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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Classical and quantum anomalies

I have read about anomalies in different contexts and ways. I would like to read an explanation that unified all these statements or points of view: Anomalies are due to the fact that quantum field ...
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How does one make sense of a delta function of a scalar field?

Disclaimer: Originally posted on math SE, but thought that it was better in physics SE, so deleted my post on math SE and posted here. In the classic review summary of stochastic quantization here, ...
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Quantizing Klein-Gordon via Lie Groups [closed]

I'm trying to understand second quantization of the Klein-Gordon equation, as explained in, say, standard books like Peskin and Schroder, but using the language of Lie (representation) theory. In a ...
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QFT Normalization of multi-particle states

Peskin 7.2 states that the identity operator for the entire Hilbert space is given by ...
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Ultraviolet behaviour in dimensional regularization

In dimensional regularization, we introduce an arbitrary energy scale $\mu$. Naively, it plays the role of another parameter of the theory that needs to be fixed experimentally, but actually it is not ...
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Two definitions of Green's function

In literature, usually two types of definition exist for Green's function. $\hat{L}G=\delta(x-x')$. This equation states that Green's function is a solution to an ODE assuming the source is a delta ...
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Do operator bases in Lagrangians have a vector space structure?

In effective field theories we deal with bases of operators. I wonder in which sense is this similar to bases of a vector space. We can change bases and write the Lagrangian in another basis, just as ...
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Feynman diagrams vs Feynman integrals?

It is well-known how one can translate a (physical) Feynman diagram into integrals of kind: $$I(p_1, \dots, p_n) = \idotsint \prod_{l=1}^{L} \frac{d^D k_l}{(2\pi)^D} \frac{\text{scalar ...
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QFT background needed for AdS/CFT integrability [closed]

Apologies if this type of question isn't permitted. I'm very interested in integrability in the context of AdS/CFT. I'm starting my Masters soon in a very GATIS-involved institute and would like to ...
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How to handle the infrared divergence of massless $\phi^4$ in scattering

For massless $\phi^4$ theory, if exterior momentums are going to zero, then this diagram will be $$\int \frac{dk^4}{k^4}$$ will suffer from infrared divergence. Because the infrared divergence, ...
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Equivalence principle for test fields

My question is very simple. We all know that, for a test particle(classical) in a gravitational field, the motion is only determined by the geodesic lines(let's forget about the initial conditions for ...
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Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? [closed]

Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? (particle-antiparticle pairs popping into and out ...
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Why Kink can not tunnel to vacuum, and is topologically stable?

Why the kink $$\phi(x)=v\tanh(\frac{x}{\xi}) ,$$ can not tunnel into vacuum $+v$ or $-v$ (Spontaneous symmetry breaking vacuum). From the boundary condition ($x\rightarrow \pm\infty, ...
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Holography with wave functionals rather than partition functions

Roughly speaking Gubser-Klebanov-Polyakov Witten's (GKPW) prescription in the context of holography tells us partition function of CFT is "equal" to that of the gravity theory in one higher dimension ...
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Why is gravity sensitive to absolute energies?

In QFT absolute energies play no role in the physical set-up, only relative energies (i.e. energy differences) are important. However, in general relativity this doesn't appear to be the case, I've ...
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Bound states and corresponding elementary fields

Let's have some bound state, like positronium or meson. I need to calculate an amplitude of process which involves bound state in in- or out-state. Is it necessary to introduce corresponding ...
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Why is the effective action $\Gamma[\phi_c] \propto -(VT)$ (spacetime volume)?

I'm asking about equation $(11.50)$ in Peskin and Schroeder where they state that the effective action evaluated at the classical field is given by $$\tag{11.50}\Gamma[\phi_c] = -(VT)\cdot ...
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$t\bar{t}$ asymmetry

Some weeks ago, there was lots of talk about this CDF paper: Evidence for a Mass Dependent Forward-Backward Asymmetry in Top Quark Pair Production where they measured a much higher asymmetry than ...
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How can the VEV of a field be a function of spacetime?

Often in the discussion of effective action and effective potential (say, in the context of $\phi^4-$theory )the one-point function in presence of source is defined as \begin{equation} \frac{\delta ...
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How Uncertainty Principle, Vacuum fluctuations and Energy Conservation coexist in QFT?

Recently I had a debate about the uncertainty principle in QFT that made me even more confused.. Because we use Fourier transforms in QFT, we should have an analogue to the usual Heisenberg ...
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Proper way to quantize the string in the light-cone gauge

In many books like Polchinski and Green-Schwarz-Witten the light cone quantization is carried out in a fast way. They just use the virasoro constraint in the light-cone gauge to get the ligh-cone ...
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Derivation of the Lorentz algebra explicity [closed]

I need the complete proof for commutation relation of the Lorentz group generators. The proof of Lorentz algebra using this commutation relation.
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Can we have supersymmetry using real scalar instead of complex scalars?

I am aware that a suersymmetric theories containing a complex scalar a Weyl fermion and an auxiliary field exist. I was wondering if we can have something analogous using real and not complex scalar ...
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Path integral for boson vs fermion (soft derivation + use )

I have been looking around for a soft derivation with a bit of detail for boson and fermion path integrals that I could understand. I have a passing knowledge generally of what a path integral is in ...
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Self-teaching Green's function approach to quantum many-body systems

My question is where can I find a good book, review, online course, or all of them for self-teaching Green's function in quantum many-body problems (if it has problems with solutions for ...
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Effect of orbifolding on form ields

A paper by Lalak et al, entitled "Soliton Solutions of M-theory on an orbifold", considers the brane solutions of 11 dimensional supergravity on a space of the form $R^{10} \times S^1/\mathbb{Z}_2$. ...
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Why cannot massless particles carry charges? [duplicate]

How to show that massless particles do not carry charges from QFT's point of view?
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Multiplying propagators

The amplitude for a particle going from $x$ to $y$ is $G(x,y)$. So why isn't the amplitude for going $x$ to $y$ to $z$ $$ G(x,z) \neq \int G(x,y)G(y,z) dy^4 $$ but instead $$ G(x,z) = \int ...
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Unitarily Inequivalent Representations

The definition of unitarily equivalent representations I am using is the one given here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haag%27s_theorem. Now in this text ...
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How should we deal with diagrams which do not conserve particle number in a non-relativistic field theory?

In the last 10 years there has been more and more crossover of techniques from high energy physics being used in AMO and condensed matter scenarios, in particular diagrammatic techniques and related ...
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Bound state of $\mu^- \mu^+$ . Why non-relativistic muon states?

Peskin & Schroeber page 148 discuss the creation of a $ \mu^+ \mu^-$ resonance state . Equation (5.44) describes the creation of a Spin Up bound $ \mu^+ \mu^-$: $$ \mathcal{M} = \sqrt{2M} \int ...
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Could this model have soliton solutions?

We consider a theory described by the Lagrangian, $$\mathcal{L}=i\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu\Psi-m\bar{\Psi}\Psi+\frac{1}{2}g(\bar{\Psi}\Psi)^2$$ The corresponding field equations are, ...
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Regarding different representations of the Lorentz Group & its defining properties

Take $\Lambda$ to be a Lorentz matrix, it satisfying $\Lambda^T \eta \Lambda=\eta$. By writing $\Lambda=\exp[-\frac{i}{2}\omega_{\mu\nu}\mathcal J^{\mu\nu}]$, we find that the generators satisfy $$ ...
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Is one of the matrix elements in the optical theorem complex conjugated or not?

The standard form of the optical theorem for amplitudes (Edit: in D-dimensional space-time) looks like this: \begin{align*} -i& (\mathcal{M}(in \rightarrow out)-\mathcal{M}^*(out\rightarrow in))\\ ...
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Is microcausality a statement about locality?

As far as I understand it locality is the rejection of action-at-a-distance. By this I mean that in a given frame of reference at a given instant of time (in that reference frame), two physical ...
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Do quantum fluctuation particles have any trend regarding their average velocity and direction? If so does that infer and inherent reference frame?

In a vacuum particles appear from no where due to quantum fluctuations. In various reference frames would the overall mass of all these particles be moving in a direction? Could I find a reference ...
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Normalising a massive propagator?

If you take a propagator Greens function for a massless photon from the origin as $$G(0,x) = \frac{1}{x^2-t^2 +i \varepsilon}$$ then the normalisation factor at time t is: $$ N = \int |G(0,x)|^2 ...
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Issues with the chain rule in derivatives in chiral perturbation theory [duplicate]

I realize that this is a purely math question, which however has arisen in a physics computation. The reason to post it here is that I want a fast dirty answer. Not something cluttered with ...
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Anomaly cancellation in the standard model (calculating the symmetrized trace of generators)

The Problem We can show that the condition for the Standard Model to be anomaly-free is that the symmetrized trace over the generators of the gauge group vanishes: \begin{align} \text{tr} ...
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Experimental sensitivity to variance of the fine-structure constant

If some of the fundamental parameters of the Standard Model had quantum uncertainties, they should manifest mainly as a minimum width in the experimental sensitivity of measurement of some of them, ...
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The classification of particles or fields in general spacetime- Is it still meaningful to say spin-0, 1/2 ,1 field in general spacetime? [closed]

In 3+1 dim Minkovski spacetime, the classification of particle or field, that is spin-0, 1/2 , 1..., depends on the representation of the universal covering group of $SO(1,3)$, that is $SL(2,C)$. When ...
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What is the fundamental reason of the fermion doubling?

Recall that the fermion doubling is the problem in taking the $a \to 0$ limit of a naively discretized fermionic theory (defined on a lattice with lattice spacing $a$). After such a limit one finds ...
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Anomaly polynomial of Hitchin system $\mathcal{N}=2$ 4d SQFT

I would like to ask about mathematical background of this object. So, I am trying to puzzle out with 4d $\mathcal{N}=2$ SQFT. As far as I can gather this theory can be described in terms of ...
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Convert Grassmann numbers to real numbers [closed]

We know Grassmann numbers are complex numbers. Hence Grassmann integrals are also complex. How can we convert a Grassmann integral into real one, ie is there any transformation of converting complex ...
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Cosmological constant in General Relativity [duplicate]

According to my GR notes the cosmological constant can be thought of as a vacuum energy much in the same way as the ground state of the harmonic oscillator. The notes claim that the regularised energy ...
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Non-hermiticity of Dirac Lagrangian: null momentum?

The usual Dirac Lagrangian is $L(\psi,\bar\psi)=\bar\psi(i\not\partial-m)\psi$. The canonical momenta are $$ \pi=\frac{\partial L}{\partial \psi_{,0}}=i\psi^\dagger \\ \bar \pi=\frac{\partial ...
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Is it possible to have spontaneous symmetry breaking without scalars?

I have never seen spontaneous symmetry breaking with a fermion filed, or a gauge field. Always scalars. So is it possible to have spontaneous symmetry breaking without scalars, and why?
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Dirac equation as Hamiltonian system

Let us consider Dirac equation $$(i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu -m)\psi ~=~0$$ as a classical field equation. Is it possible to introduce Poisson bracket on the space of spinors $\psi$ in such a way that ...
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CP odd Higgs coupling to bosons

It is stated that CP-odd Higgs does no couple to vector bosons at tree level. Terms like $A V_\mu V^\mu$ (where V is W or Z) can only appear through loop diagrams (and if they appear at tree-level, ...
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Fock representation of a electromagnetic wave

Suppose an arbitrary classical (electromagnetic) wave package $E(x)$. What is its Fock space representation? I.e. I am looking for a state $| \psi \rangle$ such that $\langle \psi | \hat E(x) | \psi ...