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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Casimir forces and its associated Feynman propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Completeness Relations of Polarization Vectors in QCD

What are the completeness relations of the polarization vectors of (external) particles in QCD amplitude calculation? (I assume the polarization vectors depend on the gauge and even so still have some ...
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Some questions about the Kitaev Chain Model

In the paper,'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', Kitaev shows that unpaired Majorana Modes can be found at the end of a Quantum Wire for certain conditions. The effective Hamiltonian ...
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Correlator of energy-momentum tensor and OPE

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 Equation (2.22), the correlation function of then energy-momentum tensor with some primary fields is We can view this as sum over the OPE of the energy-...
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Representations of SO(3) and the classification of relativistic massive particles as in Weinberg's “The Quantum Theory of Fields”

I'm reading about the classification of relativistic massive particles in Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields", and I found something that doesn't convince me. In Chapter 2, paragraph 5, having ...
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How to count the number of cubic tree-level Feynman diagrams at $n$ points?

I'm following this paper: arXiv:0805.3993 [hep-ph] where it's said that the total number of distinct tree-level diagrams at $n$-points with cubic vertices only is $(2n-5)!!$ I want to know where this ...
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Hubbard Model. Spin Operators.

In a book Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics author (p.10 of second edition) defines spin operators as: $$ \vec{S}(\vec{r}) = \frac{\hbar}{2}c_{\sigma}^\dagger(\vec{r})\vec{\tau}_{\sigma\...
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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Calculating the boundary modes in Kitaev Chain

In section 2 of the paper, 'Unpaired Majorana Fermions in Quantum Wires', equation (14), the following transformation: \begin{equation} b^{'} = \sum_{j} (\alpha_+ ^{'} x_+ ^{j} + \alpha_- ^{'} x_- ^{...
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Gaussian path integrals and convergence

The Hamiltonian path integral in quantum mechanics, for a particle with coordinate $q$ and momentum $p$ and Hamiltonian $H=p^2/2m+V(q)$, is $\int \mathcal{D}q(t)\mathcal{D}p(t)e^{i\int_0^T(p\dot{q}-\...
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Field solution for spacetimes with identified regions

For a spacetime surgery wormhole, we have a manifold such that, for two connected compact sets $D_1$ and $D_2$, we remove $D_1$ and $D_2$ from the manifold and identify their boundaries. According to ...
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Solving linear equations for the groundstate of a quadratic field theory

I have successfully solved a field theory quadratic in fermonic creation and annihilation operators via Bogolyubov transformation to a diagonal field theory. I now want to extract the groundstate of ...
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What kets represent on QFT?

In Quantum Mechanics kets are used to represent states of a system. This is indeed well written in the first postulate of Quantum Mechanics which states that to describe a quantum system we use a ...
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effective field theory of the projective semion model

The "projective semion" model was considered in http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6491 (page 2). It is a symmetry enriched topological (SET) phase. There is one non-trivial anyon, a semion $s$ which induces a ...
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Can we express QFT in R^8 where the spacetime can be embedded in?

A smooth, 4-dimensional manifold can be embedded in $R^8$. Isn't it a natural selection of space for QFT when we try to extend QFT with gravity?
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axion couplings

As I understand it, the axion $a$ originates from the spontaenous symmetry breaking of $U(1)_{PQ}$. This symmetry being anomalous, and because of the QCD vacuum structure, a non vanishing term like $\...
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Definition of anomalous symmetry in Hamiltonian formalism

In the Lagrangian path-integral formulation of QFT, an anomalous symmetry is defined to be a symmetry of the action which is not a symmetry of the measure of the path integral, and therefore not a ...
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Physical side of TQFT

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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How to arrive at the Dirac Equation from Poincare Algebra?

For the case of Galilean group, the time translation is given by the generator $H$. Hence, $$\mid\psi(t)\rangle\to \mid\psi(t+s)\rangle =e^{-iHs}\mid\psi(t)\rangle$$ Which immediately is the ...
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Weinberg QFT (2.5.5)

I'm slightly confused about something in volume 1 of Weinberg. He says $U(\Lambda)\Psi_{p,\sigma}=\sum_{\sigma'}C_{\sigma'\sigma}(\Lambda,p)\Psi_{\Lambda p,\sigma'}$. Then, "In general, it may be ...
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In QED/Yang Mills, why do fermions contribute 4 times as much as scalars to vacuum polarization?

Consider a Yang-Mills theory in $4D$ over a gauge group $G$ $$ \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F^{a\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}^a + \bar \psi i D_\mu \gamma^\mu \psi + (D_\mu \phi)^\dagger D^\mu \phi $$ where $\...
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Concepts regarding BCS Theory of superconductivity and Cooper pairs

I have a little conceptual doubt about the BCS theory of superconductivity. A visual model of the Cooper pair attraction has a passing electron which attracts the lattice, causing a slight ripple ...
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The relation between anomalous dimensions and renormalization constants

I am trying to understand the general strategy and technical details of calculating $\beta$-function at higher orders. $\beta$-function is the anomalous dimension of the coupling constant and there is ...
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Partition function and coherent state path integral

I have been working through the derivation of the partition function expressed as a path integral in terms of coherent states, following the many-body condensed-matter field theory books of Altland &...
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Time dependence of canonical variables

As far as I understand it, at least in scalar QFT, the canonical variables are the field operator $\hat{\phi}(x)$ and its conjugate momentum $\hat{\pi}_{\phi}(x)=\frac{\partial\mathcal{L}}{\partial\...
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Non-abelian current commutators

There many articles, in which non-abelian current commutators are computed. The general result is that quantum corrections lead to additional term in commutator $$[J^a_\mu (x), J^b_\nu (y)] \delta (x^...
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Noether charge in light-cone coordinates (1+1D)

I have read in this article http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.2917 that the noether charge (in 1+1 D) $$ Q= \int dx \; q_t$$ could be written in terms of lightcone coordinates $x^\pm = t\pm x$ as $$Q=\int dx^...
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Reason behind choosing the invariant states for an operator which commutes with an adiabatic Hamiltonian

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. To compute the complexity of the algorithm ...
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Invariance in Euclidean and Minkowski spaces

Consider Wick's rotation from Minkowski to Euclidean space in QFT. What is the connection between O(4) invariance in Euclidean space and Lorentz invariance in Minkowski space? If we define a quantity ...
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Central charges in 2D CFT and Virasoro algebra

Suppose we quantize some classical CFT algebra given by generators which satisfy $$[l_n,l_m]=(n-m)l_{n+m},$$ $$[\overline{l}_n,\overline{l}_m]=(n-m)\overline{l}_{n+m},$$ $$[l_n,\overline{l}_m]=0.$$ ...
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Virtual particles in EM interaction and Weak interaction

I know that a real electron has a probability (which depends on the intensity of the EM force) of emitting a photon, changing his 4-momentum. The photon should be virtual. Now, my teacher says that ...
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Renormalization group invariant objects of a quantum field theory

Consider an arbitrary QFT with $g_b$ as the bare coupling constant. After dimensional regularization, is $g_b \mu^\epsilon$ a renormalization group invariant object of the theory? In other words, is ...
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Feynman propagator for photons and the actual propagation of photons

Reading some books of quantum field theory (c.f. LH Ryder. 'Quantum Field Theory') it seems that the concept of path integrals in quantum mechanics may be extended to the field theory using the ...
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$\phi^4$ theory kinks as fermions?

In 1+1 dimensions there is duality between models of fermions and bosons called bosonization (or fermionization). For instance the sine-Gordon theory $$\mathcal{L}= \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi \...
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Dimensional Reduction for scalar fields

The main motivation for this question is the paper "Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theories" by Brink, Schwarz and Scherk where they use dimensional reduction to go from Yang-Mills in $D=4$ to $D=2$. But ...
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Is it possible to separate the poles of a magnet?

It might seem common sense that when we split a magnet we get 2 magnets with their own N-S poles. But somehow, I find it hard to accept this fact. (Which I now know is stated by the magnetic Gauss's ...
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Kitaev Chain Spectrum (Unpaired Majorana Fermions in quantum wires) [closed]

How does one arrive at the spectrum equation(13): $$\epsilon (q)=\pm \sqrt{(2w \cos q +\mu)^2+4\cdot \mid {\Delta} \mid^2 \sin ^{2} q}$$ from the initial Hamiltonian. Also, shouldn't (12) in the ...
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conformal symmetry vs time ordering

In Quantum field theories we generally calculate time ordered correlation functions. But it seems that in a conformal field theory I can use conformal symmetry to destroy time ordering. Let me look ...
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What's the Coulomb Branch and why is it important?

I'm studying the introduction of flavour degrees of freedom in the AdS/CFT correspondence and now I'm supposed to calculate the mass spectrum of mesons in the Coulomb branch. I have searched the ...
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Are virtual particles experimentally verifiable? [duplicate]

If not, why do we include such a description for force interactions? It seems to me that physics implements virtual particles as a means to do calculations. If this is the case, what is the ...
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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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Stratonovich integral in quantum field theory

I'm reading a paper on Wick renormalization and there are a couple of things that are not that clear to me. The paper ends with the following sentence: In Euclidean quantum field theory, the ...
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Why does $\prod^n_{j=1}\sigma^{(j)}_x$ commute with this adiabatic Hamiltonian? [closed]

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. The adiabatic Hamiltonian is defined as $$...
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Do the Cutkosky rules imply (perturbative) unitarity?

In most standard textbooks on relativistic QFT, the Cutksoky rules are presented as a consequence of unitarity of the S-Matrix. However, at least for scalar field theories, it appears that the ...
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How is information encoded in the Cosmological Horizon?

It is my understanding, according to the "Holographic Universe Theory", that multi-dimensional volume somehow emerges from a two-dimensional surface called the "Cosmological Horizon". And all three-...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Order of Feynman diagrams for electroweak processes?

I want to compare two Feynman diagrams and be able to say which one describes a process that is more likely to happen. As far as I understand, this is done by considering the order of the diagram. ...
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What is the correlation between QFT and thermodynamics?

This may be a naive question. In physics many processes are symmetric, except a few involving entropy, or the arrow of time. Another one has to do with heat generation. We can generate heat, or energy ...
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Number of degrees of freedom in the Standard Model Lagrangian

Consider a Lagrangian $L$ which depends on a number of fields $F_1$, $\cdots$, $F_N$ and their (spacetime) derivatives. Each of those fields $F_n$ is valued in $\mathbb{R}^{k_n}$. Is the Standard ...