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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Estimate mass of exchange boson by decay time

I have made a rough estimate that the minimum lifetime $\tau$ of the proton must be $10^{23} \, \mathrm{s}$. From this I would like to estimate the mass of the X boson which would mediate this decay ...
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Crossing Symmetry in Bhabha scattering and Moller scattering

Given the amplitude for a particular process, it may be possible to obtain the amplitude for another similar process by a so called crossing symmetry. I know there is a $s \leftrightarrow u$ crossing ...
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1-Loop Mass Splitting of vector-like Fermions

In this paper the author argues that for a vector-like fermion doublet, with degenerate mass $M$ at tree level, we always have a mass splitting between the charged component of the doublet $L$ and the ...
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Connection between statistical and quantum mechanics

I am aware of Gibbs measures, given the energy (Hamiltonian) of an arrangement, one can determine the frequency of the arrangement. Plug the energy level in the Boltzman equation and there you go. I ...
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How is the ground state chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process?

This question is about how the ground state is chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process. Say we have a Mexican Hat potential (e.g. the one for the Higgs field) and are sitting at the unstable ...
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Integrated Ward Identity

Suppose you have the following ward identity : $$\int_{M} d^4x\ \epsilon(x)\ \partial_{\mu} \langle j_{\mu}(x)O(y)\rangle = - \ \langle\delta O(y)\rangle$$ where $\delta O(y)$ can be written in the ...
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How do derivative couplings affect canonical quantization?

Consider a Lagrangian for a scalar field $\phi$ with an interaction term $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial^2 \phi)^2 \phi.$$ Here I'm suppressing all indices for brevity. Now, this is just a ...
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What's the connection between the pole contours of propagators and their causality?

Wikipedia distinguishes between three kinds of propagators for a scalar field: The Retarded propagator's contours have $\mathrm{Im}(k^0)>0$ on both poles, so its limit is completely in the first ...
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Renormalization Point for Coulomb Potential?

In Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Matthew Schwartz at page 177 he explains that we use the renormalization point $p_0=0$ in order to derive Eq. 17.54: \begin{equation} \tilde{V}(p)= ...
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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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Physical poles in QFT scattering amplitudes?

In QFT, for instance in $\phi^3$ theory, the scattering amplitudes are said to be constrained to feature so called "physical poles" only. Consider generalized Mandelstam variables ...
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Is a Weyl fermion its own antiparticle?

Majorana fermions are their own antiparticles, and Weyl fermions are just Majorana fermions without mass. However, I haven't been able to find any source that says whether a Weyl fermion is its own ...
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Apparent failure of SUSY nonrenormalization theorem

I am having trouble reconciling two pieces of information. Consider supersymmetric QED, i.e. a supersymmetric U(1) gauge theory with two chiral superfields of opposite charges, $h$ and $\hat{h}$. 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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Does tunneling transmission probability depend on the density of states or velocity?

In some quantum text books [1], the tunneling transmission formula depends only on the density of states of 2 regions (DOS) involved in tunneling. ($T(E) = C \times DOS_1(E) \times DOS_2(E)$, where C ...
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Pauli Villars Regularization

Consider the t-channel diagram of phi-4 one loop diagrams. Evaluated it is, with loop momenta p, $\frac{\lambda^2}{2}\displaystyle\int\frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4}\frac{1}{(p+q)^2-m^2}\frac{1}{p^2-m^2}$ If ...
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$e^-e^-\rightarrow e^-e^-$ scattering relative negative sign quick computation

In the QED scattering process $e^-e^-\rightarrow e^-e^-$ there are two possible diagrams in the tree level. If I label the momenta I have, $$e^-(k_1)\quad e^-(k_2)\quad \longrightarrow \quad ...
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Are there negative energy states in QED?

I was reading Weinberg I, when I came upon the following statement$^1$ (slightly edited by me): \begin{align} (\not p+m)u=ie\not A\\ (\not p-m)v=ie\not A \tag{1} \end{align} The minus sign on ...
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Some questions about QCD [closed]

About QCD, I have two questions. I know I should propose one question one time, but they are actually two steps of the same question: Non-perturbative aspects of QCD. 1, Why do we need to solve QCD ...
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Two conflicting definitions of chirality

Consider a Majorana fermion embedded in a Dirac spinor, $$\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_L \\ i \sigma_2 \psi_L^* \end{pmatrix}.$$ The Majorana fermion $\psi_L$ is left-chiral, i.e. it transforms in the ...
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What is the Lorentz group representation for a general spin?

Setup, as I understand things so far: One way to think about where the spin of a quantum field comes from is that it is a consequence of the ways that different types of fields transform under ...
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SHO in QM and Klein Gordon field in 1+0D QFT

The SHO in QM with mass $m=1$ has action $$ S[x] = \int dt \frac{1}{2} \dot x^2 + \frac{1}{2}\omega^2 x^2 $$ by integration by parts we see this is the same as 1 dim Klein Gordon QFT action with ...
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Why don't we observe spontaneous symmetry restoration in nature?

Why do we always observe spontaneous symmetry breaking in nature and not restoration? Does there exist some argument with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the entropy of the universe increasing? If ...
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What is a slow-roll field?

I am studying inflation reading this article http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0406191 and in section 3 it states: This inflaton field may evolve slowly down its effective potential, or not. While ...
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How does Hawking radiation grow as a black hole evaporates?

The temperature of Hawking radiation is inversely proportional to the mass of a black hole, $T_{\rm H}\propto M_{\rm BH}^{-1}$, and so as the black hole shrinks the temperature of the radiation should ...
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Why does Landau theory not fail when dealing with a first order phase transition?

Here is a problem where I can do the calculation, but I am not understanding the philosophy behind it. It is about Landau theory: The Landau theory of phase transitions is based on the idea that the ...
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What really goes on in a vacuum?

I've been told that a vacuum isn't actually empty space, rather that it consists of antiparticle pairs spontaneously materialising then quickly annihilating, which leads me to a few questions. ...
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Spinor field normalisation from poles in the propagator

In the theory of free scalar bosons (KG field) it is a basic result that the propagator $\Delta(p)$ has poles at $p^2=m^2$, with residue $1$ (or any other constant, depending on conventions). Thinking ...
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How to represent the spherical wave by using Fock basis?

Suppose I have two particles with opposite momentum: $$ |\psi \rangle_{\mathbf k} = |\mathbf k; -\mathbf k\rangle ,\quad |\mathbf k| = M $$ I want to represent the spherical symmetric distribution of ...
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Schroedinger field operators and their commutation relations

I've got several questions regarding the so called second quantization of the Schroedinger equation. My professor introduced the field operators for the Schroedinger field by simply stating them as ...
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Structure of Mass Renormalisation

I'm currently working on the renormalisation part in Peskin, Schroeder QFT. There it is stated that non-logarithmic UV divergences give a mass renormalisation and thus are forbidden, e.g. for the ...
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Global Anomaly and Ward Identity

This question is a continuation of the answer posted for this question about anomalies. What happens to the Ward identity corresponding to a global symmetry if that symmetry is anomalous? I mean, is ...
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Global anomaly for discrete groups

We know that: a global anomaly is a type of anomaly: in this particular case, it is a quantum effect that invalidates a large gauge transformations that would otherwise be preserved in the ...
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Holevo Information and Quantum Mutual Information

This question is about the difference between Quantum Mutual Information and Holevo Information of quantum channels. From http://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.2495.pdf equation 7 we know that the sum of quantum ...
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Is absorption probality modulated by interferance instanteneous or retarded effect?

Let say the absorption probability at some atom 1 location is modulated by photo ionized electron wave (ionized from 1) that scatters by neighboring atom 2 and returns to the 1. (Around the absorption ...
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A question about Fierz identities in Peskin's Quantum field theory

In Peskin's "quantum field theory", there is a identity of Pauli matrix which is connected to Fierz identity,(equation 3.77) ...
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Commutation Relations in Second Quantization

I understand that if I have the field operators $\psi(r)$ and $\psi^\dagger(r)$, then I have the canonical commutation relation (in the boson case) $$[ \psi(r) , \psi^\dagger(r')]=\delta(r-r').$$ My ...
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Computation of theta-term from triangle diagram

The chiral $U(1)$ anomaly in QCD can be calculated exactly by one-loop Feynman diagrams, for example by the famous triangle diagram. I am currently performing the computation to get a better ...
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What is the meaning of SU(2) triplet scalar field? [closed]

The following is an about a Left-Right Symmetric model. $SU(2)\otimes SU(2)$ $(2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1)$ will generate a triplet, which in Left-Right Symmetric model is ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking of scalar multiplet theory

Consider a theory with two multiplets of real scalar fields $\phi_i$ and $\epsilon_i$, where $i$ runs from $1$ to $N$. The Lagrangian is given by: $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} (\partial_{\mu} \phi_i) ...
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Scalar two loop diagram in $\varphi^4$ theory

Could someone explain how, or at least show me a link that explicitly shows the calculation of a two-loop corrections to scalar’s two-point function in $\varphi^4$ theory in the massless limit.
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Is even the perturbative expansion of the QCD beta function expected to be divergent?

The usual QCD folklore tells us that perturbative expansions are (at best) asymptotic. Recently a colleague of mine told me that the expansion of the beta function is thought to be convergent because, ...
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Why do we exclude the quark condensate in the OPE?

In every QCD paper I open people say that in the OPE, the lowest order non-trivial condensate is the gluon condensate, whose dimensions are 4. Nonetheless, I knowof the existence of the quark ...
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Continuum of states after 2-particle states

In the Hilbert space of some free theory one can define single-particle states as $|\vec{p}>$, 2-particle states as $|\vec{p},\vec{q}>$ and so on. The $total$ 4-momentum eigenvalue of the ...
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Reasoning behind the logarithm in the expansion during dimensional regularisation

In the calculation of integrals using dimensional regularisation, one often encounters an expression like $$I_n(m,\epsilon) \propto \left(\frac{4\pi\mu^2}{m^2}\right)^{\frac{\epsilon}{2}} \times ...
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Neutral pion mass correction from electroweak instantons

It is stated that the virtual process $$ \pi^{0}\to 2W \to \pi^{0}, $$ where $\pi^{0}$ is neutral pion and $W$ denotes $W-$boson, generates the small correction to the pion mass, namely $$ \delta ...
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Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in global $U(1)$ symmetry

I was reading SSB from Ashok Das - Lectures on Quantum Field Theory. I have a couple of questions. First Question Equation (7.65) reads ...
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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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Conservation of BRST current in QED

I am trying to understand the conservation of the BRST current in QED but am having some trouble. This is what I have so far, QED lagrangian density in Lorenz gauge is, $$L = ...
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What is a soft photon?

I accidentally came across the words "soft photon" today after reading a few blogs. There was some discussion of special situations involving gauge redundancies and a theorem by Weinberg. What is a ...