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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Group theoretic way to find charges after SSB

I was wondering what is the group theoretic way to find the resulting charges of matter fields after a scalar field is given a vev. In the case of the EW symmetry breaking, one can directly read the ...
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Is the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian unbounded below?

This question is about the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian for simplicity, but the problem seems to remain when dealing with other fields (e.g. Dirac, photon...). One usually writes the Hamiltonian ...
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What is the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum field theory?

I am most interested in interpretational differences due to the fact that quantum field theory is relativistic while quantum mechanics is not. By "Copenhagen interpretation" I mean a minimal ...
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Weinberg Volume I Equation (10.5.10) on page 451

I copy it here: $$\Delta'_{\mu\nu}(q)=\Delta_{\mu\nu}(q)+\Delta_{\mu\rho}(q) M^{\rho\sigma}(q) \Delta_{\sigma\nu}(q)$$. $\Delta_{\mu\nu}(q)$ is the bare photon propagator, and $\Delta'_{\mu\nu}(q)$ ...
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Why does not the bare interaction potential appear in the Bogoliubov theory?

They use some effective potential defined by the s-wave scattering length, but not the bare atom-atom interaction $V(r)$. Why? It is standard practice in second quantization to use the bare ...
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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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Counterterm Lagrangian and Renormalisation?

I am going through the notes on QFT by M. Srednicki (online: http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html), and I am having a hard time to understand the "renormalised" Lagrangian. Consider a ...
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Which is the analogous of the unitarity constraint of chiral perturbation theory in superchiral perturbation theory?

I am trying to reconstruct something and I would appreciate omeone helping me filling the gaps. To motivate my question let's first consider chiral perturbation theory with up and down quarks. This is ...
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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude confusion

I keep seeing this for the vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude: $\langle 0,\infty|0,-\infty\rangle_J\,.$ What is $|0,-\infty\rangle_J?$ Am I to take the Hamiltonian with the source present, ie. ...
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Do particles with exactly zero energy exist?

In my understanding, in Newtonian mechanics if something has no mass it cannot be said to "exist" since it cannot possibly have energy or momentum and thus cannot participate in interactions or be ...
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Large Spin operators and radial quantization

I've been reading the paper "Comments on operators with large Spin" (here) and I am having some trouble understanding the following: In section 2, they begin by studying, in a conformal field theory ...
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How are scale of renormalization and scale of symmetry breaking related?

If symmetry breaking, e.g. with a potential $V=-\mu^2\phi^2 + \lambda \phi^4 $ occurs at a certain energy scale, and I now evolve to another scale via the Callan-Symanzik equations, does that change ...
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Is there a useful way to represent the optical theorem in the parametric representation?

The usual way to represent the optical theorem for Feynman diagrams is through the Cutkosky rules. The proof of these rules works by considering the momentum representation and performing the iterated ...
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How does Lorentz invariance make $(\Psi_0,J_{\mu}\Psi_0)$ vanish?

Right before equation (10.4.7) in Weinberg's volume 1 on quantum field theory, he said $(\Psi_0,J_{\mu}\Psi_0)$ vanishes due to requirement of Lorentz invariance. As I understand, this term is a ...
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Why does the Walecka model not include pions?

The Walecka or $\sigma$/$\omega$-model is an effective theory describing nucleon-nucleon interaction by an exchange of $\sigma$/$\omega$-mesons. Why does it not include interactions by pions?
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Why is the free field operator the same with interactions present?

In free scalar theory, the field would have the expression $$\phi(x)=\int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3\sqrt{2E_p}}a_p e^{-ip_\mu x^\mu}+a^\dagger_p e^{ip_\mu x^\mu}$$ Suppose we have an interaction with a ...
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Does the connected Green's function's decomposition into 1PI-s have connected contributions, or can it be written exclusively using 1PI-s?

While reading this article by Abbot on the background field method, in Fig 5. on page 38 (page 6 in the pdf file), we can see the relation between connected contributions to the two point function and ...
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What is $\phi(x)|0\rangle$?

Suppose for instance that $\phi$ is the real Klein-Gordon field. As I understand it, $a^\dagger(k)|0\rangle=|k\rangle$ represents the state of a particle with momentum $k\,.$ I also learned that ...
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Difference between locality and causality?

I ask this question as the two seem to be very closely related and are sometimes taken to be one and the same (in the notion of microcausality in QFT), which has left me confused as to what meaning of ...
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How to calculate the functional derivative of the functional integral?

I study by myself with the QFT, in the page 197 of book of Lewis H. Ryder (2nd edition), The author wrote that he take the functional derivative of equation 6.69: $$\frac ...
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Typical Momentum Invariants of a General 3-Point Function for Renormalization Conditions

According to Peskin, p.414, at the bottom, as part of calculating the $\beta$ functions of a theory, we need to fix the counter terms by setting the "typical invariants" built from the external leg ...
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How are quadruple gluon vertices related to $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$?

I once read that the non-commutativity of the Lie Groups $SU(2)$ and $SU(3)$ is the reason that the weak and strong interactions have Feynman diagrams with quadruple vertices, where four gauge bosons ...
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Locality, unitarity & vacuum energy

I've read in a set of lecture notes that the requirement of locality and unitarity in QFT imply that the vacuum must have a non-zero energy associated with it (http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.05296 , top of ...
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How do gauge boson interact with elementary particles?

We know that gauge bosons are the force carriers of fundamental interactions, but how do the gauge bosons themselves interact with particles?
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Symmetry breaking to a special subalgebra?

This is a follow-up to my question here. For regular subalgebras of some group's Lie algebra the root system of the subalgebra is a subset of the root system of the original's group algebra. In ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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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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How is the stability of Higgs vacuum affected? [duplicate]

What is meant by standard model vacuum? Is it same as the the vacuum of the Higgs potential? What is meant by the stability or instability of vacuum? And how is Higgs self-interaction responsible for ...
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Does gravity affect quantum fluctuations? [closed]

Empty space is filled with quantum fluctuations. My question is, since space is affected by the amount of matter contained in it (based on General Relativity), does gravity affect quantum ...
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Ground state for interacting field thoeries

Are there references where the ground state of an interacting quantum field theory is explicitly written in terms of states of the underlying free theory? For example, let us suppose to have a self ...
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Are the pion fields in chiral perturbation theory complex or real fields?

The chiral perturbation theory Lagrangian is written $$\mathcal{L}_2=\frac{f_{\pi}^2}{4}Tr(D_{\mu}U^{\dagger}D^{\mu}U)$$ where $$U=e^{i\sqrt{2}\Phi/f}$$ and $$\Phi= \begin{pmatrix} ...
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Is there a maximum number of fixed points that a QFT can have?

I was wondering: is there a maximum number of (trivial and non-trivial) fixed points that a QFT can have (as a function of the space-time dimension and field content in the QFT)?
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Calculation of Beta Functions in Yukawa Theory

I am trying to calculate the $\beta$ functions of the massless pseudoscalar Yukawa theory, following Peskin & Schroeder, chapter 12.2. The Lagrangian is $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu ...
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Invariance of the QED Lagrangian under charge conjugation

Is it true that the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \bar{\psi}(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m) \psi $$ is invariant under charge conjugation? $$\begin{align} \psi &\mapsto -i(\gamma^0 \gamma^2 \psi)^T\\ ...
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What is the algebraic form of the momentum eigenstate?

I'm asking this in the context of trying to verify the equation $a^{\dagger}_{p} \vert 0 \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\omega_p}} \vert p \rangle$. So far I have calculated $\vert 0 \rangle = ...
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Isospin In Kaon Decay

The decay $ K \to \pi \pi $ at zero-strong interaction level is calculated by considering the matrix element of the operator $ Q_2 = (\bar{s}u)_{V-A} (\bar{u}d)_{V-A} $ for two kinds of processes: ...
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Why do we consider Lagrangian densities in QFT?

My question is: Why do we consider Lagrangian densities in QFT (as opposed to Lagrangians as in classical mechanics)? Is it simply because of the following? We wish the theories to be Lorentz ...
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Exact meaning of locality and its implications on the formulation of a QFT

As far as I understand it, locality in physics is the statement that interactions can only occur between physical objects if the spacetime interval separating them is null or time-like. Thus, if the ...
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Photon polarization sum prescription in $e^-e^+\to{}2\gamma$

In calculating the amplitude for the process $e^-\gamma\to{}e^-\gamma$ the substitution $\sum\epsilon_{\mu}\epsilon^*_{\nu}\to-\eta_{\mu\nu}$ is useful to sum over photon polarizations. If we ...
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator [duplicate]

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Commutation relations in QFT and the principle of locality

My question is, given two space-time points $x^{\mu}$ and $y^{\mu}$, if the events that occur at these points are simultaneous, i.e. $x^{0}=y^{0}$, are the two events necessarily space-like separated? ...
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Do neutrinos refract?

The most benign of interactions is refraction. While neutrinos rarely interact with matter in a sense like the photoelectric effect, does that mean that they don't refract either?
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Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation diverging?

I'm trying to work out the propagator for the free scalar field theory (i.e., the Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation). On pages 23 and 24 of Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (you ...
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Two math methods apply the same loop integral lead different results! Why?

I tried to adopt the cut-off regulator to calculate a simple one-loop Feynman diagram in $\phi^4$-theory with two different math tricks. But in the end, I got two different results and was wondering ...
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Help in deriving the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly

I'm stuck on the derivation of the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly. This is discussed on page 666 of Peskin and Schroeder (equation 19.76) or these notes on page 14 (equation 39). According to these ...
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How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general?

I asked this in astronomy How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general? but they suggested I ask it here. It is very confusing. Is there an easy ...
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How do the renormalization enter the actual amplitude calculation in QFT?

I have studied QFT from Peskin and Schroeder and from a few other books and lectures and I think I understand the procedure of renormalizing various parameters in the Lagrangian like mass, coupling ...
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Mass and wave function renormalization In chiral perturbation theory

Before I put forward my actual question, I think it will be useful to set the context in a clear way and that involves my understanding of a few very basic things of Chiral Perturbation Theory. ...
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Mathematician learning theoretical physics [duplicate]

EDIT: I was aware of the supposed duplicate. But I'm interested in a clear and focused path through the basics to advanced theoretical physics such as string theory - a path that avoids studying ...
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Where do negative powers of $f_\pi$ in the hadronic amplitudes come from?

According to Peskin and Scrhroeder the pion decay constant $f_\pi$ is defined via the following matrix element $$\left\langle0|j^{\mu5a}(x)|\pi^b(q)\right\rangle=-if_\pi \delta^{ab} q^\mu e^{-iqx}$$ ...