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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Multiply creation operator by a phase factor

A basic question, but I'm not completely confident what I'm doing is legit. I can multiply a creation operator by an arbitrary phase factor and it doesn't change any physics. True? I have a ...
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Poincaré' lemma and EM potential $A^{\mu}$

My lecturer said that given the sourceless Maxwell's equations $$ \partial_{\mu}\, ^ *F^{\mu\nu} = 0 $$, we can find a solution $$ F^{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu},$$ that ...
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Why does not Bhabha scattering contain u-channel diagram?

$e^+e^-\rightarrow e^+e^-$ is called Bhabha scattering. Let us only consider the tree level Feynman diagrams of this process. Apparantly, there are s-channel and t-channel diagrams as shown in the ...
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Does the time ordering operator have a rigorous definition?

In quantum field theory, the time ordering operator (TOO) appears in the formal expressions for the scattering amplitudes. It acts upon a product of operators that each depends on time, and returns ...
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Going from width to cross section

Given the decay width of a process, $\Gamma(A\to B+C)$, is it possible to turn this around to find the production cross section, $\sigma(B+C\to A)$? Edit: In particular I have been thinking of ...
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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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Viability of a Fayet Iliopoulos term in the MSSM

Why is a Fayet-Iliopoulos term $-kD$ irrelevant or subdominant in the in the MSSM (Minimal Susy Standard Model)? According to Martin (A Supersymmetry Primer, p.70) it's because squarks and sleptons ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta ...
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Fock representation of a electromagnetic wave

Suppose an arbitrary classical (electromagnetic) wave package $E(x)$. What is its Fock space representation? I.e. I am looking for a state $| \psi \rangle$ such that $\langle \psi | \hat E(x) | \psi ...
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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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Why doesn't a renormalizable $\phi^4$ theory have odd diagrams?

I've been reading Zee's QFT textbook and trying to follow some lecture notes online whenever I can't grasp something. I really don't understand one thing regarding the renormalization of theories, ...
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What exactly is NASA's proposed mechanism for “propellantless” “EM Drive” propulsion? [duplicate]

Of course, this question runs perilously close to this site's prohibition against discussing non-mainstream physics. However, the accepted answer in meta about what is acceptable and what is not ...
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Correction to the residue in QED using $\overline{MS}$ contains IR divergence

I'm Calculating the next-to-leading orders in QED, but I'm using $\overline{MS}$ scheme, as known in $\overline{MS}$ the residue is no longer one and I have to calculate the correction to the residue ...
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Covariant commutation relations in Mandl and Shaw

In page 47 of Mandl and Shaw, the $\Delta$-function can be written as $$ \Delta(x) = \frac{-1}{(2 \pi)^3} \int \frac{d^3k}{\omega_k} \sin(kx) \tag{3.43} $$ and as equation $$ \Delta(x) = ...
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Point splitting technique in Pesking and Schroeder

One of the cornerstones of point splitting technique of calculating chiral anomaly (Peskin and Schroeder 19.1, p.655) is a symmetric limit $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$. And this is the point that I don't ...
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Can the Higgs condensate be described in terms of creation operators?

In superconductivity, the BCS condensate can be described in terms of 2 creation operators (the 2 electrons of the pair) acting on the vacuum. I'm wondering whether a similar description can be given ...
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What are instanton fugacities?

I have seen this term many times in various papers but I could not find anywhere a good explanation on what instanton fugacity is. Can you explain and provide some reference if possible please?
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Dropping creation/annihilation terms when quantising a field theory

There is something I don't understand in the procedure that is often done while quantising a field theory. Say, we have operators $a_k, a^{\dagger}_k, b_k, b^{\dagger}_k$ which obey the commutation ...
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Quantum to classical mapping: quantum criticality and path integral Monte Carlo

I'm trying to understand the connections between quantum models in d dimensions and classical models in (d+1) dimensions within two, possibly related, contexts: (i) in path integral monte carlo, the ...
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Wick rotation and spinors

I am quite familiar with use of Wick rotations in QFT, but one thing annoys me: let's say we perform it for treating more conveniently (ie. making converge) a functional integral containing spinors; ...
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QCD is able to reproduce the short range observations of deep inelastic scattering is it able to quantitatively explain quark confinement yet?

I tried to understand QCD a few years back but it was said that the force needed to confine quarks couldn't be calculated and was still in the process If a theory is so complicated that you need super ...
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If you are only interested in deriving Feynman diagrams can you skip path integrals and just compute greens functions?

I've been reading about the path integral approach to quantum field theory and I noticed that at the end you are just computing greens functions that you could have started computing in the beginning. ...
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Calculating $\mathrm{Tr}[\log \Delta_F]$

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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Majorana zero mode in quantum field theory

Recently, Majorana zero mode becomes very hot in condensed matter physics. I remember there was a lot of study of fermion zero mode in quantum field theory, where advanced math, such as index ...
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What is the difference between the Higgs Boson particle and an electron moving through the Higgs field?

I am watching a lecture by Sean Caroll titled "Particles, Fields, and the Future of Physics". I am not a physicist by any means but enjoy the subject in my spare time hoping to understand it. This ...
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Quantum Logic and Quantum Field Theory

Quantum Logic is a very interesting and powerful answer to the problem of Quantum Mechanics foundations. Nevertheless this approach is usually developed in a non-relativistic framework. Is it still ...
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In QCD mass is caused by gluons and in electroweak it is caused by the Higgs field which is it?

I am trying to understand mass. The Standard model contains an electroweak field where mass of everything comes from the Higgs field. The Standard model also contains Quantum Chromodynamics with a ...
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What is precisely the energy scale of a process?

Coupling constants run with the energy scale $\mu$. But what is exactly this energy scale. My question is, if I have a physical process, how do I compute $\mu$?
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Lorentz-invariance of step function

I was reading about the Lorentz invariant integration measure $\int \frac{d^3k}{2E_K}$, and ways to prove that this was Lorentz invariant. Many of the proofs I have read use the step function (or ...
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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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Experimentally realizable states for bosonic quantum fields

I would like to know which type of quantum states of a bosonic field, that have an explicit analytical expression as vectors/density matrices in a symmetric Fock space, can be prepared in an ...
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Computation of the partition function of a fermionic oscillator

I don't understand the following steps in the calculation of the partition function for a fermionic oscillator (Nakahara). The eigenvalues of the operator ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...
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Are electrons just incompletely evaporated black holes?

Imagine a black hole that is fast-approaching its final exponential throws of Hawking evaporation. Presumably, at all points in this end process there there will remain a region that identifiably ...
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Fermionic oscillator and Hurwitz zeta function

Good resources for calculating Partition function of the fermionic oscillator using the Hurwitz zeta function? I liked the way Nakahara explain this, but some parts are really tricky for me (e.g. the ...
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effective field theory of the projective semion model

The "projective semion" model was considered in http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.6491 (page 2). It is a symmetry enriched topological (SET) phase. There is one non-trivial anyon, a semion $s$ which induces a ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Economics… What [migrated]

I was reading this paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2002698&download=yes The author has the model presented here: ...
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How do I construct the $SU(2)$ representation of the Lorentz Group using $SU(2)\times SU(2)\sim SO(3,1)$ ?

This question is based on problem II.3.1 in Anthony Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (I'm reading this for fun- it isn't a homework problem.) Show, by explicit calculation, that ...
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Deriving effective model without integrating out degrees of freedom in path integral formalism?

In path integral formalism of quantum field theory (particle physics or condensed matter), one can in principle integrate out part of the degrees of freedom so as to attain an effective model ...
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The integral is zero! $\int \frac{\mathrm{d}^d k}{(2\pi)^d} = 0$

In using dimensional regularization in QFT calculations, one comes across integrals over propagators, they might look like $(d = \text{dimension of spacetime}, n = \text{a number})$ ...
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Why IR divergences cancel by cross sections of next-to-leading diagrams?

I was reading QFT & Standard Model by Schwartz, Chapter 20 which is about IR divergences. He says that IR divergences only cancel cross sections for processes involving different initial or ...
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Why are right hand neutrinos unaffected by all forces except gravity

I'm curious as to something I read on Berkeley's website. Does anyone happen to know why, according to this model,right hand neutrinos are unaffected by all forces except gravity? (Model taken from ...
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Understanding notation regarding particles states and wavefunctions

In the development in my notes of second quantisation I have a problem in understanding notation. We start by considering a basis $\psi_i(\mathbf{r})$ for the Hilbert space of single particle ...
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What exactly is regularization in QFT?

The question. Does there exist a mathematicaly precise, commonly accepted definition of the term "regularization procedure" in perturbative quantum field theory? If so, what is it? Motivation and ...
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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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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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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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QCD color factors from quark gluon vertices

The color factors in QCD tell us the relative strength of the coupling of a quark emitting a gluon, a gluon emitting a quark-antiquark pair or a gluon emitting two gluons. To calculate let them we ...