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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Problem in the derivation of the Ward identities

This is a follow up to my previous Phys.SE question. The last equation in that question is $$-a\frac{1}{k^2+i\eta}k^{\lambda}i\Pi_{\lambda\rho}(k)iD^{\rho\nu}(k)=0$$ which we can further simplify as ...
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Is this symmetry factor in Peskin wrong?

I am trying to compute the symmetry factor of a Feynman diagram in $\phi^4$ but i do not get the result Peskin Claims. This is the diagram I am considering ...
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Is the exact form of the Higgs potential known?

Usually the Higgs potential is given as $$ \frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2 - \frac{1}{4}\lambda^2\phi^4 $$ but I never quite understood if this just serves to give us an idea of how symmetry breaking works, or ...
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Topological entanglement entropy in transverse quantum Ising model?

I have seen from literature that the $Z_2$ lattice gauge theory in 2d could be mapped into a quantum Ising model with gauge constraints on the Hilbert space by dual transformation. The deconfined ...
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Why are complex fields in the Lagrangian?

I know that a complex field has twice the number of degrees of freedom of a real field, and that fields (in QFT) aren't observables so we don't really care if they are real. But why the need for ...
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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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Scale invariance in QFT?

I was reading the following paper http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0703260 for Georgi and I have a conceptual question about it. Howard Georgi was talking about this Unparticle Physics theory and at the ...
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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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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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Problem understanding the symmetry factor in a feynman diagram

I am trying to understand a $1/2$ in the symmetry factor of the "cactus" diagram that appears in the bottom of page 92 In Peskin's book. This is the diagram in question (notice that we are in $\phi^4$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The poles of Feynman propagator in position space

This question maybe related to Feynman Propagator in Position Space through Schwinger Parameter. The Feynman propagator is defined as: $$ G_F(x,y) = \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \frac{1}{(2 \pi)^4} \int d^4p ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the zero point energy densities of the individual quantum fields?

I'm reading through "General Relativity - An Introduction for Physicists", by Hobson, Efstathiou, and Lasenby, and I have a question regarding one of the statements related to the cosmological ...
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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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What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories?

What insights does category theory offer in terms of grand unified theories? Any references to books or papers that give categorical descriptions of any of the common grand unified theories would be ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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Charge conservation in the complex Klein-Gordon Field

This is an extremely naive question (based on a knowledge of chapter 2 of peskin and schroeder) so apologies for any things that seem obvious. The complex scalar field, when quantized, has a conserved ...
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Why don't we have logarithms or exponentials of the fields in the Lagrangians?

All tbe Lagrangian densities I have seen have always been polynomials of the fields. Is this a coincidence or is there a reason forbid, say, Lagrangians with logarithms or exponentials of the fields?
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Photons and EM Fields

I started learning the basic ideas of QFT in an intuitive manner ( withouth any math, only with mental videos and pictures ) some days ago, and i'm finding it completely beautiful [ the idea of ...
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What is meant by the term “single particle state”

In a lot of quantum mechanics lecture notes I've read the author introduces the notion of a so-called single-particle state when discussing non-interacting (or weakly interacting) particles, but none ...
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Scattering Amplitude Not Invariant under Little Group?

I am trying to make sense of scattering amplitude recently. In some literature people say that if some number of massless particles collide together, one can theoretically express the scattering ...
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Connections between Density Matrix Renormalization Group and Conformal Field Theory

Can we use the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method to understand problems in conformal field theory? I have been trying to find some connections, but nothing is coming up when I search. ...
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Where does this hyperbolic tangent in Nakahara's text come from?

I don't see why the term with $\tanh$ appears in the equation 1.164 The textbook is the second edition of Geometry, Topology and Physics
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Is $SU(2)$ really broken by the Higgs VEV or just hidden?

It's generally stated in the textbooks that whent the Higgs field acquires a certain vev the corresponding symmetry is spontaneously broken. For example in A. Zee - QFT in a Nutshell: But none of ...
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Chiral anomaly in Weyl semimetal

In the presence of electromagnetic fields $E$ and $B$, four current is not conserved in a Weyl semimetal i.e. $\partial_{\mu} j^{\mu}\propto E\cdot B \neq 0$. There are some proofs in the literature ...
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Explanation on anticommutation relations

Setup Given two states: $|K\rangle=a_i^+a_j^+|\rangle$ and $|L\rangle=a_k^+a_l^+|\rangle$. Evaluating the overlap: $\langle K|L\rangle=\langle|a_ja_ia_k^+a_l^+|\rangle$ Introducing: ...
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Why does trying to remove a non-existing electron from a state give zero?

Setup Creating an electron that is already in a basis set is zero (Pauli's principle): \begin{equation} a_i^+ | \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots \chi_l \rangle = | \chi_i \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots ...
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Why should Ward identities only be used with the effective action (as opposed to the generating functional for connected diagrams)?

My question is about the derivation of Ward identities. I will sketch it here in the case of an O(N) symmetric model and point out what it bothering me when I am done. I am being very sloppy with the ...
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Situation after Saini & Stojkovic's paper on unitarity in gravitational collapse and non-formation of black holes?

In their paper, Anshul Saini and Dejan Stojkovic [1] claimed that by calculations it is possible to demonstrate that in a gravitational collapse of a disk, an event horizon is never made for a far ...