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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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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Eikonal approximation in QFT

Does the eikonal approximation for calculating a scattering amplitude in QFT provide the exact result in the limit of $s\rightarrow\infty$ at finite $t=0$ ($s$ and $t$ are the usual Mandelstam ...
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What justifies the dependence of the coupling renormalization constant in the dimensional regularization regulator?

I wanna clarify some issues about renormalization in the $\bar{MS}$ scheme that I glossed over when I first learnt about this stuff. I am following http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.7853 section 3.1. The ...
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Non-covariance of the higher rank propagator (from Weinberg's QFT textbook)

In chapter 6.2 of Weinberg's QFT Vol.1, he gave the general form of Wick contractions of all possible fields(scalar, spinor, vector, etc.), he showed ...
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Conservation of BRST current in QED

I am trying to understand the conservation of the BRST current in QED but am having some trouble. This is what I have so far, QED lagrangian density in Lorenz gauge is, $$L = ...
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What is a soft photon?

I accidentally came across the words "soft photon" today after reading a few blogs. There was some discussion of special situations involving gauge redundancies and a theorem by Weinberg. What is a ...
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Why do the different lepton generations have different masses?

I've been reading Mark Srednicki's book on Quantum Field Theory, and toward the end (Chapter 88), he describes how the different generations of leptons acquire mass via Yukawa interactions. However, ...
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Preference of Chirality

I was interested to see that , $$ \gamma^5 \psi = \psi_R - \psi_L $$ By the definition of chirality projection operator and that $\psi = \psi_R + \psi_L$. since $\gamma^5 \psi$ pops up a lot in ...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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SUSY Multiplets

Why is it that in vector supermultiplets, the left and right chiral components of the gauginos must transform in the same representations of all gauge groups, i.e a chiral theory for such fermions is ...
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Magnetic field of rotating capacitor [duplicate]

Does the rotating charged capacitor (both plates) produce magnetic field? and what about rotating both plates in opposite directions?
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How could we describe the electric bound state like hydrogen by QED? [duplicate]

We can solve the Schrodinger equation for the Hamiltonian operator from the classical Hamiltonian of hydrogen bound state, consisting of proton and electron attracting each other electrodynamically, ...
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Why do we assume local conformal transformations are symmetries in 2D CFT

The global conformal group in 2D is $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. It consists of the fractional linear transforms that map the Riemann sphere into itself bijectively and is finite dimensional. However, when ...
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Deriving the Spinor Completeness Relation without using a Representation

Reference: DAMTP problem set 3, question 5 but ignore the spinor solutions given. To preface, this has taken up 1 entire day and a further 2 afternoons of work so I will just list the most promising ...
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Heisenberg Representation of Dirac Equation Quantization

I am wondering exactly how to apply the following method to the Dirac equation (and even electromagnetism if it is easy to type up). It is a method of deriving the momentum-space Hamiltonian without ...
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Stimulated Emission in QED

The explanations of stimulated emission which I have found all describe the phenomenon in terms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. How might you describe it in a field theory such as QED? In ...
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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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Completeness Relations of Polarization Vectors in QCD

What are the completeness relations of the polarization vectors of (external) particles in QCD amplitude calculation? (I assume the polarization vectors depend on the gauge and even so still have some ...
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The Origins of the Second Quantization

I've been studying quantum theory for a while now and have a number of closely related questions that are not giving me any peace. I am not sure if such a long format is appropriate here, but I'd like ...
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Physical meaning of partition function in QFT

When we have the generating functional $Z$ for a scalar field \begin{equation} Z(J,J^{\dagger}) = \int{D\phi^{\dagger}D\phi \; \exp\Big[{\int L+\phi^{\dagger}J(x)+J^{\dagger}(x)}\phi\Big]}, ...
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What force prevents particles from penetrating other particles?

I understand that what prevents objects from penetrating each other is the electromagnetic force between the electrons in the respective objects. But if we don't have electrons, for example a proton. ...
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Gauge mediated SUSY breaking

I have seen it claimed that in SUSY gauge mediated breaking there can be no flavour changing terms because the mediation is flavour blind. What does this mean and how does it work?
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How does SUSY avoid to create non-Lorentz interactions?

A three-legs fermion interaction or boson absorbing a fermion are things we do not see in QFT because the corresponding terms in the Lagrangian are not Lorentz invariant. But in susy, naively, such ...
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Lagrangian derivation of Thomson scattering cross section (ie photon-electron)

Does anyone know a quick way to obtain the classical Thomson scattering scattering cross section (for photons scattering on electrons) from quantum mechanics/quantum field theory, avoiding the lengthy ...
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What is the physical interpretation of second quantization?

One way that second quantization is motivated in an introductory text (QFT, Schwartz) is: The general solution to a Lorentz-invariant field equation is an integral over plane waves (Fourier ...
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Is a lagrangian with a background field interaction renormalizable ? If yes, when?

Consider the Lagrangian, $$ L = -\partial_{\mu} \chi \partial_{\nu} \chi^{\dagger} - m^2 \chi \chi^{\dagger} + g\chi \chi^{\dagger}\phi,$$ where $\phi$ is a background field and $\chi$ is a complex ...
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Casimir forces and its associated Feynman propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Why treat complex scalar field and its complex conjugate as two different fields?

I am new to QFT, so I may have some of the terminology incorrect. Many QFT books provide an example of deriving equations of motion for various free theories. One example is for a complex scalar ...
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Transformation properties of $2 \times 2$ matrix involving Pauli matrices

Suppose the vector $\phi$ transforms under $SU(2)$ as: $$\phi' = (\exp(-i \alpha \cdot t))_{ij}\phi_j,$$ where $(t_j)_{kl} = −i \epsilon_{jkl}$ and $j, k, l \in \left\{1, 2, 3\right\}.$ Based on ...
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Lie groups with same algebra

I had a problem when considering symmetry breaking in an SO(4) gauge theory: $\mathcal{L} = \left| D_\mu\phi \right|^2$ where $D_\mu$ is the SO(4) covariant derivative. Then assuming there is some ...
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Does massive particle really move at speed of light? [closed]

According to this answer I understood that particles with mass also move at speed of light but interaction with higgs field make this movement zigzag. So average speed is below speed of light. But I ...
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Contour integral of the retarded Klein Gordon propagator

I've been trying to prove by hand the Peskin's formula for the retarded propagator of the Klein Gordon equation, that is, $$\int_{x^0 > y^0} \frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{-e^{-ip(x-y)}}{i(p^2 - ...
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Quantum field theory: zero vs. finite temperature

I have recently been made aware of the concept of thermal field theory, in which the introductory statement for its motivation is that "ordinary" quantum field theory (QFT) is formulated at zero ...
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Has anyone studied anomalous supersymmetry?

In this paper (and others), the authors study a supersymmetric model where the supercharge suffers an ABJ anomaly. Has anyone studied a supersymmetry with a 't Hooft anomaly (gauging the ...
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Bilinears in adjoint representation

Below are two statements from my notes and I am trying to verify them explicitly. In both cases the fields are assumed to transform under the fundamental representation of $O(N)$ - --'The kinetic ...
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Do Standard Model Yukawa couplings depend on the gauge choice?

In the standard model and the Unitary gauge, we write the Higgs field as $ \phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ v + H \end{pmatrix}$ and the Yukawa couplings (leaving out the neutrino ...
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Cutoff-dependent “inverse propagator” for renormalization

In Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, when introducing mass renormalization, he calculates the "inverse propagator" for a $\phi^4$ scalar field theory to order $\lambda^2$ by considering the two diagrams shown: ...
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Gradient involved commutator in $\phi^4$ theory

In a phi fourth theory, the Hamiltonian density is: $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2+\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$$ Now I impose the usual equal time ...
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Is Lorentz invariant differential measure arbitrary?

In Srednicki, we chose a function $f(\mathbf k)$ to make $d^3\mathbf k/f(\mathbf k)$ Lorentz invariant. The way to do this is to first start from a 4 dimensional measure and multiply it by a Dirac ...
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How to apply the Faddeev-Popov method to a simple integral

Some time ago I was reviewing my knowledge on QFT and I came across the question of Faddeev-Popov ghosts. At the time I was studying thеse matters, I used the book of Faddeev and Slavnov, but the ...
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Gravity modeled by warping of spacetime or by field field theory?

I've recently read "Fields of Color" by Rodney Brooks who states that there are currently two ways of understanding the phenomenon of gravity. One involves a warping of 4D spacetime a la Einstein, ...
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Counterterm Lagrangian and Renormalisation?

I am going through the notes on QFT by M. Srednicki (online: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html), and I am having a hard time to understand the "renormalised" Lagrangian. Consider a ...
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Why would renormalization be necessary without divergent integrals? [duplicate]

Weinberg uses the LSZ reduction formula to introduce field renormalization,and on page 441, he says: As this discussion should make clear: the renormalization of masses and fields has nothing to ...
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Is the Noether charge always a Hermitian operator?

Noether's theorem tells us that to every continuous symmetry of the Lagrangian there corresponds a conserved current $j^\mu$. From the time component of this current, we can then define the Noetherian ...
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Electroweak instanton calculations

Consider an electroweak instanton in a model beyond the Standard Model with explicit baryon plus lepton number ($B+L$) violation. This instanton decays into nine quarks $q$ and three leptons $l$, ...
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Polarization vectors in Quantum Electric Field

The quantum electric field is written as, \begin{equation} \mathbf{E}(\mathbf{r})=i\sum_{\mathbf{k},\lambda}\sqrt{\frac{\hbar \omega}{2 V ...
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Is there some special case where a fermion can mediate a force?

Looking at the comments of this questions Does the gravitino contribute to the gravitational interaction? and even considering that the answers here in this other question Why are all force particles ...
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A question on using Fourier decomposition to solve the Klein Gordon equation

Given the Klein Gordon equation $$\left(\Box +m^{2}\right)\phi(t,\mathbf{x})=0$$ it is possible to find a solution $\phi(t,\mathbf{x})$ by carrying out a Fourier decomposition of the scalar field ...
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relation between operator and matrix

Recall that in quantum mechanics, the three components of s of a spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particle satisfied the anticommute relation: $$ \{s^i, s^j\}=\delta^{ij} $$ and we could parametrize the operators ...
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One-Loop Yukawa RGEs

I'm currently trying to understand how one can write the one-loop RGEs for the Yukawa couplings using the general formula: One example I'm interested in is how the author derives, using this ...