation, because ...
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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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Path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in a CFT

Below, I paraphrase the path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in David Tong's notes on CFT (see pdf here). This is my interpretation of the text in that pdf, so please correct ...
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Photon and Wave

There are some aspects of light that can be easily demonstrated by using the concept of wave. However I really want to know what it would be like in term of photon point of view. So I have some ...
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What is the physical interpretation of a field operator

So far in our lecture we defined creation operators $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ in the following way, that we said: Somebody got you a antisymmetric or symmetric N- particle state and now $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ ...
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A question from Schwinger's particles, sources and fields monograph

My first question from his first volume. On page 254, he writes down the action expression: $$(3-10.1)W=\int (dx)[K\phi+K^{\mu}\phi_{\mu}+\mathcal{L}]$$ Where the lagrangian is: $$ ...
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Higher-order gauge coupling terms in the Lagrangian

In QFT, one works with Lagrangians that are invariant with respect to a certain symmetry. Out of this invariance, one is able to write down interaction terms at first order in the gauge couplings. The ...
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Proof that the effective action is the generating functional of one-particle-irreducible (1PI) correlation functions

In all text book and lecture notes that I have found, they write down the general statement \begin{equation} ...
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Are relative phases observable for identical particles but not for non-identical ones?

In quantum mechanics, amplitudes are represented by complex numbers $e^{i\phi}$, which have phase angles $\phi$. These phase angles are clearly not observable in absolute terms. If I have two ...
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Confusion about two definitions of anomalies

As I am currently studying for an exam about quantum field theory and string theory, I got confused about the notion of "anomalies" and how they are actually defined. Similar questions have already ...
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Upper bound to annihilation cross section into heavy particles

For a process in which two relativistic particles annihilate to produce two or more heavy(er) particles of mass $M$: Is it true that the cross section $\sigma_{ann}$ cannot be larger than ...
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How deep can my knowledge of particle physics go without the maths?

By no means do I have the mathematical background to understand most of the math used in elementary particle physics. My current knowledge is of all the elementary particles and how they interact ...
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Justification of not quantizing small extra dimensions

When dealing with extra dimensions ($ x ^\mu $ represents $ 4D $ spacetime and $ y $ the extra dimension) we use what's known as Kaluza-Klein decomposition (basically a Fourier transform), ...
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Differences the nonlinerarties

I want to comparison between oscillons based on non-linearities. Can someone elaborate it with the reason behind it : When the sinusoidal vibrations are of the correct amplitude and frequency and ...
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Are Matsubara states pure states?

Generally in a non-interacting QFT one can solve the Klein-Gordon equation to get a (complete) set of states $\frac{e^{i\omega_k t-ikx}}{\sqrt{2\omega_k}}$. It is not clear to me how to construct the ...
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Scalar operators In Quantum Field Theory

I am trying to learn Quantum Field Theory and I am stuck in a basic point. What is the definition of a scalar operator in QFT? That is, how does it transform under a Poincare transformation? Why do ...
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masslessness of Goldstone boson, Effective action, and functional-integral measure

I have difficulty in understanding the path-integral formalism of SSB, and that of Effective Action. Let's say a complex scalar field theory has the global $U(1)$ SSB, $$L(\phi)=(\partial^\mu ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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Vector bosons: polar vectors or axial vectors?

The $W$ and $Z$ bosons are known as vector bosons, because they have non-zero spin. How do we know whether they are axial or polar vectors? Context: I am reading about a technique called Operator ...
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Density operator in second quantization

I would want to understand why the density operator in second quantization takes the form: $$\rho_\sigma(\mathbf{r})=\Psi_\sigma^\dagger(\mathbf{r})\Psi_\sigma(\mathbf{r})?$$ Is this a definition or ...
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Second derivative of dirac delta expression

I have come across the expression $$ \int f(x) \delta(x-a) \delta''(x-a) \mathrm dx$$ where the prime represents the derivative. Usually with derivatives of the delta distribution I'd partially ...
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Bogoliubov transformation with a slight twist

Given a Hamiltonian of the form $H=\sum_k \begin{pmatrix}a_k^\dagger & b_k^\dagger \end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix}\omega_0 & \Omega f_k \\ \Omega f_k^* & \omega_0\end{pmatrix} ...
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Is everything made of space? [closed]

I had been studying quantum field theory for a while now, and how there had been many efforts in physics to finally create a "Theory of Everything" (TOE). But while I was learning about all this, I ...
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One loop correction to $F^2$ in massless QED, question from Peskin & Schroeder

In Peskin & Schroeder chapter 19, about trace anomaly in massless QED, the trace of $\Theta^{\mu\nu}$ is given by $$ {\Theta^\mu} _\mu =-\frac{4-d}{4} (F_{\lambda\sigma})^2 + (1-d) \bar{\psi} i ...
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Gross-Neveu model analytic solution [closed]

I need to find an analytic solution via asymptotic expansion for the following system of equations: \begin{align} & i(u_t+u_x) + v = 0 \\ & i(v_t-v_x) + u = 0 \end{align} \begin{equation} ...
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What makes a one particle state?

I'm trying to understand free particle states in quantum field theory but I'm having trouble with one thing: what exactly defines a one particle state? For example, we can define a 'plane wave' as a ...
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Polarization sum rule for Rarita-Schwinger field

There are Rarita-Schwinger equations: $$ \tag 1 (p\!\!\!/ - m)\psi_{\mu} = 0, \quad \gamma_{\mu}\psi^{\mu} = 0, \quad i\partial_{\mu}\psi^{\mu} = 0. $$ So the polarization sum $D_{\mu \nu}(p) = ...
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classical and quantum correlation functions

Quantum Field, quantum fluctuation even with no temperature In QFT, the correlation function $<0|\hat{\phi} (x)\hat{\phi} (y)|0>$ describes the fluctuation correlations of vacuum state ...