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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Mass generation by Chern-Simons theory

Why the mass generation via a Higgs mechanism is different from that of Chern-Simons theory? I haven't done any formal course in Quantum field theory,so how do I understand this just having some basic ...
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The Chern-Simons/WZW correspondence

Can someone tell me a reference which proves this? - as to how does the bulk partition function of Chern-Simons' theory get completely determined by the WZW theory (its conformal blocks) on its ...
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Yang-Mills CP violation

Why does a term proportional to $\left(F,\,\tilde{F}\right)\propto Tr\left[ F_{\mu\nu}\tilde{F}^{\mu\nu}\right]$ in the Lagrangian of the pure Yang-Mills theory violate CP?
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Noncommutative Field Quantization

I'm studying noncommutative (quantum) field theory, and I have confusion need to be clear. I'm reading Szabo's and Douglas's .pdf of noncommutative QFT. As I understand, in the book they just ...
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What is the analogy of $|x\rangle$ in quantum field theory?

Let me start from path integral formulation in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. In QM, we have $$ U(x_b,x_a;T) = \langle x_b | U(T) |x_a \rangle= \int \mathcal{D}q e^{iS} \tag{1} $$ ...
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Where does this delta of zero come from?

It is common when evaluating the partition function for a $O(N)$ non-linear sigma model to enforce the confinement to the $N$-sphere with a delta functional, so that $$ Z ~=~ \int d[\pi] d[\sigma] ~ ...
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How non-abelian gauge coupling runs below confinement or QCD scale?

I know the famous beta function of asymptotic free, but that seems describe the running coupling beyond confinement/QCD scale so that a perturbative analysis can apply. But how coupling runs below ...
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I want to decompose a tensor product using Littlewood-Richardson rule, How do I find the component of this in each irreducible space?

Let me set up the notation I am using. $(abc,de)$ denotes the standard Young tableau where the first row is $abc$ and the second row is $de$. Each young tableau corresponds to the young symmetriser, ...
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Why is the functional integral of a functional derivative zero?

I'm reading Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena, 4th ed., by Zinn-Justin and on page 154 I came across the statement that the functional integral of a functional derivative is zero, i.e. ...
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S-Matrix Generating Functional (Problem 4.1 in Weinberg)

I'm currently working through Weinberg's QFT book, but I'm somewhat stuck at problem 4.1, which states: Define generating functionals for the S-matrix and its connected part: \begin{equation} ...
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Coleman-Weinberg potential: resum at 2 loops?

Say we want to compute the Coleman-Weinberg potential at 2 loops. The general strategy as we know is to expand the field $\phi$ around some background classical field $\phi \rightarrow \phi_b + ...
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Hilbert Space of (quantum) Gauge theory

Since quantum Gauge theory is a quantum mechanical theory, whether someone could explain how to construct and write down the Hilbert Space of quantum Gauge theory with spin-S. (Are there something ...
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Two photons transition

if an atom in its ground state is coupled to an electromagnetic field it can absorb a photon if the EM field contains one with the right frequency. These transitions depends on $⟨f|H_i|i⟩$ (from ...
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If subatomic particles pop into existence all the time, why don't I gain weight?

Watching Discovery's first episode of the first season of Curiosity (entitled "Did God Create the Universe?" by Stephen Hawking), I heard this information: [...] you enter a world where conjuring ...
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Labelling representations using isospin and hypercharge

Can someone explain how isospin and hypercharge can be used to label representations? What is the meaning of the term singlet, doublet etc in this context? In particular how can I use it to label ...
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About Shor's error correcting algorithm

In this paper, http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.4504 in equation 4.1 in what sense are the two states a "9-qubit state"? I did not understand this counting. Can someone explain what are the different $X_i$ ...
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Nature as a calculator [closed]

I wondered whether physical experiments can find the outcome of otherwise intractable mathematical problems. For example, solitons or other non-perturbative effects in QFT cannot be seen at any ...
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In what sense is a quantum field an infinite set of harmonic oscillators?

In what sense is a quantum field an infinite set of harmonic oscillators, one at each space-time point? When is it useful to think of a quantum field this way? The book I'm reading now, QFT by ...
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A question on page 65 of Weinberg's QFT volume 1

The equation (2.5.12) on page 65 says that: $$ \left(\boldsymbol{\Psi}_{k',\sigma'},\boldsymbol{\Psi}_{k,\sigma}\right)=\delta^3\left(\boldsymbol{k}'-\boldsymbol{k}\right)\delta_{\sigma '\sigma}. $$ I ...
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Spin-statistics theorem proof details

Recently I have read one book where there was some incomprehensible proof of the Pauli's spin-statistics theorem. I want to ask about a few details of the proof. First, the author derives ...
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Sum of Green's functions in Condensed Matter

I am working on the Ginzburg-Landau model for Charge density waves, and I am carrying out the sum of Green's functions to calculate the terms in the GL model. I have the following question: Is the ...
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Interacting Lagrangian - Coupling constant and cutoff factor

I have a general question concerning a given interacting Lagrangian: $$\mathfrak{L}_I = \frac{g}{\Lambda^2} \bar{\chi} \ \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \ \chi \ \partial^\nu F_{\mu\nu}$$ where $F_{\mu\nu}$ is ...
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Noether's Theorem: Foundations

I'm wondering on what principles Noether's theorem foots. More precisely: The action is a functional on the fields only. Why do we consider then variations of the space time too? In principle careful ...
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Do particles travel backward in time in a particle interpretation of field theory?

In this Phys.SE answer Ron Maimon stats: there is no relativistic particle formalism in which the particles have postive energies and casual propagation. You can either deal with fields in which ...
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Constructing Ward identity associated with conserved currents

Consider constructing the Ward identity associated with Lorentz invariance. It is possible to find a 3rd rank tensor $B^{\rho \mu \nu}$ antisymmetric in the first two indices, then the stress-energy ...
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How does Annihilation work?

How does annihilation work? I'm wondering why matter and antimatter actually annihilates if they come into contact. What exactly happens? Is that a known process? Is it just because of their different ...
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Physical reason for annihilation? [duplicate]

What is the fundamental reason as to why matter and antimatter annihilate? Is it because both particles and antiparticles are excitations of quantum fields, and the annihilation process corresponds ...
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Quantum numbers in QFT

In nonrelativistic quantum mechanics the state of a system is characterized by a vector of a Hilbert space. To characterize a state we need a complete set of commuting observables, and once we have ...
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Poincare Generators in terms of Position and Momentum

The $10$ generators of the Poincare group $P(1;3)$ are $M^{\mu\nu}$ and $P^\mu$. These generators can be determined explicitly in the matrix form. However, I have found that $M^{\mu\nu}$ and $P^\mu$ ...
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How does QFT help with entanglement?

I'm a bit confused. QFT is claimed to incorporate both Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity. Therefore it should address the problem of non-locality caused by entanglement. However when I search ...
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Stability Group of the Poincare Group

The stability group $G_\Sigma$ is a subgroup of the Poincare group $P(1;3)$. Its generators $X$ in the front form leave the hypersurface $\Sigma: x^+ = 0$ invariant. Phrased differently they satisfy ...
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Polar Decomposition of a Complex Scalar Field

People often write a complex scalar field via polar decomposition. What does this parametrization precisely mean? To be more explicit consider the following Lagrangian of a complex scalar field with ...
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Fourier expansion of the Klein-Gordon field

Is there a reason(both physical and mathematical) why the Klein-Gordon field is represented as a fourier expansion in the second quantization as opposed to other mathematical expansions? Be gentle ...
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Correlation functions and connection to ward identities

I have the following definition of a general correlation function $$ \langle \Phi(x_1)\dots \Phi(x_n)\rangle = \frac{1}{Z} \int [d\Phi] \Phi(x_1)\dots\Phi(x_n)e^{-S[\Phi]} $$ I have only just ...
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Operator Product Expansion in Massless 2D QED

In Peskin & Schroeder chapter 19 page 656, where the axial current anomaly of massless 2D QED is discussed, the authors go from: $$ ...
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Relation between symmetry factors

In $\phi^3$ theory, the generating functional for interacting field theory is given by: $$ Z_1(J) = \sum_{V=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{V!} \Big[ \frac{iZ_g g}{6} \int \Big( \frac{1}{i}\frac{\delta}{\delta ...
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Free Particle Path Integral Matsubara Frequency

I am trying to calculate $$Z = \int\limits_{\phi(\beta) = \phi(0) =0} D \phi\ e^{-\frac{1}{2} \int_0^{\beta} d\tau \dot{\phi}^2}$$ without transforming it to the Matsubara frequency space, I can ...
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About the Hayden-Preskill circuit

Can someone summarize as to what are the problems and/or the open questions with the Hayden-Preskill circuit? (in the context of understanding black-holes or as a computer science question)It gives a ...
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What is the current state of research about the Hayden-Preskill circuit? [duplicate]

Can someone summarize as to what are the problems and/or the open questions with the Hayden-Preskill circuit? (in the context of understanding black-holes or as a computer science question)It gives a ...
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Heisenberg formalism of QFT [closed]

Has anyone tried to develop relativistic quantum theory along the lines of the Heisenberg picture and what's so difficult about promoting time to an operator??
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Spinor Commutator in Peskin and Schroeder

In (3.87, page. 53) Peskin and Schroeder write $$\psi(\vec{x}) = \int\frac{d^{3}p}{(2\pi)^{3}} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2E_{\vec{p}}}} e^{i\vec{p} \cdot \vec{x}} \sum_{s=1,2} (a_{\vec{p}}^{s}u^{s}(\vec{p}) + ...
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The interpretation of mass in quantum field theories

Consider a free theory with one real scalar field: $$ \mathcal{L}:=-\frac{1}{2}\partial _\mu \phi \partial ^\mu \phi -\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi ^2. $$ We write this positive coefficient in front of $\phi ^2$ ...
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O(N) sigma model at large N

I would like to better understand the main principles of large-N expansion in quantum field theory. To this end I decided to consider simple toy-model with lagrangian (from Wikipedia) $ \mathcal{L} = ...
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What is the phase space for outgoing photons?

For a scattering process for which $n$ fermions are scattered, (by some conventions) the cross section acquires a phase space factor of: $$d\sigma \sim \prod_{i=1}^n\frac{d^3p_i}{(2\pi)^3 2E_i}$$ ...
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What are the limitations of the superspace formalism?

Just from reading this slightly technical introduction to supersymmetry and watching these Lenny Susskind lectures, I thought that the Lagrangian of any "reasonable" supersymmetric theory can always ...
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Functional Derivative in the Linear Sigma Model

In the linear sigma model, the Lagrangian is given by $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^{N} \left(\partial_\mu\phi^i\right)\left(\partial^\mu\phi^i\right) ...
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A question on the Bousso-Polchinski paper

In this famous paper by Bousso and Polchinski, Quantization of Four-form Fluxes and Dynamical Neutralization of the Cosmological Constant an example in M-theory compactification is given in section ...
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What is a superfluid in field theoretic terms?

I'm wondering how one precisely defines a superfluid in terms of the effective field theory description. In Nicolis's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.2513 there seems to be an extremely simple ...
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How exact is the analogy between statistical mechanics and quantum field theory?

Famously, the path integral of quantum field theory is related to the partition function of statistical mechanics via a Wick rotation and there is therefore a formal analogy between the two. I have a ...
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Protection of the electron mass by chiral symmetry

In many textbooks it is said that mass renormalization of the electron mass is only logarithmic $\delta m \sim m\, log(\Lambda/m)$ because it is protected by the chiral symmetry. I understand that in ...