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 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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Is electric charge truly conserved for bosonic matter?

Even before quantization, charged bosonic fields exhibit a certain "self-interaction". The body of this post demonstrates this fact, and the last paragraph asks the question. Notation/ Lagrangians ...
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How does a photon mediate both electric attraction and repulsion?

The answer to this question probably lies in QFT, which I know just enough about to appreciate my current lack of understanding of the subject, if you follow me. About a year ago I asked our ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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Invariance in Euclidean and Minkowski spaces

Consider Wick's rotation from Minkowski to Euclidean space in QFT. What is the connection between O(4) invariance in Euclidean space and Lorentz invariance in Minkowski space? If we define a quantity ...
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For a particle to have physical mass, is it always necessary to have a mass term in the lagrangian?

Since the self-energy adds to the bare mass defined in the Lagrangian, is it possible to create a physical particle mass from the self-energy alone, with no mass terms occuring in the Lagrangian? On ...
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How to find a particular representation for the gamma matrices?

I asked this question as a subquestion in another thread, but got the answer below and thought it deserved a thread of its own. Two well-known representation of the gamma matrices are the Weyl and ...
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Branch cuts in two-point function

The propagator of a QFT is known to have a branch cut as a function of the (complex) external momentum. The branch point (as done by, say, Peskin & Schroeder in eqn.7.19 section 7.1) is ...
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Loopwise expansion of effective action $\Gamma[\phi]$

My question is about the loopwise expansion of the effective action $\Gamma(\varphi)$ up to 1-loop contributions. I've understood well the results for both $Z[J]$ and $W[J]$ functionals loopwise ...
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Higgs mass and the hierarchy problem

I was wondering what is the opinion about importance of the hierarchy problem in the hep community? I'm still a student and I don't really understand, why there is so much attention around this issue. ...
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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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How is the hierarchy problem consistent with the decoupling theorem?

One the one hand we have the hierarchy problem in it's various forms, in my understanding in it's most serious form one could state it as the observation that if there is a heavy mass scale M in ...
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Categorizing solutions to Hierarchy problem

We know that no gauge symmetry can prevent a term $m_\phi^2|\phi|^2$ for a scalar field, and that, given the quadratic loop corrections, the natural scale is $m_\phi \sim M_P$. This is related to the ...
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How does the electric field operator change inside an optical cavity

In the free field, transverse electric field operator is given by the below expression; $$d^{\bot}(R)=i \sum_{p,\lambda}\Big( \frac{\hbar cq}{2V\epsilon_{0}}\Big)^{1/2} ...
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Peskin Schroeder $\phi^4$ mass renormalization

In Peskin Schroeder, section 10.2, the contributions to $M^2(p^2)$ of order $\lambda^2$ are calculated. They respective Feynman diagrams are given: why is this diagram NOT included?
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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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Assumptions in the LSZ reduction formula

In Srednicki, Chapter 5, it is said that the LSZ reduction formula holds only under the assumptions $$ \langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle =0 \qquad\text{and} \qquad \langle k|\phi(x)|0\rangle =e^{-ikx}$$ I ...
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Amputated Green's function in the LSZ formula

From Schwartz's QFT textbook, under Ch.18, Mass renormalization, Schwartz introduces a new LSZ formula with renormalized Green's function. He states that the new LSZ formula for QED, with pole mass ...
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Argument of E. Fradkin on the mean-field theory of spin liquids

I have read the chapter 8 of Field Theory of Condensed Matter Physics (2ed.) by E. Fradkin a couple of times, but I still confused by his argument at some points. I hope you can help me with that. ...
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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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Why does the photon propagator contain the metric tensor?

The Klein Gordon propagator is (Peskin p-30) $$ D_F(x-y)=\frac{i}{p^2-m^2} $$ which is actually the Green's function of the KG field. But a photon contains additionally $g_{\mu\nu}$ in the numerator. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Teach me Wick's theorem the honest way

Generally speaking the average guy marginally acquainted with quantum field theory or advanced combinatorics describes Wick's theorem as some sort of correspondence between higher order differential ...
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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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What do the four components of Dirac Spinors represent in the Standard Model?

I've been trying to get my head around the formalisms used in the Standard Model. From what i've gathered Dirac Spinors are 4 component objects designed to be operated on by Lorentz Transformations ...
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Equation of everything

Is this equation in the image true? Can you give some topics that I can cover the equation? Similar equation from http://www.preposterousuniverse.com:
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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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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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Motivation to introduce von Neumann algebras in addition to $C^*$algebras?

Observables are self-adjoint elements of a $C^*$algebra. As such, this structure seems sufficient to describe physics. A theorem by Gelfand and Naimark says that a $C^*$algebra can always be ...
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Why are right hand neutrinos unaffected by all forces except gravity

I'm curious as to something I read on Berkeley's website. Does anyone happen to know why, according to this model,right hand neutrinos are unaffected by all forces except gravity? (Model taken from ...
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Quantum to classical mapping: quantum criticality and path integral Monte Carlo

I'm trying to understand the connections between quantum models in d dimensions and classical models in (d+1) dimensions within two, possibly related, contexts: (i) in path integral monte carlo, the ...
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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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Virtual Particles and Causation [duplicate]

Sometimes when people debate what type of cause a universe with a beginning may have Virtual Particles has been used as an example of a thing that can arise without a cause. So my question would be ...