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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Gauge transformation of Lagrangian

Suppose I have a Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}(\phi^\mu,\sigma)$ depending on vector fields $\phi^\mu$ and their derivatives and a scalar field $\sigma$ and its derivatives. If I make a gauge ...
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A question about causality and Quantum Field Theory from improper Lorentz transformation

Related post Causality and Quantum Field Theory In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT p28, the authors tried to show causality is preserved in scalar field theory. Consider commutator $$ [ \phi(x), \phi(y) ...
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Is there a mistake in a QFT textbook?

I tried to calculate one of the problems in the textbook Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics by Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li. On page 248 you can find the following calculation of a loop ...
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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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Speed of light and virtual particles

After becoming extremely bored while studying for an Afrikaans exam, I started thinking about virtual particles. So, can light (photons) interact with virtual particles (even though they only exist ...
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Why is tree-level interaction between neutral scalar and photons non-renormalizable?

I've read that the decay of a neutral scalar particle into two photons, i.e., $$ S(p+q) \to \gamma(p) + \gamma(q) $$ can't happen via tree diagrams and instead is caused by loop diagrams (such as a ...
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Analytic continuation of imaginary time Greens function in the time domain

Consider the imaginary time Greens function of a fermion field $\Psi(x,τ)$ at zero temperature $$ G^τ = -\langle \theta(τ)\Psi(x,τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0) - \theta(-τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0)\Psi(x,τ) \rangle $$ ...
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Why does this proof show the gluon propagator comes from the first two terms?

I am reading the book "QCD: Renormalization for the Practitioner" and i am having trouble understanding something. In page 70 the gluon propagator is written as follows $$\begin{multline} ...
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Does a momentum-independent interaction not renormalize mass?

I recently had to calculate the effective mass to second-order in a momentum-independent interaction in a Fermi liquid, and I found that it was the same as the bare mass. What's more, the first-order ...
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Equivalence of delta functions when calculating decay rate [closed]

$\newcommand{\bs}{\boldsymbol}$ Hello, I'm currently working through the lecture notes of my Theoretical Particle Physics course, and there, we are calculating the decay rate of the following process ...
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Form of the S matrix for interacting scalar field [closed]

The solution for the equation $ S^{-1} c_k^{in} S = c_k^{in} + f_ k $ is S= $ exp(f_k^{*}c_k^{in} - f_kc_k^{in*})$. Here $c_k^{in}$ is an operator and $f_k$ is a c number. This is the equation for ...
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Vacuum has zero spin in Dirac theory

I have troubles trying to prove a statement made by Peskin-Schroeder in page 61, section 3.5 where he says that the "spin" operator $J_z$ given by the non numbered equation $$ J_z= \int d^3 x ...
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Could this model have soliton solutions?

We consider a theory described by the Lagrangian, $$\mathcal{L}=i\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu\Psi-m\bar{\Psi}\Psi+\frac{1}{2}g(\bar{\Psi}\Psi)^2$$ The corresponding field equations are, ...
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Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously?

Does anyone take the Wightman axioms seriously? Mainly with respect to quantum gravity or gauge theores, abelian or non-abelian? Anyone doing any research on axiomatization of QFTs in some way?
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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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Origin of the quark condensate VEV

Consider the QCD lagrangian : $$L_{QCD}=-\frac{1}{4}G^a_{\mu\nu}G^{a\mu\nu}+\sum\bar{\psi}_q(i\not{D}-m_q)\psi_q$$ Textbooks explain that this lagrangian is spontaneously broken by the VEV of quark ...
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Using the optical theorem to calculate the imaginary part of a loop diagram

I'm trying to calculate the imaginary part of this diagram in $\phi^4$ theory, using the optical theorem, and I'm having trouble. All of the examples I can find use the theorem to relate the ...
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Calculating imaginary part of a loop diagram using cutting rules for phi^4 theory [closed]

I'm trying to calculate the imaginary part of this diagram in $\phi^4$ theory, using the optical theorem, and I'm having trouble. The cutting rules seem to suggest that this diagram is equal to ...
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is there any molecular transition which emits a photon in certain direction

i know molecules having magnetic moment would be aligned in certain direction but do they emit photon in any certain direction when excited? are there any molecules which would emit photon in tthe ...
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Time evolution of generalized angular momentum operator

We define this operator : $$M^{\mu\nu} = \int d^3x~(x^{\mu}T^{0\nu} - x^{\nu}T^{0\mu})$$ where $T_{\mu\nu}$ is the energy momentum tensor (see e.g. Energy momentum tensor from Noether's theorem) ...
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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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Anomaly for Majorana fermion?

In 4-spacetime dimension, is there U(1) gauge field chiral anomaly associated with Majorana fermion (or I am not sure if it is equivalent, majorana representation)? Besides, I have read from several ...
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Why do we use Fourier transforms in QFT? [duplicate]

I ask this question, as someone has recently asked me this and I'm not sure I gave them a satisfactory/correct answer. I explained that in QFT we describe particles (and there interactions) in terms ...
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Identify for $f(\infty)+f(-\infty)$ in quantum field theory [duplicate]

In Matthew Schwartz's textbook, Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model, equation 14.68 on page 266 says the following: ...
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Translational versus dilatational zero modes?

Why are the zero modes of the SU(2) Yang Mills instanton referred to as translational or dilatational zero modes? Is this standard terminology?
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How to count the number of modes/polarizations of a Gaussian field theory?

A Gaussian (free) field theory is described by a quadratic action of the field, e.g. $S=\int\psi^\dagger K\psi$ (or $S=\frac{1}{2}\int\phi^\intercal K\phi$ for real fields). Usually one just need to ...
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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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Why does the Higgs field have less energy when it's non-zero than when it's zero?

Why does the Higgs field have less energy when it's non-zero than when it's zero? There are references to this question on the site, but they are too heavy going for me for a while yet. Anybody want ...
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Computations for Quantum Vacuum Fluctuations

For quite some time the notion of quantum vacuum fluctuations is bothering me. What exactly is the theoretical origin of this notion? This notion has become quite common in physics and is used to ...
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Questions about the existence of 5d & 6d version of 4d ${\cal N}=2$ SCFTs

Given a 4d N=2 Superconfomal field theory (SCFT) with a global flavor symmetry ( $\mathfrak{f}$ as the corresponding lie algebra), can we clam that this theory can always flow from a 5d ${\cal N}=1$ ...
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Is there a 2D manifold on which the Dirac equation has a zero mode?

The two-dimensional (2D) Dirac equation $(\sigma_1iD_1+\sigma_2 iD_2)\psi=E\psi$ admits zero mode ($E=0$) solutions on a non-trivial gauge background, such as the zero mode at the core of a U(1) gauge ...
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Polology in Functional Integration

Completeness of Hilbert space (on-shell states) is a very powerful concept in canonical quantization, for example, to study the nonperturbative characteristics of the S-matrix, like polology (pole and ...
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Does the spatial momentum of the ground state of a Poincare symmetric QFT vanish?

Consider a flat space QFT, the Lagrangian (in general interacting) has Poincare symmetry, and $\lvert\Omega\rangle$ is the ground state (or just merely no insertion at the far boundaries, from ...
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Operator Dimension and Field Transformation under Rescaling

In conformal field theory the operator dimension $\Delta$ determines how fields and thus correlation functions behave under rescaling. I am having trouble seeing how this number arises from a scale ...
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Issues with the Operator to State map using Path Integral

Suppose your QFT has a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, and let $\text{End}(\mathcal{H})$ be the set of operators on $\mathcal{H}$. It is often stated that in QFT there is a map $$\mathcal{F}: ...
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Is there something wrong with quantizing two times in second quantization?

Second quantization is sometimes considered to be a bad name, because a single quantization is enough. For electrons, we can either start from a many body viewpoint and introduce field operators or we ...
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Under what cases is the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) operator nilpotent?

It is understood that when we deal with gauge algebras which close on-shell only after using equations of motion or where the space-time is curved, we can no longer just do away with BRST ...
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QFT question, scalar field and so on

$\newcommand{\bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 |}$ I have such a problem with a proof. I'm studying the two point correlation ...
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Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking - struggling with physics based understanding?

Although I am a mathematician by nature, I'm writing an essay in my third year of my undergraduate on Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Physics, and as such I've become a little confused by how the ...
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Coset construction of Tricritical Ising CFT

In http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-5468/2008/03/P03010 the authors state that the Tricritical Ising Model (TIM) CFT can be obtained from a Wess Zumino Witten construction based in the coset ...
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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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Hawking Radiation: how does a particle ever cross the event horizon?

The heuristic argument for Hawking Radiation is, that a virtual pair-production happens just at the event horizon. One particle goes into the black hole, while the other can be observed as radiation. ...
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Why does the electric field escape a black hole? [duplicate]

An (unlikely) charged black hole can be described with the mass, angular momentum, charge and the thermal radiation. The reasoning behind the thermal radiation rests on the particle creation outside ...
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Clarification: Why the gauge symmetry of pure Yang-Mills is $PU(n)$ and not $SU(n)$? [closed]

I am quoting the following from the Wikipedia article on the projective unitary group: In the pure Yang–Mills $SU(n)$ gauge theory, which is a gauge theory with only gluons and no fundamental ...
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Connection of “spin” to conformal dimension

I have read The spin and weight of a primary field in CFT but it does not answer my question, short of a restatement of the question itself. So I hope this post does not risk being removed.. In ...
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the causality and the anti-particles

How can I quantitatively and qualitatively understand the fact that there is a relevence between the existence of anti-particles and the causality?
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Can quantum fluctuation happen outside space-time? [duplicate]

So far I know, quantum fluctuations happen inside the vacuum which resides in the space-time. So, can it happen outside space-time? Because, one proposition suggest, big-bang was result of some kind ...
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Renormalization group and minimum substraction

I have several questions about renormalization group and minimum substraction scheme in particular. My first question is: 1) Why is the beta function typically just a function of coupling? In other ...
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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; ...