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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Understanding the states in Quantum Field Theory

I am self-studying quantum field theory, and I've been struggling to understand the nature of the states that emerge in quantum field theories. After thinking about it, what I think one has in the ...
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Permutations of two identical particles in two dimensions

In three spatial dimensions there are only two possible statistics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. This is the fact related with the statement that first homotopic group of 3-dimensional configuration ...
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The massive Thirring model

I am trying to find conservation laws in the following coupled equations: \begin{equation} -af(x) + i\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} + g(x) + |g(x)|^2 f(x) = 0 \end{equation} \begin{equation} -ag(x) - ...
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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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About $U(1)_A$ symmetry,

I know a $U(1)_A$ symmetry is related with a global symmetry. (Is it axial or anomaly ) What is A stands for? In the context of supersymmertry, Fundamental and anti-fundamental chiral multiplet has ...
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Wave-like description of Compton scattering and photoelectric effect

I have found in the wikipedia page for QFT the following statement: ... Although the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering strongly suggest the existence of the photon, it is now understood ...
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Clarifications needed on Gauge Fixing and Ghosts [closed]

The first time some kind of gauge fixing appears is during the Gupta-Bleuler procedure, which is used to be able to quantize the photon field: The basic gauge invariant Lagrangian leads to $\Pi_0=0$ ...
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Group theoretical reason that Gluons carry charge and anticharge

I was wondering how it is possible to see from the $SU(3)$ Gauge Theory alone that Gluons carry two charges colors: $g\overline{b}$ etc. Some background: The W-Bosons (pre-symmetry breaking) ...
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Bound states and extensive field configurations

What are extensive field configurations in QFT (instantons, monopoles etc.)? What is the difference in description of their contribution in path integral value or in $n$-point operator functions ...
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Quantum field theory problem Dirac equation

In problem 3.3, unit 2 in Zee Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell The solution contained the following argument which I didn't comprehend at all. Where the manual mentioned that $$\gamma$$ is ...
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How is particle creation (or annihilation) in non-relativistic many body physics?

How is that, in many body physics, particle creation and annihilation is possible even though it is a non-relativistic theory?
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Computing things in Effective field theory

I find it hard to go through most of the homework problems in an effective field theory course. In fact I think I have developed a general disdain in solving hard Quantum field theory related ...
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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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Why would a second flat direction spoil inflation?

In inflationary model building, the standard lore is that there must be only one flat direction for the inflaton, i.e. it must roll down a valley in field space. Why is that? How would a second flat ...
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Violation of causality in classical physics possible?

In quantum field theory, the Feynman propagator $\Delta_F(x-y)$ does not vanish (though exponentially suppressed $\sim \exp{(-|\vec x-\vec y|)}$) outside the light cone. But Feynman's ...
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From field particle to force in qft

In Zee's book "Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell" specifically chapter I.4 p.26 - he wrote the following: In the previous chapter we obtained for the free theory $$W(J)= -\frac{1}{2} \int \int ...
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Hydro regime of strongly coupled field theory, low viscosity

I am trying to get an intuition for the following argument: In heavy ion collisions the central collision area can be described by almost ideal hydrodynamics at very early times after the impact. This ...
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Two expressions for topological instanton number

I have begun to study instantons and I have the following difficulty: $\newcommand{tr}{\operatorname{Tr}}$ I am considering theory with $SU(2)$ gauge group: $S=\frac{1}{2g^{2}}\int \tr ...
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Why does S-matrix unitarity imply the cross section $\sigma$ $\propto$ $\frac {1}{s}$?

I'm currently learning for an oral exam in theoretical physics and as a learning aid protocols of older exams exist. In one protocol the question was asked: Why is the scattering cross section ...
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Relative Minus signs from different Feynman Diagrams

I have a problem understanding the occurrence of a the relative minus signs between contributions, coming from different Feynman diagrams, involving fermions. A simple example is Bhabha scattering ...
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Time evolution of a quantum field via classical field theory

How do quantum fields evolve in time? (Heisenberg Picture) How does time evolution relate to the (E-L) equations of motion? I’ve had this understanding that there is a duality between classical and ...
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Question about the foundation of part I in A. Zee's book

Zee says in Section I.3 of QFT in a nutshell: The functional integral $$Z = \int D \varphi e^{i \int d^4 x [\frac{1}{2} (\partial \varphi)^2 - V(\varphi) + J(x) \varphi (x)]} \tag{11} $$ is ...
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Wick Contraction

I am reading Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee. Zee introduces the rationale/machinery behind Feynman diagrams in three steps: Baby -> Child -> "Real". The baby problem generates ...
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What prevents photons from getting mass from higher order Feynman diagrams

The Higgs boson and gluons have no electric charge and photons couple to charge, so there is no tree level interaction between them and photons. But what prevents higher order diagrams from ...
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Evaluate functional integral in partition function of thermal $\phi^4$ theory (Kapusta/Gale p.34-35)

my question is about some steps in the book "Finite Temperature Field Theory" by Kapusta and Gale. To explain the setting, I how to evaluate the functional integrals in the expression $$ \ln ...
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Origin of quark masses

Does all the mass of the quarks in the standard model come from the Higgs sector or is there also a contribution to quark masses due to QCD chiral symmetry breaking?
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Significance of total divergence anomaly term

What is the significance of the fact that the anomany term (calculated from the triangle diagram) is a total divergence? Or, in other words, what is the significance of $$\partial_\mu j^\mu_A\sim ...
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Why is it said that the Heisenberg model is a hard-core boson model?

I am confused as to why it is said that the Heisenberg model is a hard-core boson model.
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Tetrad choice for Pauli-Lubanski in the massless case

The Pauli-Lubanski pseudovector coincides with intrinsic spin in the rest frame of the particle. In a more general frame, one defines a tetrad and projects the PL vector on it to define intrinsic spin ...
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Hamiltonian split into Mass term and Decay Width

I have encountered the following procedure several times now, and none of the sources ever explain the physical reason behind it: The Hamiltonian $H$ is split into $M$ and $\Gamma$. WHY? Where ...
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Dilaton field and Scale symmetry breaking

I have read at some places that a dilaton field is associated with the spontaneous breaking of scale symmetry in a theory. (While others would be difficult to trace right now, the most easily ...
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Heisenberg's Unified Field Theory

While searching in the Internet, I came to know about Werner Heisenberg's attempt to obtain an Unified Field Theory (see the book Introduction to Unified Field Theory of Elementary Particles). But ...
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Physical meaning behind causal massless scalar propogator

I know that for a scalar massless field in $(3+1)$ spacetime that: $$ \langle 0 | \phi(x) \phi(y) | 0 \rangle \propto |x-y|^{-2} = (-(t_x-t_y)^2 + (\vec{x}-\vec{y})^2)^{-1}. $$ I also know that $$ ...
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Annihilation Operator on the Fock space

I agree that $$\hat a|0\rangle=0$$ But then, based on the above, the following should hold $$\hat a_k |N_1,...,N_{k-1},0,N_{k+1},...\rangle=|N_1\rangle\oplus\cdots\oplus |N_{k-1}\rangle\oplus \hat ...
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Semiclassical approximation in Quantum Field Theory

I've recently stumbled upon a semiclassical approximation to quantum field theory that I've never heard of and have a hard time understanding. Consider the Hamiltonian, \begin{equation} H = \frac{c}{ ...
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What is the difference between $N=(2,2)$ with $N=(2,2)^*$ in 2d?

What is the difference between $N=(2,2)$ with $N=(2,2)^*$ in 2 dimensional theory? In some sense, i heard, they are totally different theory. I heard from breaking of $N=(4,4)$ supersymmetry it ...
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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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Why doesn't Graphene have a band gap?

Is there any simple justification about graphene having no band gap? How bout its linear E-K? Why bilayer graphene has a quadratic E-K and electric field can open a band gap there? I do not ...
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Ward identity derived from global symmetry and SDE, different from that derived from gauge symmetry?

In QED, according to Schwinger-Dyson equation $^{[1]}$, $$\left(\eta^{\mu\nu}(\partial ^2)-(1-\frac{1}{\xi})\partial^{\mu}\partial^{\nu}\right)\langle 0|\mathcal{T}A_{\nu}(x)...|0\rangle = e\,\langle ...
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What is the meaning of a state in QFT?

I guess this may be more of a mathematical than a physics question, but it comes down to physical interpretations, so I'm posting it here. In classical Quantum Mechanics, we can define a state ...
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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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Deriving photon propagator

In Peskin & Schroeder's book on page 297 in deriving the photon propagator the authors say that $$\left(-k^2g_{\mu\nu}+(1-\frac{1}{\xi})k_\mu k_\nu\right)D^{\nu\rho}_F(k)=i\delta^\rho_\mu ...
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Symmetry transformation on Quantum Field

I stumbled upon this point several times, the latest beeing this question: Connection between conserved charge and the generator of a symmetry I want to understand, why Quantum fields transform under ...
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The interpretation of charge-conjugated wave-equation solutions

I would like to clarify a confusion which is related with the charge conjugation operator which is haunting me for quite a time.I already asked similar questions here and I admit I haven't got a real ...
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Connection between conserved charge and the generator of a symmetry

I'm trying to understand the connection between Noether charges and symmetry generators a little better. In Schwartz QFT book, chapter 28.2, he states that the Noether charge $Q$ generates the ...
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In QFT, do the fields evolve with determinism, in principle?

In quantum mechanics, the outcomes of a certain measurement might not be deterministic. However, the wavefunction evolves with determinism according to Schrodinger's equation. Is QFT analogous in ...
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QFT Hilbert spaces over other rings than the complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$

I would like some help evaluating a physics theory recently proposed by a physics professor at the College of Dupage. I think the theory is utterly wrong, for very simple reasons. If an amateur ...
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What is IR CFT and UV CFT?

What is IR CFT and UV CFT? In many physics related materials, they often mention IR, and UV. I think it is related with regularization (I remember in QFT, there is UV cutoff in some regularization ...
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Higgs branch and Coulomb branch

I heard that the distinguish between Higgs branch and Coulomb branch is the limit of some parameters. (If i remember correctly, something like FI parameters. ) Here i want to know what is FI ...
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Computing box diagrams with non-vanishing external momenta

I'm trying to explicitly compute the following box diagram in the Feynman-t'Hooft gauge: If I neglect the impulsion of the $s$ quark, then the final amplitude is given by $$\mathcal{A} \propto ...