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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Interacting fermions on a lattice

My rough understanding about lattice simulations of bosonic quantum field theories is that the partition function can be approximated by explicitly summing over a large number of field configurations, ...
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How to write magnetic dipole transition hamiltonian using ladder operator?

The magnetic dipole transition Hamiltonian is $\hat{H}=\frac{e}{2m_ec}\hat{\mathbf{B}}\cdot\hat{\mathbf{L}}$ How do I express it in terms of ladder operator $\hat{L}_+$, $\hat{L}_-$, and the ...
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Ground state symmetry breaking in Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling

The Hamiltonian for 2D Bose-Hubbard model with spin-orbit coupling on a square lattice is written as $ H = -t\sum_{\langle ij \rangle}\Psi_i^{\dagger}\Psi_j^{\vphantom{\dagger}} + ...
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Probability of Vacuum Fluctuations near Charges

A short, simple enough question, if you know about field theory, which unfortunately I don't. Are vacuum fluctuations more probable near a charge, for example an electron with negative charge? I ...
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What is primitive divergence?

As in the title, what is primitive divergence? How is it distinguished from normal divergence? As a followup, what is a primitive divergent graph in a theory? Some simple examples?
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Two creation operators acting on a state

If $a_p^\dagger$ is the creation operator for an electron with momentum $p$ and $b_q^\dagger$ is the creation operator for a positron with momentum $q$, what does $a_p^\dagger b_q^\dagger \left| 0 ...
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What is the meaning of the dlog integrations in the on-shell/grassmannian representation of N=4 SYM scattering amplitudes?

After reading part of this paper by Nima Arkani-Hamed, http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.5605, I cannot understand what is the precise meaning of the $dlog(\alpha)$ integrations. Any on-shell diagram is ...
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Weinberg-Witten theorem and Landau pseudotensor, or how QFT can make prediction about GR

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that there isn't Poincare covariant stress-energy tensor for massless fields with helicity more than $1$. The only example of such higher helicity field is graviton. ...
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“No-go” theorems and goldstone bosons

There are "no-go" theorems who forbid interaction through soft helicity 3 and higher massless particles and soft interaction between massless fermions with spin more than $\frac{3}{2}$. But if ...
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How many particles in $\phi_0(x)^2|0\rangle$?

In Schwartz's "QFT and the standard model" on pg 22 he writes: A two or zero particle state as in $\phi_0(x)^2\left|0\right>$. I was wondering how this can be proved? I tried checking if ...
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Why only the spin $j=\frac{1}{2}$ has relativistic wave function equation that conserves positive probability?

The Dirac wave function can be thought as a relativistic wave equation, where the solution has a positive definite norm. I know that this same equation can't be thought so seriously as a wave equation ...
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Mass correction to a massless boson

Suppose I have a boson and a fermion: $$ \mathcal L = -\frac{1}{2}(\partial \phi)^2 -m_\phi^2\phi^2 - \bar \psi \not \partial \psi - m_\psi \bar \psi \psi + \lambda \phi \bar \psi \psi $$ In the ...
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What exactly is Weinberg's power counting theorem?

The massive gravity propagator goes like $\sim \frac{p^2}{m^4}$ at high energies and in this case we cannot apply Weinberg's standard power counting arguments. I have read something like that ...
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Higher spins elementary particles

Lorentz invariance requirement of theory imposes the absense of interactions between spin 3 and higher spins bosons and arbitrary field (like spin $\frac{1}{2}$ fermions etc) at least in infrared ...
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Isotopic invariance

I am reading something related to Isotopic invariance. As i have read, Isotopic invariance of the interaction between nucleons (proton and nucleon) is just approximate since masses of proton and ...
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Capturing (perturbatively) non-equilibrium field theory effects using “elementary” methods

I am considering a system of two interacting scalar fields: $\psi$, and $\phi$. The Lagrangian is given by: \begin{equation} ...
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Multiparticle Mandlestam Variables Extension

So in 4D we have three Mandlestam variables for a 4-particle scattering process. This corresponds to $p_i^\mu$ giving us 16 degrees of freedom. Momentum conservation reduces this by 4, and we have 4 ...
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Fermion - Antifermion (annihilation) scattering amplitude

I'm trying to get the scattering of the diagrams described here in the "annihilation, part ii" (fermion/antifermion - scalar/scalar) ...
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Understanding Fierz rearrangement identity

I'm trying to get a better grasp of the Fierz rearrangement identity for 2-component spinors (Equation 2.20 I'll be using the Van der Waerden notionation used in the given link) $$ \chi_\alpha (\xi ...
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Counting degrees of freedom in spinor-helicity formalism

Just a couple of quick questions about the spinor-helicity formalism. We start with $p^\mu$ and $\epsilon^\mu$, so we have eight degrees of freedom. Then we have that $p^\mu p_\mu = 0$ and that ...
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Supermultiplet dimensions from Young Tableaus

In John Terning's book, on pages 14 and 15, there are lists of $\mathcal{N} = 2$ and $\mathcal{N} = 4$ supermultiplets, labeled in terms of the dimensions of the corresponding R-symmetry $d_R$ and ...
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What is the physical interpretation of second quantization?

One way that second quantization is motivated in an introductory text (QFT, Schwartz) is: The general solution to a Lorentz-invariant field equation is an integral over plane waves (Fourier ...
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Importance of local conservation of probability

In almost every textbook of quantum mechanics we can find the derivation of the local conservation of probability. $$\nabla\cdot\vec{J}+\partial_t (\psi^*\psi)=0$$ where $\vec{J}$ is probabilty ...
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Renormalization Using Momentum Cut-off Regularization, What Are The Subtraction Schemes Used?

In most of the books on QFT, the author talks about various methods of regularization but in the end chooses the dimensional regularization and MS-bar scheme when discussing the final renormalization, ...
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'schrodinger' picture in measurement based topological quantum computation

I am looking at the measurement processes in topological quantum computation (TQC) as mentioned here http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.7929 and in other measurement based TQC papers. Let's say I start with ...
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Does regularity of distributions have anything to do with definiteness of their product?

Recently I've gone through some literature concerning causal perturbation theory (CPT). As is well known, it deals with UV divergences in QFT by defining products of (operator-valued) distributions ...
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Are gauge theories always renormalizable?

Speaking of quantum field theories. Is one of the following implications correct? gauge theory (gauge invariant) => renormalizable renormalizable => gauge theory (gauge invariant) If yes do you ...
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Scattering amplitude, link between quantum mechanics and QFT

In quantum mechanics, we can define the scattering amplitude $f_k(\theta)$ for two particles as the magnitude of an outgoing spherical wave. More precisely, the asymptotic behaviour (when ...
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Wave functions in complex scalar free field theory?

Consider free complex scalar theory. Let's denote $a(p)^{\dagger}$ as the particle creation operator, and $b(p)^{\dagger}$ as the antiparticle creation operator. I know that an arbitrary one particle ...
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Can elementary particles be rightfully considered quasiparticles?

Can elementary particles rightfully considered quasiparticles? I have this association, because renormalization makes particle properties, like mass and couplings, energy-dependent quantities, even in ...
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Why gauge field should be vanishing on horizon?

When considering an AdS spacetime including a black hole, matter field and gauge field, the value of temporal component $A_t$ of the gauge potential $A_\mu$ on horizon always is set be zero, even the ...
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Charged-current: Why does the neutrino interact with the down-quark?

I'm revising for an exam and looking at a few exercises, one of which starts with Consider the charged-current interaction between a muon neutrino with one of the valence quarks of the proton. ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [closed]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Infinite bare quantities and dressed quantities confusion

I'm getting very confused. Taking the example of the mass of the Z-boson. Constructing the GWS model using gauge symmetry breaking one finds a lagrangian which is a function of the Z-boson mass: ...
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Why isn't $\bar \psi_L \psi_R$ zero?

My book gives this Lagrangian: $$ L = -|\partial \phi|^2 -V(\phi) -\bar \psi_L \not \partial \psi_L -\bar \psi_R \not \partial \psi_R -g(\phi \bar \psi_L \psi_R + \phi^* \bar \psi_R \psi_L) $$ It's ...
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How exactly analyticity of S-matrix comes from causality principle?

Recently I've read that analyticity of S-matrix ($S(k)$, where $k$ corresponds to momentum, may be analytically extended into complex values of momentum) comes from causality principle. How to prove ...
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Can we quantize Maxwell-Chern-Simon Theory through Gupta-Bleuler approach?

In 3+1 QED we covariant quantize the Maxwell theory through Gupta-Bleuler method. But I have seen that MCS theory is explicitly covariant quantized using Nakanishi auxiliary field. Why cannot we take ...
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Doubts in understanding the role if quantum corrections in the Hierarchy Problem

Trying to understand the Hierarchy problem many questions come to my mind that I am unable to answer due probably to my poor understanding of renormalization. The basic set up of the hierarchy ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Negative energy of free particle: classical and quantum picture

Classically, the energy of a free particle consists of only the kinetic energy given by $E=\frac{|\textbf{p}|^2}{2m}$ Since $|\textbf{p}| $is real and $m>0$, $E\geq 0$. However, since ...
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Chiral Fermion Problem and the String Net Model

In Xiao-Gang Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems", he mentions that (the string-net condensation picture)...has a problem: we do not yet know how to produce the $SU(2)$ part of ...
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Fermionic path integral on the disk - Recovering the vacuum state

I'm trying to get a better feel for the operator to state map in quantum field theory. There is a general claim for 2d theories that doing the path integral on a disk with no operator insertions gives ...
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What is the procedure to follow if I want to renormalize a given operator $\cal{O}$ or a given coupling?

Consider QED. I know that the renormalization constant of the mass can be obtained from considering the electron propagator, regularizing it and renormalizing it. I know that from this process we can ...
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How can we see that a 4D N = 2 sigma model will yield a 3D N = 4 sigma model when compactified on a circle?

I have a question about sigma models in 3D. If we have $\mathcal{N}=2$ field theory on $\mathbb{R}^4$ and compactify it on $\mathbb{R}^3 \times S^1_R$ (in which $S^1_R$ is a circle of radius $R$) we ...
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What is renormalization? [closed]

What is renormalization? I would want a rough description before I go and work on it properly (I did a course on QFT and on SM (which was 3rd course in the series) but skipped the 2nd course which ...
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Supersymmetry invariants

On page 158 of Fields, the supersymmetry algebra is represented in terms of the action on supercoordinates as $$\delta \theta^\alpha = \epsilon^\alpha$$ $$\delta\bar{\theta}^{\dot{\alpha}} = ...
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colliding point particles

when I draw e.g. the diagram of compton scattering I assume that the electron of given momentum gets 'hit' by a photon and interacts with it. How close does the photon have to get to the electron that ...
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Counting Degrees of Freedom in Field Theories

I'm somewhat unsure about how we go about counting degrees of freedom in CFT, and in QFT. Often people talk about field theories as having 'infinite degrees of freedom'. My understanding of this is ...
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One loop effective potential of Standard Model

The one loop Coleman-Weinberg contribution of a scalar field to the effective potential (in MSbar scheme) is: \begin{equation} const. \times m^4(\phi_c) \left( log \left( ...
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Can we just replace the finite part of $Z_m$ in a renormalization scheme at leading order

Suppose that we have to determine the finite part of $Z_m$ how it differs from common schemes, but we are free to choose the other renormalization constants in QCD (at Leading order). Could we make ...