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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Difference between $SU(2)$ and $SU(2)$ gauge transformations?

I hear this jargon all the time, so what is the difference? (Of course this is nothing special to $SU(2)$, but rather I just took it as an example)
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Why do we not have spin greater than 2?

It is commonly asserted that no consistent, interacting quantum field theory can be constructed with fields that have spin greater than 2 (possibly with some allusion to renormalization). I've also ...
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Symmetry of Minkowksi Metric -> Conserved Current?

My understanding of the Minkowski Metric is that we have the freedom to choose whether to place the negative sign on the time-component or on the spatial-components. That is, either basis should ...
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Why must the Dirac equation multiplied by its complex conjugate give the KG equation?

This may be a simple question. I can show this is the case mathematically but cannot explain why it happens. It was only when asked why this happens when I realised I couldn't explain it ...
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Higgs maths video Brian Greene

What do you think of the video below? ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWj00MCqSxs Is the explanation in this video largely correct, or missing something? Is the mathematical description in the ...
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Algebraic formulation of QFT and unbounded operators

In AQFT one specifies the structure of the observables as a $C^*$-algebra. This seems to excludes algebras that don't have a norm, such as the Heisenberg algebra. Fortunately for this case one turns ...
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Geometrical interpretation of the Dirac equation

Is there an intuitive geometrical picture behind the Dirac equation, and the gamma matrices that it uses? I know the geometric algebra is a Clifford algebra. Can the properties of geometric algebra, ...
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Using supersymmetry outside high energy/particle physics

Are there applications of supersymmetry in other branches of physics other than high energy/particle physics?
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Electron recoil after emitting virtual photon

Assume that a stationary electron $A$ emits a virtual photon with $4$-momentum $k$ and a stationary electron $B$ absorbs it. Let us assume a description in which time is moving forwards. At the ...
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Quantum corrections to massless fermionic field

in QED the corrections to electron propagator change the bare electron mass from $m_0$ to $m=m_0+δm=m_0+∑(\not{p}=m)$ (Peskin, formula 7.27). This is the consequence of the fact, that the quantum ...
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Is forward scattering = no scattering?

What is forward scattering? If it is equivalent to no scattering, then why not call it "no scattering"?
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Gauge Invariance of the Hamiltonian of the electromagnetic field

The Hamiltonian for an electron of mass $m$ and charge $e$ in an exterior electromagnetic field is $$H=\frac{1}{2m}(p-(e/c)A)^2+e\varphi.$$ The corresponding (via canonical quantization) quantum ...
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beta decay equation balance

Quark doesn't constitutes more fundamental particle and proton and neutron consist of quarks. Now come to beta decay. $n \rightarrow p + e^{-} + \bar{\nu}_e $ How can an electron emit from ...
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Regarding state of Klein-Gordon field

In regular quantum mechanics of particles, I have the Schrodinger evolution picture for a general state $$ i\hbar \frac{d}{dt} \left|\psi(t)\right> = \hat H \left|\psi(t)\right> $$ then we ...
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Online QFT video lectures

I'm aware of Sidney Coleman's 1975/76 sequence of 54 lectures on Quantum Field Theory. Are there any other high-quality QFT lecture series available online?
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Coleman-Mandula theorem in mathematical language

Every supersymmetry text starts off mentioning the Coleman-Mandula theorem. Often it is introduced using rather colloquial terminology. I was wondering if anyone knew a precise mathematical ...
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How do you simulate chiral gauge theories on a computer?

David Tong and Lubos Motl have argued that our universe can't possibly be a digital computer simulation because chiral gauge theories can't be discretized, and the Standard Model is a chiral gauge ...
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Expectation values of interacting fields

I was motivated to ask this question by the equality claimed in equation 10.3.3 of Weinberg's volume 1 of QFT books. My interpretation of that, If $O_s$ is a quantum field of spin $s$, $\psi_s$ is ...
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What is the difference between Lehmann-Kallen and Dispersion relation?

I know that the Lehmann-Kallen (LK) form of an operator concerns just that, an operator. But the LK is very similar in form to dispersion relations found in analytic S-matrix theory.
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Expectation values in QFT?

What is the meaning of different expectation values in QFT? For instance: $$\langle 0|{\cal O}(0)|q,s\rangle$$ or $$\langle 0|{\cal O}(0)|0\rangle$$ with ${\cal O}$ being some operator and ...
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QED coupling constant at one loop

On page 257 in Peskin's QFT book a qualitative sketch of the QED coupling is given (see the picture below). Why should I expect such a behavior from QED? The QED beta function is ...
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What do they mean with: photon scattering with $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$

In a scattering problem, let q denote the four-momentum of the photon. Is $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$ simply a statement of what metric one uses and simultaneously a definition of $Q^2$?
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Higgs field in space around us?

Is the higgs field in space around us? I understand it as that the higgs field has a constant value on every space time point, is that right? And this value is the vacuum expectation value. This ...
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Collapse in Quantum Field Theory? [duplicate]

I do not want answers telling me that wave-function collapse is not real and decoherence is the answer (I know the situation with that). I am asking a question purely on the basis if wave-function ...
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What causes different decays?

Nuclei spontaneously decay according to a certain decay rate. There are however different kinds of decay, alpha, beta, gamma... What causes then the nuclei, when they decay, to do so in one way of ...
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Peskin equation 6.38

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, page 189, equation 6.38, how do they get from the first line to the second line? In particular, I am stuck on the transition from what I perceive to be: $$ ...
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Parity of annihilation and creation operator - Real Klein-Gordon field

In calculating the total-momentum operator of the real Klein-Gordon field, I end up with an equation like $$ \vec P = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3}\int d^3p \mspace{9mu} \vec p\Big(a_pa_{-p} + ...
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Schroedinger field operators and their commutation relations

I've got several questions regarding the so called second quantization of the Schroedinger equation. My professor introduced the field operators for the Schroedinger field by simply stating them as ...
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Non-locality and quanta

Quantum mechanics is non-local in that long distance correlations are present, though there is no signalling possible. But QFT is Lorentz invariant and contains quantum mechanics as a special case. I ...
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What sets AdS radius of the Vasiliev dual to the O(N) vector model?

In $\mathrm{AdS}_5$/$\mathrm{CFT}_4$ the AdS radius $R$ is determined in terms of the string length by the gauge theory t'Hooft parameter as follows \begin{equation} \frac{R}{l_{\rm s}} \sim ...
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What does this Lagrangian represents?

I came across this expression while doing exercises and I was wondering if it was a 'real' expression. $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi -\frac{m^2}{2}\phi ^2 ...
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Why aren't four-vectors used in the definition of a Klein-Gordon quantum field?

I am a beginner who is learning QFT. When I was going through the quantisation of Klein-Gordon real-field. I got confused about something: The solution to Klein-Gordon equations are of the form $ ...
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Dual photon in d=3

In some papers (such as http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9910184 and http://arxiv.org/find/all/1/all:+AND+kapustin+AND+topological+disorder/0/1/0/all/0/1) I am reading it is always referred at "the dual ...
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Product of $\gamma^5 \sigma^{\mu\nu}$

I'm trying to prove that $\gamma^5 \sigma^{\mu\nu}=\frac{i}{2}\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}\sigma_{\alpha\beta}$ I started with the left hand side and expanded the $\gamma^5$ to ...
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Contour for Klein-Gordon field transition amplitude

In calculating transition amplitude for Klein-Gordon real-scalar field, I encountered the integral, $$ \frac{-i}{2(2\pi)^2\Delta x} \int^{\infty}_{-\infty} \,dk \frac{ke^{ik\Delta ...
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stress tensor in Kazama-Suzuki construction

This is a technical question about equation (2.42) of the original paper [KS] of the Kazama-Suzuki construction. I think the authors did a simple substitution ...
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Two particles state of a 1D massive scalar field

Perfectly localized states are not normalized so do not belong to the Fock space (they belong to the rigged version). Suppose we approximate localized states with gaussians, what is the mathematical ...
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What are the AdS/CFT papers which study the stringy effects in the bulk? [closed]

I would like to know of a list of pedagogical/classic/nice papers that study stringy effects in the bulk. May be a sequence which a student follows to understand the stringy nature that is at play.
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How does the Higgs mechanism work?

I'm not a particle physicist, but I did manage to get through the Feynman lectures without getting too lost. Is there a way to explain how the Higgs field works, in a way that people like me might ...
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Gupta-Bleuler Formalism

In the Gupta-Bleuler formalism we have a problem with two states (scalar photons and longitudinal photons), because here $\langle \vec{k}_a|\vec{k}_b\rangle $ is negative or zero. However, I thought ...
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Separation of perturbative and non-perturbative contributions in partition function computation

The following is defined, where $\epsilon \to 0^+$ is a cutoff: $$ \mathcal{F}(Z)=\int_{\epsilon}^\infty \frac{\mathrm{d}s}{s} \frac{1}{\sinh^2 s/2} e^{-sx}. $$ Question: how do we see that ...
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In which field theories with fermions do string- and fivebrane structures not come up?

A year ago, username @Greg Graviton asked in a thread here about the Spin group as covering of the spatial rotations. A subquestion was: What other groups, even larger than SU(2) are there that ...
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independence of the bare parameters on μ for beta function

So I know re-normalization has bean "beaten to death". I want to understand something a bit specific which might seem trivial. Independence of the bare parameters on $\mu$ and relevance to the beta ...
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Geometric quantization in Kepler problem in hydrogen atom

Why in the usual geometric quantization calculation the dimensions of eigenspaces is wrong (we can see this obstacle for Kepler problem in hydrogen atom). Here is a refference see
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Degrees of freedom of the photon in $d=n$

It is well known that in ordinary $4$ dimension, the photon has on shell only two physical degrees of freedom. Physically this means its elicity is either $\lambda=+1$ or $\lambda=-1$ but cannot ...
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Roadmap to the Renormalization Group Approach

I am an undergrad interested in HEP-Th. I have studied canonical quantization, and path integral approach for quantizing fields, and the EM field quantization, classical yang-mills theory. I want to ...
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Feynman rules for real scalar field interacting with electromagnetic field

I was wondering if anyone could help guide me in finding the Feynman rules for a real pseudoscalar field ($\phi$) interacting with the electromagnetic field $(F^{\mu\nu})$. The (effective) ...
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$\mathcal{N}=4$ SUSY in $d=3$ versus $\mathcal{N}=2$ in $d=4$

Which is the field content of the hypermultiplet and the vector multiplet in $\mathcal{N}=4 \ d=3$ Supersymmmetry? Is it correct to state that $\mathcal{N}=4$ in $d=3$ has $8$ supercharges, (since ...
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How is the classical EM field modeled in quantum mechanics?

On the one hand, classical electromagnetism tells us that light is a propagating wave in the electromagnetic field, caused by accelerating charges. Then comes quantum mechanics and says that light ...