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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Degrees of freedom of the photon in $d=n$

It is well known that in ordinary $4$ dimension, the photon has on shell only two physical degrees of freedom. Physically this means its elicity is either $\lambda=+1$ or $\lambda=-1$ but cannot ...
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Gupta-Bleuler Formalism

In the Gupta-Bleuler formalism we have a problem with two states (scalar photons and longitudinal photons), because here $\langle \vec{k}_a|\vec{k}_b\rangle $ is negative or zero. However, I thought ...
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independence of the bare parameters on μ for beta function

So I know re-normalization has bean "beaten to death". I want to understand something a bit specific which might seem trivial. Independence of the bare parameters on $\mu$ and relevance to the beta ...
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Roadmap to the Renormalization Group Approach

I am an undergrad interested in HEP-Th. I have studied canonical quantization, and path integral approach for quantizing fields, and the EM field quantization, classical yang-mills theory. I want to ...
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$\mathcal{N}=4$ SUSY in $d=3$ versus $\mathcal{N}=2$ in $d=4$

Which is the field content of the hypermultiplet and the vector multiplet in $\mathcal{N}=4 \ d=3$ Supersymmmetry? Is it correct to state that $\mathcal{N}=4$ in $d=3$ has $8$ supercharges, (since ...
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How is the classical EM field modeled in quantum mechanics?

On the one hand, classical electromagnetism tells us that light is a propagating wave in the electromagnetic field, caused by accelerating charges. Then comes quantum mechanics and says that light ...
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Divergent Series

Why is it that divergent series make sense? Specifically, by basic calculus a sum such as $1 - 1 + 1 ...$ describes a divergent series (where divergent := non-convergent sequence of partial sums) ...
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Non-locality and quanta

Quantum mechanics is non-local in that long distance correlations are present, though there is no signalling possible. But QFT is Lorentz invariant and contains quantum mechanics as a special case. I ...
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Functionals of quantum states in QFT

Almost every book and article I can think of represents states of QFT using the Heisenberg picture of Hilbert space vectors, but Visser in "Lorentzian wormholes" does mention that you can also ...
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Compatibility conditions of spinors and Riemannian Metrics

I came across an interesting article by Montesinos (J. Geom. Phys. 2 (1985), no. 2, 145–153.). In it, he finds that spin structures (as lifts of $SO(4)$) are not compatible with all Riemannian metrics ...
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Born rule and Feynman propagators

Let us assume that we want to describe the full process of photon emission by electron A and absorption by electron B. Therefore electron B must be on the forward lightcone of electron A. In the ...
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Is $v(p)\exp(ipx)$ really the positron wave function?

In many textbooks the negative energy solution of the Dirac equation is quoted as describing the positron. Actually I don't understand this. For me $v(p)\exp(ipx)$ is the wave function of an electron ...
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What distinguishes time from space in Quantum Field Theory?

Consider the following expression for a general QFT action: $$ S ~=~ \int_0^t\mathrm dt~L ~=~\int_0^t\mathrm dt\int_\mathbb {R^3}\mathrm d^3x~\mathcal L ~=~\int\mathrm d^4x~\mathcal L.$$ Here we ...
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Negative sign in the Dirac term from the SUSY Kahler potential

I want to calculate the Dirac term from the canonical Kahler potential, \begin{equation} K = \Phi ^\ast \Phi \tag{1} \end{equation} but I'm coming across a pesky negative sign in the final result. I ...
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Why is photon annihilation associated with the POSITIVE frequency component of the electric field?

I'm reading Glauber's paper "The quantum theory of optical coherence". In his work he does not introduce the annihilation and creation operators, but he refers instead to the positive and negative ...
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Exchange Particle between an Electron Neutrino and Neutron?

How can a neutrino turn a neutron into a proton? This is the equation, $$ \nu_e + n \to p + e^- \,.$$ If you draw the Feynnmann Diagram which I attempted here, "Diagram" there isn't an exchange that ...
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How can W+ boson turn an electron to a electron neutrino?

If you look at the Feynmann Diagram of an electron capture: Whe W+ boson turns the electron into a neutrino. How is this possible? I thought the the boson carries the positive charge and converts ...
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Is it possible to Vectorialize Quantum Field Theories?

If I take the rules for classical electrodynamics in the covariant formulation (the closest to QFT), I have a tensor that describes the field, $F_{\mu\nu}$. Now we know that we can take some of the ...
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Which one is correct Dirac equation?

For a particle in potential $U(x)$ in 1D which equation is correct $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial t}=(cp \sigma_x+mc^2\sigma_z+U(x))\psi$$ or $$i\hbar\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial t}=(cp ...
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The most general procedure for quantization

I recently read the following passage on page 137 in volume I of 'Quantum Fields and Strings: A course for Mathematicians' by Pierre Deligne and others (note that I am no mathematician and have not ...
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(coordinates) Invariance/Covariance of Chern-Simons theory and Yang-Mills theory

It is known that 3D Chern-Simons(C-S) theory has no explicit metric involving in the Lagrangian density: $$ A \wedge dA + (2/3) A \wedge A \wedge A $$ while the 4D Yang-Mills(Y-M) theory has the ...
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Wightman axioms and gauge symmetries

I have a basic understanding of the Wightman axioms for QFT. I was reading the about the Mass Gap problem for simple compact gauge groups and was wondering how the gauge group is supposed to be ...
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Moving between degenerate vacua?

In spontaneous symmetry breaking, moving round the circular valley of Mexican hat potential doesn’t cost energy. These angular excitations are called Goldstone bosons. But doesn't the angular ...
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What exactly is regularization in QFT?

The question. Does there exist a mathematicaly precise, commonly accepted definition of the term "regularization procedure" in perturbative quantum field theory? If so, what is it? Motivation and ...
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Lax-Pair for principal chiral model

This question concerns Eq. (2.10) of the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0305116v2.pdf by Bena, Polchinski and Roiban. In section 2.1 they are showing that the infinite number of conserved ...
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Large-N factorization of single-trace operators

Does anyone know where I can find a pedagogical explanation of large-N factorization in SU(N) gauge theories or nonlinear O(N) sigma models (in the latter case the trace corresponds to a dot product). ...
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Can path integral paths go backwards in time?

The paths can cross any coordinate at any time in the whole space (e.g. Universe space). Integration goes over all could-you-imagine paths. But time goes strictly forward. Can time variable resemble ...
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Reducing massive representation of the Poincare group to the massless one

I want to ask about the connection for massive and massless representation of the Poincare group. Sorry for the awkwardness. First I must to represent the formalism for both of cases. Massive ...
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Off-shell corrections to massive vector boson propagator in polarization form

As an exercise for myself, I have been working on rewriting the massive vector boson propagator (unitary gauge). I have run into a problem interpreting some of the terms that stick around when the ...
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Spacetime and uncertainty principle

I only have limited knowledge of relativity and quantumphysics but as far as I know, the uncertainty principle relates the uncertainty of space and momentum of a particle. Einstein however, explained ...
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Second quantization of Klein Gordon field

Does the second quantization of the Klein Gordon field which involves using the harmonic oscillator paradigm ultimately lead to the conclusion that electromagnetic field is nothing but photons(bosons) ...
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Generalized Unitarity cut of Scalar One-loop Box integral

How does one perform the integrals in four particle cuts in generalized unitarity? It would be helpful how one finds solutions to the simplest case, the fully determined box integral given by: ...
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Can we make usable energy from subnuclear particles?

I understand mass and energy are the same, but in this question I will be talking about mass being turned into usable energy (electricity/heat/etc). We can make our energy through chemical reactions ...
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Vacuum expectation value in QFT

In QFT, one writes the VEV of a field $\psi$ as $\langle0|\psi|0\rangle$. But as I understand it, the fields in QFT are not operators, but just some functions which we use to calculate cross-sections. ...
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Can we have a physical interpretation for a time independent Schrodinger equation of this form?

I am interested in a time independent Schrodinger equation of this form. $$F*\psi - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2{\psi}}{\partial{x^2}} = E\psi$$ Here the product $V\psi$ is replaced by the ...
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How is the current for the Dirac equation derived?

Why is it that the derivative of the current $j^\mu$ is the difference between the Dirac equation and its adjoint?
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Normalization for QFT single particle destruction operator

I don't understand a particular statement in the QFT book by Klauber. The particular page I'm having difficulty on is page 67 of chapter 3 (PDF link). The big picture is that the author wishes to ...
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A question about polarization in quantum mechanics

We start our question we a definition A subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex polarization if \ $P$ is Lagrangian P involutive dim$P\cap\bar ...
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Loop corrections to propagator (QFT of Srednicki)

Perhaps this is a very basic question. In chapter 14 of Srednicki's QFT textbook (2007), $O(g^2)$ loop corrections to the propagator of $\phi^3$ theory is discussed. However, I don't know how to ...
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Is the real scalar remained real after analytical continuation in imaginary time formulation?

I am studying thermal field theory. I am being confused while studying analytical continuation of time coordinate made in the real scalar field theory at finite temperature. Apparently it occurs to me ...
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Equations of motion from the Standard Model

For some time now I have been wondering if you could not derive any sort of equations of motion from the Standard Model: ...
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How can I integrate in $\mathrm{d}t$ the cube of the harmonic oscillator propagator?

I'm redoing the calculations of "Point Canonical Transformations in the path integral", by Gervais and Jevicki; while doing so I stumbled in integrals like $$ \int \mathrm{d}t \, \Delta_F^3(t) = ...
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CP violation from the Electroweak SU(2)$_{weak,flavor}$ by $\int \theta F \wedge F $

Question: Why there is NO Charge-Parity (CP) violation from a potential Theta term in the electroweak SU(2)$_{weak,flavor}$ sector by $\theta_{electroweak} \int F \wedge F$? (ps. an explicit ...
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Is Conformal Symmetry Local or Global?

I'm just brushing up on a bit of CFT, and I'm trying to understand whether conformal symmetry is local or global in the physics sense. Obviously when the metric is viewed as dynamical then the ...
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What are mass eigenstates?

According to Wikipedia Neutrino oscillation arises from a mixture between the flavor and mass eigenstates of neutrinos. That is, the three neutrino states that interact with the charged leptons in ...
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Is the Dirac Lagrangian Hermitian?

I'm wondering of the Dirac Lagrangian density $$\mathcal{L} =\overline{\psi}(-i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu +m)\psi $$ is an hermitian operator, since upon complex conjugating one gets ...
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3-point correlation function for a massive scalar field

I am a little bit perplexed as to how to compute the three-point correlation function for a massive scalar field, I know that it should be equal to zero. I need to show that: $\lim_{T\rightarrow ...
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Supersymmetric generalisation of the bosonic $\sigma$ model in QM

I am reading some lecture notes which demonstrate how various models in SUSY QM can be used to obtain topological invariants such as the Euler characteristic from the Witten Index. The following ...
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S-Matrix in $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super-Yang Mills

This is a general question, but what is meant when people refer to the S-Matrix of $\mathcal{N}=4$ Super Yang Mills? The way I understood it is the S-Matrix is only well defined for theories with a ...