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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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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How does SUSY avoid to create non-Lorentz interactions?

A three-legs fermion interaction or boson absorbing a fermion are things we do not see in QFT because the corresponding terms in the Lagrangian are not Lorentz invariant. But in susy, naively, such ...
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Lagrangian derivation of Thomson scattering cross section (ie photon-electron)

Does anyone know a quick way to obtain the classical Thomson scattering scattering cross section (for photons scattering on electrons) from quantum mechanics/quantum field theory, avoiding the lengthy ...
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Is a lagrangian with a background field interaction renormalizable ? If yes, when?

Consider the Lagrangian, $$ L = -\partial_{\mu} \chi \partial_{\nu} \chi^{\dagger} - m^2 \chi \chi^{\dagger} + g\chi \chi^{\dagger}\phi,$$ where $\phi$ is a background field and $\chi$ is a complex ...
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Lie groups with same algebra

I had a problem when considering symmetry breaking in an SO(4) gauge theory: $\mathcal{L} = \left| D_\mu\phi \right|^2$ where $D_\mu$ is the SO(4) covariant derivative. Then assuming there is some ...
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Does massive particle really move at speed of light? [closed]

According to this answer I understood that particles with mass also move at speed of light but interaction with higgs field make this movement zigzag. So average speed is below speed of light. But I ...
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Contour integral of the retarded Klein Gordon propagator

I've been trying to prove by hand the Peskin's formula for the retarded propagator of the Klein Gordon equation, that is, $$\int_{x^0 > y^0} \frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{-e^{-ip(x-y)}}{i(p^2 - m^2)...
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Has anyone studied anomalous supersymmetry?

In this paper (and others), the authors study a supersymmetric model where the supercharge suffers an ABJ anomaly. Has anyone studied a supersymmetry with a 't Hooft anomaly (gauging the ...
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Bilinears in adjoint representation

Below are two statements from my notes and I am trying to verify them explicitly. In both cases the fields are assumed to transform under the fundamental representation of $O(N)$ - --'The kinetic ...
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Quantum field theory: zero vs. finite temperature

I have recently been made aware of the concept of thermal field theory, in which the introductory statement for its motivation is that "ordinary" quantum field theory (QFT) is formulated at zero ...
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Concepts regarding BCS Theory of superconductivity and Cooper pairs

I have a little conceptual doubt about the BCS theory of superconductivity. A visual model of the Cooper pair attraction has a passing electron which attracts the lattice, causing a slight ripple ...
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The Origins of the Second Quantization

I've been studying quantum theory for a while now and have a number of closely related questions that are not giving me any peace. I am not sure if such a long format is appropriate here, but I'd like ...
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Cutoff-dependent “inverse propagator” for renormalization

In Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, when introducing mass renormalization, he calculates the "inverse propagator" for a $\phi^4$ scalar field theory to order $\lambda^2$ by considering the two diagrams shown: ...
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Gravity modeled by warping of spacetime or by field field theory?

I've recently read "Fields of Color" by Rodney Brooks who states that there are currently two ways of understanding the phenomenon of gravity. One involves a warping of 4D spacetime a la Einstein, ...
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Why would renormalization be necessary without divergent integrals? [duplicate]

Weinberg uses the LSZ reduction formula to introduce field renormalization,and on page 441, he says: As this discussion should make clear: the renormalization of masses and fields has nothing to ...
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Electroweak instanton calculations

Consider an electroweak instanton in a model beyond the Standard Model with explicit baryon plus lepton number ($B+L$) violation. This instanton decays into nine quarks $q$ and three leptons $l$, ...
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Polarization vectors in Quantum Electric Field

The quantum electric field is written as, \begin{equation} \mathbf{E}(\mathbf{r})=i\sum_{\mathbf{k},\lambda}\sqrt{\frac{\hbar \omega}{2 V \epsilon_0}}\left(\mathbf{e}^{(\lambda)}\hat{a}^{(\lambda)}(\...
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Is the Noether charge always a Hermitian operator?

Noether's theorem tells us that to every continuous symmetry of the Lagrangian there corresponds a conserved current $j^\mu$. From the time component of this current, we can then define the Noetherian ...
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Is Lorentz invariant differential measure arbitrary?

In Srednicki, we chose a function $f(\mathbf k)$ to make $d^3\mathbf k/f(\mathbf k)$ Lorentz invariant. The way to do this is to first start from a 4 dimensional measure and multiply it by a Dirac ...
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relation between operator and matrix

Recall that in quantum mechanics, the three components of s of a spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ particle satisfied the anticommute relation: $$ \{s^i, s^j\}=\delta^{ij} $$ and we could parametrize the operators ...
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Feynman Propagator in Peskin & Schroeder

To prove Wick's Theorem, Peskin & Schroeder define the contraction of two fields: \begin{align} \text{Contract}[\phi(x)\phi(y)]\equiv \begin{cases} [\phi^+(x),\phi^-(y)] & \text{for }x^0>y^...
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Does there exist finite dimensional irreducible rep. of Poincare group where translations act nontrivially?

I read several textbooks of QFT and find that there are two ways to classify the particles or fields. The first one is to study the irreducible representation of Lorentz group (or exactly the ...
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Single particle state in $\phi^4$ theory

I'm quite happy with the idea that a multi-particle state in a free scalar field theory has a discrete energy spectrum, and that turning on a quartic coupling $\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4$ acts as a ...
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What is the axial current?

The axial current is defined as $$j^\mu_5 = \bar{\psi} \gamma^\mu \gamma_5 \psi.$$ This quantity is important when studying anomalies. Explicitly working out components, the axial current is just the ...
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Decay width in 2 & 3 body decays, calculating momentum integrals

I'm considering a toy model with two types of scalar particles, one massive $(\Phi)$ and one massless $(\phi)$ with an interaction of the form $$L_{int}=-\lambda \phi\phi\Phi$$ I'm interested in a ...
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Feynman rules from interaction Lagrangian with electromagnetic tensor (vertex)

I am currently studying for my QFT exam and in particular learning the methods of reading the Feynman rules directly off the Lagrangian. However, I'm still a bit uncertain how to deal with ...
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Confusion over trying to understand spinor components

I've been reading about the quantisation of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ and it is stated that the general solution to the Dirac equation $(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m)\psi(x)=0$ is given by the ...
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Replica trick for calculating Entanglement Entropy?

This is probably a simple question. Von Neumann entropy is defined to be $$S_A=-tr_A\rho_A \log\rho_A$$. And it's said that it can be calculate from the "Replica trick": $$S_A=\lim_{n\to 1}\frac{tr_A \...
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How do the mode expansion of the $A_\mu$ field satisfy Maxwell's equations?

I want to show that the mode expansion $$A^\mu(x)=\int\frac{d^3\vec{p}}{(2\pi)^32E_\vec{p}}\sum_r\left[\epsilon^\mu_r(\vec{p})a_r(\vec{p})e^{-ip\cdot{x}}+\epsilon^{\mu*}_r(\vec{p})a^\dagger_r(\vec{p})...
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Why is the symmetric phase in a Bose gas not superfluid?

In the theory of superfluidity in weakly interacting Bose gases, one finds that in the symmetric phase the exctitations have the dispersion relation $\omega = \frac{k^2}{2m}-\mu$ with gap $\Delta=-\...
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can different force fields interfere (create interference patterns)

Edit: I have rewritten the question for clarity. I know waves of photons can interfere eachother. What about if you mixed waves of photos with w and z bosons? What about gravitons (if they exist) ...
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$\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang Mills propagators

In $\mathcal{N} = 4$ Super-Yang mills there are only massless particles. If one wishes to obtain a heavy quark one can see the SYM theory as a stack of (N+1)-branes in AdS$_5 \times$S$^5$ where one ...
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Obtaining the $s,t,u$ Feynman diagrams by Wick contraction

Consider a real scalar field described through the following lagrangian $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} \partial_{\mu} \phi \partial^{\mu} \phi - \frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 - \frac{g}{3!}\phi^3$$ The second ...
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How to find propagator from Lagrangian at a glance?

If I have a Lagrangian in momentum space of the form $$ \mathcal{L} = W_\mu^{ \dagger}(p)f(p)^{\mu \nu}W_\nu(p) $$ how is the propagator for the field related to the function $f(p)$ (e.g. is it ...
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Physical Relevance of Classical Limit to QFT's

We know the physical relevance of the classical limit of quantum mechanics quite well. However, if I take the classical limit of a quantum field theory, the answer is not so clear. Suppose I take the ...
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What is the relationship between BRST symmetry and gauge symmetry?

As far as i know the BRST symmetry is an infinitesimal (and expanded) version of gauge symmetry. Recently I read the following: "when QFT was reformulated in fiber bundle language for application to ...
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Relation between Borchers class and the LSZ formula on S-matrix equivalence

It seems well known that different quantum fields can give rise to the same $S$-matrix. I know of two ways this is described. The first is through the Borchers class of relatively local fields, i.e. ...
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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 three-...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see cond-...
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Why representations instead of just groups?

This question is essentially asking for a clarification on what has already been said in this one. What I don't understand is why it is the representations that are important in Quantum Field Theory ...
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What is the Green's function of the Klein-Gordon equation with a variable mass?

Usually, the Klein-Gordon equation's propagator is calculated with a constant mass. But what if the mass is a variable? That is, $$ (-\partial^2 + m(x)^2)G(x, y) = \delta^4(x-y)$$ where $m(x)$ is a ...
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Mean free path in QFT

I'm trying to understand the hydrodynamic approximation of a general QFT when the large $k$ and $\omega$ DOF have been integrated out i.e that at highly enough temperature every non-trivial QFT ...
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Poincare representations for interacting field theory

I was going through Rudolf Haag's memoir http://link.springer.com/article/10.1140%2Fepjh%2Fe2010-10032-4 and came across these lines: '..in quantum field theory (or for any system of interacting ...
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Equation for Electric and Magnetic field from the equation for a “massive photon”

I was reading the Quantum Field Theory book by Maggiore. There he says that in side a superconductor the photon satisfies the equation $$(\Box+m^2)A_\mu=0$$ Then he adds that the electric field and ...
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Running coupling, effective potential and the stability of vacuum

Consider the potential $$V(\phi)=\frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2+\lambda\phi^4$$ where $\phi=\phi(t,\textbf{x})$ is a real scalar field. Let, $\mu^2<0$ and $\lambda>0$ then the potential is bounded from ...
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2->2 scattering, Lorentz invariance phase space, Schwartz Eq5.29

In Schwartz Sec. 5.1.2, he explains 2->2 scattering in the center-of-mass frame. In Eq. 5.27 he gives: $$ d\Pi _{\text{LIPS}}=\frac{1}{16 \pi ^2}d\Omega \int dp_f \frac{\delta ^4\left(-E_{\text{CM}}+...
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What is the problem with quantizing GR in the Effective Field Theory approach?

In the modern view due to Wilson, the cut-off $\Lambda$ is an intrinsic property of a theory and renormalization just means that the theory is invariant under scale transformations below $\Lambda$. ...
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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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Quantization of free real scalar massless field in 2d

Is there a reference to literature where one explicitly constructs quantization of the free real scalar massless field in the 2-dimensional space-time? In particular, how the propagator looks like? ...
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Why do we need to build photon colliders? Since electron-position colliders are very “clean”

What's the advantage of gamma-gamma colliders? What new physics can be done with it? Reference: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/pubs/beamline/26/1/26-1-kim.pdf