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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Why representations instead of just groups?

This question is essentially asking for a clarification on what has already been said in this one. What I don't understand is why it is the representations that are important in Quantum Field Theory ...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see ...
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What is the Green's function of the Klein-Gordon equation with a variable mass?

Usually, the Klein-Gordon equation's propagator is calculated with a constant mass. But what if the mass is a variable? That is, $$ (-\partial^2 + m(x)^2)G(x, y) = \delta^4(x-y)$$ where $m(x)$ is a ...
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Mean free path in QFT

I'm trying to understand the hydrodynamic approximation of a general QFT when the large $k$ and $\omega$ DOF have been integrated out i.e that at highly enough temperature every non-trivial QFT ...
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Lorentz-invariant phase space of a three-body decay process

I am not following the use of delta function in the 3-body decay process. In $\gamma^* \to gq\bar{q}$ process, with $\gamma^*$ being a virtual photon, we have a phase space factor $$d^9R_3 = ...
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Poincare representations for interacting field theory

I was going through Rudolf Haag's memoir http://link.springer.com/article/10.1140%2Fepjh%2Fe2010-10032-4 and came across these lines: '..in quantum field theory (or for any system of interacting ...
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What is the problem with quantizing GR in the Effective Field Theory approach?

In the modern view due to Wilson, the cut-off $\Lambda$ is an intrinsic property of a theory and renormalization just means that the theory is invariant under scale transformations below $\Lambda$. ...
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Why is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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Equation for Electric and Magnetic field from the equation for a “massive photon”

I was reading the Quantum Field Theory book by Maggiore. There he says that in side a superconductor the photon satisfies the equation $$(\Box+m^2)A_\mu=0$$ Then he adds that the electric field and ...
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What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer charge?

What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer electric charge, i.e. equal to an integer times the electron charge? Given that the quarks have the fractional electric charges they do, ...
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Running coupling, effective potential and the stability of vacuum

Consider the potential $$V(\phi)=\frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2+\lambda\phi^4$$ where $\phi=\phi(t,\textbf{x})$ is a real scalar field. Let, $\mu^2<0$ and $\lambda>0$ then the potential is bounded from ...
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2->2 scattering, Lorentz invariance phase space, Schwartz Eq5.29

In Schwartz Sec. 5.1.2, he explains 2->2 scattering in the center-of-mass frame. In Eq. 5.27 he gives: $$ d\Pi _{\text{LIPS}}=\frac{1}{16 \pi ^2}d\Omega \int dp_f \frac{\delta ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some linear combination of Higgs fields gets a VEV?

This is a follow-up question to this question. How can I compute which generators remain unbroken when a linear combination of Higgs fields $a \Phi_1+ b\Phi_2$ get a vev? If I compute the unbroken ...
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Estimate the threshold for $e^+e^-$ production due to the vacuum instability in an atom.

When a nucleus with very high $Z$ is created, the binding energy of the innermost electronic orbit becomes sufficient to create $e^+e^-$ pairs. The pair can be created out of the vacuum – the electron ...
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Questions about the beta function in QFT

When someone defines $\beta(g)=\mu\frac{dg}{d\mu},\quad (1)$ he is implicitly assuming that the result of the rhs of this equation can be written only in terms of $g$ instead of $\mu$, which is not ...
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Problem understanding electromagnetic interaction with matter (non-relativistic QED)

I'm having trouble understanding the interaction of radiation with matter in (elementary non-relativistic QED) in Coulomb gauge ($\nabla\cdot\boldsymbol{A}=0$). We saw how to quantize the free ...
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Srednicki - computing divergent piece of loop integral

I was reading through Srednicki and didn't quite understand one of the paragraphs in Section $51$ on loop corrections in the Yukawa theory on P.$322$. It's the fermion loop correction to the local ...
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Probability of finding vacuum?

Consider a real scalar quantum field $\varphi (x)$, interacting with a classical real scalar field $J(x)$ : $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial \varphi)^2 - \frac{m^2}{2} \varphi^2 + \varphi J$$ ...
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Degrees of freedom of quantum scalar field

In Srednicki P33, we tried to generalize the time evolution equation in Heisenberg picture: $$ e^{+iHt/\hbar}\varphi(\mathbf x, 0)e^{-iHt/\hbar}=\varphi(\mathbf x, t) $$ into relativistic form: $$ ...
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Photon one (odd) point function in QED

In Peskin's QFT textbook, when discussing the superficial divergence of loops in QED, the book says (page 317): "To analyse the photon one-point function,note that the external photon must be ...
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A box loop-integral [closed]

I am trying to evaluate the integrate $$ \int\frac{d^Dk}{(2 \pi)^D} \frac{1}{(k^2)^2(k^2-m^2)} $$ using dimensional regularisation ($D=4-2\epsilon$). From various references it appears that it should ...
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How to deal with boundary conditions for path integrals?

For non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the boundary conditions are rather simple to deal with, they are just \begin{equation} \langle x_1, t_1 \vert x_2, t_2\rangle = \int_{x_1(t_1)}^{x_2(t_2)} ...
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The energy of dual boundary field in AdS/CFT

In AdS/CFT, when the spacetime is a planar AdS black hole with dimension ($d+1$), the corresponding energy of boundary field theory is proportional to the black hole mass parameter. For example when ...
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How to write the second quantization form of spin-orbit coupling(Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction)?

Spin orbit coupling is the single particle term, so the second quantization form can be written like:$\langle \alpha\sigma|s\cdot(\nabla V\times P)|\beta\sigma'\rangle ...
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Momentum Twistor variables and non-planar theory

I know that the use of twistur-momentum variables makes manifest the arising of certain poles in scattering amplitudes: if the sum of external momenta $P_I = p_i + p_{i+1} + ... + p_j$ is going ...
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Why is the chiral symmetry only $SU(3) \times SU(3)$ and not $SU(6)$?

In the limit where the masses vanish, low energy QCD has a well known chiral symmetry (see http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0505265 for a very extensive review, and pg 19 for the section relevant for my ...
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Computing box diagrams with non-vanishing external momenta

I'm trying to explicitly compute the following box diagram in the Feynman-t'Hooft gauge: If I neglect the impulsion of the $s$ quark, then the final amplitude is given by $$\mathcal{A} \propto ...
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Is there a standard resource that lists all understood particle-particle relationships?

I am just starting to dig a little deeper into particle interactions, and just have an introductory college physics background (no quantum mechanics). But I am interested in the conditions of the ...
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LSZ reduction vs adiabatic hypothesis in perburbative calculation of interacting fields

As far as I know, there are two ways of constructing the computational rules in perturbative field theory. The first one (in Mandl and Shaw's QFT book) is to pretend in and out states as free ...
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Vacuum expectation value for 2 point fermionic field

I was trying to compute $\langle 0|T(\psi_\alpha(x)\bar\psi_\beta(y))|0 \rangle$, i.e., the 2-point function for the Dirac field. While, I could easily compute, $\langle ...
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Complex integration by shifting the contour

In section 12.11 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, he evaluates an integral involved in the Green function solution to the 4-potential wave equation. Here it is: $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty dk_0 ...
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Are the bare parameters of a renormalizable field theory infinitesimal or infinite?

I think this should be an easy question. Several sources I've read say that the bare parameters in a quantum field theory are "infinite" so that the renormalized values are "finite". However, in ...
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How to describe time evolution in relativistic QFT?

I must confess that I'm still confused about the question of time evolution in relativistic quantum field theory (RQFT). From symmetry arguments, from the representation of the Poincare group through ...
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Hermitian properties of Dirac operator

I am trying to understand the Hermiticity of the (massless) Dirac operator in both (flat) Minkowski space and Euclidean space. Let us define the Dirac operator as $D\!\!\!/=\gamma^\mu D_\mu$, where ...
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I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. Is it equivalent? [duplicate]

I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. First method: Use LSZ reduction formula $$\langle p_1\cdots p_m;out|k_1\cdots k_n;in\rangle=\big(\frac{i}{\sqrt{Z}}\big)^{n+m}\int ...
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The scale anomaly and dependence on scale

The scale anomaly states that if we have renormalizable theory without dimensionful function, which is scale invariant, then corresponding quantum theory may lost this symmetry because of ...
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Nambu notation and the Majorana bound state

In celebrated work of Fu and Kane they show appearance of Majorana bound state thanks to presence of superconductor and surface states of topological insulator. They write Hamiltonian $H = ...
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Why do the masses of decay products affect the branching ratio?

Consider a particle $P$ of mass $100m$ (where $m$ is some unit). It can decay into either of two particle-antiparticle pairs: $P\to P_1\bar{P}_1$ with branching ratio $BR_1$, where $P_1$ has mass ...
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Why is conformal field theory so important?

I just started escaping the world of quantum mechanics and looking to study quantum field theory. I heard of AdS/CFT and also heard that CFT is of much importance. Now I do not get why having ...
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Deriving Schrodinger equation from QFT with the definition $\psi(\textbf{x},t)\equiv \langle 0|\phi_0(\textbf{x},t)|\psi\rangle$

In the book "Quantum Field theory and the Standard Model" by Matthew Schwartz, he uses the equation $$\partial_t^2\phi_0=(\nabla^2-m^2)\phi_0$$ (i.e., the Klein-Gordon equation for the free ...
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Casimir effect for spinning Casimir plates

I recently thought of the following experiment. Let's say I have two plates in vacuum facing each other. Now, due to the Casimir effect, there will be some internal attraction between the plates. Now ...
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S-duality of Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton theory

Consider theory with action $$S = \int d^D x \sqrt{-g} (R - \frac{1}{2} \partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi - \frac{1}{2k!} e^{a \phi} F^2 _{[k]} ) $$ where $\phi$ is dilaton and $F_{[k]}$ is ...
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Some diracology in traces

Suppose I want to evaluate the trace $p_{\alpha} q_{\beta}\text{Tr}(\gamma^{\alpha} \gamma^0 \gamma^{\beta} \gamma^0)$. Using the standard trace formula for four gamma matrices I arrive at ...
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Why do we say that elementary particles are pointlike? [duplicate]

When people discuss quantum field theory in a popular context, they say that fundamental particles, such as quarks and electrons, are pointlike, with zero size. However, I don't think this is what ...
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Correct Yukawa Term with a SU(2) Higgs Triplet?

Given $SU(2)$ doublet fermions $\Psi^1$ and $\Psi^2$ and a $SU(2)$ triplet Higgs $H$, how does the correct Yukawa term look like in tensor notation? Schematically, we have $$ 2 \otimes 2 \otimes 3 ...
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Wave equation for de Sitter invariant Green's functions

In several papers on QFT in de Sitter space (curvature set to $1$) it is asserted that the Klein-Gordon equation obeyed by the two point function of the free fields: $$(\square-m^2)G(x_1,x_2)=0 $$ can ...
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Schwartz's book: Spinor-helicity formalism

I'm trying to learn the spinor-helicity formalism from Schwartz's QFT book. His equation 27.44 is describes the annihilation of an electron(1)-positron(2) pair to a muon(3)-antimuon(4) pair. He ...
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What would have been the story of the Universe if there was no mechanism to produce massive fundamental baryonic particles? [duplicate]

Thanks for those of you who took their time answering my problem but it seems that there is a misunderstanding between us. Most answers are based on the assumption of Electroweak symmetry breaking ...
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How does higher spin theory evade Weinberg's and the Coleman-Mandula no-go theorem?

Recently I heard some seminar on higher spin gauge theory, and got some interest. I know there are some no-go theorems in quantum field theories: Weinberg: Massless higher spin amplitudes are ...
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Why can you make $V$ stationary with respect to a parameter of the field in Derrick's theorem?

I'm going over Coleman's derivation of Derrick's theorem for real scalar fields in the chapter Classical lumps and their quantum descendants from Aspects of Symmetry (page 194). Theorem: Let ...