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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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How to construct singlet and other multiplets from two triplets

Let an $SU(2)$ isotriplet operator is given by\begin{equation}\bar{l^c}i\tau_2\vec \tau l=l^T Ci\tau_2\vec \tau l\sim 3\end{equation} and an isotriplet Higgs field \begin{equation}\vec \Delta\sim ...
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Are the Yang-Mills equation and its generalization gauge invariant?

I have derived the Yang-Mills equation and its generalization coupled to a current of a scalar field $\phi$ by extremalizing the action describing a $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ scalar field gauge theory: ...
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Mixed two-point vertex in QFT

I am considering a theory with two fields, say $\phi$ and $\psi$. The Lagrangian contains quadratic terms, i.e., propagators for both fields and a quartic interaction term for one of the fields. ...
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Scalar Yukawa Theory in non-relativistic limit

I'm new to QFT, and am enrolled in a class at my school. I feel as though the teacher didn't give us the tools to tackle this problem yet. It's only the second week and we've gone through at most ...
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What is the central charge about? [closed]

I have two very basic questions. What is meant by the term conformal field theory? What is the central charge in a conformal field theory?
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New Supersymmetry Algebra

We know that SUSY generators commute with translation $$ [P_\mu,Q_\alpha]=0 $$ I have some questions: What is this equation physical meaning? Is it possible to make "SUSY-like" generators that do ...
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scattering by weak potential and the adiabatic hypothesis

In Ryder QFT, regarding the calculation of the scattering amplitude by a weak potential $V$, the potential is assumed to be switched on and off slowly using the adiabatic hypothesis. But there is a ...
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Is this summary of modern theoretical physics correct?

This is not exactly a physics question; it's more of a question about physics. You'll see what I mean in a minute. My understanding of modern theoretical physics is below. What I want to know is: Is ...
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Mean-field approach to quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems

I have a basic confusion concerning the mean-field theory of quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems. Consider as an example the BCS theory of superconductivity in a Dirac fermion system, ...
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Is it possible to make superpartner of Standard Model live in Mirror World?

In the ordinary Supersymmetry (SUSY), the superpartner of SM live in SM world (matter world). Then we introduce mirror world with mirror particle live there. I would like to make a new concept that ...
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Massless boson in 2D and its (retarded) propagator

I have the retarded propagator for a free scalar field in 1+1 dimensions. Inside the light cone, this looks like $J_0(m \sqrt(t^2-x^2))$, J being a Bessel function. When I take the massless limit, ...
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Several Complex Variables in QFT

After reading the very interesting quote about several complex variables in QFT: "The axiomatization of quantum field theory consists in a number of general principles, the most important of ...
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How are Feynman rules derived (in general)?

There are some questions (not all answered) on how Feynman rules for specific cases are derived (e.g. Sign of Feynman rules with derivative couplings, Feynman rules for coupled systems, How can we ...
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Physics in torus, cylinder, Klein bottle and mobius strip

In string theory, or supersymmetric gauge theory, they often calculate the partition function on specific Riemann surfaces, such as torus, cylinder, Klein bottle, Mobius strip. Refer to the ...
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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Why is Planck's constant the same for all particles?

This question came to me while reading "Where does de Broglie wavelength $\lambda=h/p$ for massive particles come from?". This question has a nice answer that explains that wave number has be ...
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Why is Quark Mixing forbidden in the Lagrangian (pre CKM)

The corresponding term in Lagrangian for the coupling of quarks to gauge fields reads $$ \sum_{i} \bar Q_i D_\mu \gamma^ \mu Q_i .$$ Considering the Yukawa terms it is generally stated, that no ...
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Retarded thermal Green function

I'm working with finite temperature field theory, but I'm having problems understanding the retarded Green's function in this formalism. I'm reading Niemi and Semenoff's article "Finite Temperature ...
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Why particle number operator $\hat{N}$ is $\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}$ rather than $\hat{a}\hat{a}^\dagger$?

Both $\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}$ and $\hat{a}\hat{a}^\dagger$ are Hermitian, how do we know which one represents the particle number?
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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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Split property for type III algebras entails practical separability

I am reading Halvorson's thesis (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/346/1/main-new.pdf), however I don't understand a proof at p.50 where he tries to explain why the split property allows a local agent ...
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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 ...