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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What is the relationship between string net theory and string / M-theory?

I've just learned from this one of Prof. Wen's answers that there exists a theory called string net theory. Since I've never heard about this before it picks my curiosity, so I`d like to ask some ...
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Are there any tests of quantum field theory one can do using everyday objects?

One of the reasons I love physics is because many of the theories I can test using everyday objects around me. For example I can predict how long it would take for me to drop the ball of a roof using ...
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Vacuum Structure of Schwinger Model

Quantum Electrodynamics in one-space and one-time dimensions ($QED_{1+1}$) for charged fermions is called the Schwinger model. If the charged fermion is massless, then the model is called the massless ...
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Eigenvalue for interacting Hamiltonian [closed]

Consider the Hamiltonian $$H=\omega_{1} a_{1}^\dagger a_{1}+\omega_{2}a_{2}^\dagger a_{2}+\alpha a_{3}^\dagger a_{3}(a_{1}^\dagger a_{2}+a_{2}^\dagger a_{1})$$ with $$ ...
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Understading triplet Majoron model

In the Higgs triplet Majoron model, the spontaneous breakdown of ungauged lepton number gives rise to two Numbu-Goldstone bosons. But isn’t the SU(2) symmetry also broken? I mean when the neutrak ...
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If the given source is not conserved, then which gauge should we use in photon propagator?

The photon propagator in general gauge is $$D_F^{\mu\nu}=\frac{-g_{\mu\nu}}{k^2+i\epsilon}+\frac{\xi-1}{\xi}\frac{k^\mu k^\nu}{(k^2+i\epsilon)^2}.$$ In general textbook, the reason that the ...
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Is there a scalar field that is not a lorentz scalar if we begin with Lorentz invariant Lagrangian?

In Quantum Field Theory by Mark Srednicki chapter 3 and 4, he constructs Lorentz invariant theory for scalar field by assuming that the scalar field transforms by ...
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Embedding of particles into fields

For the classification of particles (Wigner 1939), we look for unitary representations of the Poincaré/Lorentz group. There are are only infinite-dimensional (non-trivial) unitary representations! To ...
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Problem with determining number of goldstone bosons

Consider a theory $$\mathcal{L}=(\partial_\mu\Phi^\dagger)(\partial^\mu\Phi)-\mu^2(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)-\lambda(\Phi^\dagger\Phi)^2$$ where $\Phi=\begin{pmatrix}\phi_1+i\phi_2\\ ...
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How is the functional integral over momentum performed in the case of the real scalar field?

Let's follow Peskin and Schroeder section 9.2, page 282. The Hamiltonian of a free real scalar field is $$H=\int{}d^3x[\frac{1}{2}\pi^2+\frac{1}{2}(\nabla\phi)^2+V(\phi)]$$ so the expression for ...
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What is the missing step in this result regarding the creation operators in Fock space?

In the above extract from Simons and Altman: Condensed Matter Field Theory, I am having trouble getting from (2.3) to (2.4) in the case of Fermions (ζ=-1 and the n(subscript i) values are modulo 2). ...
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QCD and QED with unlimited computational power - how precise are they going to be?

My question is about quantum algorithms for QED (quantum electrodynamics) computations related to the fine structure constants. Such computations (as explained to me) amounts to computing Taylor-like ...
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In the context of quantum field theory, what does it mean to “couple” something?

Suppose I have the following Lagrangian density \begin{equation} \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} \end{equation} The lecture notes I an reading suggest if I want to "couple to ...
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What is the connection between geometry of physical space and Hilbert space?

In Quantum Mechanis (QM), the dynamical variables are the (quantized) coordinates $x_j$ and their canonical conjugate $p_j = -i\partial_j$ with the commutation relation $[x_j,p_k]=i\delta_{jk}$ ...
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Klein Gordon equation in de-sitter spacetime with time dependent Hubble parameter

If i try to solve Klein-Gordon equation for a scalar field in de-sitter background, the usual method is to transform to conformal spacetime : $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + e^{Ht}\bf{dx}^2$$ $$=>ds^2 = ...
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Vortex-domain wall co-excitation

Both vortices (or disclinations) and domain walls are possible topological defects in a spin system with frustration, but I did't find reference about the interaction of these two. Do any stackers ...
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Where in nature does a fermionic coherent state occur?

We see evidence of bosonic coherent states everywhere. Lasers and microwave circuits naturally condense into photonic coherent states and resonators do the same except with phonons. A coherent state ...
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Noether currents in QFT

I am trying to organize my knowledge of Noether's theorem in QFT. There are several questions I would like to have an answer to. In classical field theory, Noether's theorem states that for each ...
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Penrose's Zig-Zag Model and Conservation of Momentum

I was reading through Penrose's Road to Reality when I saw his interesting description of the Dirac electron (Chapter 25, Section 2). He points out that in the two-spinor formalism, Dirac's one ...
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Propagator for massless spin 2 particle

In my quantum field theory class, we saw ad derived the propagator for both spin-0 and spin-1 particles, massless and massive. I am curious to know what the propagator looks like for a spin-2 ...
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Is anti-matter matter going backwards in time?

Or: can it be proved that anti-matter definitely is nót matter going backwards in time? From wikipedia: There is considerable speculation as to why the observable universe is apparently almost ...
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How do quantum fields really couple?

The term "coupling" between quantum fields refers to certain terms in the Lagrangian (density) $\mathcal{L}$ where the respective field operators appear together, e.g. $g\phi^\dagger\psi $ with ...
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Are W & Z bosons virtual or not?

W and Z bosons are observed/discovered. But as force carrying bosons they should be virtual particles, unobservable? And also they require to have mass, but if they are virtual they may be off-shell, ...
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Wess-Zumino Gauge in non-Abelian supersymmetric theory

I've got a question concerning non-Abelian supersymmetric gauge theories. Consider supersymmetric non-Abelian theory realized on chiral superfields $\Phi_i$ in a representation $R$ with matrix ...
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Does the Lorentz invariance of equation of motion guarantee the Lorentz invariance of the solutions?

If I have a Lorentz invariant equation of motion, like Klein-Gordon equation, is the solution automatically guaranteed to be Lorentz invariant? I ask this question because of the discussion from Mark ...
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Lagrangian of Schrodinger field

The usual Schrodinger Lagrangian is $$ \tag 1 i(\psi^{*}\partial_{t}\psi ) + \frac{1}{2m} \psi^{*}(\nabla^2)\psi, $$ which gives the correct equations of motion, with conjugate momentum for $\psi^{*}$ ...
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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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In what sense are photons emergent?

Recently I read in an essay by Wilczek: "Photons are mixtures of weak B3 and hypercharge C mesons. It is those objects, not the emergent photon, whose properties are ideally simple." Until now I ...
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Where do pions go in the spontaneous symmetry breaking of the linear sigma model?

I have a few questions to figure out Peskin 4.3 problem which is Linear sigma model about the interactions of pions at low energy. This model consist of N scalar fields governed by the Hamiltonian ($ ...
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Given a QFT Hamiltonian, is there a unique Lagrangian?

Consider a QFT in one spatial dimension specified by the following Hamiltonian density: $\mathcal{H} = -i \phi^\dagger \frac{\partial}{\partial x} \phi + V(\phi^\dagger,\phi)$ where $\phi$ is a ...
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Normal Ordering the $\phi^4$ interaction

I am trying to quantize the quartic potential $(\lambda/4!)\phi^{4}$ in a box of side length $L$, with periodic boundary conditions. I have expanded the field $$\phi = \sum \limits_{\vec{n}} \exp(i ...
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2-body differential cross section in CM frame discrepancy

The standard equation for the 2-body differential cross section in the CM frame (from several references) seems to be: $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\Omega} = \frac{1}{64\pi^2s}\frac{q}{k}|\mathcal{M}|^2,$$ where ...
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The concept of particle in QFT

I never learnt QFT and I apologize for my (probably) elementary question. Somebody told me that in QFT a particle is viewed as an irregularity in the field. On the other hand, in an article in ...
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Is it possible to generalize quantum gauge theories? [closed]

I know that there are nonabelian gauge theories and their supersymmetric extensions. Mathematically, gauge theories basing on the fact that one can introduce a fiber bundle with a Connection. From ...
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SU(3) antiquark triplet transformation

I'm reading a rather elementary particle physics text, Modern Particle Physics by Thomson. He is staying away from the heavy group theoretic stuff. He derives the transformation law for an SU(2) ...
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Why would it transform like this under chiral symmetry?

Why would a $2 \times 2$ matrix of spinless fields $\Sigma$ transform as follows under the chiral symmetries? $$\delta \Sigma = i \epsilon_{L} T_a \Sigma - i\Sigma \epsilon_RT_a$$ Primary written on ...
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Volume factor in Faddeev-Popov quantisation

In Faddeev-Popov quantisation, why does the integral over gauge parameter cancel the volume factor of the gauge group that's in the denominator? In fact, I don't understand where the volume factor ...
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“Find the Lagrangian of the theory”

I've heard a few of my professors throw around the term "finding the Lagrangian of a theory". What exactly is this referring to. From what I understand it seems that you determine invariances ...
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Can the photoelectric effect be explained without photons?

Lamb 1969 states, A misconception which most physicists acquire in their formative years is that the photoelectric effect requires the quantization of the electromagnetic field for its ...
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Where does the $\gamma_5$ here come from?

If we have that $$\delta \psi_L = i \epsilon_L^aT_a\psi_L$$ and $$\delta \psi_R = i \epsilon_R^aT_a\psi_R$$ And then we say that the above can be written in terms of $\epsilon^a$ and $\epsilon^a_5$ ...
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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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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 do I derive the transformation law of a Weyl spinor under a Lorentz transformation?

Let $\xi$ be a spinor. If $(\theta ,\phi)$ are the parameters of a rotation and pure Lorentz transformation, then how can we prove that the transformation rule for $\xi$ can be written as $$\xi ...
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Materials on charged black brane

everybody! Does anyone know some good materials on charged black branes in AdS/CFT and the role of chemical potential in theses cases?
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What is the meaning of a state in QFT?

I guess this may be more of a mathematical than a physics question, but it comes down to physical interpretations, so I'm posting it here. In classical Quantum Mechanics, we can define a state ...
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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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Dirac field and stress-energy tensor density

I read somewhere that stress-energy tensor density is a symmetric tensor. But if I take the Dirac Field tensor: $$T^{\mu \nu}=i \psi^\dagger \gamma^0 \gamma^\mu \partial^\nu \psi $$ How could I ...
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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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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. ...