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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What is the relation between dimension and Quantum Field Theory? How does different dimensions change QFT? [closed]

Does the quantisation rules & field operators for scalar or Dirac fields change with dimension? Most books wrote about 3 spatial dimensions, and then upgraded it to 4 spacetime dimensions, keeping ...
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What happens when a field turns on or off?

Short Setup I am curious about the the mechanics of fields, whether electromagnetic, gravitational, etc. So as a specific example in order to simplify (hopefully) how to ask this question, consider ...
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Superpotential Symmetry

Superpotential in general has the form $W=a_n\Phi^n$. If I require that my superpotential should be invariant under the following global transformation, $\delta \Phi=i\epsilon \Phi$ and $\delta \...
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Klein Gordon equation of fields via the definition of the time ordered product

My question is as follows: Consider that, $$ (-\partial_1^2+m^2)\langle 0|T(\phi(x_1)\phi(x_2))|0\rangle $$ Due to the definition of the time ordered product one can get: $$ (-\partial_1^2+m^2)\bigg\...
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How to show that $\bar\psi\gamma^\mu\psi$ of a Dirac spinor $\psi$ transforms as a vector?

This is part 2 of exercise II.1.1 of Zee's QFT in a Nutshell (here's part 1). This is what I have got: \begin{align} \bar\psi\gamma^\lambda\psi \mapsto \bar\psi^{\,\prime}\gamma^\lambda\psi^{\,\...
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How to show that $\bar\psi\psi$ of a Dirac spinor $\psi$ transforms as a scalar?

I would like to show that for a Dirac spinor $\psi$, the scalar product $\bar\psi\psi$ transforms as a scalar under a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$, where $\bar\psi = \psi^\dagger\gamma^0$. This is ...
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Different OPE channels in bootstrap

Can someone quickly explain what exactly are those different channels (namely s,t,u) in OPE expansions frequently used in conformal bootstrap. Explanation with a simple example will be really helpful.
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Derivation of momentum in QFT - from Energy-Momentum Tensor [closed]

The conserved 4-momentum operator for the complex scalar field $\psi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\psi_1 + i\psi_2)$ is given in terms of the mode operators in $\psi$ and $\psi^{\dagger}$ as $$P^{\nu} = \int \...
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What is the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum field theory?

I am most interested in interpretational differences due to the fact that quantum field theory is relativistic while quantum mechanics is not. By "Copenhagen interpretation" I mean a minimal ...
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Nonabelian global symmetries, $SO(N)$ charges in terms of creation and annihilation operators

Consider an $SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields,$$\mathcal{L} = {1\over2} \partial_\mu \Phi^a \partial^\mu \Phi^a - {1\over2} m^2 \Phi^a \Phi^a - {1\over4} \lambda (\Phi^a \Phi^a)^2.$$...
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What is the meaning of the UV =? IR statement in String theory

I was looking through these notes http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/string/six.pdf and on page 146 it says "This corresponds to the fact that any putative UV divergence of string theory can always ...
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What is the relationship between the Higgs field and quarks?

I have some difficulty considering the relative size of each and the meaning behind the shape of Higgs boson. I ask relating to the structures of both the Higgs field and quarks. How is it that the ...
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Why is it that the conformal anomaly has to be scale invariant?

When reading about conformal anomalies, such as in this paper it is often stated that the anomaly (ie. $ \delta W[g]/ \delta \sigma$ where $ W[g]$ is the quantum effective action for gravity) must be ...
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Time-ordering and Dyson series

In Dyson series we use a time-ordered exponential by arguing that a Hamiltonian at two different instants of time does not commute. Why is it that so? Can anyone explain with example why should the ...
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Gromov-Witten invariants

I'm a mathematician studying Schubert calculus, and I'm out to compute the Gromov-Witten invariants of the complete flag manifold. Well, I actually already know how to compute them, but only in a way ...
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If an electron is an excitation of the electron field, what causes the excitation to be stable?

I won't pretend I understand even the basics of QFT, but from what I've heard about electrons, there are really two main ways of thinking about them. Quantum Mechanics describes an electron by a wave ...
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What are the definitions and the differences between string “background” and string “vacuum”?

In cosmology one studies perturbations around FRW metric classically (pure GR, we say that we perturbe the FWR "background"). In QFT we have perturbation theory quantistically (we expand around a ...
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What do quantum theory and general relativity have in common? [closed]

What areas of commonality are there between quantum theory and general relativity? Is it even possible to use the the two when calculating the same physical behaviour? Is there a correlation between ...
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Number of distinct Feynman Diagrams for different orders of $\phi^4$ theory for 2 point function

There is 1 distinct Feynman diagram for zeroth order and 2 distinct diagrams for first order in $\phi^4$ theory for two point function. I want to know is there a way to predict the number of distinct ...
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What is the relationship between the “mass” of QFT and that of Newtonian mechanics?

In QFT we work with Lagrangians which contain terms $m$ such that the relativistic relation $E^2 = p^2 + m^2$ is satisfied. By classical analogy $m$ is called the 'mass'. We note that due to the ...
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Can the Higgs mechanism provide complex masses for quarks and neutrinos?

Can the Higgs mechanism give complex masses to quarks and neutrinos, or is only real mass generation possible? There exist complex phases in the CKM and PMNS matrices, can they be explained through ...
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What are zero modes?

What are zero modes in quantum field theory, and what are they used for? Or, where can I read about them? I was never able to find a good introduction on the subject. I am particularly interested in ...
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QFT decay rates in lower dimensions

My starting point is the decay of a Higgs particle into two fermions, with decay rate proportional to \begin{equation} \Gamma \propto g_\psi^2 N m, \end{equation} where $g_\psi$ is the coupling, $N$ ...
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$SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields, why do charges have correct commutation relations of generators?

Consider an $SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields,$$\mathcal{L} = {1\over2} \partial_\mu \Phi^a \partial^\mu \Phi^a - {1\over2} m^2 \Phi^a \Phi^a - {1\over4} \lambda(\Phi^a \Phi^a)^2.$$...
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Directional propagator for Gaussian single photon emitters

I am generating photons along a vertical line in 2D space (say along the x=0 line) at spatial coordinates $x = (x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$ by the following means $\hat{a}^\dagger(x_1)\hat{a}^\dagger(x_2) \...
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How to calculate scattering amplitude from lagrangian? (quantum field theory)

I'm doing a question in Mark Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory. (Question 10.5) Which says that, when one changes a free field $\phi$ to $\phi + \lambda\phi^2$, the Lagrangian density would include an ...
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Cyclicity of trace with fermionic arguments

I think this is a non-question, but it has me considerably worried. Consider the piece of a Lagrangian density given by, $$\mathcal{L} = \epsilon_{ij}\mbox{Tr}\left(\chi^{i,\alpha}\left[\chi^{j}_\...
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How to Fourier transform creation/annihilation operators?

Zee's QFT in a Nutshell pages 65-66. For a complex scalar QFT $$ \varphi(\vec{x},t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}\left[a(\vec{k})\mathrm{e}^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x})} + b^\...
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Is this an error in A.Zee's 《Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell》?

I am reading A.Zee's 《Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell》 page 44. He is trying to evaluate $Z(J)=\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}dq e^{-\frac{1}{2m^{2}}q^{2}-\frac{\lambda}{4!}q^{4}+Jq}$ Of the term $\...
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Momentum operator derivation in QFT from QM

In David Tong`s QFT notes there is a chapter about the derivation of the momentum operator from quantum mechanics (page 44) where he is showing that the momentum operator can be expressed by the ...
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How should the path integral change under a dilation?

Let's say I have a two-point function of a scalar field in flat space: $$ \langle \phi(x)\phi(y)\rangle = \int \mathcal D \phi \, \phi(x)\phi(y)\,e^{iS[\phi]} $$ Then I dilate things: $$ \langle \...
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Do different creation/annihilation operators always commute?

In a complex (non-hermitian) scalar QFT, is it correct that the creation/annihilation operators $a,a^\dagger$ (particle) and $b,b^\dagger$ (anti-particle) commute, i.e. $[a,b] = [a,b^\dagger] = [a^\...
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Supersymmetric Sigma Model

I was working through the Mirror Symmetry book by Clay Math Institute. It deals with supersymmetric sigma model in 10.4 section. It doesn't derive how the action is invariant under the variation. I am ...
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Is Parity really violated? (Even though neutrinos are massive)

The weak force couples only to left-chiral fields, which is expressed mathematically by a chiral projection operator $P_L = \frac{1-\gamma_5}{2}$ in the corresponding coupling terms in the Lagrangian. ...
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How do I get the amplitude for the one-loop photon self-energy?

I am studying Maggiore's book on QFT and I am stuck in the amplitudes of one-loop corrections in QED. Could someone clearly explain me how do I get the following amplitude from the respective diagram? ...
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A No-Nonsense Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

I found Sean Carroll's "A No Nonsense Introduction to General Relativity" (about page here. pdf here), a 24-page overview of the topic, very helpful for beginning study. It all got me over the hump ...
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References on Current Algebra

Although current algebra is out of usage from what I hear, I think I see lots of papers (especially dealing with strong interactions) with transition amplitude written with the currents (this is based ...
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Is the scalar field operator self-adjoint?

In A. Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, he defines the field for the Klein-Gordon equation as $$ \tag{1}\varphi(\vec x,t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}[a(\vec k)e^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec k\cdot\vec x)...
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Is the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of QM inconsistent with quantum field theory

I had recently posted a question on the Philosophy stack exchange about "true" randomness, and a lot of the discussion centered around Quantum Mechanics. One of the responders claimed: MWI has the ...
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Peskin-Schroeder Problem 3.5, supersymmetric theories regarded as field theories on parameter space w/commuting & anticommuting coordinates?

I know how to do Problem 3.5 of Peskin-Schroeder. Let us organize the fields $\phi$, $\chi_\alpha$, $F$ of Problem 3.5 into a superfield$$\Phi(x + i\theta\sigma\overline{\theta}, \theta) = \phi(x) + \...
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What is meant by fermionic and bosonic “modes”?

The paper The Dirac quantum automaton: a short review (pdf) starts off by stating: The starting point for the construction of space–time and the physical laws therein is an unstructured, countably ...
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Distinguishing between left-handed and right-handed weak coupling from electron-neutrino scattering

This question comes from Schwartz's QFT book, exercise 13.6. In it we consider a coupling between fermions (neutrinos and electrons in this particular case) and the Z boson of the form $g_V \bar{\psi} ...
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Combinatorics of fourth order feynman diagram

I am trying to calculate how many different forth order feynman loop diagrams I can produce. I know that for 2nd order it is 6x3x2 thus 3! since you start with 3 lines coming out of each vertex so 6 ...
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Why does a Gauge group have to be a compact Lie group? [duplicate]

In Topological Solitons by Nicholas Manton where he considers "compact Lie groups" to be the gauge groups for generalizing gauge theoretic concepts. But, he does not mention why that condition is ...
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Propagator for fermion fields and Feynman diagrams

I need some help concerning the interpretation of propagators and Feynman diagrams. The free fermion propagator is given by the contraction of two fields $\psi(x),\bar\psi(y)$: $D_F(x-y)=T\{\psi(x)\...
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Relationship between lesser Green's function and greater Green's function in Keldysh formalism

I wonder if there is any general relationship between lesser Green's function $G^<(t,t')$ and $G^>(t,t')$ in the non equilibrium case, which means they not only depend on the relative time but ...
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What is the exact definition of 'consistent field theory'?

When reading the definition of the Haag-Lopuszanski-Sohnius theorem, it mentions a 'consistent 4-dimensional quantum field theory': the Haag–Lopuszanski–Sohnius theorem shows that the possible ...
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How do we know for sure a theory is non-renormalizable?

In quantum field theory, we are looking for a Lagrangian that is, amongst other, renormalizable. But how do we determine whether or not a theory is renormalizable? Is this purely done by power ...
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Does every Hilbert Space carry a representation of Poincare group?

We know all infinite dimensional Hilbert Spaces are unitarily equivalent. It should follow therefore that if I have an unitary representation of say Lorentz or Poincare group on one infinite ...
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Intuitive reason why bound states correspond to poles

I've heard often that bound states correspond to poles. Why is that?