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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Do divergent parts cancel out between the 1-loop contribution to the vertex and the self-energy on the electron legs of the vertex diagram?

I regret I don't know how to draw Feynman diagrams here, so I refer to the standard book Peskin-Schroeder. At the beginning of section 7.5 on page 244 of this book several Feynman diagrams are shown, ...
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Virtual Gravitons?

In QED, the field strength dependence is expressed by a field of virtual photons of varying spatial density. I know that we describe gravity as a warp in space-time, but how can one warp space (and ...
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How does the choice of a particular vacuum in a field theory problem decide the number of Goldstone bosons?

How does the field expansion method (by this I mean expanding your fields about a chosen VEV and plugging into a given potential so that the masses of the fields are given by the coefficients in ...
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How does the choice of a basis decide how many Goldstone bosons there are under spontaneous symmetry breaking?

I have a question about how the basis you choose in a field theory problem semmingly decides how many Goldstone bosons you get after spontaneous symmetry breaking. For SU(2), if you choose the 3 Pauli ...
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Semileptonic decays of the $B_c$ meson

I am struggling with calculating the exclusive semileptonic $B_c^+\rightarrow J/\psi l^+\nu_l$ decay. I learnt that the amplitude is given by a product of the leptonic current $L^{\mu}$ and the ...
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How to prove that identical particles are attracted or repelled in a given spin-s interaction theory?

Let's assume that we have integer spin interaction theory (EM field, linearized gravity, arbitrary gauge spin s theory). How to prove the consequence that in interaction theory with spin $s = 2n$ two ...
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Why you need a graviton when you have the higgs boson?

Since I studied General Relativity I had this question running on my mind. As I see it (just taking lectures of Quantum Field Theory right now) "Why you need a gauge boson for gravity when the higgs ...
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Anomalies from a Renormaization Group Equation (RGE)

This is an approach to anomalies which seems unfamiliar to me.. Firstly what is this function $W$ which seems to satisfy the equation, $\frac{\partial W }{\partial g^{\mu \nu} } = \langle T_{\mu ...
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Intuition behind mass corrections to massless fermions

I'm trying to understand the intuition behind the mass correction to massless fermions. To be concrete lets consider a theory with a massless Weyl fermion ($\psi $), as well as two massive particles, ...
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Quantum field theory defines its own bounds of applicability

I recall hearing in a lecture something along the following lines: "Due to some intrinsic feature of quantum field theory in general (or maybe it was the standard model?), we know where it is ...
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Power counting with a cutoff

In Effective Field Theory video lectures found here, the professor explained power counting in effective field theories and the difficulties of power counting associated with loop diagrams. He then ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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The relation between classical and quantum vacua

First let me clarify what I mean by vacuum. Suppose we are concerned with a theory of fields $\phi ^i$ defined on a stationary globally hyperbolic spacetime $M$ (I want the spacetime to be stationary ...
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Most natural tensor structure for a quantum field

A quantum field is described by a Hilbert space. In many instances, the chosen tensor structure on this Hilbert space corresponds to that of space-like separated regions of space-time. The ...
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The use of the renormalisation constant $Z_2$ of the electron self-energy in Peskin & Schroeder

The use of renormalisation constants often puzzles me. A good example is the use of $Z_2$ in the equation (7.58) of Peskin Schroeder. $Z_2$ is defined in equation (7.26). as $Z_2^{-1} = ...
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Two definitions: 'semi-classical space-time' and 'supersymmetric Minkowski space'

By reading articles I ran several times into two terms, never being defined so I assume they must have well established definitions somewhere. The first is semi-classical space-time. If I where to ...
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Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory?

EDIT: Better rewording by Chris White: Is it possible to have a theory that treats both GR and QFT (e.g. QFT on a curved spacetime dynamically influenced by the standard QFT fields)? Is such a theory ...
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Why is Dirac Lagrangian in Curved Spacetime Weyl Invariant?

Are there any references on the Weyl invariance of the Dirac Lagragian in general spacetime?
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General Relativity research and QFT in curved spacetime

A naive question: Are these subjects, i.e. classical GR and QFT in curved spacetime, being worked upon much anymore? Who is researching this and what are the problems within these fields? Any ...
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Dirac Lagrangian density in curved spacetime

I'm trying to derive this form of the Dirac Lagrangian density in curved space-time: $$ \mathcal{L}~=~\det\left(e\right)\bar{\Psi}\Bigg ...
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Massless fields in curved spacetimes

I read the following statement in one of Penrose's paper zero rest-mass field equations can, with suitable interpretations, be regarded as being conformally invariant. I take this to imply that ...
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Can photons have negative energy?

Apparently there are 2 electron self-energy graphs possible. The first, the more "familiar", where the incoming electron at time $t_1$ splits up in a photon and an virtual electron. At $t_2>t_1$ ...
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Why an unstable particle is not the exact eigenstate of the exact hamiltonian?

According to Srednicki's QFT textbook, page151 "According to our development of LSZ formula in section5, each incoming and outgoing particle should correspond to a single-particle state that is an ...
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Trace and adjoint representation of $SU(N)$

In the adjoint representation of $SU(N)$, the generators $t^a_G$ are chosen as $$ (t^a_G)_{bc}=-if^{abc} $$ The following identity can be found in Taizo Muta's book "Foundations of Quantum ...
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Why does local gauge invariance suggest renormalizability?

I'm reading Gauge Field Theories: An Introduction with Applications by Mike Guidry and this particular remark is not obvious to me: A tempting avenue is suggested by the QED paradigm, for if a ...
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Negative sign in the Dirac term from the SUSY Kahler potential

I want to calculate the Dirac term from the canonical Kahler potential, \begin{equation} K = \Phi ^\ast \Phi \tag{1} \end{equation} but I'm coming across a pesky negative sign in the final result. I ...
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Fierz identity with Dirac spinors

The following Fierz relation does not seem so obvious to me : \begin{equation} \bar{\psi}_1 \gamma^\mu (1+\gamma_5)\psi_2 \bar{\psi}_3 \gamma_\mu (1-\gamma_5) \psi_4 = -2 \bar{\psi}_1 (1-\gamma_5) ...
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2 Component Spinor Formalism

In Chapters 34-36 of the Srednicki QFT book, 2 component spinors and their combinations in Dirac and Majorana spinors are carefully constructed. Specifically, in equations 36.14 and 36.15 the ...
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What's a lepto-diquark?

This questions refers to Slansky's Group theory for unified model building, page 106 of chapter 7. He assigns the weight $(1)(01)$, which is stepwise projected from $E_6$ to $SU(2)\times SU(3)$, to a ...
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MS scheme and its RG equation by Cheng and Li

I've got a question about derivation of RG equations made in "Gauge theory of elementary particles" by Cheng & Li. At page 79 (page 97 in Russian edition) they represent bare parameters ($\mu_0, ...
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How can results from classical optics be obtained from QFT?

Recently it came to my mind, that I have some basic knowledge about QFT and know im principle how to calculate scattering amplitudes (at least for the $\phi^4$-theory), but have no idea how to ...
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Suggested reading for renormalization (not only in QFT)

What papers/books/reviews can you suggest to learn what Renormalization "really" is? Standard QFT textbooks are usually computation-heavy and provide little physical insight in this regard - after my ...
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Phase factors under rotations of strong and weak isospin

The strong isospin raising operator changes a $d$ quark into a $u$: $$ \tau_+ \big|d\big> = \big|u\big> $$ However, for antiquarks, there is an additional phase factor: $$ \tau_+ \big|\bar ...
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How to think about antiparticles in KG equation?

I am a beginner to study QFT and have a problem. I know, in Dirac equation, thanking to the Pauli exclusion principle and believing that the vacuume is the state that all the negative energy states ...
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Ground state of a quantum mechanical system

When looking back at my courses of quantum mechanics, I noticed that assumptions about the ground state of a quantum mechanical system where rather vague and unprecise. It is always assumed that a ...
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Gamma functions integral identity

In Srednicki's QFT book, eq. $14.27$ is a result used over and over again for computing loop correction. It is the following integral evaluated in terms of gamma functions: $$ \int d^dq ...
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electron in the nucleus

In the event that the electron is in nucleus of the atom (via tunneling effects and other things I don't understand), How does QED deal with this situation?
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Chern bands and HEP Lattice Fermions: the emergence and the exact map

Chern bands or Chern insulators in 2 spatial dimensional(2D) are a way to construct the bulk insulating gap, but with edge or surfaces with gapless fermions. Such gapless fermions are emergent, and ...
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axion couplings

As I understand it, the axion $a$ originates from the spontaenous symmetry breaking of $U(1)_{PQ}$. This symmetry being anomalous, and because of the QCD vacuum structure, a non vanishing term like ...
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No Lagrangian description v.s. No quasi-particle description

This post is aimed to stimulate some discussions. We are familiar with many physical descriptions and theories of the (many-body quantum) system, with both quasi-particle description and Lagrangian ...
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Quantization of strings, string Fock space and transition to QFT

I am not an expert of string theory and am quite uncertain about the basic ideas of string theory that I am going to ask about. I would appreciate some hints of more experienced physicists. What I am ...
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How to calculate gravity path integrals about an AdS background?

Suppose I have some Lagrangian of some higher derivative gravity coupled to a may be matter fields. Now I want to fluctuate it to quadratic order about an AdS background and calculate the 1-loop ...
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Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice?

Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice? After all, the physics of dice throwing is in the world of classical mechanics, rather than quantum mechanics.
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Majorana Superfields

so apologies if this is a silly question... In the type 1 see saw model we add extra Majorana fermions to our model. These fermions have to be total gauge singlets in order to have a Majorana mass ...
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Derivation of neutrino oscillation phase factor

As we know, the neutrino $\nu_{\alpha}$ with flavor $\alpha=e,\mu,\tau$ is a linear combination of mass eigenstates: $$ |\nu_{\alpha}\rangle=\sum_iU_{\alpha i}|\nu_i\rangle,\quad i=1,2,3 $$ where the ...
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Bosonization on the lattice fermion - a rigorous mapping

An inquiry: usually the bosonization is done on the field theory side. The mapping between the fermion operator to the boson operator is done for the field theory operators. As far as we know for the ...
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Tadpole diagram and vacuum

This statement may be well-known. For many massless theories, these tadpole diagram graphs vanish in dimensional regularization (by dimensional analysis and the absence of any inherent mass scale in ...
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Eikonal approximation in QFT

Does the eikonal approximation for calculating a scattering amplitude in QFT provide the exact result in the limit of $s\rightarrow\infty$ at finite $t=0$ ($s$ and $t$ are the usual Mandelstam ...
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Proof for the Mass gap of non-chiral Luttinger liquids with a Cosine potential

Similar to this post, I believe in condensed matter, people know the mass-gap statement for non-chiral Luttinger liquids with large $g \cos(\beta_{}^{} \cdot\phi_{})$ potential. This is the ...
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Dirac Equation in General Relativity

Dirac equation for the massless fermions in curved spase time is $γ^ae^μ_aD_μΨ=0$, where $e^μ_a$ are the tetrads. I have to show that Dirac spinors obey the following equation: ...