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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Spinor helicity formalism, exact form of the spinors

I am trying to understand how to perform computations with the spinor helicity formalism, I am studying on this review http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.1697. I have stumbled upon a problem though, in pag. ...
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Need help understanding Peskin&Schroeder QFT

I don't understand (19.73) in Peskin & Schroeder Introduction to QFT \begin{eqnarray} \sum_n \phi^{\dagger}_n(x) \gamma^5 \phi_n(x) &=& \lim_{M \rightarrow \infty} \sum_n ...
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Error in setting $m_{proton} = m_{neutron}$

Is the following reasoning correct, I'm doing mostly relativistic calculations so basically all masses come in squares. Suppose I have some expression that contains both the proton and the neutron ...
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What are the zero point energy densities of the individual quantum fields?

I'm reading through "General Relativity - An Introduction for Physicists", by Hobson, Efstathiou, and Lasenby, and I have a question regarding one of the statements related to the cosmological ...
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How to find the number of distinct contraction cases in Wick's Theorem?

Let $\mathcal{G}^8_{un}:=(t_1,t_2,t_1'^3,t_2'^3)=\langle 0 \mid T[Q_{un}(t_1)Q_{un}(t_2)Q(t_1')^3Q(t_2')^3] \mid 0 \rangle_{un}$ We want to use Wicks theorem to write this function as the sum of ...
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What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories?

What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories? Any references to books or papers that give categorical descriptions of any of the common grand unified theories would be ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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Charge conservation in the complex Klein-Gordon Field

This is an extremely naive question (based on a knowledge of chapter 2 of peskin and schroeder) so apologies for any things that seem obvious. The complex scalar field, when quantized, has a conserved ...
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Why don't we have logarithms or exponentials of the fields in the Lagrangians?

All tbe Lagrangian densities I have seen have always been polynomials of the fields. Is this a coincidence or is there a reason forbid, say, Lagrangians with logarithms or exponentials of the fields?
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Photons and EM Fields

I started learning the basic ideas of QFT in an intuitive manner ( withouth any math, only with mental videos and pictures ) some days ago, and i'm finding it completely beautiful [ the idea of ...
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What is meant by the term “single particle state”

In a lot of quantum mechanics lecture notes I've read the author introduces the notion of a so-called single-particle state when discussing non-interacting (or weakly interacting) particles, but none ...
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Scattering Amplitude Not Invariant under Little Group?

I am trying to make sense of scattering amplitude recently. In some literature people say that if some number of massless particles collide together, one can theoretically express the scattering ...
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Connections between Density Matrix Renormalization Group and Conformal Field Theory

Can we use the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method to understand problems in conformal field theory? I have been trying to find some connections, but nothing is coming up when I search. ...
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Where does this hyperbolic tangent in Nakahara's text come from?

I don't see why the term with $\tanh$ appears in the equation 1.164 The textbook is the second edition of Geometry, Topology and Physics
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Is $SU(2)$ really broken by the Higgs VEV or just hidden?

It's generally stated in the textbooks that whent the Higgs field acquires a certain vev the corresponding symmetry is spontaneously broken. For example in A. Zee - QFT in a Nutshell: But none of ...
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Chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetal

In the presence of electromagnetic fields $E$ and $B$, four current is not conserved in a Weyl semimetal i.e. $\partial_{\mu} j^{\mu}\propto E\cdot B \neq 0$. There are some proofs in the literature ...
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Explanation on anticommutation relations

Setup Given two states: $|K\rangle=a_i^+a_j^+|\rangle$ and $|L\rangle=a_k^+a_l^+|\rangle$. Evaluating the overlap: $\langle K|L\rangle=\langle|a_ja_ia_k^+a_l^+|\rangle$ Introducing: ...
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Why does trying to remove a non-existing electron from a state give zero?

Setup Creating an electron that is already in a basis set is zero (Pauli's principle): \begin{equation} a_i^+ | \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots \chi_l \rangle = | \chi_i \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots ...
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Why should Ward identities only be used with the effective action (as opposed to the generating functional for connected diagrams)?

My question is about the derivation of Ward identities. I will sketch it here in the case of an O(N) symmetric model and point out what it bothering me when I am done. I am being very sloppy with the ...
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Situation after Saini & Stojkovic's paper on unitarity in gravitational collapse and non-formation of black holes?

In their paper, Anshul Saini and Dejan Stojkovic [1] claimed that by calculations it is possible to demonstrate that in a gravitational collapse of a disk, an event horizon is never made for a far ...
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How many quantum fields are there?

I'm just an aficionado, but my understanding is that in QFT, the photon is an excitation of the electromagnetic field, the electron is an excitation of the electron field, and so on. Is there a ...
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Phenomena in the intersection of general relativity and quantum mechanics

I am looking for physical phenomena that have aspects involving both general relativity and quantum mechanics. The only example I know is Hawking radiation. While black holes are objects that cannot ...
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QFT calculations via holographic duality

Holographic duality tells us that there is a duality between anti-deSitter space and lower dimensional conformal field theory. However, what quantum phenomenon, exactly, can we calculate using the ...
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Ground state for interacting field thoeries

Are there references where the ground state of an interacting quantum field theory is explicitly written in terms of states of the underlying free theory? For example, let us suppose to have a self ...
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About states, observables and the wave functional interpretation in QFT with gauge fields

First of all, I'm a mathematician, so forgive me for my possible trivial mistakes and poor knowledge of physics. In a QFT, we just start with a field (scalar, vectorial, spinorial, gauge etc), so I ...
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Temperature and Renormalization Scale in QFT

A particle physicist told me that everything in Peskin & Schroder is at zero temperature, and once you consider finite-$T$ QFT, things become more complicated. Meanwhile, I sometimes see people ...
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How GR, QFT, or string theory address the one-directional feature of time?

It seems to me today's theoretical relativistic physics treat time and space on equal footing, with manifold diffeomorphism structure decoded in metric. However an obvious difference is that time is ...
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Why is it correct to estimate divergences by the cutoff in QFT?

Let's say we have a linear divergence in a quantum field theory. The way to deal with this infinite quantum correction is to go through the whole process of renormalization. However, quite often, ...
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How do you prove that $L=I-V+1$ in $\lambda\phi^4$ theory?

It is known that the number of loops in $\lambda\phi^4$ theory is given by the formula $$L=I-V+1$$ where $L$ is the number of loops, $I$ the number of internal lines and $V$ the number of vertices. ...
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Why is the strong CP term $ \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} G_{\mu \nu}^a \tilde{G}^{a, \mu \nu}$ never considered for $SU(2)$ or $U(1)$ interactions?

The Lagrangian one would write down naivly for QCD is invariant under CP, which is in agreement with all experiments. Nevertheless, if we add the term \begin{equation} \theta \frac{g^2}{32 \pi^2} ...
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How can one prove that there cannot exist a conformal primary, in the case of free field theory, that doesn't saturate the unitarity bound?

In free field theory, the full list of conformal primaries, is given by the Twist-2 operators. These have $\Delta = l+2$, which is also the saturation condition for the unitarity bound for $l \neq 0$. ...
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Do electrons oscillate into muons just like electron-neutrinos into muon-neutrinos?

And if not, why? What is the difference to neutrinos oscillations?
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What's the phenomenon where it looks like more particles exist at relativistic speeds?

From the perspective of an observer moving close to the speed of light, the surrounding environment has very high energy which leads to pair production. What is the name of this phenomenon? I can't ...
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Pion decay exercise in Griffiths books

I have questions about pion decay problem. In Griffith "Introduction to Elementary Particles" 1st edition, 1987, question number 10.10 : Analyze $\pi^-$ decay as a scattering process, using the ...
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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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Are there any in depth superfluid mechanic analyses of spacetime?

Has there been much work done that treats particles as vortexes in a fluid, or dark matter as bubbles in this fluid (bending space in the same way massive particles (vortexes) are observed to do, but ...
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Topological term under electron-electron interaction

By integrating out fermions in gapped Dirac Hamiltonian, one can obtain a topological term for topological insulator. Why there is no further correction to this term when electron-electron interaction ...
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Non-relativistic QFT Lagrangian for fermions

Take the ordinary Hamiltonian from non-relativistic quantum mechanics expressed in terms of the fermi fields $\psi(\mathbf{x})$ and $\psi^\dagger(\mathbf{x})$ (as derived, for example, by A. L. Fetter ...
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using tetrads to glue local currents into global currents

According to John Baez it is possible to take a locally conserved tensor $\nabla_\mu\: T^{\mu\nu}(x)=0\ \ \ \ \ \mbox{(locally)}$ and convert it to a globally conserved tensor by "patching" ...
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Hamiltonian linearly proportional to momentum

In this question, it is discussed why, in Lagrangians we usually stick to first derivatives and quadratic terms we never see higher derivatives. The selected answer shows that, if a Lagrangian $L(q, ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the automorphism on bounded operators induced by an S matrix?

In a QFT, the S-matrix $S$ is a unitary operator, that fixes the vacuum and commutes with the unitary operators implementing the action of the Poincare group on an appropriate Hilbert space $H$. ...
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What is the difference between Fermi golden rule and Wigner-Weisskopf theory?

What is the difference between Fermi golden rule and Wigner-Weisskopf theory? They both deal with the spontaneous emission process. So what is the difference? As far as I know, the fermi golden rule ...
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Why do the $u$ and $d$ quark not have an associated quantum number?

All the other quarks ($c$,$s$,$b$ and $t$) have quantum numbers of charmness, strangeness, bottomness and topness that are conserved in strong interactions. This allows, among other things, flavour ...
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Does Peskin & Schroeder Eq. (4.26), $U(t_1,t_2)U(t_2,t_3) = U(t_1,t_3)$ imply $[H_0,H_{int}] = 0$?

Peskin & Schroeder equation (4.17) define the operator, \begin{equation} U(t,t_{0})~=~e^{i(t-t_{0})H_{0}}e^{-i(t-t_{0})H} \tag{4.17} \end{equation} where $$H~=~H_0+H_{\text{int}}\tag{4.12}$$ is ...
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Dirac Current Spectral Representation

I'm reading Strocchi's book on The Non-Perturbative Foundations of Quantum Field Theory. In the chapter concerning point-splitting regularization, where the free Dirac current is defined as follows ...
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Perturbation theory : quadratic external field

I'm trying to derive the explicit form of S-matrix of an interaction Hamiltonian $$H' = \frac{1}{2} \lambda \left[ \int d^3 x \rho({\vec x}) \phi({\vec x}, t)\right]^2\tag{1}$$ Even though the ...
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Path integral in quantum mechanics

I am confused by the derivation in Srednicki QFT's chapter 6 from (6.8) to (6.9). In (6.8), we have $$<q'',t''|q',t'>~=~\int DqDp \exp[i\int_{t'}^{t''}dt(p\dot{q}-H(p,q))],\tag{6.8}$$ and ...
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Do cosmic strings or global monopoles interact with magnetic field?

Does anyone know any phenomenon that shows the interaction between cosmic strings or global monopoles with magnetic field? I looked for that in Vilenkin and Shellard's book but, as I'm not a ...
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How to tell the order of a Feynman diagram?

How can we know the order of a Feynman diagram just from the pictorial representation? Is it the number of vertices divided by 2? For example, I know that electnro-positron annihilaiton is first ...
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Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the (non-relativistic) $U(1)$ gauge theory under the unitarity gauge

On Page 138, Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons by Xiaogang Wen, when he demonstrates the Anderson-Higgs mechanism for the $U(1)$ ...