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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2D Ghost CFT and two-point functions

For some reason I am suddenly confused over something which should be quit elementary. In two-dimensional CFT's the two-point functions of quasi-primary fields are fixed by global $SL(2,\mathbb ...
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How can we measure chirality in experiments?

Chirality is a concept quite different from helicity. These two concepts only happen to have the same numerical value for massless particles. I understand that we can measure helicity, but how can we ...
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How can I make this toy quantum random walk model unitary?

Take a toy $(1+1)$-dimensional lattice model of the universe. A particle begins at $x=0$ at $t=0$. It has an amplitude ${1}/{\sqrt{2}}$ to move one step to the left and amplitude ${1}/{\sqrt{2}}$ to ...
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LSZ theorem for operators, bound states

I am currently reading "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard model" by Matthew Schwartz, my question refers to the part were he states that we can use the LSZ theorem for any operator that can create ...
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The BPS mass formula for 3d N=4

Is the mass formula (or equivalently the central charge formula) known for BPS particles in 3d $\mathcal{N}=4$ susy gauge theories? In particular, what is its dependence on the Fayet-Iliopoulos ...
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One-point function and vacuum expectation value in $\phi^4$-theory

Why is it that the one-point function in the $\phi^4-$theory, for example calculated from the generating functional, always gives zero value in absence of external source i.e., $J=0$? If there is ...
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Why must fermions be antisymmetric? [closed]

I have read that fermions cannot exist in the same state simultaneously. I understand why indistinguishable particles with an antisymmetric superposition of states can't exist in the same state ...
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dependence of braiding matrix element on the fusion product of anyons

In the case of Majorana fermions (MFs), one knows that if one braids MF $a$ with MF $b$, then braiding matrix element $R^{c}_{ab}$ depends on the state $c$ which is the fusion outcome of $a$ and $b$. ...
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Are photons inside the media massive? If yes, why there is no Meissner effect?

We all know in vacuum travels with speed $c$, hence its rest mass has to be 0. In the media the light speed $v<c$. Then the photon renormalized by the medium (call it "quasi-photon" if you like), ...
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How to derive the effective action or Vertex generating functional of complex scalar field?

I am studying-self QFT. Recently, I am studying and trying to follow the calculation of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional of superconductor in this paper:http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0108256. ...
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To what extent is the Standard Model vacuum made of a Bose-Einstein condensate of Higgs bosons?

Note: I very well understand spontaneous symmetry breaking of global symmetries and the Higgs mechanism. I want to know to what extent the Standard Model vacuum is made of a Bose-Einstein condensate ...
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Path Integral Evaluation

I've seen the path integral formulation now in a couple contexts (propagator in quantum mechanics, and coherent state functional integral in many body physics). I'm now struggling with how to actually ...
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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Question about $\alpha-$plane in twistor theory

In twistor theory, given the complexified Minkowski space $CM$ and the projective twistor space $PT$, an $\alpha-$plane is defined as the correspondence in $CM$ wit a point $Z \in PT$. But I found ...
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How to interpret “smooth momentum space slicing” in renormalization group analysis?

Ref: [John B. Kogut, Rev. Mod. Phys. 51, 659 (1979), An introduction to lattice gauge theory and spin systems]. More precisely, please refer to Page 703 within the section of renormalization group ...
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If renormalization scale is arbitrary, why do we care about running couplings?

For the bounty please verify the following reasoning [copied from comment below] Ah right, so the idea is that overall observable quantities must be independent of the renormalization scale. But at ...
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Each elementary particle has its own field. What about antiparticles?

I understand how particles correspond to their respective fields. What about antiparticles though? Do they have separate fields as well?
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Converting between $\frac{d \sigma}{d t}$ and $\frac{d \sigma}{d \Omega}$

I'm performing some simulation where I require the integration of a cross section of the form $$\sigma = \int_{-s}^{0}dt \frac{1}{(t-\mu^2)^2} f(\theta,\phi)$$ where $s$ and $t$ are the usual ...
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C, P and T for Klein-Gordon Field

Taking transformation of Klein-gordon field under C, P and T as $$\phi_{p}(t,r)= \exp(i \alpha_{p}) \phi (t,-r)\ ,$$ $$\phi_{c}(t,r)= \exp(i \alpha_{c}) \phi^\dagger (t,r)\ ,$$ $$ \phi_{T}(t,r)= ...
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Significance of imaginary mass

Can real mass be thought of as producing a deformation in spacetime leading to a stable equilibrium (valley curve in gravitational potential energy) of the massive body, and imaginary mass as similar, ...
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The path integral and Feynman diagrams

This question is somewhat of a historical one, but it also contains some physics. I am curious to find how exactly the concept of Feynman diagrams arose (I assume from Feynman's path integral)? The ...
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Intuition for spin 1/2 and 1 propagators

The propagator for a spin 0 particle is (in momentum space, dropping $i\epsilon$ and other factors) $$\frac{1}{p^2-m^2}$$ which has the intuition "the particle likes to be on-shell". But the ...
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In QFT, why does a vanishing commutator ensure causality?

In relativistic quantum field theories (QFT), $$[\phi(x),\phi^\dagger(y)] = 0 \;\;\mathrm{if}\;\; (x-y)^2<0$$ On the other hand, even for space-like separation $$\phi(x)\phi^\dagger(y)\ne0.$$ ...
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Complex Inner Product for Integral Expressions

I am currently working through some QFT derivations and running into conceptual problems. In particular, I am deriving the free field Hamiltonian of the form: $H_{k} = \frac{1}{2} \int d^{3}k ...
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Recommendations for Introduction to Quantum Flavourdynamics

It's surprisingly hard to find any resources on this on the internet. I'd want a suitable for self-study introduction to the QFD for someone with only a basic understanding of Quantum Field Theory. ...
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Facing a difficulty in calculating thermal entropy of a massless scalar field in a d-dimensional box at temperature T

I try to calculate the thermal entropy of a massless scalar field in a box at finite temperature T. The calculation is almost mindless but I meet a math problem that I don't know how to solve. My ...
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Can light absorb energy?

Everybody knows that all physics systems absorb light quanta, any material thing can absorb light quanta. But the reverse question is , can light absorb energy and therefore changes its frequency? If ...
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Massless boson in 2D and its (retarded) propagator

I have the retarded propagator for a free scalar field in 1+1 dimensions. Inside the light cone, this looks like $J_0(m \sqrt(t^2-x^2))$, $J$ being a Bessel function. When I take the massless limit, ...
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What are the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM before twisting and after twisting?

I am confused with the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM. On one hand I know that the theory has a $U(2)_R = SU(2)_R \times U(1)_R$ symmetry. Now, there exists also a $U(1)_B$ global symmetry. ...
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Center group and Symmetry breaking

First, I will state the definition of center, $i.e$, the center of group $C_G$ is defined a sthe part of $G$ which commutes with all generators. I want to know the procedure of breaking gauge ...
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How to do continuum approximation?

Assume you have $N$ matrix fields $T_{j}$ on a 1d lattice with lattice constant unity. Now consider a sum like the following (you can think of the traces as supertraces), and subject it to a continuum ...
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Polarization Sums in QCD for the calculation of parton model splitting functions

Before i state the actual problem, here's a premise. In the case of a Spin 1 massive particle it's possible to demonstrate that $$\sum_{\lambda=0,\pm1}\epsilon_{\lambda}^{* \ ...
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Is space-time a special form of energy?

I know space-time can be influenced by matter and energy, so it must be somehow mingled in with the mix of it all, but does space-time have a fundamental particle? Can we make a little bit of ...
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What is a quark condensate?

What is a quark condensate? is it a bound state between 2 quarks? can we have 3(or more)-quarks condensate? What mediates the interaction between the constituents of the condensate? Are the ...
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Why exactly does the time-reversal operator need to be antilinear?

I checked many books and they all state that time-reversal operator is anti-linear. But why do we need it to be anti-linear? Please explain where this need actually arises.
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Virtual Particles real? Virtual particles create a universe?

I am reading the book of Lawrence Krauss "A universe out of nothing", where he explained that the vacuum is not empty. It is a boiling brew of virtual particles that come out of their existence. And ...
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Formulation of Hamiltonian for an oscillating electron cloud?

How do I formulate the Hamiltonian of an electron cloud oscillating about a nanoparticle induced by an electromagnetic wave. Will the Hamiltonian be different if I consider the electron cloud as a ...
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Cuts of a Feynman diagram and the massless limit

Consider a $j$ point all massive leg one loop polygonal Feynman diagram $P$ representing some scattering process cut on a particular mass channel $s_i$. Invoking the relevant Feynman rules and ...
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Peskin eqn 7.2 contradiction

They state $$\langle\Omega|\phi(x)|\lambda_{\bf p}\rangle=\langle\Omega|e^{iP\cdot x}\phi(0)e^{-iP\cdot x}|\lambda_{\bf p}\rangle \tag{7.4}$$ where $|\lambda_{\bf p}\rangle$ is a state of momentum ...
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One-particle scattering: LSZ vs Feynman [duplicate]

This question is about Klein-Gordon theory (the field is hermitian). If I calculate the amplitude for the process $\phi\to\phi$, I get two different results depending on whether I use Feynman rules ...
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Why is a relativistic quantum theory of a finite number of particles impossible?

In Dyson's book Advanced Quantum Mechanics , he said "These two examples (the discovery of antimatter and meson) are special cases of the general principle, which is the basic success of the ...
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Normalization in eq. 2.1, QFT book by T. Banks

I've recently opened "Modern Quantum Field Theory. A Concise Introduction" by Thomas Banks. One of the very first equations (about Fock space, creation/annihilation) already got me stuck wondering if ...
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Conceptual questions on the path integral formulation of QFT

I'm currently trying to teach myself the path integral formulation of QFT (having studied the canonical approach previously), but I'm having some conceptual difficulties that I hope I can clear up ...
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Intrinsic parity

When we apply parity on a field two times, we demand that we should get back the same field. This gives us, $P^{2} =1$, which implies, $ P \psi = e^{i \theta} \psi$ . This extra phase factor is ...
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With respect to the Casimir effect, why can't the wavelengths of the virtual particles between two plates just “pass through” the plates themselves?

I've read over the years that the suppression of many of the possible wavelengths between the two plates in a Casimir experiment is what causes the phenomenon (top comment on this Askscience thread is ...
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How does a laser emit light in a coherent state?

Lasers work by stimulated emission of atomic transitions. Stimulated emission produces two photons which, because the particle number is well-defined, projects the field into a Fock state. However, it ...
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Why are the quantum observables defined on opens sets a presheaf and not a sheaf?

In local quantum field theory or AQFT one can mathematically describe over each open set $U$ of a spacetime $M$ the quantum states or observables of the theory. This structure is commonly referred as ...
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What is the difference between Quantum Physics, Quantum Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Field Theory?

What is the difference between Quantum Physics, Quantum Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Field Theory? Are they the same subject? I believe that they are not the same subject! Maybe there is not ...
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Hypermultiplet as BPS particles

In the third paragraph of page 7 of the paper arxiv:1112.3984 it mentions that we form a basis out of hypermultiplets on the charge lattice $\Gamma$. My questions are: In what sense do we form such ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...