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 all massless particles (e.g. photon, graviton, gluon) necessarily have the same speed $c$?

I suppose there was a discussion already on speed-of-gravity-and-speed-of-light. But I silly wonder whether all the massless mediators of four fundamental forces, i.e. Graviton: $g_{\mu\nu}$ ...
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Is there any theory in physics that might support the existence of tachyons?

According to Einstein, we all know that light is the fastest thing and it's impossible to beat it's speed. But isn't there a way to go around this? I read somewhere that tachyons gain speed per the ...
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Why isn't the path integral rigorous?

I've recently been reading Path Integrals and Quantum Processes by Mark Swanson; it's an excellent and pedagogical introduction to the Path Integral formulation. He derives the path integral and shows ...
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A special path integral

May be $f(\vec{x}), \vec{g}(\vec{x})$ an arbitrary functions dependent on the coordinates $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)^T$. Defining the following function dependent on a 3-dimensional curve $\vec{\gamma(t)}$ ...
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Photons acting as carriers of both attractive and repulsive forces

I understand, in basic terms, how a photon, whilst not being electrically charged itself, is viewed as creating electrical repulsion by means of positive momomentum transfer between two negatively ...
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Why are only logarithmic divergence relevant for the Callan-Symanzik equation? Intuitive understanding?

I may be wrong, but it seems that only logarithmic divergences need to be retained when using the Callan-Symanzik equation, finding running couplings, etc. Why is this the case? Is there some simple ...
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Are electrons held together by vacuum energy?

If one models the electron as a hollow spherical conductor with charge $e$ and radius $a$ then its electrostatic energy is given by: $$E_{em}=\frac{1}{2}\frac{e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0a}$$ However if one ...
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Can we measure the electron spin independently of its magnetic moment?

What experimental evidence do we have for the intrinsic angular momentum of the electron (its spin)? I am specifically interested in whether we have a value for this that is independent of the ...
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Parker-Taylor formula in the $n=4$ simple case

I am trying to do ex. 2.23 of http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.1697v2.pdf. I have chosen as reference spinors $q_1,q_2 = p_3$ and $q_3,q_4 = p_1$. Therefore if I compute $A^4[1^- 2^- 3^+ 4^+]$ the ...
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About $SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L = U(2)_L $

In the many textbook of standard model, i encounter the relation \begin{align} SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L ~=~ U(2)_L. \end{align} Here $L$ means the left-handness. (It is a physical ...
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complex scalar field as a sum of scalar and pseudoscalar fields

Let's consider theory of a complex scalar field $$\phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(s+\imath p)$$ Is it true that under CPT transformations $s$ is a scalar field and $p$ is a pseudoscalar field?
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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Symmetries in QM and QFT — operator transformation laws

In quantum mechanics, we implement transformations by operators $U$ that map the state $|\psi\rangle$ to the state $U|\psi\rangle$. Alternatively, we could transfer the action of $U$ onto our ...
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How do I arrive at the perturbative expansion of a proper n-vertex from the Effective Action without resorting to Feynman Diagrams?

I am especially interested in the expansion of a 4-vertex which is the sum of 1PI diagrams in the expansion of the 4-point connected correlation function.
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Which cardinality of infinities are subtracted in the renormalisation of quantum field theory?

In quantum field theory, e.g. in quantum electrodynamics, renormalisation is used to make sense of an infinite number of virtual particles. This, crudely, involves the subtraction of infinities. But ...
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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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What are the alternatives to the Higgs mechanism?

Can someone summarize, with references if possible, all of the alternatives to the simplest model (that requires only a single scalar Higgs field with the Mexican Hat potential) of spontaneous ...
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What physical evidence is there that subatomic particles pop in and out of existence?

What physical evidence shows that subatomic particles pop in and out of existence?
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Writing scalar quantum field as mode expansion form for interacting theory

We know that for Klein-Gordon Equation, quantum field can be written in the form $$\phi(\mathbf{x},t) = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\omega_p}}[a_p e^{-ipx} + a^\dagger_p e^{ipx}]$$ It ...
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Time-dependence of ladder operators in quantized EM fields

My Question Are the operators for the $A$, $E$ and $B$ field to be treated as operators in a Heisenberg description or is their time dependence explicit when performing a textbook EM quantization as ...
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Are the following terms, related to scale invariance and renormalization in QFT, equivalent?

Which of the following terms are equivalent? and in what cases/limits do the non-equivalent terms become equivalent? A) a scale invariant quantum field theory. B) a conformal quantum field theory. ...
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Asymptotic behavior of Euclidean correlators in QCD

I am reading an old review paper (http://journals.aps.org/rmp/abstract/10.1103/RevModPhys.65.1). In the beginning it makes the following statement (I copy with slightly different notation). If we ...
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Recommendation about higher derivative theory

Are there some textbook or review about following parts of higher derivative Lagrangian? How to figure out the degrees of freedom of higher derivative theory? How to analyse the stability of a ...
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Quantum fields from cluster-decomposition principle

I would like help proving Weinberg's claim (I've quoted him below) that quantum fields are an unavoidable consequence of merging particle-based quantum mechanics with both Lorentz invariance and the ...
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Pion decay into electron and anti-neutrino

In Peskin and Schroeder Books Chapter 5 subsubection Bound State equation (5.43) $\mathcal{M}(\uparrow \uparrow \rightarrow B)=\sqrt{2M}\int ...
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Why don't virtual particles violate conservation of mass/energy?

If virtual particles sometimes add more mass/energy to a system then was inputed or comes out in the output, how do they not violate conservation of mass/energy.
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What are the quantum numbers of Majorana neutrinos?

I have a question about majorana neutrinos. Majorana particles are particles that are their own antiparticle. From this I would argue that they need to have all quantum numbers equal to zero. My ...
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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Intuition for Homological Mirror Symmetry

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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General solution of the four-vector with each component satisfying the wave-equation

Maybe this is more appropriate for Math stackexchange, but this question regards the solution we use in order to find representation for massive / massless spin-1 particle. When $$(\Box + m^2)A_\mu = ...
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Superficial Degree of Divergence for Feynman Diagrams

The superficial degree of divergence for a diagram is defined as the power of $k$ in the nominator minus the power of $k$ in the denominator. It is written to be equal to $4\times$ ...
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How to find creation and annihilation operators? [duplicate]

I get confused when trying to find this. Please describe it as simply as possible, but keep in mind I have no budget whatsoever to pay for textbooks, so here goes: How do you find the creation and ...
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What is the relationship between vibration of the field and quantum fluctuation?

Consider a free field like the KG equation. I see that why $$\tilde \phi(\mathbf{p},t)$$ a momentum-dependent quantity, is an oscillator, vibrating at a frequency because when we apply the Fourier ...
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Does the need for renormalization in QFT vanish once you use a more fundamental theory (e.g., string theory)?

It is often explained that renormalization arises in QFT because QFT is a low-energy effective theory that needs to be replaced by a more fundamental theory at higher energies/smaller distances. While ...
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Does the existence of instantons imply non-trivial cohomology of spacetime?

Gauge theories are considered to live on $G$-principal bundles $P$ over the spacetime $\Sigma$. For convenience, the usual text often either compactify $\Sigma$ or assume it is already compact. An ...
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The meaning of keeping the bare parameters fixed

So, this question concerns two different kinds of renormalization group equations. I would like some clarifications, if possible. The usual RG equations taught in QFT courses, like the ...
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Why are the charge operator $Q$ and the baryon number operator $B$ unbounded?

A friend recommended me to read PCT, Spin and Statistics, and All That written by R. F. Streater and A. S. Wightman. In page 5 to 6, here's what the authors of this book have to say: [...] In ...
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Neutrino mass and the Majorana equation

I can't seem find this on the Internet. What does the Majorana equation predict neutrino masses to be (if they were their own antiparticle), and how? (I have little understanding of spinors, btw...) ...
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Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?

My question is following "Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?" Here I treat $5D$ supersymmetric gauge theories. Also I heard Non-renormalizablity of $5D$ gauge theories implies the ...
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How to parametrize off-shellness?

The energy of a massive on-shell particle of mass $m$ and three-momentum $\vec{p}$ satisfies $$E_\vec{p} = \sqrt{\vec{p}^2+m^2}. $$ What would be the analogous expression for an off-shell particle? ...
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Why has the Higgs potential the form it has?

The potential for the Higgs field is a quartic one (Mexican hat). Is this done for simplicity or are there fundamental reasons for this choice? I can imagine further contributions to this potential ...
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Supersymmetric cancellation of loop contributions in a SUSY gauge theory

It is known that in SUSY models, loop contributions are automatically zero leading to a technically natural solution of the Higgs mass hierarchy problem. In many SUSY books/notes, it is often shown ...
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Quantization of a free field: Klein-Gordon case

I am a beginner and reading this course text on QFT. The author first introduces the KG equation: $$\partial_\mu\partial^{\mu}\phi+m^2\phi=0$$ [with Minkowski signature $(+,-,-,-)$]. Then the ...
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Feynman Propagator in Position Space through Schwinger Parameter

So I am aware of a thread at Propagator of a scalar in position space but it does not answer my question, which is more about poles in position space. Starting from $$D_F(x_1-x_2) = \int \frac{d^4 ...
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What does it mean to have a degenerate $S$-matrix?

The Coleman-Mandula theorem $D>2$ assumes that the quantum field theory may not have a degenerate $S$-matrix. But what does it mean to have a degenerate $S$-matrix? The $S$-matrix if I got it ...
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The limited Computing Capabilities of Space, Increased quantized info leads to time-dilation?

Are there any approaches to Special and General Relativity using space as a computing medium? With space having a maximum computing capability and time dilation as lag? Could this idea describe the ...
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Shifting the integration variable in loop integrals

We know that, in four dimensions, shifting the integration variables is valid only for convergent and logarithmically divergent integrals. If we employ a hard cutoff $\Lambda$, is it permissible to ...
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Why renormalizable theory is useful?

Why renormalizable theory is useful? I want to know detail reason for above question. At a glance, I know following things. In quantum field theory, $i.e$ computing self-energy(or self-interaction) ...
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How could the effective electric dipole interaction be derived

In some papers (e.g. Bernreuther equation (1.4), The electric dipole moment of the electron) you can find the electric dipole interaction defined as $$L_I=-\frac i2 ...
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How is a blackbody spectrum formed in the Sun?

Sunlight can be treated as BB radiation. Why is it a continuous spectrum while the sun contains only a few elements and the radiation from the jumps between atomic levels are discrete? How does the ...