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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QFT field expansion: Positive/negative energies and exponentials

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the exponentials in the field expansion and the energy of the of the particle being positive or negative. Is it necessary or is it a convention that ...
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Why is the chiral symmetry only $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ and not $SU(6)$?

In the limit where the masses vanish, low energy QCD has a well known chiral symmetry (see http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0505265 for a very extensive review, and pg 19 for the section relevant for my ...
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Why can we set mass to zero in Yukawa RGE derivation?

In problem 12.1 from Peskin&Schroeder's book I have to derive the beta functions in massless Yukawa theory. What's the justification for setting mass to zero and what's the difference between ...
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Goldstone's theorem massless states

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around Goldstone's theorem proof as given by Itzykson & Zuber. The reasoning is pretty straightforward, but there's a result that's bothering me from a ...
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Field theory in four dimensions

I was reading Schwartz's book on QFT. In chapter 14.5 at p.267, while speaking about path integral he says: [...] the path integral (and field theories more generally) is only known to exist (i.e. ...
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What role does “spontaneously symmetry breaking” played in the “Higgs Mechanism”?

In talking about Higgs mechanism, the first part is always some introduction to the concept of spontaneously symmetry breaking (SSB), some people saying that Higgs mechanism is the results of SSB of ...
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How is polarization vector in QFT related to polarization in classical electrodynamics?

As i know in classical electrodynamics polarization shows the orientation of the electric vector in a plane perpendicular to the direction of propagation of light. But in quantum field theory ...
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Compton Scattering Feynman diagram integral expression

I'm trying to write down the integral expression according to the feynman-rules for this Diagram of an electron with compton scattering and a one-loop correction: ![Compton Scattering][1] ...
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A classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity

Consider a classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity. The relevant dynamical variables are $\chi^\mu (\tau)$ of the particle, the electromangetic potential ...
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Pseudoscalar particle decay

Suppose I want to calculate amplitude of pseudoscalar particle decay into electron + positron. Interaction Hamiltonian is given by (ignoring the positive and real constants) $\mathcal{H} = \bar{\psi} ...
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Creating an arbitrary state of the quantum simple harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

Suppose $\mathcal{B}=\{\lvert 0\rangle, \lvert 1\rangle, \lvert 2\rangle, ... \}$ is the energy eigen-basis of a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. I want to create the state \begin{equation} ...
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Current density defined by the scattering operator

I have a problem with the definition of the current density. In most literature it is defined as $j^\mu=\frac{i}{2}(S^*\frac{\partial S(A)}{\partial A_\mu(x)})$. I understand that normally we use ...
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Analogy between a classical discrete system and non classical continous system

Most introduction textbooks about quantum fieldtheory start with a discrete classical harmonic oscillator and then looks at it in the continuous quantized case (quantized field). This leads to the ...
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Does the Unruh effect really describe a thermal bath?

If we consider a free (massless scalar) field $\phi$ in Minkowski space and look at it in Rindler coordinates (which correspond to what an accelerated observer sees), we find that the action of the ...
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Why do tadpoles contribute to amplitudes?

In some quantum field theories tadpoles of the form                         ...
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Does spontaneous emission actually emit in a random direction, or is it measured in a random direction?

When an excited state couples to the vacuum, it has an infinite number of directions of the quantized electromagnetic field to couple to. Does it evolve into a superposition of all those directions at ...
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Is there a theoretic temperature where single quarks might become individually stable?

This question is what lead me to ask this. Strong force between quarks that are out of causal contact and my understanding of the standard model is that the answer is no - but the standard model ...
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Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant?

Are topological vacua of QCD Lorentz invariant or they mix under boosts?
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How does a photon mediate both electric attraction and repulsion?

The answer to this question probably lies in QFT, which I know just enough about to appreciate my current lack of understanding of the subject, if you follow me. About a year ago I asked our ...
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Invariance in Euclidean and Minkowski spaces

Consider Wick's rotation from Minkowski to Euclidean space in QFT. What is the connection between O(4) invariance in Euclidean space and Lorentz invariance in Minkowski space? If we define a quantity ...
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Are the pion fields in chiral perturbation theory complex or real fields?

The chiral perturbation theory Lagrangian is written $$\mathcal{L}_2=\frac{f_{\pi}^2}{4}Tr(D_{\mu}U^{\dagger}D^{\mu}U)$$ shouldn't we complex conjugate the first covariant derivative? what triggers ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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Loopwise expansion of effective action $\Gamma[\phi]$

My question is about the loopwise expansion of the effective action $\Gamma(\varphi)$ up to 1-loop contributions. I've understood well the results for both $Z[J]$ and $W[J]$ functionals loopwise ...
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Peskin Schroeder $\phi^4$ mass renormalization

In Peskin Schroeder, section 10.2, the contributions to $M^2(p^2)$ of order $\lambda^2$ are calculated. They respective Feynman diagrams are given: why is this diagram NOT included?
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Assumptions in the LSZ reduction formula

In Srednicki, Chapter 5, it is said that the LSZ reduction formula holds only under the assumptions $$ \langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle =0 \qquad\text{and} \qquad \langle k|\phi(x)|0\rangle =e^{-ikx}$$ I ...
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Amputated Green's function in the LSZ formula

From Schwartz's QFT textbook, under Ch.18, Mass renormalization, Schwartz introduces a new LSZ formula with renormalized Green's function. He states that the new LSZ formula for QED, with pole mass ...
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Interacting fermions on a lattice

My rough understanding about lattice simulations of bosonic quantum field theories is that the partition function can be approximated by explicitly summing over a large number of field configurations, ...
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How to write magnetic dipole transition hamiltonian using ladder operator?

The magnetic dipole transition Hamiltonian is $\hat{H}=\frac{e}{2m_ec}\hat{\mathbf{B}}\cdot\hat{\mathbf{L}}$ How do I express it in terms of ladder operator $\hat{L}_+$, $\hat{L}_-$, and the ...
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Ground state symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling

The Hamiltonian for 2D Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling on a square lattice is written as $ H = -t\sum_{\langle ij \rangle}\Psi_i^{\dagger}\Psi_j^{\vphantom{\dagger}} + ...
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Probability of Vacuum Fluctuations near Charges

A short, simple enough question, if you know about field theory, which unfortunately I don't. Are vacuum fluctuations more probable near a charge, for example an electron with negative charge? I ...
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What is primitive divergence?

As in the title, what is primitive divergence? How is it distinguished from normal divergence? As a followup, what is a primitive divergent graph in a theory? Some simple examples?
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Two creation operators acting on a state

If $a_p^\dagger$ is the creation operator for an electron with momentum $p$ and $b_q^\dagger$ is the creation operator for a positron with momentum $q$, what does $a_p^\dagger b_q^\dagger \left| 0 ...
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What is the meaning of the dlog integrations in the on-shell/grassmannian representation of N=4 SYM scattering amplitudes?

After reading part of this paper by Nima Arkani-Hamed, http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.5605, I cannot understand what is the precise meaning of the $dlog(\alpha)$ integrations. Any on-shell diagram is ...
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Weinberg-Witten theorem and Landau pseudotensor, or how QFT can make prediction about GR

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that there isn't Poincare covariant stress-energy tensor for massless fields with helicity more than $1$. The only example of such higher helicity field is graviton. ...
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Basic doubt on the philosophy of Quantum field theory and General relativity

As I understand, the basic idea of General relativity is that the 4-d spacetime is "deformed" because of the presence of matter-energy, in other words no pre-existing (or background) space is assumed ...
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“No-go” theorems and goldstone bosons

There are "no-go" theorems who forbid interaction through soft helicity 3 and higher massless particles and soft interaction between massless fermions with spin more than $\frac{3}{2}$. But if ...
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How many particles in $\phi_0(x)^2|0\rangle$?

In Schwartz's "QFT and the standard model" on pg 22 he writes: A two or zero particle state as in $\phi_0(x)^2\left|0\right>$. I was wondering how this can be proved? I tried checking if ...
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Why only the spin $j=\frac{1}{2}$ has relativistic wave function equation that conserves positive probability?

The Dirac wave function can be thought as a relativistic wave equation, where the solution has a positive definite norm. I know that this same equation can't be thought so seriously as a wave equation ...
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Mass correction to a massless boson

Suppose I have a boson and a fermion: $$ \mathcal L = -\frac{1}{2}(\partial \phi)^2 -m_\phi^2\phi^2 - \bar \psi \not \partial \psi - m_\psi \bar \psi \psi + \lambda \phi \bar \psi \psi $$ In the ...
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What exactly is Weinberg's power counting theorem?

The massive gravity propagator goes like $\sim \frac{p^2}{m^4}$ at high energies and in this case we cannot apply Weinberg's standard power counting arguments. I have read something like that ...
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Higher spins elementary particles

Lorentz invariance requirement of theory imposes the absense of interactions between spin 3 and higher spins bosons and arbitrary field (like spin $\frac{1}{2}$ fermions etc) at least in infrared ...
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Isotopic invariance

I am reading something related to Isotopic invariance. As i have read, Isotopic invariance of the interaction between nucleons (proton and nucleon) is just approximate since masses of proton and ...
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Capturing (perturbatively) non-equilibrium field theory effects using “elementary” methods

I am considering a system of two interacting scalar fields: $\psi$, and $\phi$. The Lagrangian is given by: \begin{equation} ...
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Multiparticle Mandlestam Variables Extension

So in 4D we have three Mandlestam variables for a 4-particle scattering process. This corresponds to $p_i^\mu$ giving us 16 degrees of freedom. Momentum conservation reduces this by 4, and we have 4 ...
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Fermion - Antifermion (annihilation) scattering amplitude

I'm trying to get the scattering of the diagrams described here in the "annihilation, part ii" (fermion/antifermion - scalar/scalar) ...
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Understanding Fierz rearrangement identity

I'm trying to get a better grasp of the Fierz rearrangement identity for 2-component spinors (Equation 2.20 I'll be using the Van der Waerden notionation used in the given link) $$ \chi_\alpha (\xi ...
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Counting degrees of freedom in spinor-helicity formalism

Just a couple of quick questions about the spinor-helicity formalism. We start with $p^\mu$ and $\epsilon^\mu$, so we have eight degrees of freedom. Then we have that $p^\mu p_\mu = 0$ and that ...
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Supermultiplet dimensions from Young Tableaus

In John Terning's book, on pages 14 and 15, there are lists of $\mathcal{N} = 2$ and $\mathcal{N} = 4$ supermultiplets, labeled in terms of the dimensions of the corresponding R-symmetry $d_R$ and ...
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What is the physical interpretation of second quantization?

One way that second quantization is motivated in an introductory text (QFT, Schwartz) is: The general solution to a Lorentz-invariant field equation is an integral over plane waves (Fourier ...