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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Generalisation of a particle in QFT

In classical mechanics, we assumed a particle to have a definite momentum and a definite position. Afterwards, with Quantum mechanics, we gave up the concept of a time-dependend position and momentum, ...
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Does QFT modifies Quantum Mechanics? [duplicate]

The basis of Quantum Mechanics is contained in the postulates which tell us how to describe quantum systems (below I disconsider possibly degenerate spectra just for simplicity): To describe a ...
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How to define the distance between two points in a conformal transformed space?

Consider a particular conformal transformation $x^\mu\rightarrow x'^\mu$, and the metric of a flat space transforms in the following way, $$\eta_{\mu\nu}\rightarrow g'_{\mu\nu}=\Lambda^2(x)\eta_{\mu\...
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Is it possible in this Universe to communicate a bit of information with energy that scales sub-linearly with distance?

If we look at all the ways that people do communicate information, they all seem to have a cost "at least linear in distance." For example, communicating over a wire has attenutation, so the energy ...
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Is the usage of the Fock space a postulate in QFT?

In this question, when I write Fock space, I mean "the direct sum of the symmetric or antisymmetric tensors in the tensor powers of a single-particle Hilbert space H", as it is described by Wikipedia. ...
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Experimental observation of non-perturbative effects

Many quantum field theories come with non-perturbative objects such as solitons and instantons, and non-perturbative effects such as the Schwinger effect. However, it is hard to find any review on ...
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A question from A. Zee's book

On page 463, it writes in eq. (3) $$4H=\Sigma_\alpha(Q_\alpha Q^\dagger_\alpha+Q^\dagger_\alpha Q_\alpha).\tag 3$$ And then it writes that this is followed by eq.(4) as $$\langle S| H|S\rangle=\frac{...
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What is a method of finding minima of the one-loop effective potential?

Say you have a theory with an arbitrary number of real scalars, and you wants to find their Vevs in the global one-loop vacuum. How is this accomplished?
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How do we compute correlation function in the Schrodinger picture?

From concreteness' sake consider $\phi^4$ theory with a real scalar (even though the choice of the theory has nothing to do in principle with what I am going to ask). Consider thefollowing ...
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A few questions concerning one loop corrections to the action

When we perform a Legendre transform on the connected generate functional $W[J]$ we get the quantum action (or 1PI action) $ \Gamma[\phi] = W[J(\phi)] - \int\mathrm{d}^4x\,\phi J,\quad\phi(J)=\frac{\...
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Connection between “classical” Grassmann variables and Heisenberg Equation of motion

I have been reading di Francesco et al's textbook on Conformal Field theory, and am confused by a particular statement they make on pg 22. Let $\{\psi_i\}$ be a set of Grassmann variables. Starting ...
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Defining Thermodynamic beta in unit of second

If I define Thermodynamic beta in unit of second. Does this mean that: Boltzmann constant $k$ is unit-less? $T$ is in units of frequency (Hz) or Kelvin $K$? In this case, is defining Thermodynamic ...
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Gaussian Model scaling fields

last week one of my lectures mentioned the "scaling fields" for the 2D Gaussian Model, $\Phi = e^{\pm ip\phi}$ but did not give any further explanation what that means or where that comes from. ...
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Solving a step in the derivation of the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron

In the book An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder there is a derivation of the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron. The Feynman diagram to be solved is this one: and ...
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Complex field with a chemical potential

This is probably a very basic question. I'm looking at the following Lagrangian with a single complex field $\phi$, $$\mathscr{L} = D_{\mu}\phi^*D^{\mu}\phi - m^2 \phi^* \phi - \lambda (\phi^* \phi)^...
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Wilsonian Renormalisation — Peskin & Schroder Sect. 12.1

I'm working my way through Peskin & Schroeder, but some of the details of the calculations done in their introduction to the renormalisation group are slipping past me. For concreteness, the ...
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Fine Structure and Fine Structure Constant - intuitive relation?

How does the fine structure and fine structure constant relate to each other, intuitively? I've seen $\alpha$ extrapolated as a term in energy calculations for fine structure, but is there a ...
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Doubts about the theta angle and the ground state energy density in Euclidean Yang-Mills theory

I am reading the following notes https://munsal.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/marino-lectures2014.pdf. On section 4.3 the euclidean Yang-Mills theory is considered. It is said that renormalizability and ...
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What is the mathematical motivation for complexifying momenta in BCFW?

One of the first steps in obtaining the on-shell BCFW recursion relations is complexifying the momenta of the external particles. Now complexifying things is not unprecedented (the dispersion program ...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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The “harmonic paradigm” in physics

Disclaimer: I know this is a vague question, so if this is not the appropriate thread, please direct me to the correct one. On page 5 of Anthony Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell he speaks of ...
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Question on Step in Lancaster's “Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur”

I'm having trouble understanding a single step in Lancaster's book. In Chapter 16, the propagator is derived and proved to be the Green's function of the Schrodinger equation. The derivation is pretty ...
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Quantum Operators: An Identity

I came across the following neat property: For an operator $\hat{A}$ which is a linear combination of creation and annihilation operators, we have: $$ \langle e^{\hat{A}} \rangle = e^{\langle \...
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How to go from a Higgs which transforms in the adjoint representation to a 2x2 matrix? [closed]

I have a triplet transforming in the adjoint map of the lie albegra of su(2) but I don´t know how to include it in to a Lagrangian where I have two lepton doublets. It should be a 2x2 matrix but I don´...
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Lattice QFT: Non-homogenous lattice spacing

I am interested why we fix the lattice spacing, $a$ to be homogenous in all dimensions. After a Wick rotation, $a=i \epsilon$ where $\epsilon=t_{i+1} - t_{i}$ and with euclidean time given by $\tau = ...
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Running coupling outside QFT

I'm reading about the running coupling in QCD. I understand the vacuum polarization and its consequences. Also I've read that you can find the same phenomenon on the strong interaction, giving us the ...
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Questions from Srednicki's Introduction to Interacting Field Theory using the LSZ Formula

I have been reading through the chapter on the LSZ Reduction Formula from Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory, and I have a few questions about which I'm sort of confused. The questions are referenced ...
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Decay rate revisited

According to Peskin&Schroeder (pp. 107), we have $$ d\Gamma=\frac{1}{2m_A}\left(\prod_f\frac{d^3p_f}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2E_f}\right)|\mathcal{M}(m_A)\rightarrow {p_f}|^2(2\pi)^4\delta^{(4)}(p_A\...
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Two definitions of topological terms in field theory

I've seen two distinct definitions for "topological" terms in the context of quantum field theory. Topological terms don't depend on the metric $g_{\mu\nu}$. This makes sense since topology is '...
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High $p_T$ and high $Q^2$ in deep inelastic hadronic collisions

When reading about high energy collisions (for example proton-proton collisions at LHC), I always find the relation $Q\sim p_T$, which, for me, is hard to demonstrate. Moreover, I found statements ...
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Some subtleties in quantizing a fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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Writing the Yang-Mills topological charge using differential forms

I have a very pedestrian knowledge of differential forms and I am having some trouble in a derivation. The topological charge $Q$ in Yang-Mills theories is supposed to be $$ Q=\int{}q(x)d^4x $$ where $...
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At most $N$ gapless charge/spin modes in a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains?

Leon Balents and Matthew P. A. Fisher claimed the following without any further explanation ($N$ is the number of chains) For a system of $N$ coupled 1D chains, the number of gapless charge modes ...
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Does the Flavor symmetry forbid $uu\rightarrow cc,ss$?

This question comes from the reading of this paper. They suppose a flavor symmetry group $G_F = U(3)_q\times U(3)_{d} \times U(2)_{d}$ which acts on the three LH quarks $q_L$, three RH quarks $u_R$ ...
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Wick renormalization

I'm trying to understand the Wick renormalization in the framework of the Ito integral. I saw the Wick theorem as presented on Wikipedia in a QFT course and I would like to understand how that is ...
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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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Why Does Renormalized Perturbation Theory Work?

I've read about renormalization of $\phi^4$ theory, ie. $\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\phi\partial^\mu\phi-m^2\phi^2-\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4\,,$ particularly from Ryder's book. But I am ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I extract 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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\...