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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QCD string breaking and glueballs

When one tries to pull two quarks appart, a flux tube is created. The tube eventually breaks, creating quark anti-quark pairs and eventually hadrons. Can there also be creation of gluons to form ...
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Green's function for adjoint Dirac Equation

If $S_F(x-y)$ is the Green's function for the Dirac operator $(i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)$, that is, I assume the following matrix equation holds: $$ (i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)S_F(x-y)=i\delta(x-y) ...
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Understanding Bose enhancement in reheating

I'm struggling to understand the Bose enhancement in reheating. I've read that: At the end of inflation, the inflaton field, $\phi$, is something like a condensate with excitations of a single ...
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Is there a simple explanation for Schwinger's relation $g=2+\frac{\alpha}{\pi}+{\cal O}(\alpha^2)$ for the $g$-factor of the electron?

Schwinger has on his grave (it seems) the relation between the g-factor of the electron and the fine structure constant: $$g~=~2+\frac{\alpha}{\pi}+{\cal O}(\alpha^2)$$ Did Schwinger or somebody ...
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The difference between $\mathcal{N}=2$ short multiplets and BPS states

I have some questions about the construction of $\mathcal{N}=2$ supermultiplets for chiral matter. I know that the supermultiplet should not include spin one states since they are always in the ...
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QCD mass gap finite temperature

QCD has a mass gap. Does heating up QCD to a finite temperature change this fact, or is it a property which is independent of temperature?
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Renormalizing composite operators

Consider the QED Lagrangian, \begin{equation} {\cal L} = \bar{\psi} ^{(0)} ( i \partial_\mu \gamma^\mu - m ) \psi ^{(0)} - e A _\mu ^{(0)} \bar{\psi} ^{(0)} \gamma ^\mu \psi ^{(0)} - \frac{1}{4} ...
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Anomalously broken conformal symmetry

I'm trying to understand an argument made by Bardeen in On Naturalness in the Standard Model. The argument is about quadratic divergences in Standard Model. My notation is that the SM Higgs potential ...
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Generator of local symmetries

Let us only consider classical field theories in this discussion. Noether's theorem states that for every global symmetry, there exists a conserved current and a conserved charge. The charge is the ...
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Zero Energy States in 2D Systems

Since we are on a planar system (2D system) the massless Dirac equation reads $$\vec{\alpha}\cdot(\vec{p}-e\vec{A})\psi_E=E\psi_E$$ Here Dirac matrices are Pauli matrices ($\alpha^1=-\sigma^2$ , ...
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Infrared-free QED and Higgsless standard model phenomenology

This is one of those "what if" fantasy world type questions. I like hard sci-fi so please no "well, you changed one thing about the world so now anything goes." :) What if the Higgs had no vev? That ...
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Scattering theory of Dirac equation in curved space-time in presence of a strong magnetic field

What is the exact solution of the Dirac equation in curved space-time in the presence of a strong magnetic field? The solution should be in momentum space for simplicity to calculate scattering cross ...
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Why do we assume that Dirac spinor $\Psi$ describe the particle, not the field?

It is a well-known fact that Klein-Gordon scalar $\Psi(x)$, $$ (\partial^{2} + m^2) \Psi (x) = 0 $$ as well as 4-vector $A_{\mu}(x)$, $$ (\partial^{2} + m^{2})A_{\mu} = 0,\quad ...
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Can virtual particles, in particular gravitons, interfere?

Question 1. Can virtual particles, in particular gravitons, interfere? Virtual particles are created and annihilated in a distance too small and a time too short to be measured. Their existence is ...
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Spin-statistics theorem proof details

Recently I have read one book where there was some incomprehensible proof of the Pauli's spin-statistics theorem. I want to ask about a few details of the proof. First, the author derives ...
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The Fifth Gamma Matrix

This is regarding $\gamma^5$, the fifth gamma matrix in quantum field theory. I know its defining properties, namely, $$\gamma^5= -i\gamma^0 \gamma^1 \gamma^2 \gamma^3 $$ with ...
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electron in the nucleus

In the event that the electron is in nucleus of the atom (via tunneling effects and other things I don't understand), How does QED deal with this situation?
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Electron Electric Field Mass?

I am confused of whether or not the expected electromagnetic field generated by the point-like electric charge of the electron distributed smoothly across space as a probability distribution creates ...
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Entanglement entropy and area law

I am currently reading a review "Area law for the entanglement entropy" by Eisert, Cramer and Plenio (2010). From what I understand: In one dimension, for local gapped models, we have an area law ...
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Normalization of Source Terms in Large-N Gauge Theory

Typically when you do the counting for large N gauge theory, you rescale fields so that the Lagrangian takes the form \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}=N[-\frac{1}{2g^2}TrF^2+\bar{\psi}_i\gamma^\mu D_\mu ...
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Is Zitterbewegung an artefact of single-particle theory?

I have seen a number of articles on Zitterbewegung claiming searches for it such as this one: http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.2186. Others such as the so-called ZBW interpretation by Hestenes seemingly ...
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One Loop Higgs Mass Correction

I am attempting to compute the one loop correction to the Higgs mass, which requires the evaluation of a scattering amplitude, namely $$\require{cancel} \mathcal{M} = (-)N_f \int \frac{\mathrm{d}^4 ...
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Paths in the path integral

In the path integral approach one defines in some heuristic way the functional path integral \begin{equation} Z=\int{\cal{D}}\phi e^{iS(\phi)} \end{equation} and the one claims that one must ...
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CP violation from the Electroweak SU(2)$_{weak,flavor}$ by $\int \theta F \wedge F $

Question: Why there is NO Charge-Parity (CP) violation from a potential Theta term in the electroweak SU(2)$_{weak,flavor}$ sector by $\theta_{electroweak} \int F \wedge F$? (ps. an explicit ...
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Why Green's function will diverge at the same spacetime point?

In $d+1$ dimensional quantum field theory, the 2-point Green's function will diverge at the same spacetime point when $d\geq1$. When $d=0$, $\phi(t)=q(t)$, that is the case of QM, and 2-point Green's ...
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Weinberg dimension 5 operator

How to prove that the $\Delta L=2,$ dimension=5 Weinberg operator $LLHH$ is the unique operator which violates lepton number by two units, without derivative couplings, etc.??
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Anomalous Dimensions of Gauge Interactions

Peskin and Schroeder mention a few times that the anomalous dimension of a gauge interaction operator is zero. The justification for this is that the charge operator shouldn't get modified under ...
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What does a $SU(2)$ doublet really mean?

What do we really mean when we say that the neutron and proton wavefunctions together form an $SU(2)$ doublet? What is the significance of this? What does this transformation really doing to the ...
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“Velvet way” to Grassmann numbers

In my opinion, the Grassmann number "apparatus" is one of the least intuitive things in modern physics. I remember that it took a lot of effort when I was studying this. The problem was not in the ...
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How to conclude that an interaction is attractive from its Fourier transform (momentum space representation)?

Background: In the book by Altland and Simons, Condensed matter field theory, in exercise 4.5.7, one is supposed to use the effective field theory method to integrate out the phonon field in an ...
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Why do we use functional integration in QFT?

Recently I learned functional integral's formalism in QFT. I have realized that I don't understand why exactly do we introduce it. We have the expression for $S$-matrix, then we may rewrite it in ...
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Gauge symmetry is not a symmetry?

I have read before in one of Seiberg's articles something like, that gauge symmetry is not a symmetry but a redundancy in our description, by introducing fake degrees of freedom to facilitate ...
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1+1D Bosonization on a line segment or a compact ring

I have been informed that 1+1D Bosonization/Fermionization on a line segment or 1+1D Bosonization/Fermionization a compact ring are different - Although I know that Bosonization can rewrite fermions ...
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What is the actual significance of the amplituhedron?

A news has recently became viral that physicists have discovered a geometrical object that simplifies a lot our models quantum physics. For an outsider like me, it is difficult to actually understand ...
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Is the reduction map completely positive? [duplicate]

I am struggling with proving the complete positivity of a general map ( granted it is CP ). The reduction map is defined as $$ \rho \rightarrow \mathrm{Tr}(\rho)I - \rho $$ It is a trivial job to ...
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Scalar Field Redefinition and Scattering Amplitude

Consider a field redefinition $$ \phi \rightarrow \phi' = \phi+\lambda \phi^2 $$ Find the Feynman rules for this theory and work out the $2\rightarrow 2$ scattering amplitude at tree level (The result ...
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Amplitudes involving Goldstone bosons

Does anyone know some theorem or statement about amplitudes involving only Goldstone bosons in theories with spontaneous symmetry breaking in the limit of low energies?
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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Is it necessary to use decay width calculated at the same order as the scattering process?

I would like to calculate higher order corrections to a process for which there is an intermediate resonance which subsequently decays into lighter states. I am confused about how to treat the width ...
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Can energy be taken out of the QFT vacuum?

There have been recent questions about the vacuum. In my simplified knowledge the vacuum is like a ground state energy level, and also that there might even exist other lower energy levels than the ...
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Assumptions of the Coleman-Mandula Theorem

In the original paper All Possible Symmetries of the S-Matrix, by S. Coleman and J. Mandula, they prove their famous 'no go' theorem regarding the possible extensions of Poincaré symmetry. The ...
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How to derive the form of the parity operator acting on Lorentz spinors?

I'm reading Berestetskii (Volume 4 of Landau & Lifshitz) section 19 on inversion of spinors. Berestetskii says parity $P$ maps undotted spinors into dotted spinors and vice-versa as ...
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Materials about S-matrix and S-matrix theory

What is the best book or paper to learn about analytical structures of S-matrix and S-matrix theory? I already know books as The Analytic S-matrix by RJ Eden, PV Landshoff, DI Olive, JC P and Quantum ...
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What happens to the wave function after applying the D'Alembert operator?

Is the result of applying the D'Alembert operator on a wave function always zero? Or are there exceptions?
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The BRST construction for YM with or without auxiliary field

I'm learning BRST symmetry for Yang-Mills theory and I see that there are two ways of writing BRST differential. In some books (for example Ryder's and Ramond's textbooks) BRST differential acts as ...
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Angular Momentum Operator in Quantum Field Theory

I'm following along with David Tong's QFT course and am trying to derive the result shown in question 6 on his 2nd problem sheet, but am running into problems when applying it to the free real scalar ...
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Energy interpretation of 1PI effective potential in Weinberg 16.3: is adiabatic turning on the current necessary?

In section 16.3 of Weinberg, he interprets the 1PI effective potential as the minimum of expectation value of the energy density under some constraint. The essential argument is \begin{equation} ...
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What if UV behaviour of gravity was perturbative?

I understand that the UV behaviour of gravity ought to be dominated by black hole production and that graviton-graviton scattering ought to blow up above the Planck scale. Suppose, however, that ...
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Non-relativistic limit in a Lagrangian density

What criteria should I consider when determining the non-relativistic limit of a Lagrangian density? For example, how would I take the non-relativistic limit of the following Lagrangian density: ...
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S. Weinberg, “The Quantum theory of fields: Foundations” (1995), Eq. 9.2.15

In Weinberg's book The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 1 on p.388 (Chapter 9), the following identity is used (with f being any "reasonable" function): $$f(+\infty) + f(-\infty) = \lim_{\epsilon ...