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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Normal Ordering the $\phi^4$ interaction

I am trying to quantize the quartic potential $\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^{4}$ in a box of side length $L$, with periodic boundary conditions. I have expanded the field ...
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Total angular momentum in QFT

Can anyone show explicitly how the QFT total angular momentum operator $$\hat{\vec{J}} = - i \int \frac{d^3p}{(2 \pi)^3} \hat{a}^{\dagger}_{\vec{p}} ( \vec{p} \times \nabla_{\vec{p}}) ...
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Angular momentum operator in terms of ladder operators

I wanted to show that the angular momentum of the particle state with zero momentum $| \vec{0} \rangle$ is $0$, that is to say the intrinsic spin of a scalar field is $0$ using a mode expansion. ...
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Number operator in quantum field theory?

The number operator, counting the number of quanta is defined as follows: $$ N = \int \frac{d^3 p}{(2\pi)^3} \hphantom{ii} a^{\dagger}_pa_p$$ with the momentum eigenstates being defined as $\lvert ...
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Divergence in the total momentum opertator in QFT

The classical expression for the total momentum operator is $$P^{i} = -\int d^3x \, \pi(x) \, \partial_{i} \phi(x),$$ which, after second quantisation, using $$\hat{\phi}(x) = \int \frac{d^3k}{(2 ...
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What methods are there to deal with quantum spatiotemporal chaos?

By now, there has been enough grasp on quantum chaos for systems with a small number of degrees of freedom. The major tool used is periodic orbit theory to approximate the spectral distribution. Is ...
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Time-ordering in QFT

In Srednicki QFT page 37. In the derivation of LSZ reduction formula, he introduces the time-order operator $T$, so no time-dependent creation/annihilation operators are left in the transition ...
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What is a quantum field?

I'm just tasting a bit of QFT and want to get started. I got stuck right at the start: what is a quantum field, and how should I look at it? This question can be a follow up of the What is a field, ...
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In quantum field theory, are $\mathbf{x}$ and $\mathbf{p}$ still operators?

It might be a silly question, but it originates from taking expectation values of the field operators, such as $$\ \langle 0| \phi(x) | 0 \rangle ,$$ in which there will be terms like: $$ \langle 0| ...
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Superficial Degree of Divergence for Feynman Diagrams

The superficial degree of divergence for a diagram is defined as the power of $k$ in the nominator minus the power of $k$ in the denominator. It is written to be equal to $4\times$ ...
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Coupling of matter field with gauge boson and Goldstone boson:

What's the fundamental difference between the way a gauge boson gets coupled to a matter field, preferably a Fermionic field and the way a Goldstone boson gets coupled to the matter field ? In ...
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0+0 self interacting QFT - $ e^{-\sin^2 x}$ type integral — Bessel function expansion around infinity

In a physics paper (here) I found this variant of the Bessel function of the first kind. $$ \tag{1} Z(g) ~=~ \frac{1}{\sqrt{g}} \int_{-\frac{\pi}{2}}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} e^{-\frac{1}{2g} \sin^2 x} \, dx ...
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anomalous chiral symmetry and the $\bar\theta$ parameter

I am studying anomalous $U(1)$'s, related to the strong CP problem, and I have some trouble with the origin of the parameter $\bar{\theta}$. We start with the QCD Lagrangian with the topological ...
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Are the Møller wave operators $\Omega_\pm$ related to $\lim_{t\rightarrow\infty}U(t)$ from field theory?

When we want to compute correlation functions $\langle\Omega|\,T\hat{\phi}(x_1)\ldots|\Omega\rangle$ in an interacting quantum field theory, we relate it to the free-field objects $|0\rangle$ and ...
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Why does non-abelianity implies a single coupling constant?

Why does a theory described by a non-abelian group has only a single coupling constant $g$? While on the other hand in an abelian theory, as Electromagnetism, each charged particle has its own charge ...
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What's the physical or mathematical meaning of considering non-minimal coupling?

Why we still consider the case of non-minimal coupling? And I don't really understand the motivation of coupling. In general relativity, the non-minimal coupling violates the principle of ...
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QFT and violation of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In some QFT books is said that a free electron can emit a virtual photon as long as it reabsorbs the photon and returns to its original state within a time: $$\Delta t<\dfrac{\hbar}{2\Delta E}$$ ...
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Is there a well-defined partition function of 4d Yang-Mills?

So I've looked everywhere to find a resource on 4 dimensional Yang-Mills partition functions, but have only managed to find examples using supersymmetry. Is there a resource describing the partition ...
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Quantization conditions/ Real Scalar field

It is often written in books, the quantization conditions for classical field theory leading to Lagrangian of a real scalar field and thus to Klein Gordon equation. And these are introduced by ...
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Is there a soft Goldstino theorem?

For ordinary spontaneously broken symmetries, you can demonstrate relations between S-matrix elements with a soft goldstone emission and another S-matrix element without the emission. If I break ...
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Weinberg Chapter 19.5, pion scattering amplitude derivations

I've been reading through Weinberg's Chapter 19, and am somewhat confused about how he manages to derive equations 19.5.25 and 19.5.29, which read: ...
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Explicit demonstration of the relativistic invariance of the Weyl equation

It can be demonstrated explicitly that the Dirac equation is relativistically invariant. This is a proof (borrowed from Peskin & Schroder, see the unnumbered equation after the eqn. 3.31): ...
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Faster-than-$c$ photons

As far as I know, according to quantum field theory, there are some photons that go faster than c, which is the speed of light in vacuum. However, there seems to be a paper and a corresponding ...
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Do all the particles acquire mass in the Standard Model due to the Higgs mechanism only?

I know that a mass term for an intermediate boson is not compatible with the gauge symmetry. But in principle a mass term for the electron field does not violate a gauge symmetry. However to build an ...
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Scattering amplitude with on-shell virtual photon

Let's assume electron-electron scattering in QED in second order of perturbation theory. Then in the corresponding scattering amplitude there will appear photon propagator $$ D_{\mu \nu}(q = p_{i} - ...
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Are all fermions massless at high temperatures?

According to the standard model, the electroweak symmetry is unbroken at high temperatures, and therefore all gauge bosons are massless then. But since fermions are said to acquire mass by a different ...
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Derivation of the full generator of the Lorentz transformations

Let us study the subgroup of the Poincare group that leaves the point $x=0$ invariant, that is the Lorentz group. The action of an infinitesimal Lorentz transformation on a field $\Phi(0)$ is $L_{\mu ...
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What are some most advanced theories explaining why same charge repel, opposite charge attract? [duplicate]

It is the holidays with a lot to think about. One of the thing that I couldn't get out of my mind was something I read in Stephen Hawking's "Brief History of Time". In it, he described the repelling ...
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Why is it important that the vector current should be conserved in QED?

In Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by MD Schwartz in the chapter about the anomalies, he derives from the equation of motions and the Noether currents of a effective massless QED ...
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Lorentz transformations for scalar fields in QFT — Peskin and Schroder

I'm struggling to understand the following logic from Peskin and Schroeder, page 23: The book defines $$ |\vec{p} \rangle = \sqrt{2E_p} a^\dagger_p |0 \rangle $$ so that the inner product $\langle ...
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How does the Hawking Radiation mechanism cause a black hole to lose its mass? [duplicate]

Correct me if I am wrong: in the Hawking Radiation mechanism, when a virtual particle-antiparticle pair gets created at the edge of the black hole, a black hole could sometimes eat up one of the ...
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Heisenberg picture with creation annihilation operators

In the Schrodinger picture, states are time dependent and operators time-independent. So expected values look like: $\langle s_1,t|\hat{A}|s_1,t\rangle$. If we go over to the Heisenberg picture the ...
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A pedestrian explanation of Renormalization Groups - from QED to classical field theories

shortly after the invention of quantum electrodynamics, one discovered that the theory had some very bad properties. It took twenty years to discover that certain infinities could be overcome by a ...
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Why $D^{\mu} D^{\nu} F_{\mu \nu}=0$ ? (Noether Identity) [closed]

I have to show that: $$D^{\mu} D^{\nu} F^A_{\mu \nu}=0$$ vanish identically. This is the generalization to non Abelian groups of $\partial^{\mu} \partial^{\nu} F_{\mu \nu}=0$, apparently called ...
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What is a nucleon field?

A nucleon is either a proton or a neutron. A field is, as John Gribbin says, a physical quantity that has a value for each point in space and time. But what is meant by a nucleon field? Can anybody ...
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Is Romer's letter on our search for the elementary proof of the spin-statics theorem out of date today?

The following link provides a letter to the editor by Robert H. Romer who writes, In a 1994 "question" in this journal, Neuenschwander asked whether anyone had yet met Feynman’s challenge of ...
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Gell-Mann Low Theorem and Vacuum Energy

I know that the sum of vacuum bubbles can be related to the Vacuum energy, but I'm trying to understand how this follows from the Gell-Mann Low theorem/equation. My question will use equations from ...
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Making precise the statement “particles are excitations in a quantum field”

I've been trying to self teach QFT lately. I find that the basic physical idea makes sense, and I can keep up with the mathematical formalism without too much trouble, but I'm having trouble ...
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If a symmetry operator S in a QFT annihilates the vacuum, why does S preserve the space of 1-particle states?

In the paper "Supersymmetry and Morse Theory", on the third page (p. 663 in the journal version), Witten says: "Now in any quantum field theory if a symmetry operator (an operator which commutes ...
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Lorentz transformation - Bjorken & Drell

I'm trying to derive (14.25) in Bjorken & Drell (B&D) QFT. This is $$\tag{14.25}U(\epsilon)A^\mu(x)U^{-1}(\epsilon) = A^\mu(x') - \epsilon^{\mu\nu}A_\nu(x') + \frac{\partial ...
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Higher rank $\gamma$-matrix question

I read that the higher rank $\gamma$ matrices can be written as alternate commutators and anti-commutators. For example, the rank 3 gamma matrix can be written as $$\gamma^{123} = ...
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Topologically distinct Feynman diagrams

Are these two diagrams topologically distinct? I consider $\phi^4$ theory and use the minimal subtraction renormalization scheme. A vertex corresponding to counterterm $-\imath \frac{m^2 ...
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The gauge covariant derivative and its substitution

I was wondering wether it would make a difference (in general) if I were to were introduce the gauge covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu+ieA_\mu$$ In the Lagrangian density and then derive the ...
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Computing box diagrams with non-vanishing external momenta

I'm trying to explicitly compute the following box diagram in the Feynman-t'Hooft gauge: If I neglect the impulsion of the $s$ quark, then the final amplitude is given by $$\mathcal{A} \propto ...
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Is gravitational Chern-Simons action “topological” or not?

Here are the 2+1D gravitational Chern-Simons action of the connection $\Gamma$ or spin-connection: $$ S=\int\Gamma\wedge\mathrm{d}\Gamma + \frac{2}{3}\Gamma\wedge\Gamma\wedge\Gamma \tag{a} $$ $$ ...
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How do creation operators change with time in an interacting theory?

When studying the quantization of a field theory with free fields, the creation operators $a^\dagger(k)$ are independent of time. In an interacting theory, they are time-dependant, and therefore ...
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Time ordering, interaction Lagrangian calculation, QED

I am trying to compute $$ \langle 0| \, T\left\{\phi^\dagger(x_1) \phi(x_2) \exp \left[i \! \int{L_1(x) \, \mathrm{d}x} \right] \right\}|0 \rangle $$ for $$ L_1(x) = ...
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Fast and slow modes in renormalization group of nonlinear sigma model

A general nonlinear sigma model can be expressed as \begin{equation} S[g] = \frac{1}{\lambda} \int d^dr\ \text{tr}[\triangledown g\triangledown g^{-1}] \end{equation} where $g$ takes value in a matrix ...
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Can asymmetrical Lorentz forces account for Relativistic affects near the speed of light?

The underlying thought here is that at low relativistic speeds all objects are subjected to emf radiation from all directions. This is basically the sum of all the radiation (light, infra-red, ...
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...