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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Do commutation relations exist between superfields?

To quantize a theory, Klein gordon field for example, commutation relations are stablished. Or anticommuting ones in the fermionic case. If I have the Wess.Zumino model or the free model: $$S~=~\int\...
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Renormalization, symmetries and freedom to choose counterterms

I am considering the perturbative renormalization of a simple non-phenomenological QFT with Lagrangian ${\cal L}$ (for scalar fields with multiple generations). I understand that I can renormalize it, ...
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Connection between $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$ and $\Delta E \Delta t \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$

Is there a way to derive second equation from the first one? I mean is there a connection between those two uncertainty relations? \begin{align} \Delta x \Delta p &\geq \frac{\hbar}{2}\\ \Delta ...
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Can classical systems exhibit “strong coupling”?

Does the concept of strong coupling mean anything in a classical setting? If strong coupling means just an inability to apply perturbative methods to the Hamiltonian, then obviously yes, we can ...
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energy momentum tensor and covariant derivative

In field theory, the energy momentum defined as the functional derivative wrt the metric $T_{\mu\nu}=\frac{2}{\sqrt{-g}}\frac{\delta S}{\delta g^{\mu\nu}}$ (up to a sign depending on conventions)...
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Second Quantization - Texts

I am trying to familiarize myself with the ideas of Second Quantization. However, the literature that I can find online seems only to outline the tools of this formalism of quantum mechanics. There ...
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Lorentz homogeneous group and observables

For generators of the Lorentz group we have the following algebra: $$ [\hat {R}_{i}, \hat {R}_{j} ] = -\varepsilon_{ijk}\hat {R}_{k}, \quad [\hat {R}_{i}, \hat {L}_{j} ] = -\varepsilon_{ijk}\hat {L}_{...
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chirality oscillations in weak interaction

As far as I have understood, the mass $m$ of a fermion causes a coupling of the both chiralities $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$. This coupling would induce an oscillation of the chirality within a time scale ...
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Baryogenesis - P and CP Violation

There are 4 requirements for baryogenesis to happen: 1. A process that violates baryonnumber conservation 2. The universe has to be out of equilibrium 3. P has to be violated 4. CP has to be violated ...
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Why do we only have complete particle generations?

There are 3 generations of fermions in the standard model. I know that there is a theorem that states, that only complete generations are allowed. This means that there have to be quarks with three ...
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beta decay equation balance

Quark doesn't constitutes more fundamental particle and proton and neutron consist of quarks. Now come to beta decay. $n \rightarrow p + e^{-} + \bar{\nu}_e $ How can an electron emit from ...
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Mathematical explanation of why Higgs has a vev

If Higgs ($\phi$) is a complex doublet: $ \phi_{1}+i\phi_{2}$ $\phi_{3}+i\phi_{4}$ how do I show that $\phi_3$ has a vev but the others do not? $V(\phi)=\mu^{2}(\phi^{\dagger}\phi)+\lambda(\phi^{\...
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How does spin appear in QFT?

In QFT, as I read, it appears naturally. It is connected with Poincare algebra, doesn't it? __ As explanation of the main part of the question. Operator of relativistic orbital angular momentum 4-...
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Full calculation of B meson mixing amplitude

I am trying to calculate B mixing in the Standard Model (in preparation to go beyond the SM). I have no trouble doing the gamma matrix algebra etc. but the loop integral keeps tripping me up. In my ...
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What exactly is the connection between gauge transformations and symmetry groups?

For a given gauge transformation, say, the electromagnetic field, where observable quantities aren't affected by transformations of the form $$\mathbf{A}' = \mathbf{A} + \nabla \chi,$$ $$\phi' = \phi -...
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Gauge fixing and degrees of freedom

Today, my friend (@Will) posed a very intriguing question - Consider a complex scalar field theory with a $U(1)$ gauge field $(A_\mu, \phi, \phi^*)$. The idea of gauge freedom is that two solutions ...
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Black magic “Hartree” approximation

The question is about an unusual looking version of the Hartree or mean field approximation. The context is several papers I've been reading recently about the out of equilibrium dynamics of phase ...
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minimizing the Higgs potential equivalent to finding the minimum?

When my advisor tells me to "minimize the Higgs potential", is she asking me to find the minimum (take the derivative of the potential and set it equal to zero)?
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What is the relation between the representation the Higgs field transforms under, the types of couplings in the theory and Higgs/Coulomb branches?

When reading about Higgs and Coulomb 'phases' I came across two separate definitions: The first tells us that the Higgs/Coulomb phases are determined by the representation that the Higgs field ...
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Time ordering and time derivative in path integral formalism and operator formalism

In operator formalism, for example a 2-point time-ordered Green's function is defined as $\langle\mathcal{T}\phi(x_1)\phi(x_2)\rangle_{op}=\theta(x_1-x_2)\phi(x_1)\phi(x_2)+\theta(x_2-x_1)\phi(x_2)\...
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Path integral measure and symmetry

For a generic field theory the path integral measure is defined as, \begin{equation} \mathcal{D}\Phi = \prod_i d\Phi(x_i), \end{equation} where $\Phi$ is a generic field (i.e. it may be scalar, ...
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Is the electromagnetic force responsible for contact forces? [duplicate]

It is commonly stated that there are four fundamental forces, or interactions, in nature. It is natural to consider which of those is responsible for the normal force we meet in elementary physics. ...
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Etymology of “Renormalisation”

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know why "renormalisation" is so named? Who first came up with the term, and why was it used? I did a mathematics undergraduate so to me "normalisation" means ...
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What determines the spin of fields in gauge field theories?

I understand that gauge bosons transform as the adjoint of their respective symmetry groups, but what determines the spin of the field? Can you have some gauge group where the adjoint is spin zero?
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What kinds of contributions can be neglected in the leading logarithmic approximation?

I'm looking for some good explanation on leading logarithmic approximation (LLA) in QCD; in particular, what types of contributions can be neglected while assuming LLA?
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Can we obtain non-Lorentzian metric from Lorentzian metric, through renormalization methods?

Since low-energy, non-relativistic thermal field theories are defined in Euclidean spacetime, while high-energy relativistic theories are define in Minkowski spacetime, I was wondering if there are ...
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Higgs boson sources

Every fundamental interaction in Physics comes from "some bosonic field" or "force carrier", according to QFT. We have 4 fundamental interactions(force carriers): Gravity (Gravitons) ...
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Exact summation of a sub-class of diagram: do we know the exact solved problem?

In quantum field theories (to be relativistic, (non-)relativistic statistical or whatever), we have the powerful diagrammatic approach at our disposal. Most of the time we can not sum up all the ...
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Proof of rotational and translational invariance?

If $ϕ^† ϕ$ is invariant under $SU(2) \times U(1)$, a Phys.SE question I recently posted, then does that mean $ϕ^† ϕ$ is invariant under rotations and translations?
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Problems with putting mass on Yang-Mills theory by hand

When Yang-Mills field theory was introduced, a problem is that the gauge invariance can not allow mass for the gauge field. Later people invented spontaneous symmetry breaking and Higgs mechanism to ...
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Is there a general relationship between the conformal weight of a field and its (classical) scaling dimension?

A field $\phi(z)$ has the conformal weight $h$, if it transforms under $z\rightarrow z_1(z)$ as $$ \phi(z) = \tilde{\phi}(z_1)\left(\frac{dz_1}{dz}\right)^h $$ The (classical) scaling dimension can ...
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BRST transformation of adjoint spinor

in Yang-Mills-Theory with matter fields a dirac spinor $\psi$ transforms under BRST as $$\psi \to \delta_\Omega\psi=i\eta\psi $$ with $\eta$ being a ghost field. If I want to get the transformation of ...
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'Validity' of QED/QCD/Electroweak interaction

I am currently attending a course on Quantum Field Theory and I got into thinking how valid these theories are. As the theory attempts to describe reality only far above the Planck (length) scale, ...
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Some questions about the free Fermionic partition function on a circle (Ginsparg's CFT lectures)

The following questions are based on these lectures, http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 I would like to know what is the relationship between the last equation on page 82 ($(L_0)_{cyl} = L_0 - \...
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vacuum expectation value and Casimir effect

Is it correct to say that the VEV of the SM Higgs is 246 GeV? If so, is the VEV a reflection, or measure, of the Casimir Effect?
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How do we calculate the Higgs potential? [closed]

What is the Higgs potential and how do we calculate it?
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The connection between classical and quantum spins

I have two questions, which are connected with each other. The first question. In a classical relativistic (SRT) case for one particle can be defined (in a reason of "antisymmetric" nature of ...
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Bound states and scattering length

What is the relationship between bound states and scattering length? What is the relationship between scattering states and scattering length? When we say, potential is 'like' repulsive for positive ...
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Is it really proper to say Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance?

Many (if not all) of the materials I've read claim Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance of the theory, while actually their derivations only make use of current conservation $\partial_\...
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Discretization of Hamiltonian using finite difference always justified?

I have this continuum version $$ H_{R}=\int dx\psi^{\dagger}(x)(\frac{p^{2}}{2}+V)\psi(x) $$ with $V$ as constant potential. Is it always justified to go from this to $$ \sum_{i}c_{i}^{ \dagger }\...
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What is the relationship between string theory and quantum field theory?

Please forgive a string theory novice asking a basic question. Over at this question Luboš Motl gave an excellent answer, but he made a side comment that I've heard before and really would want to ...
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The phrase “Trace Anomaly” seems to be used in two different ways. What's the relation between the two?

I've seen the phrase "Trace Anomaly" refer to two seemingly different concepts, though I assume they must be related in some way I'm not seeing. The first way I've seen it used is in the manner, for ...
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The problem of a relativistic path integral

Many books have described the path integral for non-relativistic quantum. For example, how to get the Schrödinger equation from the path integral. But no one told us the relativistic version. In fact, ...
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Non-equilibrium Green functions

How do we use non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) or the Keldysh formalism in the theory of quantum transport? Please take a simple example like the Hopping model with a non-equilibrium ...
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Kubo formalism application

Suppose I have some pertubative Hamiltonian on the Hubbard Hamiltonian and I want to calculate the change in current in linear response using the Kubo formalism. Now the kind of perturbative ...
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What are renormalons from a physics point of view?

This is again a question in the context of this paper about the Exact Renormalization Group. On p 23 and the following few pages, it is explained that for a $\lambda \phi^4$ bare action at the bare ...
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current operator in Hubbard model

How to derive the particle current operators for the non-interacting and interacting Hubbard model ? Hubbard Hamiltonian is given here with the interaction term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Number operator and Dirac field (with anticommutation relations)

Before using anticommutation relatives the energy, momentum, charge and number operators of the Dirac field have following expressions: $$ \hat {H} = \int \epsilon_{\mathbf p}\left( \hat {a}^{+}_{s}(\...
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What is the required prerequisite knowledge of QM, for starting QFT?

As a physics bsc student, I have a very limited knowledge of QM: Dirac formalism, Schrodinger equation and simple solutions (oscillators, particle in a given potential, hydrogen-like atom etc). There ...
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spectral function in condensed matter physics

What is the importance of deriving the results of perturbation theory in condensed matter physics in terms of spectral functions ?