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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Relation between representations/classifications

Generally a quantum system can be characterized in the following way: its states form a representation space for every symmetry group of that system. The representation has to be unitary (or ...
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How can gauge invariance be unphysical?

Gauge symmetry is said to be "unphysical" because the transformations - unlike changes of reference frame - do not correspond to real physical operations. But the consequences of gauge symmetries are ...
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What is “momentum density” and why it important to QFT?

I am reading Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur. On page 98, they provide a summary of a basic canonical quantization procedure: Step I: Write down a classical Lagrangian density in ...
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Feynman paths of FTL velocity have imaginary momentum?

In this answer it is discussed that Feynman path integrals sums amplitudes for all possible paths, including those that are not time-like. If you take the momentum-space path integrals, I would ...
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what does Peskin's square root of a matric mean?

Peskin (Intro to QFT) is using the next symbols when discussing dirac fields - $\sqrt{p\sigma}$ with $\sigma = (1,\sigma^1,\sigma^2,\sigma^3)$ (unit & Pauli). For example he represents the dirac ...
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Off-shell legs in Feynman diagrams

I have a tree-level diagram with one leg being off-shell (its momentum beeing $\mathcal{O}(m_B)$). How do I treat this leg when computing the amplitude? Do I put in the propagator and ignore the ...
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How are the field operator and quantum state after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter individually?

How are the field operator $\hat{a}$, $\hat{a}^\dagger$ and the quantum state (like coherent state $|\alpha>$, Fock state $|n>$) changed after a beam splitter and a polarizing beam splitter ...
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Does the fact that we cannot exactly solve the Standard Model undermine the validity of QFT?

I have seen discusstions of this types before: there is a question about photons or virtual particles or vaccuum, etc. And there is usually a good and clear explanation from the point of view of ...
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What assumptions about the action do we make or give up in transitioning from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics to quantum field theory?

I am reading Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur and I feel I don't have a good grasp as to how the Lagrangian and the action are used differently in (1) classical mechanics (2) quantum ...
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Do “typical” QFT's lack a lagrangian description?

Sometimes as a result of learning new things you realize that you are incredibly confused about something you thought you understood very well, and that perhaps your intuition needs to be revised. ...
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If path integrals aren't well-defined, how can they have any physical meaning?

I am confused about a particular point about the nature of path integration. According to what I've read, what we really mean when we say functional integration is \begin{equation} ...
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What physical evidence is there that subatomic particles pop in and out of existence?

What physical evidence shows that subatomic particles pop in and out of existence?
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Outside of string theory, can exchange particles be understood as being one-dimensional?

I'm pretty new to quantum, without any formal education therein, so forgive my general layman ignorance when I ask how it is that point-like exchange particles can be modeled in Feynman diagrams as ...
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Quantizing field with anti-periodic boundary condition

This is a naive question about a possible toy model in QFT. In particular, I am trying to find a simple model where spin-statistics theorem holds. One can construct a 1+1 dimensional classical ...
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Feynman diagrams with classical apparatus on the perturbative region

on QFT, one usually simplifies the interaction between fields and classical apparatus (sources, detectors, etc.) by assuming the classical devices only interact with the asymptotic on-shell states ...
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Every Relativistic Field Satifies the Klein-Gordon Equation?

I've read that every relativistic scalar field (and in some sense, any field) satisfies the Klein-Gordon equation. Is the reasoning for this just based on the quantum mechanical substitution of $E\to ...
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Fujikawa method for arbitrary transformations

When the Fujikawa method is presented in every book I've read so far, the transformation is initially written as $e^{i\chi (x) \gamma^{5}}$. The trace of $i\chi(x)\gamma^{5}$ is done by including a ...
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Does equality of operators on vacuum imply equality of operators on the whole space?

Consider a field operator $\Phi(x)$ which generates states from the vacuum such as $$ \tag 1 | x \rangle = \Phi(x) | 0 \rangle.$$ Consider also how a translation is implemented on such a state: $$ ...
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Does point group symmetry also act within “spin space” for a lattice spin system?

As an example, let's consider a quantum spin system on a 2D square lattice. The lattice point group symmetries include $C_4$ rotation, parities, etc.... And let's take $C_2$ symmetry (2-fold rotation) ...
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Delta functional in path integrals - reference needed

In a few articles dealing with path integral quantization I came across some calculations where apparently identities of the form \begin{equation} \int (\mathcal{D}\Phi)\, ...
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Quick question regarding Wick's theorem

Let $T\{...\}$ denote time-ordering, $N\{...\}$ normal-ordering and $\left<ab\right>$ be the propagator. Wick's theorem states that $$ T\{ab\} = N\{ab\} + \left<ab\right>. $$ I now ...
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Questions regarding $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ supersymmetric Yang-Mills

I have some questions regarding the $D=4 $ ${\cal N}=4$ super-Yang-Mills theory (the one with a really long action which can be acquired by compactifying the 10-dimensional ${\cal N}=1$ theory). I ...
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Need help understanding the quantization procedure in QFT for the Klein-Gordon equation

I am having some conceptual issues with the quantization process in QFT. So we define a particle as a collection of functions $\mathcal{H}$ that satisfy some differential equation (more specifically a ...
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Why is the Klein Gordon equation of second order in time?

I was wondering if there is any way to interpret the fact that the Klein Gordon equation is a 2nd order PDE in time. I mean, normally you would expect that as soon as you fix the initial wavefunction, ...
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Ladder operators evolution for fermions

For the free Dirac field we have $$ \psi(x) = \sum_s\int d\Omega_{m}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}k_0}\left(b(\mathbf{k},s)u(\mathbf{k},s)e^{-ik\cdot x}+d^\dagger(\mathbf{k},s)v(\mathbf{k},s)e^{+ik\cdot ...
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Transformation of the scalar field under Lorentz Boost [closed]

Assume a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ is to be implemented as the unitary operator $U(\Lambda)$ in the Hilbert space of quantum states of the Fock representation upon which the scalar Klein-Gordon ...
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If 2 photons collided head on, what would happen? [duplicate]

If 2 photons, in perfect synch (frequency, amplitude, etc. were all equal) and they collided head on, what would happen? Would they pass right through each other? Would they interfere, then go back to ...
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How do you build a Lagrangian in particle/nuclear physics? (A specific example)

I know that the terms in the Lagrangian needs to be scalars (with respect to Lorentz symmetry etc.). Also I know that [see C. G. Tully (EPP) p. 85] in general, for $\psi$ in the fundamental ...
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Mølller scattering

I came across Mølller scattering today (which is just a fancy name for electron-electron scattering. I'm confused as to why there are two tree level Feynman diagrams for this process: Check out the ...
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The contraction of fermion field in 1+1-dimensional massless QED

My question comes from the textbook by Peskin & Schroeder, the integral (19.26): $$\begin{align} \int \frac{d^2 k}{(2\pi)^2}\! e^{- i k\cdot (y-z)}\frac{i \not{k}}{k^2} = -\not\partial ...
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Example of critical (non-relativistic) quantum field theory in 1D?

Is there an example of a critical non-relativistic bosonic quantum field theory in 1D (no time)? So, the field theory can be describe by annihilation, $\psi(x)$, and creation operators, ...
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Field transformations

I'm reading Maggiore's book "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" and I'm very confused by what he did in chapter 2.6 page 31 eq. (2.80). He basically wants to find the generators of the ...
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Why are Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell?

The difference between Green Functions and the S-matrix in Quantum Field Theory is whether the momentum is on the mass shell. Why are the Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell? ...
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Trilinear term in SUSY soft-breaking

In MSSM soft-SUSY breaking, there are such term called 'A-triliear term'. But, some papers, e.g Riva-Biggio-Pomarol, do not have trilinear term. What is the use of introducing trilinear term?
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How does the notion of topological order relate to the Landau-Ginzburg theory of phase transitions?

As per Landau-Ginzburg (LG) theory, we write down a theory (Hamiltonian) with all possible interactions/operators (in terms of some order parameter) that respects certain symmetries. The ground state ...
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How can we measure chirality in experiments?

Chirality is a concept quite different from helicity. These two concepts only happen to have the same numerical value for massless particles. I understand that we can measure helicity, but how can we ...
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Width of a photon. And its length

Everyone is always talking about photon's wavelength. But what about its dimensions? What is length and width of it? And does it even have a point to think about such things? Or those dimensions are ...
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How do I solve this Gaussian path integral?

Suppose $$ Z = \int \mathcal D[\phi^*] \mathcal D[\phi] \exp(\phi^*A\phi + \phi B\phi) $$ where $A$ and $B$ are operators. I know how to solve a Gaussian path integral involving only $\phi^* A \phi$ ...
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Why do we require quantum fields to vanish at infinity?

Classical fields, like the electrical field must vanish at infinity, because otherwise their energy would be infinite. This can be used in computations to exclude certain solutions. In quantum ...
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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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Matter antimatter fundamental and adjoint representation (Hermitian Anti-Hermitian)

I’m struggling with the following. I read in “The Standard Model: A Primer by Cliff Burgess”, page 493, that fermion fields in the fundamental representation can be thought of as column vector(s) ...
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Why is the $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ representation of the Lorentz group realized as the vector space of complex $2\times 2$ matrices?

Why can we write an arbitrary object $v_{a \dot{b} }$ our transformations in this basis act on as $$ v_{a \dot{b} } = v_{\nu} \sigma^{ \nu}_{a \dot{b} } = v^0 \begin{pmatrix} 1&0 \\ 0&1 ...
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What is the quantum state of a static electric field?

This is something that I've been curious about for some time. A coherent, monochromatic electromagnetic wave is well described by a coherent state $|\alpha\rangle$. The quantum treatment of the ...
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Trace of derivatives of unitary operators [closed]

I have been studying some lecture notes on the non-linear sigma model and I came up with some difficulties involving a trace. I have the following unitary operator $$ U=\exp\left( ...
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How to deal with coupled fermion boson operators?

I am a beginner in field theory and I have an exercise where I have a product of coupled fermion boson operators? $$ \hat{b_{l} }^{\dagger}\hat{c_{l^{'}} }^{\dagger}\hat{a_{q} }\hat{b_{l} ...
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What exactly do we mean by symmetry in physics?

I'm referring here to invariance of the Lagrangian under Lorentz transformations. There are two possibilities: Physics does not depend on the way we describe it (passive symmetry). We can choose ...
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Field renormalization of scalar Yang-Mills

In most books, one can find the field renormalization $Z_3$ in Yang-Mills with fermionic matter in the fundamental. In the $\overline{MS}$ scheme, tt is given by $$ Z_3 = 1 + \frac{g^2}{16\pi^2 ...
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Global symmetry and particle multiplets

In chapter 20, of Peskin and Schroeder's quantum field theory book, they start with a comment that a global symmetry that is manifest lead to particle multiplets with restricted interactions. Can ...
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Question about surface term in QFT problem

I am trying to follow the solution of the following problem (Srednicki 39.2): To show that: $$J_z b_s^\dagger(p\hat z)|0\rangle=\frac{1}{2}\ s\ b_s^\dagger(p\hat z)\ |0\rangle, $$ where $J_z$ ...
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One loop tadpole diagram $\phi \to \phi$ in $g\phi^3$ theory

I am trying to evaluate the tadpole diagram of $\phi^3$ theory to practice one loop amplitudes, but I am stuck at a certain point. The amplitude is given by the integral, $$\mathcal{M} = ...