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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Quantum Operators: An Identity

I came across the following neat property: For an operator $\hat{A}$ which is a linear combination of creation and annihilation operators, we have: $$ \langle e^{\hat{A}} \rangle = e^{\langle \...
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Wick renormalization

I'm trying to understand the Wick renormalization in the framework of the Ito integral. I saw the Wick theorem as presented on Wikipedia in a QFT course and I would like to understand how that is ...
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The “harmonic paradigm” in physics

Disclaimer: I know this is a vague question, so if this is not the appropriate thread, please direct me to the correct one. On page 5 of Anthony Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell he speaks of ...
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One-Loop Yukawa RGEs

I'm currently trying to understand how one can write the one-loop RGEs for the Yukawa couplings using the general formula: One example I'm interested in is how the author derives, using this ...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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Is there scale invariance in the region of QCD aymptotic freedom?

It is said that in the deep inelastic scattering, scale invariance emerges. In the scattering of electrons off protons, this reflects the asymptotic freedom. Now I got a question. Normally, a system ...
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Gauge redundancies and global symmetries [closed]

It is often said that local (gauge) transformation is only redundancy of description of spin one massless particles, to make the number degrees of freedom from three to two. It is often said that ...
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Gradient involved commutator in $\phi^4$ theory

In a phi fourth theory, the Hamiltonian density is: $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$$ Now I impose the usual equal time ...
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Why is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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Question on Step in Lancaster's “Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur”

I'm having trouble understanding a single step in Lancaster's book. In Chapter 16, the propagator is derived and proved to be the Green's function of the Schrodinger equation. The derivation is pretty ...
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How to go from a Higgs which transforms in the adjoint representation to a 2x2 matrix?

I have a triplet transforming in the adjoint map of the lie albegra of su(2) but I don´t know how to include it in to a Lagrangian where I have two lepton doublets. It should be a 2x2 matrix but I don´...
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Lattice QFT: Non-homogenous lattice spacing

I am interested why we fix the lattice spacing, $a$ to be homogenous in all dimensions. After a Wick rotation, $a=i \epsilon$ where $\epsilon=t_{i+1} - t_{i}$ and with euclidean time given by $\tau = ...
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Why does the non-linearity of the string action prohibit stretching due to strong excitations?

From 't Hooft's String Theory lecture notes on page 8 (paraphrased): To understand hadronic particles as excited states of strings, we have to study the dynamical properties of these strings, and ...
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Normal Ordering in String Theory: Polchinsky vs. all others

Polchinsky defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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Running coupling outside QFT

I'm reading about the running coupling in QCD. I understand the vacuum polarization and its consequences. Also I've read that you can find the same phenomenon on the strong interaction, giving us the ...
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Two definitions of topological terms in field theory

I've seen two distinct definitions for "topological" terms in the context of quantum field theory. Topological terms don't depend on the metric $g_{\mu\nu}$. This makes sense since topology is '...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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Can the rate of virtual pair production from vacuum be computed?

Consider for instance the QED Lagrangian. Is it possible to compute the rate of virtual electron-positron creation from the vacuum?
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Questions from Srednicki's Introduction to Interacting Field Theory using the LSZ Formula

I have been reading through the chapter on the LSZ Reduction Formula from Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory, and I have a few questions about which I'm sort of confused. The questions are referenced ...
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Decay rate revisited

According to Peskin&Schroeder (pp. 107), we have $$ d\Gamma=\frac{1}{2m_A}\left(\prod_f\frac{d^3p_f}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2E_f}\right)|\mathcal{M}(m_A)\rightarrow {p_f}|^2(2\pi)^4\delta^{(4)}(p_A\...
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High $p_T$ and high $Q^2$ in deep inelastic hadronic collisions

When reading about high energy collisions (for example proton-proton collisions at LHC), I always find the relation $Q\sim p_T$, which, for me, is hard to demonstrate. Moreover, I found statements ...
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At most $N$ gapless charge/spin modes in a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains?

Leon Balents and Matthew P. A. Fisher claimed the following without any further explanation ($N$ is the number of chains) For a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains, the number of gapless charge modes ...
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Re: Quantization of a Fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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Writing the Yang-Mills topological charge using differential forms

I have a very pedestrian knowledge of differential forms and I am having some trouble in a derivation. The topological charge $Q$ in Yang-Mills theories is supposed to be $$ Q=\int{}q(x)d^4x $$ where $...
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Does the Flavor symmetry forbid $uu\rightarrow cc,ss$?

This question comes from the reading of this paper. They suppose a flavor symmetry group $G_F = U(3)_q\times U(3)_{d} \times U(2)_{d}$ which acts on the three LH quarks $q_L$, three RH quarks $u_R$ ...
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Casimir forces and its associated Feynman propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Completeness Relations of Polarization Vectors in QCD

What are the completeness relations of the polarization vectors of (external) particles in QCD amplitude calculation? (I assume the polarization vectors depend on the gauge and even so still have some ...
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Some questions about the Kitaev Chain Model

In the paper,'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', Kitaev shows that unpaired Majorana Modes can be found at the end of a Quantum Wire for certain conditions. The effective Hamiltonian ...
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Correlator of energy-momentum tensor and OPE

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 Equation (2.22), the correlation function of then energy-momentum tensor with some primary fields is We can view this as sum over the OPE of the energy-...
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Representations of SO(3) and the classification of relativistic massive particles as in Weinberg's “The Quantum Theory of Fields”

I'm reading about the classification of relativistic massive particles in Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields", and I found something that doesn't convince me. In Chapter 2, paragraph 5, having ...
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How to count the number of cubic tree-level Feynman diagrams at $n$ points?

I'm following this paper: arXiv:0805.3993 [hep-ph] where it's said that the total number of distinct tree-level diagrams at $n$-points with cubic vertices only is $(2n-5)!!$ I want to know where this ...
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Hubbard Model. Spin Operators.

In a book Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics author (p.10 of second edition) defines spin operators as: $$ \vec{S}(\vec{r}) = \frac{\hbar}{2}c_{\sigma}^\dagger(\vec{r})\vec{\tau}_{\sigma\...
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Intuition for S-duality

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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Calculating the boundary modes in Kitaev Chain

In section 2 of the paper, 'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', equation (14), the following transformation: \begin{equation} b^{'} = \sum_{j} (\alpha_+ ^{'} x_+ ^{j} + \alpha_- ^{'} x_- ^{...
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Gaussian path integrals and convergence

The Hamiltonian path integral in quantum mechanics, for a particle with coordinate $q$ and momentum $p$ and Hamiltonian $H=p^2/2m+V(q)$, is $\int \mathcal{D}q(t)\mathcal{D}p(t)e^{i\int_0^T(p\dot{q}-\...
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Field solution for spacetimes with identified regions

For a spacetime surgery wormhole, we have a manifold such that, for two connected compact sets $D_1$ and $D_2$, we remove $D_1$ and $D_2$ from the manifold and identify their boundaries. According to ...
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Solving linear equations for the groundstate of a quadratic field theory

I have successfully solved a field theory quadratic in fermonic creation and annihilation operators via Bogolyubov transformation to a diagonal field theory. I now want to extract the groundstate of ...
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What kets represent on QFT?

In Quantum Mechanics kets are used to represent states of a system. This is indeed well written in the first postulate of Quantum Mechanics which states that to describe a quantum system we use a ...
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effective field theory of the projective semion model

The "projective semion" model was considered in http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6491 (page 2). It is a symmetry enriched topological (SET) phase. There is one non-trivial anyon, a semion $s$ which induces a ...
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Can we express QFT in R^8 where the spacetime can be embedded in?

A smooth, 4-dimensional manifold can be embedded in $R^8$. Isn't it a natural selection of space for QFT when we try to extend QFT with gravity?
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axion couplings

As I understand it, the axion $a$ originates from the spontaenous symmetry breaking of $U(1)_{PQ}$. This symmetry being anomalous, and because of the QCD vacuum structure, a non vanishing term like $\...
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Definition of anomalous symmetry in Hamiltonian formalism

In the Lagrangian path-integral formulation of QFT, an anomalous symmetry is defined to be a symmetry of the action which is not a symmetry of the measure of the path integral, and therefore not a ...
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Physical side of TQFT

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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How to arrive at the Dirac Equation from Poincare Algebra?

For the case of Galilean group, the time translation is given by the generator $H$. Hence, $$\mid\psi(t)\rangle\to \mid\psi(t+s)\rangle =e^{-iHs}\mid\psi(t)\rangle$$ Which immediately is the ...
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Weinberg QFT (2.5.5)

I'm slightly confused about something in volume 1 of Weinberg. He says $U(\Lambda)\Psi_{p,\sigma}=\sum_{\sigma'}C_{\sigma'\sigma}(\Lambda,p)\Psi_{\Lambda p,\sigma'}$. Then, "In general, it may be ...
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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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Concepts regarding BCS Theory of superconductivity and Cooper pairs

I have a little conceptual doubt about the BCS theory of superconductivity. A visual model of the Cooper pair attraction has a passing electron which attracts the lattice, causing a slight ripple ...
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The relation between anomalous dimensions and renormalization constants

I am trying to understand the general strategy and technical details of calculating $\beta$-function at higher orders. $\beta$-function is the anomalous dimension of the coupling constant and there is ...
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Partition function and coherent state path integral

I have been working through the derivation of the partition function expressed as a path integral in terms of coherent states, following the many-body condensed-matter field theory books of Altland &...