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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Doubt in Path integral equation

In Pokorski's "Gauge Field Theories" book, page 108 we find equation (2.87) ...
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Excited states of atoms [duplicate]

I have a few basic questions about excited states of atoms. Are excited states intrinsically unstable, and do the atoms naturally and always return to their ground state unless they continue receiving ...
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QFT and lack of rigour [duplicate]

How can physicists compute path integrals and such if there is no rigorous definition of it? If they can get an definite answer, there must be some method they used, so what is meant when ...
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Radiative corrections and stability

What is meant by the terms radiatively stable and radiatively unstable? I know that when calculating physical observables in quantum field theory, such as the mass of the electron, to obtain a more ...
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Why use coherent state path integral? What is its motivation or goal?

In almost all textbooks of quantum field theory for high energy, they insert the position and momentum eigenstate to formulate the path integral. While in condensed matter field theory, they insert ...
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Self Study Textbook Progression from Griffiths QM to QFT? [duplicate]

Hello Physics StackExchange! I will put the TL;DR in the beginning: I need a self contained, relatively hand-holding sequence of textbooks that covers up from the end of Griffith's Intro to QM to ...
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Globally defined solutions in bc CFT system

Consider $bc$-system which is 2-dimensional CFT of fermions: $S = \int_\Sigma d^2 z \ b \bar{\partial} c + h.c. $ where $\Sigma$ - 2-dimensional manifold of genus $p$, fields $b, c$ have ...
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Self Study Textbook Progression from QM to QFT? [duplicate]

Hello Physics StackExchange! I will put the TL;DR in the beginning: I need a self contained, relatively hand-holding sequence of textbooks that covers up from the end of Griffith's Intro to QM to ...
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Momentum conservation in the one-loop contribution of the photon propagator

The lowest contribution to the photon self-energy is represented by the following diagram (Taken from F.Schwabl, Advanced quantum mechanics, p.365):: ($k$ is the momentum of the photon that decays in ...
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Confusion with time ordering

I am thinking about Proof of correlation function formula in quantum field theory and have realized there is a deeper confusion underpinning that. Consider: $$T\{U_I(T, t_2)\Phi_I(x_1)\}$$ where ...
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How does one calculate Feynman rules from a given lagrangian in QED?

I am a beginner in learning QFT. In homework problems in QED I often meet questions that asks one to calculate Feynman rules from some given lagrangian density. Some simple idea is to "read off" the ...
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Proof of correlation function formula in quantum field theory

I am trying to prove the following formula used in QFT: $$\langle\Omega|T\{\Phi(x_1)\dots\Phi(x_n)\}|\Omega\rangle = \frac{\langle 0|T\{\Phi_I(x_1)\dots\Phi_I(x_n)S\}| 0 \rangle}{\langle 0|S| 0 ...
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Apparent failure of SUSY nonrenormalization theorem

I am having trouble reconciling two pieces of information. Consider supersymmetric QED, i.e. a supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory with two chiral superfields of opposite charges, $h$ and $\hat{h}$. ...
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Theta-parameter vacuum energy

Suppose we have $\theta$-field in QCD (in a special case of constant $\theta$ it reduces to ordinary $\theta$ parameter): $$ \tag 1 Z_{\theta} = \int D[\psi_{QCD}]e^{iS}, $$ where $$ \tag 2 S = \int ...
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How do I decide when to use raised/lowered indices when calculating the amplitude of a Feynman diagram?

I am learning the Feynman rules for QCD. The book I am reading tells me that gluon propagators contribute a factor of $$\frac{-ig_{\mu\nu}\delta^{\alpha\beta}}{q^2}$$ However, in one of the ...
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Recovering QM from QFT

Reading through David Tong lecture notes on QFT. On pages 43-44, he recovers QM from QFT. See below link: QFT notes by Tong First the momentum and position operators are defined in terms of ...
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Time-ordered product vs path integral

Suppose we have the Green function $$ G(k) \equiv \tag 1\int d^4x e^{ikx}\langle 0| T\left(\partial^{x}_{\mu}A^{\mu}(x)B(0)\right)|0\rangle , $$ which in path integral approach is equal to $$ \tag 2 ...
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Electro-mangetic duality, Quantum electro dynamics and N=4 SYM

This question is extension of Electro magnetic duality, Strong weak duality and N=4 super Yangmils which i asked before. Here what i want to know is compare of QED and N=4 SYM in terms of ...
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Hamiltonian of KG free scalar field

Reading through David Tong lecture notes on QFT. On page 24 we compute Hamiltonian operator for the KG free scalar field in terms of raising and lowering operators. See below link: QFT notes by Tong ...
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can a gapless system be a topological state?

For a gapless system without boundary (i.e. in the bulk there is gapless excitation while no clear meaning of boundary excitations like QFT), can it be a topological state? What is the property of EE ...
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Baryons annihilation

I was wondering if there is a way of calculate the annihilation cross section for two baryons, say $p\bar p\to\pi\pi$ or $p\bar p\to\gamma\gamma$. The problem here is that we cannot use the usual ...
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Renormalization confusion

I'm starting to read about renormalization in the case of scalar field theory. I have some confusions. I will consider momentum renormalization. First, consider a theory with a coupling constant ...
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Different Signs in Yang Mills Gauge Transformations

I have seen the Yang-Mills Gauge Theory be constructed in many books and papers, however I have seen pretty much equal disparage of + and minus signs in the following equations, the definition of the ...
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How is the perturbative expansion justified in QED if we make $A_{\mu}\to{}\frac{A_{\mu}}{e}$?

Consider the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\Psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}D_{\mu}-m)\Psi-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^2$$ where $D_{\mu}\Psi=\partial_{\mu}\Psi-ieQA_{\mu}$ where $e$ is positive. For concreteness' ...
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Why are correlation functions so important in QFT?

Apparently correlation functions capture all the important information about a quantum field theory. Nonetheless, I have never been given a reason of why this should be the case. So, does anybody have ...
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Intuition for parameter $\mu$ in dimensional regularization

In dimensional regularization, a dimensionless coupling $g$ is replaced by $\mu^{4-d}g$ so that it can remain dimensionless. $\mu$ is unphysical, though its choice affects the values of counterterms. ...
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Feynman rules complex field in polar form

I am trying to derive the Feynman rules for this field: $$L=-\partial \phi^*\partial \phi - \frac{\lambda}4 (|\phi|^2-v^2)^2 $$ With this coordinates $\phi = \frac 1 {\sqrt2}\rho \exp(i \theta)$, ...
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Fermion Lagrangian with linear momentum versus quadratic momentum

$$ L = \bar{\psi} (\gamma^\mu (p_\mu -A_\mu)- m)\psi \tag{1} $$ $$ L = \bar{\psi} ((\gamma^\mu( p_\mu-A_\mu))^2 - m^2)\psi \tag{2} $$ Is there a difference between the two Lagragians in equations 1 ...
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Interpretation of 4-vector quantum field operator

Peskin and Schroeder, on page 24, quotes the following expression for a generic (scalar) field operator: $$ \phi(\mathbf{x})|0\rangle = \int ...
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Do the position-momentum uncertainty and time-energy uncertainty really exist in QFT?

It is well known from the Quantum Mechanics(QM) that for a particle, there is a position-momentum uncertainty relation: $$\Delta x\cdot \Delta p\geq \frac{1}{2}\hbar,$$ which bascically can be derived ...
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Representations of SO(3) and the classification of relativistic massive particles as in Weinberg's “The Quantum Theory of Fields”

I'm reading about the classification of relativistic massive particles in Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields", and I found something that doesn't convince me. In Chapter 2, paragraph 5, having ...
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Momentum of 1-D real scalar Klein-Gordon quantum field on segment

I'm trying to get into QFT and as such I try to quantize a real scalar field with Klein-Gordon field equation (Lagrangian density) on a segment of lenght L and with fixed ends. I get orthonormal basis ...
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What is the meaning of thermal spectral function and thermal decay width in thermal field theory?

In Kallen-Lehmann spectral representation of 2-point correlation function \begin{equation} \langle 0|T\phi(x)\phi(0)|0\rangle=\int_0^\infty \frac{dM^2}{2\pi}\rho(M^2)D_F(x-y;M^2),\quad (a) ...
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Are SUSY transformations free from anomalies?

Although I've studied supersymmetic field theories for several years, there is a fundamental problem annoying me: Do SUSY transformations (including both the ordinary ones in various dimensions and ...
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Electro magnetic duality, Strong weak duality and N=4 super Yangmils

How we can interpret this self-dual, or duality in terms of generalized version of electro magneitc duality, or Strong weak duality. Let me address some basic information. First, electro magnetic ...
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Expansion of comparator

Currently I am working on Pesking Schroeder Section 15.1 and trying to understand the expansion given in (15.5), which is $$ U(x+\epsilon n, x) = 1 - i\,e\,\epsilon\,n^{\mu}\,A_{\mu}(x)+O(\epsilon^2) ...
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derivation of formula for number of closed loops in a Feynman diagram [duplicate]

How does one derive the formula $$V=I-L+1$$ where $V$=No. of vertices, $I$= No. of internal lines and $L$=No. of closed loops. I've seen it stated in several lecture notes on QFT but none (that I ...
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What is the form of Higgs potential, when written using higgs mass and quartic coupling.

Usually we write Higgs potential as $V=-\frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 + \frac{1}{4}\lambda \phi^4$ What are the present reliable values of parameters '$\lambda$' and '$m$'? Is '$m$' used here Higgs mass? If ...
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How to interpret the field configuration in quantum field theory?

We often use the Fock space as the start point for our quantum field theory. In the Fock space we have definite physical meanings for the state. For example, the state $$|k_1k_2...k_n\rangle$$ ...
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Definition of leading log terms in one loop corrections for gravity

One loop corrections for gravity usually includes non-local terms in the action such as $R\log(\frac{-\Box}{\mu^2})R$, where $\Box=g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu\nabla_\nu$ is the D'Alembert operator, $R$ is ...
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Definition of vacuum and occupation number in expanding Universe

Suppose for simplicity we have theory of free quantum scalar field in expanding Universe (metric plays the role of background field) $g_{\mu \nu} = \text{diag}(1, -a^2,-a^2,-a^2)$, where $a(t) \sim ...
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Physical meaning of Ward Identity and computing vertex functions

Following the derivation of Ward Identity by Weinberg book, you get it in the form $$ (l-k)_\mu S'(k)\Gamma^\mu(k,l)S'(l) = i S'(l) - iS'(k) $$ Can anyone explain the physical meaning of this ...
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Grassmann numbers in the dual space

I'm reading the section on Grassmann numbers in QFT for the Gifted Amateur and I'm confused by something said therein: First, they define a coherent state for fermions $\rvert \eta \rangle$ as ...
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What is the simplest chiral $U(1)$ theory that satistifies both gauge and gravity anomalies?

I've learned the chiral $U(1)$ theory that satisfies either gauge anomalies or gravity anomalies. But what's the theory satisfies both of them?
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$S$-matrix expansion and Feynman graphs for toy model

I have a toy model with three interacting particles $A$, $B$ and $C$ and $A$ can decay to $B$ and $C$. Looking at the process $AB\to BBC$ I just want to know which orders of the $S$-matrix expansion ...
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Would quantum fluctuations cause problems for scalar-field inflation?

Wheeler once said that spacetime would be highly curved at very small scales because of the uncertainty principle for energy-momentum. In which case the spacetime becomes very bumpy and not smooth ...
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Why are coherent states necessary for defining the fermionic path integral?

I am following the discussion of fermionic path integrals and Grassmann variables in QFT for the Gifted Amateur (ch. 28). It defines a coherent state for fermions $\rvert \eta \rangle$ as ...
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Interaction Hamiltonian and shifts

When we quantize a free field theory, we set $\phi(x)$ to be the operators and we take the Fourier transform to determine the creation and annihilation operators $a_\omega,a^\dagger_\omega$ such that ...
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Calculate 1-point function from generating functional

I have a generating functional: $<exp[i \sum_k c_k x(t_k)]> = exp[-1/2 \sum_{k,k'} c_k c_{k'} G(t_k, t_{k'})]$ and I need to calculate the 1-point and the 2-point function. Does anyone ...
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Solving Weyl Equations

In my second taking of QFT we just finished the Dirac equation. As an exercise I tried applying what I have (re-) learned to the Weyl equations. I'd like someone to check if my work is correct. For ...