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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What is the axial current?

The axial current is defined as $$j^\mu_5 = \bar{\psi} \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \psi.$$ This quantity is important when studying anomalies. Explicitly working out components, the axial current is just the ...
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Decay width in 2 & 3 body decays, calculating momentum integrals

I'm considering a toy model with two types of scalar particles, one massive $(\Phi)$ and one massless $(\phi)$ with an interaction of the form $$L_{int}=-\lambda \phi\phi\Phi$$ I'm interested in a ...
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Feynman rules from interaction Lagrangian with electromagnetic tensor (vertex)

I am currently studying for my QFT exam and in particular learning the methods of reading the Feynman rules directly off the Lagrangian. However, I'm still a bit uncertain how to deal with ...
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Confusion over trying to understand spinor components

I've been reading about the quantisation of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ and it is stated that the general solution to the Dirac equation $(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m)\psi(x)=0$ is given by the ...
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Replica trick for calculating Entanglement Entropy?

This is probably a simple question. Von Neumann entropy is defined to be $$S_A=-tr_A\rho_A \log\rho_A$$. And it's said that it can be calculate from the "Replica trick": $$S_A=\lim_{n\to 1}\frac{tr_A ...
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Why is the symmetric phase in a Bose gas not superfluid?

In the theory of superfluidity in weakly interacting Bose gases, one finds that in the symmetric phase the exctitations have the dispersion relation $\omega = \frac{k^2}{2m}-\mu$ with gap ...
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can different force fields interfere (create interference patterns)

Edit: I have rewritten the question for clarity. I know waves of photons can interfere eachother. What about if you mixed waves of photos with w and z bosons? What about gravitons (if they exist) ...
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$\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang Mills propagators

In $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang mills there are only massless particles. If one wishes to obtain a heavy quark one can see the SYM theory as a stack of (N+1)-branes in AdS$_5 \times$S$^5$ where one ...
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Obtaining the $s,t,u$ Feynman diagrams by Wick contraction

Consider a real scalar field described through the following lagrangian $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} \partial_{\mu} \phi \partial^{\mu} \phi - \frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 - \frac{g}{3!}\phi^3$$ The second ...
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Why is the bosonic Casimir force attractive while the fermionic CF is repulsive?

Why is the bosonic Casimir force (CF) attractive while the fermionic CF is repulsive? I looked up for many papers and books but all are focused on boundary conditions. I didn't find any conceptual ...
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How to find propagator from Lagrangian at a glance?

If I have a Lagrangian in momentum space of the form $$ \mathcal{L} = W_\mu^{ \dagger}(p)f(p)^{\mu \nu}W_\nu(p) $$ how is the propagator for the field related to the function $f(p)$ (e.g. is it ...
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Physical Relevance of Classical Limit to QFT's

We know the physical relevance of the classical limit of quantum mechanics quite well. However, if I take the classical limit of a quantum field theory, the answer is not so clear. Suppose I take the ...
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What is the relationship between BRST symmetry and gauge symmetry?

As far as i know the BRST symmetry is an infinitesimal (and expanded) version of gauge symmetry. Recently I read the following: "when QFT was reformulated in fiber bundle language for application to ...
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Relation between Borchers class and the LSZ formula on S-matrix equivalence

It seems well known that different quantum fields can give rise to the same $S$-matrix. I know of two ways this is described. The first is through the Borchers class of relatively local fields, i.e. ...
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How do derivative couplings affect canonical quantization?

Consider a Lagrangian for a scalar field $\phi$ with an interaction term $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial^2 \phi)^2 \phi.$$ Here I'm suppressing all indices for brevity. Now, this is just a ...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see ...
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Why representations instead of just groups?

This question is essentially asking for a clarification on what has already been said in this one. What I don't understand is why it is the representations that are important in Quantum Field Theory ...
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What is the Green's function of the Klein-Gordon equation with a variable mass?

Usually, the Klein-Gordon equation's propagator is calculated with a constant mass. But what if the mass is a variable? That is, $$ (-\partial^2 + m(x)^2)G(x, y) = \delta^4(x-y)$$ where $m(x)$ is a ...
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Mean free path in QFT

I'm trying to understand the hydrodynamic approximation of a general QFT when the large $k$ and $\omega$ DOF have been integrated out i.e that at highly enough temperature every non-trivial QFT ...
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Poincare representations for interacting field theory

I was going through Rudolf Haag's memoir http://link.springer.com/article/10.1140%2Fepjh%2Fe2010-10032-4 and came across these lines: '..in quantum field theory (or for any system of interacting ...
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Equation for Electric and Magnetic field from the equation for a “massive photon”

I was reading the Quantum Field Theory book by Maggiore. There he says that in side a superconductor the photon satisfies the equation $$(\Box+m^2)A_\mu=0$$ Then he adds that the electric field and ...
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Running coupling, effective potential and the stability of vacuum

Consider the potential $$V(\phi)=\frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2+\lambda\phi^4$$ where $\phi=\phi(t,\textbf{x})$ is a real scalar field. Let, $\mu^2<0$ and $\lambda>0$ then the potential is bounded from ...
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2->2 scattering, Lorentz invariance phase space, Schwartz Eq5.29

In Schwartz Sec. 5.1.2, he explains 2->2 scattering in the center-of-mass frame. In Eq. 5.27 he gives: $$ d\Pi _{\text{LIPS}}=\frac{1}{16 \pi ^2}d\Omega \int dp_f \frac{\delta ...
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What is the problem with quantizing GR in the Effective Field Theory approach?

In the modern view due to Wilson, the cut-off $\Lambda$ is an intrinsic property of a theory and renormalization just means that the theory is invariant under scale transformations below $\Lambda$. ...
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1-Loop Mass Splitting of vector-like Fermions

In this paper the author argues that for a vector-like fermion doublet, with degenerate mass $M$ at tree level, we always have a mass splitting between the charged component of the doublet $L$ and the ...
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Quantization of free real scalar massless field in 2d

Is there a reference to literature where one explicitly constructs quantization of the free real scalar massless field in the 2-dimensional space-time? In particular, how the propagator looks like? ...
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Why do we need to build photon colliders? Since electron-position colliders are very “clean”

What's the advantage of gamma-gamma colliders? What new physics can be done with it? Reference: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/pubs/beamline/26/1/26-1-kim.pdf
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Estimate the threshold for $e^+e^-$ production due to the vacuum instability in an atom.

When a nucleus with very high $Z$ is created, the binding energy of the innermost electronic orbit becomes sufficient to create $e^+e^-$ pairs. The pair can be created out of the vacuum – the electron ...
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Questions about the beta function in QFT

When someone defines $\beta(g)=\mu\frac{dg}{d\mu},\quad (1)$ he is implicitly assuming that the result of the rhs of this equation can be written only in terms of $g$ instead of $\mu$, which is not ...
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Why is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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Spin state after boost

I am working through Weinberg's QFT book, and in problem 1 in chapter 2 I ran into copious amounts of algebra, so I am trying to "cheat" a little by using some assumptions, but am unsure of their ...
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Srednicki - computing divergent piece of loop integral

I was reading through Srednicki and didn't quite understand one of the paragraphs in Section $51$ on loop corrections in the Yukawa theory on P.$322$. It's the fermion loop correction to the local ...
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Probability of finding vacuum?

Consider a real scalar quantum field $\varphi (x)$, interacting with a classical real scalar field $J(x)$ : $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial \varphi)^2 - \frac{m^2}{2} \varphi^2 + \varphi J$$ ...
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Degrees of freedom of quantum scalar field

In Srednicki P33, we tried to generalize the time evolution equation in Heisenberg picture: $$ e^{+iHt/\hbar}\varphi(\mathbf x, 0)e^{-iHt/\hbar}=\varphi(\mathbf x, t) $$ into relativistic form: $$ ...
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A box loop-integral [closed]

I am trying to evaluate the integrate $$ \int\frac{d^Dk}{(2 \pi)^D} \frac{1}{(k^2)^2(k^2-m^2)} $$ using dimensional regularisation ($D=4-2\epsilon$). From various references it appears that it should ...
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Problem understanding electromagnetic interaction with matter (non-relativistic QED)

I'm having trouble understanding the interaction of radiation with matter in (elementary non-relativistic QED) in Coulomb gauge ($\nabla\cdot\boldsymbol{A}=0$). We saw how to quantize the free ...
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Photon one (odd) point function in QED

In Peskin's QFT textbook, when discussing the superficial divergence of loops in QED, the book says (page 317): "To analyse the photon one-point function,note that the external photon must be ...
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The energy of dual boundary field in AdS/CFT

In AdS/CFT, when the spacetime is a planar AdS black hole with dimension ($d+1$), the corresponding energy of boundary field theory is proportional to the black hole mass parameter. For example when ...
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S-matrix element

I'm confused with the relation between the fully resummed propagator in a given QFT and the corresponding S-matrix element. According to the LSZ reduction formula ($\phi^4$ theory for definiteness ...
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How to write the second quantization form of spin-orbit coupling(Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction)?

Spin orbit coupling is the single particle term, so the second quantization form can be written like:$\langle \alpha\sigma|s\cdot(\nabla V\times P)|\beta\sigma'\rangle ...
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Momentum Twistor variables and non-planar theory

I know that the use of twistur-momentum variables makes manifest the arising of certain poles in scattering amplitudes: if the sum of external momenta $P_I = p_i + p_{i+1} + ... + p_j$ is going ...
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Vacuum expectation value for 2 point fermionic field

I was trying to compute $\langle 0|T(\psi_\alpha(x)\bar\psi_\beta(y))|0 \rangle$, i.e., the 2-point function for the Dirac field. While, I could easily compute, $\langle ...
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Classical field limit of the electron quantum field

In order to recover classical electromagnetic fields from the quantum electromagnetic field, we consider coherent states of the form $$\exp \left(\int d\vec{r}\, \vec{A}(\vec{r}) ...
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The scale anomaly and dependence on scale

The scale anomaly states that if we have renormalizable theory without dimensionful function, which is scale invariant, then corresponding quantum theory may lost this symmetry because of ...
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Hermitian properties of Dirac operator

I am trying to understand the Hermiticity of the (massless) Dirac operator in both (flat) Minkowski space and Euclidean space. Let us define the Dirac operator as $D\!\!\!/=\gamma^\mu D_\mu$, where ...
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Nambu notation and the Majorana bound state

In celebrated work of Fu and Kane they show appearance of Majorana bound state thanks to presence of superconductor and surface states of topological insulator. They write Hamiltonian $H = ...
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Why do the masses of decay products affect the branching ratio?

Consider a particle $P$ of mass $100m$ (where $m$ is some unit). It can decay into either of two particle-antiparticle pairs: $P\to P_1\bar{P}_1$ with branching ratio $BR_1$, where $P_1$ has mass ...
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I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. Is it equivalent? [duplicate]

I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. First method: Use LSZ reduction formula $$\langle p_1\cdots p_m;out|k_1\cdots k_n;in\rangle=\big(\frac{i}{\sqrt{Z}}\big)^{n+m}\int ...
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Why is conformal field theory so important?

I just started escaping the world of quantum mechanics and looking to study quantum field theory. I heard of AdS/CFT and also heard that CFT is of much importance. Now I do not get why having ...