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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Integration & bremsstrahlung calculation

In this paper (relevant pdf section) that I'm reading, involving the calculation of bremsstrahlung in electron proton scattering (diagram below), the author calculates the integral over outgoing ...
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How to replace $T$-product with retarded commutator in LSZ formula?

I am reading Itzykson and Zuber's Quantum Field Theory book, and am unable to understand a step that is made on page 246: Here, they consider the elastic scattering of particle $A$ off particle $B$: ...
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Non-invariance of the Interaction term in QED lagrangian

The interaction term in the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}_{int}=e\bar\psi\gamma^\mu A_\mu\psi$$ changes under a gauge transformation $$A_\mu\rightarrow A_\mu+\partial_\mu\chi$$ Doesn’t it affect the ...
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How Should I Think About the Dirac Equation?

In Weinberg's QFT Vol. 1 he says the Dirac equation is not a true generalization of Schrodinger's equation, that it does not stand up to inspection when viewed in this light. He says it should be ...
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Quantizing highly nonlinear field-theories?

I'm wondering how to go about quantizing a classical field theory which looks nothing like a free field theory plus a perturbation term. Suppose for concreteness I have the classical hamiltonian $ ...
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In SUSY, why do fermions and gauge bosons in the same multiplet both transform in the adjoint representation of the gauge group?

I'm trying to understand a certain point about supersymmetry. We are dealing with a N=1 (i.e, one supersymmetric flavour), massless, four dimensional theory. Then the vector multiplet consists of a ...
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Why particle number operator $\hat{N}$ is $\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}$ rather than $\hat{a}\hat{a}^\dagger$?

Both $\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}$ and $\hat{a}\hat{a}^\dagger$ are Hermitian, how do we know which one represents the particle number?
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How to understand “always create before we annihilate, not the other way around”?

On the book QFT in a Nutshell by A.Zee page 61 writes Always create before we annihilate, not the other way around. —Anonymous But in this Phys.SE question we are doing it the other way ...
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Time evolution operator of a periodic Hamiltonian

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian $H(t)$ with periodicity $T$. The time evolution operator in a full period is $$U_1=\cal{T}e^{-i\int_0^T H(t)\mathrm{d}t}$$, where $\cal{T}$ is time ordering operator; ...
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Non-Perturbative feynman diagrams?

The wikipedia page for Feynman Diagrams claims that Thinking of Feynman diagrams as a perturbation series, nonperturbative effects like tunneling do not show up, because any effect that goes to ...
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How to construct singlet and other multiplets from two triplets

Let an $SU(2)$ isotriplet operator is given by\begin{equation}\bar{l^c}i\tau_2\vec \tau l=l^T Ci\tau_2\vec \tau l\sim 3\end{equation} and an isotriplet Higgs field \begin{equation}\vec \Delta\sim ...
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What is the actual significance of the amplituhedron?

The news that physicists have discovered a geometrical object that simplifies a lot our models of quantum physics has recently became viral. For an outsider like me, it is difficult to actually ...
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How to derive the form of the parity operator acting on Lorentz spinors?

I'm reading Berestetskii (Volume 4 of Landau & Lifshitz) section 19 on inversion of spinors. Berestetskii says parity $P$ maps undotted spinors into dotted spinors and vice-versa as ...
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scattering by weak potential and the adiabatic hypothesis

In Ryder QFT, regarding the calculation of the scattering amplitude by a weak potential $V$, the potential is assumed to be switched on and off slowly using the adiabatic hypothesis. But there is a ...
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Are the Yang-Mills equation and its generalization gauge invariant?

I have derived the Yang-Mills equation and its generalization coupled to a current of a scalar field $\phi$ by extremalizing the action describing a $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ scalar field gauge theory: ...
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Holographic Renormalization in non-AdS/non-CFT

In AdS/CFT, the story of renormalization has an elegant gravity dual. Regularizing the theory is done by putting a cutoff near the conformal boundary of AdS space, and renormalization is done by ...
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Is a “third quantization” possible?

Classical mechanics: $t\mapsto \vec x(t)$, the world is described by particle trajectories $\vec x(t)$ or $x^\mu(\lambda)$, i.e. the Hilbert vector is the particle coordinate function $\vec x$ (or ...
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Mixed two-point vertex in QFT

I am considering a theory with two fields, say $\phi$ and $\psi$. The Lagrangian contains quadratic terms, i.e., propagators for both fields and a quartic interaction term for one of the fields. ...
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Scalar Yukawa Theory in non-relativistic limit

I'm new to QFT, and am enrolled in a class at my school. I feel as though the teacher didn't give us the tools to tackle this problem yet. It's only the second week and we've gone through at most ...
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Srednicki's book chapter 8

Reading first page in chapter 8 of Srednicki's it reads: To employ the $\epsilon$ trick, we multiply $H_0$ with $1-i\epsilon$. The results are equivalent to replacing $m^2$ with $m^2-i\epsilon$. ...
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What is the central charge about? [closed]

I have two very basic questions. What is meant by the term conformal field theory? What is the central charge in a conformal field theory?
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New Supersymmetry Algebra

We know that SUSY generators commute with translation $$ [P_\mu,Q_\alpha]=0 $$ I have some questions: What is this equation physical meaning? Is it possible to make "SUSY-like" generators that do ...
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Several stationary points of the action functional

In QFT the principle of stationary action states that we choose fields that will make the action stationary but what if the action has many stationary points (for a fixed choice of boundary ...
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Is this summary of modern theoretical physics correct?

This is not exactly a physics question; it's more of a question about physics. You'll see what I mean in a minute. My understanding of modern theoretical physics is below. What I want to know is: Is ...
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Mean-field approach to quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems

I have a basic confusion concerning the mean-field theory of quantum phase transitions in Fermi systems. Consider as an example the BCS theory of superconductivity in a Dirac fermion system, ...
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Is it possible to make superpartner of Standard Model live in Mirror World?

In the ordinary Supersymmetry (SUSY), the superpartner of SM live in SM world (matter world). Then we introduce mirror world with mirror particle live there. I would like to make a new concept that ...
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Ward identity derived from global symmetry and SDE, different from that derived from gauge symmetry?

In QED, according to Schwinger-Dyson equation $^{[1]}$, $$\left(\eta^{\mu\nu}(\partial ^2)-(1-\frac{1}{\xi})\partial^{\mu}\partial^{\nu}\right)\langle 0|\mathcal{T}A_{\nu}(x)...|0\rangle = e\,\langle ...
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Quantum Yang-Mills Theory and AdS/CFT

I just read the first chapter of Becker-Becker-Schwarz. To quote: A remarkable discovery made in the late 1990s is the exact equivalence (or duality) of conformally invariant quantum field ...
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Are critical exponents below and above the critical point always same?

The scaling relations don't distinguish the the critical exponents below and above the critical value. In the mean field level, I understand these critical exponents are same whatever one approaches ...
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Physics in torus, cylinder, Klein bottle and mobius strip

In string theory, or supersymmetric gauge theory, they often calculate the partition function on specific Riemann surfaces, such as torus, cylinder, Klein bottle, Mobius strip. Refer to the ...
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single-particle wavepackets in QFT and position measurement

Consider a scalar field $\phi$ described by the Klein-Gordon Lagrangian density $L = \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi^\ast\partial^\mu \phi - \frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^\ast\phi$. As written in every graduate ...
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Computing things in Effective field theory

I find it hard to go through most of the homework problems in an effective field theory course. In fact I think I have developed a general disdain in solving hard Quantum field theory related ...
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Permutations of two identical particles in two dimensions

In three spatial dimensions there are only two possible statistics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. This is the fact related with the statement that first homotopic group of 3-dimensional configuration ...
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Why do we not have spin greater than 2?

It is commonly asserted that no consistent, interacting quantum field theory can be constructed with fields that have spin greater than 2 (possibly with some allusion to renormalization). I've also ...
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TQFTs and Feynman motives

Questions Is a topological quantum field theory metrizable? or else a tqft coming from a subfactor? For a given metric, are there always renormalization and Feynman diagrams? Is there always a Feynman ...
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How are Feynman rules derived (in general)?

There are some questions (not all answered) on how Feynman rules for specific cases are derived (e.g. Sign of Feynman rules with derivative couplings, Feynman rules for coupled systems, How can we ...
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Several Complex Variables in QFT

After reading the very interesting quote about several complex variables in QFT: "The axiomatization of quantum field theory consists in a number of general principles, the most important of ...
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Group theoretical reason that Gluons carry charge and anticharge

I was wondering how it is possible to see from the $SU(3)$ Gauge Theory alone that Gluons carry two charges colors: $g\overline{b}$ etc. Some background: The W-Bosons (pre-symmetry breaking) ...
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Why is Quark Mixing forbidden in the Lagrangian (pre CKM)

The corresponding term in Lagrangian for the coupling of quarks to gauge fields reads $$ \sum_{i} \bar Q_i D_\mu \gamma^ \mu Q_i .$$ Considering the Yukawa terms it is generally stated, that no ...
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The massive Thirring model

I am trying to find conservation laws in the following coupled equations: \begin{equation} -af(x) + i\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} + g(x) + |g(x)|^2 f(x) = 0 \end{equation} \begin{equation} -ag(x) - ...
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Retarded thermal Green function

I'm working with finite temperature field theory, but I'm having problems understanding the retarded Green's function in this formalism. I'm reading Niemi and Semenoff's article "Finite Temperature ...
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Split property for type III algebras entails practical separability

I am reading Halvorson's thesis (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/346/1/main-new.pdf), however I don't understand a proof at p.50 where he tries to explain why the split property allows a local agent ...
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Which is more fundamental, Fields or Particles?

I hope that I am using appropriate terminology. My confusion about quantum theory (beyond my obvious unfamiliarity with its terminology) is basically twofold: I lack an adequate understanding of ...
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Understanding the states in Quantum Field Theory

I am self-studying quantum field theory, and I've been struggling to understand the nature of the states that emerge in quantum field theories. After thinking about it, what I think one has in the ...
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Clarifications needed on Gauge Fixing and Ghosts [closed]

The first time some kind of gauge fixing appears is during the Gupta-Bleuler procedure, which is used to be able to quantize the photon field: The basic gauge invariant Lagrangian leads to $\Pi_0=0$ ...
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value of $\omega$ in nonlinear equation

In this article the authors wrote a nonlinear equation as $$-\frac{\partial^2 \phi}{\partial t^2}+ \nabla \phi= \phi+ \sum_{k=2}^\infty g_k \phi^k$$ They have scaled the time as, ...
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Why do Faddeev-Popov ghosts decouple in BRST?

Why do Faddeev-Popov ghosts decouple in BRST? What is the physical reason behind it? Not just the mathematical reason. If BRST quantization is specifically engineered to make the ghosts decouple, how ...
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About $U(1)_A$ symmetry,

I know a $U(1)_A$ symmetry is related with a global symmetry. (Is it axial or anomaly ) What is A stands for? In the context of supersymmertry, Fundamental and anti-fundamental chiral multiplet has ...
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Wave-like description of Compton scattering and photoelectric effect

I have found in the wikipedia page for QFT the following statement: ... Although the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering strongly suggest the existence of the photon, it is now understood ...
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Two expressions for topological instanton number

I have begun to study instantons and I have the following difficulty: $\newcommand{tr}{\operatorname{Tr}}$ I am considering theory with $SU(2)$ gauge group: $S=\frac{1}{2g^{2}}\int \tr ...