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 ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

12
votes
2answers
505 views

Why are non-Abelian gauge theories Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically?

I seem to be missing something regarding why Yang-Mills theories are Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically. Start by considering QED. If we just study the physics of a massless $U(1)$ gauge field ...
1
vote
0answers
248 views

Epstein-Glaser causal perturbation theory

Why does causal perturbation theory in the sense of Epstein Glaser fall under algebraic QFT rather than heuristic QFT in renormalization?
12
votes
5answers
5k views

Chemical potential

This is something probably very basic but I was led back to this issue while listening to a recent seminar by Allan Adams on holographic superconductors. He seemed very worried to have a theory at ...
2
votes
1answer
241 views

Finding wave-fuctions of a Dirac particle for given 4-momentum and spin 4-vector

I've been reading through various materials on relativistic quantum mechanics, but I find the lack of simple examples disturbing. I'm acquainted with the general form the solutions to the Dirac ...
3
votes
0answers
291 views

Effective field theories and gauge anomalies cancellation

Lets assume some theory which concludes sets of generations of fermions (lets call them $A$ and $B$). Fermions $A$ have some gauge group $G_{A}$ (for example, SM), while fermions $B$ are charged under ...
10
votes
7answers
1k views

Why regularization?

In quantum field theory when dealing with divergent integrals, particularly in calculating corrections to scattering amplitudes, what is often done to render the integrals convergent is to add a ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

Bound states in QED

I am a beginner in QED and QFT. What is known (or expected to be) about bound states in QED? As far as I understand, in non-relativistic QM electron and positron can form a bound state. Should it be ...
11
votes
0answers
201 views

LSZ reduction vs adiabatic hypothesis in perburbative calculation of interacting fields

As far as I know, there are two ways of constructing the computational rules in perturbative field theory. The first one (in Mandl and Shaw's QFT book) is to pretend in and out states as free ...
1
vote
0answers
108 views

Is gauge invariance essential to a theory be renormalizable?

Let's consider a model of New Physics in which all operator have dimension smaller than four, but which breaks explicitly $SU(2)_L$ gauge symmetry. Is this model necessarily renormalizable? ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

How can I prove that $\gamma^0$ is the parity operator for Dirac fields? [closed]

How can I prove that the parity operator on a Dirac field is $\gamma^0$? I was trying to prove it through Lorentz transformations but failed shortly.
1
vote
0answers
55 views

Why are the particles called irreps of Poincare group? [duplicate]

Why are particle excitations called irreducible representation of the Poincare group? It will be very helpful if someone can illustrate with one concrete example of a particle. EDIT : But how does ...
4
votes
1answer
610 views

Traceless of stress-energy tensor in $d=2$

This is a question regarding Francesco, section 4.3.3. In this section, he considers the two-point function $$ S_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}(x) = \left< T_{\mu\nu}(x) T_{\rho\sigma}(0)\right> $$ He then ...
6
votes
1answer
192 views

How do creation operators change with time in an interacting theory?

When studying the quantization of a field theory with free fields, the creation operators $a^\dagger(k)$ are independent of time. In an interacting theory, they are time-dependent, and therefore ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Higgs mass and EW precision tests

I'm trying to understand how the Higgs mass can influence EW precision tests. In order to do that I'm using the following document (section 4.3): http://arxiv.org/pdf/0706.0684v1.pdf There are a ...
3
votes
1answer
314 views

Energy eigeinstates written in the field operator eigenstates basis

For an harmonic oscillator we can write the Hamiltonian eigenvalues in the basis of the amplitude eigenvalues : for example the ground state is a gaussian : $⟨x|0⟩=a.e^{-b.x^{2}}$. I was wondering ...
4
votes
1answer
247 views

Feynman rule for deriative interaction: an example

Consider a theory for a finite number of real scalar fields $\phi _i$ with interaction terms of the form $$ -\lambda _{ijk}\phi _i\partial _\mu \phi _j\partial ^\mu \phi _k, $$ with the sum over ...
9
votes
7answers
2k views

Why do physicists believe that particles are pointlike?

String theory gives physicists reason to believe that particles are 1-dimensional strings because the theory has a purpose - unifying gravity with the gauge theories. So why is it that it's popular ...
7
votes
2answers
156 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

Gordon decomposition of Dirac current for massless electron?

We know Gordon decomposition of Dirac current is applicable only for massive (nonzero mass) Dirac particles. Is there an analog for massless Dirac particles? (I have made an attempt to answer ...
1
vote
2answers
134 views

Simplifying effect of a hidden Weyl symmetry in a QFT on curved spacetime

We consider AdS$_{d+1}$ in Poincaré coordinates: $$ ds^2=\frac{1}{z^2}\left(-dt^2+dz^2+dx_{d-1}^2\right), $$ where we set the AdS radius to unity. We study a scalar in this background with action $$ ...
5
votes
2answers
279 views

Secondary constraints leads to the value of lagrange multiplier

From Lagrangian I got two primary constraint $\phi_i$ and $\phi$. And my Hamiltonian in presence of the constraints becomes- $$H_p=p\dot q-L+\lambda_i\phi_i+\lambda\phi$$ here the $\lambda_i$ and ...
2
votes
1answer
96 views

Scalar Yukawa theory derivation

I am using Tong's notes for QFT, and on page 59 there is a derivation for the scattering amplitude of $\psi\psi \rightarrow \psi\psi$ in Scalar Yukawa theory. It goes from here: $$\langle ...
-8
votes
1answer
174 views

How to mathematically describe a spin-0 particle [closed]

I don't know all the technical things like Eigenstates. I want to know, mathematically written out for beginners, how to make a quantum field theory of a scalar boson. To spare confusion- I understand ...
1
vote
0answers
89 views

Why switching from Heisenberg picture to Interaction does not change the (Lorentz) transformation law of fields?

In his book, The theory of quantum fields, Weinberg builds the most general interacting picture (i.e. free) field by listing all possible Poincarè representation. These fields change so that, if we ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

using tetrads to glue local currents into global currents

According to John Baez it is possible to take a locally conserved tensor $\nabla_\mu\: T^{\mu\nu}(x)=0\ \ \ \ \ \mbox{(locally)}$ and convert it to a globally conserved tensor by "patching" ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

How can one prove that there cannot exist a conformal primary, in the case of free field theory, that doesn't saturate the unitarity bound?

In free field theory, the full list of conformal primaries, is given by the Twist-2 operators. These have $\Delta = l+2$, which is also the saturation condition for the unitarity bound for $l \neq 0$. ...
11
votes
3answers
566 views

Problem understanding the symmetry factor in a feynman diagram

I am trying to understand a $1/2$ in the symmetry factor of the "cactus" diagram that appears in the bottom of page 92 In Peskin's book. This is the diagram in question (notice that we are in $\phi^4$ ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Problem in the derivation of the Ward identities

This is a follow up to my previous Phys.SE question. The last equation in that question is $$-a\frac{1}{k^2+i\eta}k^{\lambda}i\Pi_{\lambda\rho}(k)iD^{\rho\nu}(k)=0$$ which we can further simplify as ...
3
votes
2answers
187 views

Is this symmetry factor in Peskin wrong?

I am trying to compute the symmetry factor of a Feynman diagram in $\phi^4$ but i do not get the result Peskin Claims. This is the diagram I am considering ...
5
votes
1answer
223 views

Is the exact form of the Higgs potential known?

Usually the Higgs potential is given as $$ \frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2 - \frac{1}{4}\lambda^2\phi^4 $$ but I never quite understood if this just serves to give us an idea of how symmetry breaking works, or ...
8
votes
2answers
605 views

The poles of Feynman propagator in position space

This question maybe related to Feynman Propagator in Position Space through Schwinger Parameter. The Feynman propagator is defined as: $$ G_F(x,y) = \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \frac{1}{(2 \pi)^4} \int d^4p ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Topological entanglement entropy in transverse quantum Ising model?

I have seen from literature that the $Z_2$ lattice gauge theory in 2d could be mapped into a quantum Ising model with gauge constraints on the Hilbert space by dual transformation. The deconfined ...
3
votes
3answers
214 views

Why are complex fields in the Lagrangian?

I know that a complex field has twice the number of degrees of freedom of a real field, and that fields (in QFT) aren't observables so we don't really care if they are real. But why the need for ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

Multiply creation operator by a phase factor

A basic question, but I'm not completely confident what I'm doing is legit. I can multiply a creation operator by an arbitrary phase factor and it doesn't change any physics. True? I have a ...
2
votes
1answer
269 views

Why does not Bhabha scattering contain u-channel diagram?

$e^+e^-\rightarrow e^+e^-$ is called Bhabha scattering. Let us only consider the tree level Feynman diagrams of this process. Apparantly, there are s-channel and t-channel diagrams as shown in the ...
2
votes
2answers
358 views

Does the time ordering operator have a rigorous definition?

In quantum field theory, the time ordering operator (TOO) appears in the formal expressions for the scattering amplitudes. It acts upon a product of operators that each depends on time, and returns ...
5
votes
2answers
110 views

Going from width to cross section

Given the decay width of a process, $\Gamma(A\to B+C)$, is it possible to turn this around to find the production cross section, $\sigma(B+C\to A)$? Edit: In particular I have been thinking of ...
2
votes
1answer
150 views

About states, observables and the wave functional interpretation in QFT with gauge fields

First of all, I'm a mathematician, so forgive me for my possible trivial mistakes and poor knowledge of physics. In a QFT, we just start with a field (scalar, vectorial, spinorial, gauge etc), so I ...
4
votes
2answers
126 views

Viability of a Fayet Iliopoulos term in the MSSM

Why is a Fayet-Iliopoulos term $-kD$ irrelevant or subdominant in the in the MSSM (Minimal Susy Standard Model)? According to Martin (A Supersymmetry Primer, p.70) it's because squarks and sleptons ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

QFT calculations via holographic duality

Holographic duality tells us that there is a duality between anti-deSitter space and lower dimensional conformal field theory. However, what quantum phenomenon, exactly, can we calculate using the ...
4
votes
1answer
127 views

Why doesn't a renormalizable $\phi^4$ theory have odd diagrams?

I've been reading Zee's QFT textbook and trying to follow some lecture notes online whenever I can't grasp something. I really don't understand one thing regarding the renormalization of theories, ...
2
votes
0answers
131 views

What exactly is NASA's proposed mechanism for “propellantless” “EM Drive” propulsion? [duplicate]

Of course, this question runs perilously close to this site's prohibition against discussing non-mainstream physics. However, the accepted answer in meta about what is acceptable and what is not ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

Correction to the residue in QED using $\overline{MS}$ contains IR divergence

I'm Calculating the next-to-leading orders in QED, but I'm using $\overline{MS}$ scheme, as known in $\overline{MS}$ the residue is no longer one and I have to calculate the correction to the residue ...
2
votes
2answers
100 views

Covariant commutation relations in Mandl and Shaw

In page 47 of Mandl and Shaw, the $\Delta$-function can be written as $$ \Delta(x) = \frac{-1}{(2 \pi)^3} \int \frac{d^3k}{\omega_k} \sin(kx) \tag{3.43} $$ and as equation $$ \Delta(x) = ...
4
votes
1answer
153 views

Point splitting technique in Pesking and Schroeder

One of the cornerstones of point splitting technique of calculating chiral anomaly (Peskin and Schroeder 19.1, p.655) is a symmetric limit $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$. And this is the point that I don't ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

What are instanton fugacities?

I have seen this term many times in various papers but I could not find anywhere a good explanation on what instanton fugacity is. Can you explain and provide some reference if possible please?
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Dropping creation/annihilation terms when quantising a field theory

There is something I don't understand in the procedure that is often done while quantising a field theory. Say, we have operators $a_k, a^{\dagger}_k, b_k, b^{\dagger}_k$ which obey the commutation ...
14
votes
1answer
745 views

Wick rotation and spinors

I am quite familiar with use of Wick rotations in QFT, but one thing annoys me: let's say we perform it for treating more conveniently (ie. making converge) a functional integral containing spinors; ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

QCD is able to reproduce the short range observations of deep inelastic scattering is it able to quantitatively explain quark confinement yet?

I tried to understand QCD a few years back but it was said that the force needed to confine quarks couldn't be calculated and was still in the process If a theory is so complicated that you need super ...
1
vote
0answers
87 views

If you are only interested in deriving Feynman diagrams can you skip path integrals and just compute greens functions?

I've been reading about the path integral approach to quantum field theory and I noticed that at the end you are just computing greens functions that you could have started computing in the beginning. ...