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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Symmetry factor of Feynman diagram

What is the symmetry factor for the following Feynman diagram if we assume that the external points are held fixed? Please ignore the arrows in the diagram. I am referring to the second diagram on ...
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Is an entropic force an actual force that can be explained as a fundamental interaction?

Fundamental interactions, such as electromagnetism, the strong force, the weak force, and possibly gravitation, all have something in common: They can be described in terms of relativistic quantum ...
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Different representations of the Lorentz algebra

I've found many definitions of Lorentz generators that satisfy the Lorentz algebra: ...
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Faddeev Popov Gauge Fixing in Electromagnetism

Reading section 9.4 in Peskin, I am wondering about the following: The functional integral on $A_{\mu}$ diverges for pure-gauge configurations, because for those configurations, the action is zero. ...
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What uniquely defines a CFT?

So, I am quite new to CFT (and a as descriptive answer as possible would be appreciated). I want to know what uniquely defines a CFT in 2D and otherwise. Firstly in 2D, What defines a CFT? So I ...
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When does the correlator of a string of fields and the current vanish “sufficiently fast” at infinity and Ward's identity?

One consequence of the Ward identity (cf. Di Francesco et al) is that it means variation of correlators under infinitesimal transformation is zero. This can be seen by integrating the ward identity, ...
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Potential of the pseudo Nambu-Goldstone boson

Pseudo Nambu-Goldstone bosons appear in breaking approximate symmetries, for instance, the QCD axions. Many literatures just write the action of those pseudoscalars without any explanation. In ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor in QFT vs. GR

What is the correspondence between the conserved canonical energy-momentum tensor, which is $$ T^{\mu\nu}_{can} := \sum_{i=1}^N\frac{\delta\mathcal{L}_{Matter}}{\delta(\partial_\mu f_i)}\partial^\nu ...
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Instanton in sine-Gordon equation

This is a statement from Giamarchi's book on Quantum Physics in 1D: "For a single-particle in a cosine potential, the slightest amount of tunneling between two cosine minima leads to conduction ...
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Difference between the 'phonons and virtual photons'

I understand what are virtual photons and the difference between the real and virtual photons. However, I am not able to clearly distinguish the difference between the 'phonons and virtual photons'. ...
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Difference between regularization and renormalization?

In my studies on quantum field theory we have come up with the concepts of regularization and renormalization. I'm a little confused about these two. In my understanding regularization is a way to ...
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What does it mean that there is no mathematical proof for confinement?

I see this all the time* that there still doesn't exist a mathematical proof for confinement. What does this really mean and how would a sketch of a proof look like? What I mean by that second ...
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Finite corrections to the Higgs mass in SUSY

I am worried here about specific supersymmetric scenarios in which an energy scale above the TeV is introduces. An example would be the Seesaw extension of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. ...
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What is the origin of the factor of $-1/4$ in the Maxwell Lagrangian?

I have seen numerous 'derivations' of the Maxwell Lagrangian, $$\mathcal{L} ~=~ -\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu \nu}F^{\mu \nu},$$ but every one has sneakily inserted a factor of $-1/4$ without explaining why. ...
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Virtual particles and physical laws

Recently, I was reading about Hawking Radiation in A Brief History of Time. It says that at no point can all the fields be zero and so there's nothing like empty space(quantum fluctuation etc.). Now, ...
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Difference between $\psi_{\alpha}$ and and $u^{\pm}$ in Dirac fields?

What is clear difference between say Psi_1,psi_2,....psi_4 and the U+- and V+- matrices in case of dirac fields or are u,v (or some book use U^(1),U^(2)) matrices some rep of the same
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What is the concept of cosmic strings?

What is the concept of cosmic strings? Is it related to the strings in the string theory, and if it is, then how?
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Parity on gamma matrices

I want to understand clearly why $ P \gamma^{\mu} P = \gamma^{\mu} $, where $ P $ is the parity operator. This result follow for example from pag. 66 of Peskin-Schroeder. The parity operator acts ...
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Seiberg-Witten theory and Superconductivity

There seems to have some (deep) relation between Seiberg-Witten theory and superconductivity. e.g. this Witten paper. Q: Could someone introduce the relations between the twos both physically in ...
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Is the total cross section a Lorentz Invariant?

In Peskin and Schroeder's book (P&S), on the botton of page 106, the authors say that the total cross section transforms as its only non-invariant factor, namely: $$ {1 \over E_{A} E_{B} |v_A - ...
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Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free

I came upon the concept of irreducible vector-spinors while trying to simplify an expression involving the gravitino field. It is claimed that an irredicible vector-spinor is gamma-traceless, i.e. $$ ...
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Are not the field equations proof of the holographic principle?

The field equations (e.g. Schrödinger’s/Maxwell’s) describe the four-dimensional universe as the time evolution of a three-dimensional system. This implies that the universe contains only three ...
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What are the current contenders/most promising approaches to High Tc Superconductivity?

I want to know what kinds of things theorists are currently looking at. Specifically, I want to know more about the promise that field-theoretic methods are showing. I am studying superconductivity at ...
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Field redefinitions and new counterterms

My question was motivated by my attempt to answer this question. Suppose we are given an action and we make a change of variables such that the theory is non-renormalizable. Does the new theory then ...
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Matsubara Frequencie

I have to evaluate the following Matsubara sum: $$\frac1\beta \sum \left(\omega^2 +a^2\right)^{-1}$$ for Bosonic-Matsubara frequencies. I know contour integration it the way to go. Therefore, I ...
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Why gauge $SU(N)$ and not $SO(N)$?

When building models people typically gauge $SU(N)$ but rarely try to gauge $SO(N)$ (the only example I know about is $SO(10)$, but even that isn't quite $SO(10)$ but actually its double cover). At ...
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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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Spin matrix for various spacetime fields

Let $V^{\mu}$ be a vector field defined in a Minkowski spacetime and suppose it transforms under a Lorentz transformation $V'^{\mu} = \Lambda^{\mu}_{\,\,\,\nu}V^{\nu}$. We can write this like ...
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Virtual photons, what makes them virtual?

The wikipedia page "Force Carrier" says: The electromagnetic force can be described by the exchange of virtual photons. The virtual photon thing baffles me a little. I get that virtual particles ...
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Interchaging boson and fermion on an infinite 1 dimensional line

In 1+1 dim bosonization, one introduce the Klein factors, which are Hermitian and satisfies Clifford algebra. (1) In the case of 1 dim space is a 1D ring ($S^1$ circle), then one have left-right ...
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How does one expand gravity Lagrangians about an $AdS$ background?

I had previously asked this question. This is kind of a continuation of that. I recently found this expression which seems to be called the "Fierz-Pauli action" which is apparently the quadratic ...
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Do divergent parts cancel out between the 1-loop contribution to the vertex and the self-energy on the electron legs of the vertex diagram?

I regret I don't know how to draw Feynman diagrams here, so I refer to the standard book Peskin-Schroeder. At the beginning of section 7.5 on page 244 of this book several Feynman diagrams are shown, ...
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Virtual Gravitons?

In QED, the field strength dependence is expressed by a field of virtual photons of varying spatial density. I know that we describe gravity as a warp in space-time, but how can one warp space (and ...
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How does the choice of a particular vacuum in a field theory problem decide the number of Goldstone bosons?

How does the field expansion method (by this I mean expanding your fields about a chosen VEV and plugging into a given potential so that the masses of the fields are given by the coefficients in ...
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How does the choice of a basis decide how many Goldstone bosons there are under spontaneous symmetry breaking?

I have a question about how the basis you choose in a field theory problem semmingly decides how many Goldstone bosons you get after spontaneous symmetry breaking. For SU(2), if you choose the 3 Pauli ...
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Semileptonic decays of the $B_c$ meson

I am struggling with calculating the exclusive semileptonic $B_c^+\rightarrow J/\psi l^+\nu_l$ decay. I learnt that the amplitude is given by a product of the leptonic current $L^{\mu}$ and the ...
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How to prove that identical particles are attracted or repelled in a given spin-s interaction theory?

Let's assume that we have integer spin interaction theory (EM field, linearized gravity, arbitrary gauge spin s theory). How to prove the consequence that in interaction theory with spin $s = 2n$ two ...
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Why you need a graviton when you have the higgs boson?

Since I studied General Relativity I had this question running on my mind. As I see it (just taking lectures of Quantum Field Theory right now) "Why you need a gauge boson for gravity when the higgs ...
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Anomalies from a Renormaization Group Equation (RGE)

This is an approach to anomalies which seems unfamiliar to me.. Firstly what is this function $W$ which seems to satisfy the equation, $\frac{\partial W }{\partial g^{\mu \nu} } = \langle T_{\mu ...
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Intuition behind mass corrections to massless fermions

I'm trying to understand the intuition behind the mass correction to massless fermions. To be concrete lets consider a theory with a massless Weyl fermion ($\psi $), as well as two massive particles, ...
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Quantum field theory defines its own bounds of applicability

I recall hearing in a lecture something along the following lines: "Due to some intrinsic feature of quantum field theory in general (or maybe it was the standard model?), we know where it is ...
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Power counting with a cutoff

In Effective Field Theory video lectures found here, the professor explained power counting in effective field theories and the difficulties of power counting associated with loop diagrams. He then ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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The relation between classical and quantum vacua

First let me clarify what I mean by vacuum. Suppose we are concerned with a theory of fields $\phi ^i$ defined on a stationary globally hyperbolic spacetime $M$ (I want the spacetime to be stationary ...
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Most natural tensor structure for a quantum field

A quantum field is described by a Hilbert space. In many instances, the chosen tensor structure on this Hilbert space corresponds to that of space-like separated regions of space-time. The ...
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The use of the renormalisation constant $Z_2$ of the electron self-energy in Peskin & Schroeder

The use of renormalisation constants often puzzles me. A good example is the use of $Z_2$ in the equation (7.58) of Peskin Schroeder. $Z_2$ is defined in equation (7.26). as $Z_2^{-1} = ...
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Two definitions: 'semi-classical space-time' and 'supersymmetric Minkowski space'

By reading articles I ran several times into two terms, never being defined so I assume they must have well established definitions somewhere. The first is semi-classical space-time. If I where to ...
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Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory?

EDIT: Better rewording by Chris White: Is it possible to have a theory that treats both GR and QFT (e.g. QFT on a curved spacetime dynamically influenced by the standard QFT fields)? Is such a theory ...
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Why is Dirac Lagrangian in Curved Spacetime Weyl Invariant?

Are there any references on the Weyl invariance of the Dirac Lagragian in general spacetime?
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General Relativity research and QFT in curved spacetime

A naive question: Are these subjects, i.e. classical GR and QFT in curved spacetime, being worked upon much anymore? Who is researching this and what are the problems within these fields? Any ...