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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EM wave function & photon wavefunction

According to this review Photon wave function. Iwo Bialynicki-Birula. Progress in Optics 36 V (1996), pp. 245-294. arXiv:quant-ph/0508202, a classical EM plane wavefunction is a wavefunction (in ...
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Conformal fields on compactified manifolds? An apparent paradox!

I would appreciate it if someone tells me how a cft on a compactified manifold (e.g. by means of periodic boundary conditions) can be meaningful? The global conformal invariance is broken due to the ...
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What is negative about negative energy states in the Dirac equation?

This question is a follow up to What was missing in Dirac's argument to come up with the modern interpretation of the positron? There still is some confusion in my mind about the so-called ...
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Non-locality from quantum loops

I am reading a paper on quantum gravity (written circa 1988 but I don't think it's relevant to give a more precise reference) where I read the following statement: "universe loops will in general ...
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Breaking of Lorentz invariance

Thinking about the concept of symmetry breaking led me to the following question: Let's say that I have a theory described by a Lorentz invariant Lagrangian, and the true vacuum of the theory is not ...
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How to obtain deconfined theory from an s-confined N=1 susy gauge theory?

Is there a systematic procedure for obtaining a deconfined theory from an s-confining theory (as defined in hep-th/9610139 for example)?
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How do I construct the $SU(2)$ representation of the Lorentz Group using $SU(2)\times SU(2)\sim SO(3,1)$ ?

This question is based on problem II.3.1 in Anthony Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (I'm reading this for fun- it isn't a homework problem.) Show, by explicit calculation, that ...
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Why does the creation operator take a continuum value for the momentum?

Imagine that you have a lattice and a set of masses. Each mass at a lattice point. Now each two neighbouring masses are connected with spring. Now in Classical Mechanics (CM) the ground state is the ...
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Goldstone's theorem and massless modes for $\phi^4$ theory

Consider a scalar field doublet $(\phi_1, \phi_2)$ with a Mexican hat potential $$V~=~\lambda (\phi_1^2+\phi_2^2-a^2)^2.$$ When $a=0$ this is a quartic potential and the symmetry is not ...
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Does dark energy affect asymptotic freedom?

If the Hubble constant is extremely large, what will happen with quark confinement? I guess that quarks will remain confined because of asymptotic freedom. But can gravity or dark energy have any ...
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Discrete version of Feynman path integrals

I've decided to put a very limited amount of my time into understanding the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. I'm interested in the mathematical formalism more than the physics, so I'd ...
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Naive question about massive spin 2 particles and QFT

We know that in order to describe spin 2 massless particles quantum mechanically we need to go beyond the field theory and consider the consistent quantum gravity theory (i.e. superstrings), but to be ...
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Finding wave-fuctions of a Dirac particle for given 4-momentum and spin 4-vector

I've been reading through various materials on relativistic quantum mechanics, but I find the lack of simple examples disturbing. I'm acquainted with the general form the solutions to the Dirac ...
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Proving that the weak hypercharge gauge field is not A

Under the electroweak gauge group $SU(2)_LU(1)_Y$ one identifies the 4 gauge fields $W^+, W^-, W^0, B$. After symmetry breaking $W^0$ and $B$ mix to give the observed fields $Z^0$ and $A$. Is there an ...
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Integrating over a gauge field in the field integral formalism

I'm currently trying to study a chapter in Altland & Simons, "Condensed Matter Field Theory" (2nd edition) and I'm stuck at the end of section 9.5.2, page 579. Given the euclidean Chern-Simons ...
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A certain regularization and renormalization scheme

In a certain lecture of Witten's about some QFT in $1+1$ dimensions, I came across these two statements of regularization and renormalization, which I could not prove, (1) $\int ^\Lambda \frac{d^2 ...
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Are gravitomagnetic monopoles hypothesized?

My understanding is that gravitomagnetism is essentially the same relativistic effect as magnetism. If so, why is it that I've heard so much about magnetic monopoles, but never gravitomagnetic ...
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What's the distinctions between Yang-Mills theory and QCD?

So Yang-Mills theory is a non-abelian gauge theory, and we used a lot in QCD calculation. But what are the distinctions between Yang-Mills theory and QCD? And distinctions between supersymmetric ...
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Angular momentum operator in terms of ladder operators

I wanted to show that the angular momentum of the particle state with zero momentum $| \vec{0} \rangle$ is $0$, that is to say the intrinsic spin of a scalar field is $0$ using a mode expansion. ...
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Polyakov action as broken symmetry effective action

I would like to ask if it is possible to regard the Polyakov action as an effective action that describes the broken symmetric phase of a more general model. Could someone draw an analogy with O(N) ...
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Branch-point twist fields and operator insertions on a Riemann manifold

I am having trouble understanding how Eq (2.6) in this paper (PDF) $$Z[\mathcal{L},\mathcal{M}_{n}]\propto\langle\Phi(u,0)\tilde{\Phi}(v,0)\rangle_{\mathcal{L}^{(n)},\mathbb{R}^{2}}$$ generalizes to ...
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Scale invariance Vs Conformal invariance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does dilation invariance often imply proper conformal invariance? What exactly is the difference between the two? Can someone give an example of a theory which is ...
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Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT

Below are the scan copies of some pages of Weinberg which are relevant to my doubts. My doubts basically concern the determination of normalization constant defined in (2.5.5). Isn't (2.5.12) true ...
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General Relativity - Einstein field equation and quantum field theory

Einstein field equation has many solutions. Out of them, is there any solution that is incompatible with quantum field theory? Also, what solutions of Einstein field equation would be incompatible ...
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QED BRST Symmetry

This is a homework problem that I am confused about because I thought I knew how to solve the problem, but I'm not getting the result I should. I'll simply write the problem verbatim: "Consider QED ...
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Simple QFT exercise

Consider a particle on the real line with: $L=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_0q)^2 + f(q)\partial_0q$ the equation of motion is that of a free particle $\partial_0^2q=0$. In fact $\delta[f(q)\partial_0q]=0$. ...
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Proving the time-evolution of momentum operator

In QFT the evolution of momentum and field operators is given by $∂_0φ=i[H,φ]$ and $∂_0\pi=i[H,\pi]$. Is it possible to derive these equations from the basic operator commutation relations or are ...
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Does the measure of proximity of two theories in “theory space” run?

From reading this article, I have learned that two effective QFTs can be very close together in the "theory space" appropriate to describe for example physics at the LHC scale, whereas the ...
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Derivation of total momentum operator QFT

The expansion of the Klein Gordon field and conjugate momentum field are $\hat{\phi}(x) = \int \frac{d^3k}{(2 \pi)^3} \, \frac{1}{ \sqrt{2 E_{k}}} \left( \hat{a}_{k} + \hat{a}^{\dagger}_{-k} \right) ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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Is there a review article that discusses the various suggestions for approaches to the Dirac spinor field?

I've come across many approaches to the Dirac spinor field over the years. A few have held more than passing interest but most of them are rather forgettable, so that I'd like to know of any reviews ...
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renormalization group in d=3

Do we really understand why the renormalization group in $d=2+\varepsilon$ and $d=4-\varepsilon$ taking $\varepsilon=1$ gives "good" values for critical exponents in $d=3$? Are they exceptions? Is it ...
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Electromagnetic current-current correlators

Let the free electromagnetic current $J_\mu(x)$ be = $:\bar{\psi}(x)\gamma_\mu Q \psi(x):$ where $::$ is the normal ordering. In this expression why is $Q$ thought of as a "charge operator" instead ...
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Landau poles in dimension <4?

It is well-known that QED and $\Phi_4^4$ quantum field theory have (in renormalized perturbation theory) a Landau pole and therefore are not asymptotically free. Is this specific to 4-dimensional QFT, ...
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upper critical dimension in field theory

Is there field theory which describe a second order phase transition without upper critical dimension ? Mermin-Wagner says something about lower critical dimension but nothing about upper dimension.
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics.(axiomatic treatise) So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Gauge invariance and form of the vacuum polarization tensor

In quantum field theory or condensed matter physics, the fermionic one-loop diagram gives rise to the polarization tensor $$ Π^{µν} = Tr[ γ^µ G γ^ν G ] $$ If we couple the electrons to an ...
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What is the meaning of the concepts of “operator mixing” (and anomalous dimensions) [closed]

I am looking for an explanation about the idea of "operator mixing" and its associated concept about when anomalous dimension has to be thought of as a matrix. For example this idea is slightly ...
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Classical black holes?

How big should the black hole be so we can consider it to be classical? When they claim that we can not probe shorter distances than the Planck length, can it be true? The argument says that, ...
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Any practical results yet from 'Twistor Uprising'?

In Nima's lectures on the 'Twistor Uprising' (for example here), he gushes about about new powerful techniques for calculating amplitudes, such as summing Feynman diagrams using 'BCFW recursion.' He ...
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precise definition of “moduli space”

I'm curious what the precise definition of the moduli space of a QFT is. One often talks about the classical moduli space, which then can get quantum corrections. Does this mean the quantum moduli ...
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How do I derive this series for this unitary operator?

I want to derive eq. (2.4.3) in S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of fields, Vol. 1. The derivations start from expanding inhomogenous Lorentz transforms near identity $$\Lambda^{\mu}_{\nu} ~=~ ...
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Interpretation of the Einstein-Hilbert action

Everyone knows the famous Einstein-Hilbert action $S_{EH} = \int d^4x \sqrt{-g} R$. I'd like to know if, after we first explicit the Ricci scalar in terms of the metric, it could be possible to ...
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How do physicists know that mass of possible Higgs particle is limited between two values?

How do physicists know that mass of possible Higgs particle is limited between two values 90 GeV/c$^2$ and 145 GeV/c$^2$?
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Poincare Symmetry in QFT

Given that spacetime is not affine Minkowskispace, it does of course not possess Poincare symmetry. It is still sensible to speak of rotations and translations (parallel transport), but instead of ...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression for the square of the normal ordered version of $\phi^2(x)$. $$T(:\phi^2(x)::\phi^2(0):) ~=~ 2<0|T(\phi(x)\phi(0))|0>^2 $$ ...
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Is there a point interaction model of the electron?

Is there a point interaction model of the electron? Is there a point interaction model of the electron? I imagine something like $\propto(\bar \psi\psi)^2$ (edited). Is such a thing in use? Since I ...
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fitting free QFTs into the Haag-Kastler algebraic formulation

Has the free Klein-Gordon quantum field theory been fitted into the Haag-Kastler algebraic framework? (Actually, John Baez told me "yes", and he should know.) If so, can you describe the basic ...
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If the S-matrix has symmetry group G, must the fields be representations of G?

If the fields in QFT are representations of the Poincare group (or generally speaking the symmetry group of interest), then I think it's a straight forward consequence that the matrix elements and ...
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Higgs mass and the hierarchy problem

I was wondering what is the opinion about importance of the hierarchy problem in the hep community? I'm still a student and I don't really understand, why there is so much attention around this issue. ...