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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Is it possible to derive the effective potential of a given theory by only using the RGE equations?

I know that it is possible to derive the RGE equations from the effective potential by requiring that the first derivative with respect to the renormalization scale $\mu$ vanishes: $$ ...
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The virtual particles are only a fictive tool in equations? DO they exist or DON'T? And if they exist, why do we call them VIRTUAL?

There is no "action at a distance" in nature. Attraction of a piece of iron by a magnet, attraction between distant electric charges of opposite sign, have to be mediated by something. The virtual ...
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Why do we have different signs before the delta on the Klein-Gordon and the Dirac Green's function equation?

Let's read equation (2.56) on Peskin & Schroeder $$(\partial^2+m^2)D_R(x-y)=-i\delta^4(x-y).$$ Let's look now to equation (3.118) $$(i\gamma^{\nu}\partial_{\nu}-m)S_R(x-y)=i\delta^4(x-y).$$ ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = ...
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What kind of math is used in QFT? [duplicate]

What branch(es) of math are used in Quantum Field Theory? Or the question, by way of analogy: Tensor Calculus is to General Relativity as What is to Quantum Field Theory?
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Photon and Wave

There are some aspects of light that can be easily demonstrated by using the concept of wave. However I really want to know what it would be like in term of photon point of view. So I have some ...
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What is the physical interpretation of a field operator

So far in our lecture we defined creation operators $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ in the following way, that we said: Somebody got you a antisymmetric or symmetric N- particle state and now $a^{\dagger}_{n}$ ...
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A question from Schwinger's particles, sources and fields monograph

My first question from his first volume. On page 254, he writes down the action expression: $$(3-10.1)W=\int (dx)[K\phi+K^{\mu}\phi_{\mu}+\mathcal{L}]$$ Where the lagrangian is: $$ ...
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Higher-order gauge coupling terms in the Lagrangian

In QFT, one works with Lagrangians that are invariant with respect to a certain symmetry. Out of this invariance, one is able to write down interaction terms at first order in the gauge couplings. The ...
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Chiral-Projection operator in a basis different than the Weyl basis

I was pretty confident that things are simple, but unfortunately I must have missed something. We can always change between between the bases for Dirac spinors, using unitary transformation, because ...
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Proof that the effective action is the generating functional of one-particle-irreducible (1PI) correlation functions

In all text book and lecture notes that I have found, they write down the general statement \begin{equation} ...
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Renormalization condition

Can any on explain to me, why renormalization condition $$\Sigma(\gamma_\mu p^\mu=m)=0,$$ for one loop implies $$\Sigma_2(m)=m\delta_2-\delta_m~?$$ In the original $\Sigma_2$ we had $ m_0$ which is ...
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Path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in a CFT

Below, I paraphrase the path integral derivation of the state-operator correspondence in David Tong's notes on CFT (see pdf here). This is my interpretation of the text in that pdf, so please correct ...
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Upper bound to annihilation cross section into heavy particles

For a process in which two relativistic particles annihilate to produce two or more heavy(er) particles of mass $M$: Is it true that the cross section $\sigma_{ann}$ cannot be larger than ...
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Are relative phases observable for identical particles but not for non-identical ones?

In quantum mechanics, amplitudes are represented by complex numbers $e^{i\phi}$, which have phase angles $\phi$. These phase angles are clearly not observable in absolute terms. If I have two ...
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Are Matsubara states pure states?

Generally in a non-interacting QFT one can solve the Klein-Gordon equation to get a (complete) set of states $\frac{e^{i\omega_k t-ikx}}{\sqrt{2\omega_k}}$. It is not clear to me how to construct the ...
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Justification of not quantizing small extra dimensions

When dealing with extra dimensions ($ x ^\mu $ represents $ 4D $ spacetime and $ y $ the extra dimension) we use what's known as Kaluza-Klein decomposition (basically a Fourier transform), ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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Are terms with spinors analogous to $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$ forbidden in the Lagrangian?

For scalar particles, the Lagrangian involves terms of the form $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$, which is equivalent through integration by parts to $ ( \partial_\mu \partial^\mu \Phi ...
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Second derivative of dirac delta expression

I have come across the expression $$ \int f(x) \delta(x-a) \delta''(x-a) \mathrm dx$$ where the prime represents the derivative. Usually with derivatives of the delta distribution I'd partially ...
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What is the difference between quantum fluctuations and thermal fluctuations?

Start with a simple scalar field Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}(\phi)$ at zero temperature $T = 0$, which has a hidden symmetry and spontaneously break it. By the standard procedure a field $\phi$ is ...
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One loop correction to $F^2$ in massless QED, question from Peskin & Schroeder

In Peskin & Schroeder chapter 19, about trace anomaly in massless QED, the trace of $\Theta^{\mu\nu}$ is given by $$ {\Theta^\mu} _\mu =-\frac{4-d}{4} (F_{\lambda\sigma})^2 + (1-d) \bar{\psi} i ...
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Are vacuum fluctuations really happening all the time?

In popular physics articles and even some physics classes I've been to, the vacuum of space is described as being constantly full of quantum fluctuations. Supposedly, all sorts of ...
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Scalar operators In Quantum Field Theory

I am trying to learn Quantum Field Theory and I am stuck in a basic point. What is the definition of a scalar operator in QFT? That is, how does it transform under a Poincare transformation? Why do ...
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What makes a one particle state?

I'm trying to understand free particle states in quantum field theory but I'm having trouble with one thing: what exactly defines a one particle state? For example, we can define a 'plane wave' as a ...
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Is everything made of space? [closed]

I had been studying quantum field theory for a while now, and how there had been many efforts in physics to finally create a "Theory of Everything" (TOE). But while I was learning about all this, I ...
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classical and quantum correlation functions

Quantum Field, quantum fluctuation even with no temperature In QFT, the correlation function $<0|\hat{\phi} (x)\hat{\phi} (y)|0>$ describes the fluctuation correlations of vacuum state ...
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Leptogenesis with singlet neutrinos

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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Incoherent assumption of the parton model

Consider the scattering process $ep\rightarrow eX$, in the frame of an ultra-relativistic electron, the partons inside the proton are "frozen," and since the time scale of strong interaction is much ...
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Is many-body Hamiltonian valid in strong-correlated system

Condensed-matter textbook often states that there is a many-body Hamiltonian $$ H= \sum_i \frac{ p_i^2}{2m_i} + \sum_{i>j} V_{ij} \tag{1} $$ where $V_{ij} = Z_i Z_j/r_{ij}$. This Hamiltonian ...
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What is the physical meaning of $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle$

$a^\dagger_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle = \mid \! p \rangle$ is interpreted as a creation of a particle with momentum $p$ from the vacuum. $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! p \rangle = \mid \! 0 \rangle$ is ...
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Spin statistics

I have a very intrinsic question about quantum field theory and even more general, why in 3+1-dimensional spacetime, we have only two statistics for particles to obey? Therefore why we have only two ...
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Regularization ambiguity for leading singularity in dimensional regularization

I have a question with a perhaps well-known answer. Consider a two-loop sunset (log divergent) integral in two dimensions: $$ I_S = \int \frac{d^2k d^2l}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{ ...
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Polarization sum rule for Rarita-Schwinger field

There are Rarita-Schwinger equations: $$ \tag 1 (p\!\!\!/ - m)\psi_{\mu} = 0, \quad \gamma_{\mu}\psi^{\mu} = 0, \quad i\partial_{\mu}\psi^{\mu} = 0. $$ So the polarization sum $D_{\mu \nu}(p) = ...
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masslessness of Goldstone boson, Effective action, and functional-integral measure

I have difficulty in understanding the path-integral formalism of SSB, and that of Effective Action. Let's say a complex scalar field theory has the global $U(1)$ SSB, $$L(\phi)=(\partial^\mu ...
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Non-abelian bosonization

Reading this review about non-abelian bosonization, Non-abelian bosonization by I.Karmazin, I stumbled about two questions Below equation 6, I don't get the final point in the statement about the ...
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Infrared divergences in QCD

As we know, we can remove infrared divergences by summing over all final states with arbitrary number of soft photons. But in QCD this does not work, since gluons are not "neutral" because they carry ...
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Yukawa potential, which is correct?

Sometimes I see Yukawa interaction term written as $$-g\bar{\psi} i \gamma^5 \phi \psi$$ and other times as $$-g \bar{ \psi} \gamma_5 \psi \phi $$ Which is the correct form?
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Help to understand vertex function

In Weinberg's book (the quantum theory of fields, volume 1, pag 446, equation (10.4.19) ) is stated that $\int \ dx \ dy \ dz \ exp(-i p x - ik y + i lz) \langle\Psi_0,T\{J^{\mu}(x)\Psi_n(y)\bar ...
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Can we regard field operator $\Psi (x)$ as $a_{x}^{\dagger }$ ,$a_{x}$?

In real scalar CG-field, do we have $a_{x}^{\dagger }$ and $a_{x}$ operators? Because we have $a_{p}^{\dagger }$ and $a_{p}$ , also the relation $\Psi (x)=\int dp\, \, a^{\dagger }e^{-ipx-i\omega ...
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Are there QFTs in which a field cannot produce a real particle?

The usual mantra of a quantum field theory is that real particles (as opposed to virtual ones) are excitations of a field. Is this a necessary property of all (operator-valued) quantum field ...
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SU(2) kinetic term as a trace

Is there a easy way to rewrite the SU(2) kinetic term as a trace? As in $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4}\vec{F}_{\mu\nu}\vec{F}^{\mu\nu}\\[1cm] = -\frac{1}{2}\mathrm{tr}\Bigg[\bigg(\vec{F}_{\mu\nu}\cdot ...
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Statistics of many body systems in pure states

My understanding of describing a system in thermal equilibrium is that we introduce an ideal thermal reservoir for convenience and then imagine that the system+reservoir samples all states of constant ...
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Guidance needed in finding scattering amplitude

If I have the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma ^\mu \partial_\mu - m)\psi -g\bar{\psi}i\gamma^5\phi\psi,$$ where $g$ is a coupling constant. How to find the scattering amplitude for $$ ...
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What's the importance of background field gauge?

Recently I've read that background field gauge is very convenient for gauge theories, because it fixes the connection between normalization constants of gauge field and gauge coupling constant one. I ...
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How to know if the pseudoscalar Yukawa Lagrangian is invariant under chiral transformation?

The pseudo-scalar Yukawa theory Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}(i\gamma ^\mu \partial_\mu - m)\psi -g\bar{\psi}i\gamma^5\phi\psi,$$ where $g$ is a coupling constant. How can I show it is ...
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Charge conjugation matrix in baryon current

In his paper Calculation of baryon masses in quantum chromodynamics (ScienceDirect), B.L. Ioffe considers currents describing baryons. In equation (13) he gives an interpolating current for the isobar ...
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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude using functional integral

The vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude for a free particle with source $J$ is given by $$Z_0[J]=\int D\phi \mathrm{exp}\{-i\int [\frac{1}{2}\phi(\square +m^2-i\epsilon)\phi-\phi J]d^4x\}$$ Let ...
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Off-shell external line

In some QFT textbooks, an external line which is off mass shell also concerns us. But according to the motion equation, shouldn't the single external line be on the mass shell? Especially when we ...
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Can we calculate L-S coupling without Dirac equation?

It is known that there exists an orbital and spin angular momentum coupling for an electron moving in the atom. And the Hamiltonian can be directly derived using Dirac equation. I want to use a ...