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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Simple (but wrong) argument for the generality of positive beta-functions

In the introduction (page 5) of Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model by Michael Dine (Amazon, Google), he says (Traditionally it was known that) the interactions of ...
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Stability of the vacuum state of interacting quantum fields

"Stability" is generally taken to be the justification for requiring that the spectrum of the Hamiltonian should be bounded below. The spectrum of the Hamiltonian is not bounded below for thermal ...
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What was missing in Dirac's argument to come up with the modern interpretation of the positron?

When Dirac found his equation for the electron $(-i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu+m)\psi=0$ he famously discovered that it had negative energy solutions. In order to solve the problem of the stability of the ...
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Wilson Loops in Chern-Simons theory with non-compact gauge groups

VEVs of Wilson loops in Chern-Simons theory with compact gauge groups give us colored Jones, HOMFLY and Kauffman polynomials. I have not seen the computation for Wilson loops in Chern-Simons theory ...
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QM and Renormalization (layman)

I was reading Michio Kaku's Beyond Einstein. In it, I think, he explains that when physicsts treat a particle as a geometric point they end up with infinity when calculating the strength of the ...
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Energy momentum tensor from Noether's theorem

in the book Quantum Field Theory by Itzykson and Zuber the following derivation for the stress-energy tensor is proposed (p.22): Assume a Lagrangian density depending on the spacetime coordinates $x$ ...
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Differentiation of the action functional

In the QFT book by Itzykson and Zuber, the variation of the action functional $I=\int_{t_1}^{t_2}dtL$ is written as: $$\delta I=\int_{t_1}^{t_2}dt\frac{\delta I}{\delta q(t)}\delta q(t)$$ How is ...
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Derivation of the basic equation for Witten diagrams

I could understand the derivation of the "bulk-to-boundary" propagators ($K$) for scalar fields in $AdS$ but the iterative definition of the "bulk-to-bulk" propagators is not clear to me. On is ...
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What is the symmetry that corresponds to conservation of position?

We know that conserved quantities are associated with certain symmetries. For example conservation of momentum is associated with translational invariance, and conservation of angular momentum is ...
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The Particle-Antiparticle Problem in Relation to Special Relativity

Prelude: Let’s consider a pair of events $A(t_1,x_1)$ and $B(t_2,x_2)$,having a spacelike separation wrt an inertial frame denoted by K.In the frame K’ moving along the positive x-x’ direction with a ...
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Regularisation of infinite-dimensional determinants

Can a regularisation of the determinant be used to find the eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian in the normal infinite dimensional setting of QM? Edit: I failed to make myself clear. In finite ...
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Some questions on a version of the O'Raifeartaigh model

This form is taken from a talk by Seiberg to which I was listening to, Take the Kahler potential ($K$) and the supersymmetric potential ($W$) as, $K = \vert X\vert ^2 + \vert \phi _1 \vert ^2 + ...
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Regularization of the Casimir effect

For starters, let me say that although the Casimir effect is standard textbook stuff, the only QFT textbook I have in reach is Weinberg and he doesn't discuss it. So the only source I currently have ...
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Wilson/Polyakov loops in Weinberg's QFT books

I wanted to know if the discussion on Wilson loops and Polyakov loops (and their relationship to confinement and asymptotic freedom) is present in the three volumes of Weinberg's QFT books but in some ...
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Nuclear physics from perturbative QFT

Is there a renormalizable QFT that can produce a reasonably accurate description of nuclear physics in perturbation theory? Obviously the Standard Model cannot since QCD is strongly coupled at nuclear ...
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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 ...
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Physical interpretation of infinite total cross section

What does it tell us about a process, say A+B->C+D, if the calculated total cross section is infinite?
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Physics in high lepton chemical potential

I consider zero temperature and high lepton number chemical potential $\mu$. This results in a neutrino (or antineutrino, depending on the sign of the potential) "sea" filling a Fermi sphere in ...
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the causality and the anti-particles

How can I quantitatively and qualitatively understand the fact that there is a relevence between the existence of anti-particles and the causality?
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Is there precision experimental evidence for Furry's theorem — that only even degree VEVs are non-zero?

Is there precision experimental evidence for or contradicting Furry's theorem -- that only even degree VEVs are non-zero, specifically for the EM field?
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Relativistic corrections to quantum mechanics of Coloumb potential

Systems of charged particles (such as atomic nuclei and electrons) can be described by nonrelativistic quantum mechanics with the Coloumb interaction potential. A fully relativistic description is ...
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Why are the quarks so named?

Quarks have a variety of names (or flavours): Up Down Strange Charm Bottom or Beauty Top or Truth Why do they have such odd names?
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“gauge fixed world-sheet action”

My question is in reference to the action in equation 4.130 of Becker, Becker and Schwartz. It reads as, $S_{matter}= \frac{1}{2\pi}\int (2\partial X^\mu \bar{\partial}X_\mu + \frac{1}{2}\psi^\mu ...
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Gauge redundancies and global symmetries

It is often said that local (gauge) transformation is only redundancy of description of spin one massless particles, to make the number degrees of freedom from three to two. It is often said that ...
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Mass of the particle and gravitational field

Which mass of the particle is the source of gravitational field? If we define mass as a pole of the propagator, and calculate loop corrections to the pole we get infinities. Now the way we get rid of ...
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Is decoherence even possible in anti de Sitter space?

Is decoherence even possible in anti de Sitter space? The spatial conformal boundary acts as a repulsive wall, thus turning anti de Sitter space into an eternally closed quantum system. Superpositions ...
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Cross sections and renormalization scheme

Can the result on cross section of some process be dependent on the renormalization scheme used?
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How do you properly define a line in a Feynman diagram?

I've been reading Tony Zee's "Quantum Field Theory" and I'm really enjoying it. However, on p. 45 I came across what I think is an inconsistency. The sentences in question are: The rules go ...
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Transition of electric charge to “magnetic charge” when $\alpha$ gets >> 1 in QED?

I`ve just learned that electrically charged particles and magnetically charged monopoles in QED are S-dual to each other such that it depends on the value of the fine structure constant which of the ...
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What is a “free” non-Abelian Yang-Mill's theory?

I hope this question will not be closed down as something completely trivial! I did not think about this question till in recent past I came across papers which seemed to write down pretty much ...
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Decay Amplitudes Notation

This question is mostly about how to interpret notation used in Particle Physics. I am given that at lowest order the rate of $b\rightarrow s\gamma$ is proportional to $\langle B_p|b^\dagger ...
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In what sense are loop diagrams quantum corrections?

What's so not-quantum about tree-level diagrams?
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Dimensional Regularization Integral Formula

In the formula $$\int \frac {d^{4-2\epsilon} \ell} {(2\pi)^{4-2\epsilon}} \frac 1 {(\ell^2-\Delta)^2} = \frac i {(4\pi)^{2-\epsilon}} \Gamma(\epsilon) \left(\frac 1 \Delta\right)^\epsilon,$$ how ...
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Why is there extra minus sign in Feynman's rules for every closed fermionic loop?

I know this is connected to the fact that fermions are represented by anticommuting operators, but I still cannot find the way to get this minus in Feynman rules.
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Asymptoticity of Pertubative Expansion of QFT

It seems to be lore that the perturbative expansion of quantum field theories is generally asymptotic. I have seen two arguments. i)There is the Dyson instability argument as in QED, that is showing ...
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Higgs Field compared to EM field

So, I've been reading about the Higgs because of all of this excitement lately with the LHC. I'm just a layman in physics but one thing I understood was that the Higgs field permeates all of space ...
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Why are interacting noncommutative quantum field theories with space-time noncommutativity unitary?

Can anyone explain in a simple manner why interacting noncommutative quantum field theories with space-time noncommutativity of the Moyal bracket sort are unitary? Thanks.
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The Schwinger model

The Schwinger model is the 2d QED with massless fermions. An important result about it (which I would like to understand) is that this is a gauge invariant theory which contains a free massive vector ...
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Zeta-function regularization in QFT for heat kernels

When one is doing zeta-function regularization of the heat-kernel for QFT then one is doing these following steps, the integral over the imaginary time taking the trace of the heat-kernel or the ...
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Time-ordering vs normal-ordering and the two-point function/propagator

I don't understand how to calculate this generalized two-point function or propagator, used in some advanced topics in quantum field theory, a normal ordered product (denoted between $::$) is ...
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Convergence of quantum effective action to finite loop order

Consider the quantum effective action of a fixed QFT. If we compute it perturbatively to finite loop order $\ell$, we get a sum over an infinite number of Feynman diagrams. For example, the 1-loop ...
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Can the Lamb shift be expressed in more-or-less closed form in terms of the renormalized 2-, 3-,…,n-point VEVs of QED?

I see here that there are three contributions to the Lamb shift, from vacuum polarization (-27 MHz), from electron mass renormalization(+1017 MHz), and from the anomalous magnetic moment (+68 MHz). ...
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How does the Higgs mechanism work?

I'm not a particle physicist, but I did manage to get through the Feynman lectures without getting too lost. Is there a way to explain how the Higgs field works, in a way that people like me might ...
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Derivatives of fluctuations about a condensate

Firstly I am not sure as to whether I am using the word "condensate" in the right context. In QFT contexts I think I see it getting used to mean the space-time independent solution which would solve ...
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A question from Ticcati's red QFT textbook.

From Ticcati's textbook, he asks to show that from the axioms of position operator we get that: $$ \text{e}^{-ia\cdot P} |x\rangle = |x+a\rangle $$ where the axioms are: $$ X=X^{\dagger} $$ If ...
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Why are anticommutators needed in quantization of Dirac fields?

Why is the anticommutator actually needed in the canonical quantization of free Dirac field?
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Defining the ground state energy of a QFT

I would like to hear of some general discussion on how is the ground state and its energy defined in QFT and how does one go about finding it. (..at least in some simple cases I have seen the use of ...
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How to interpret vacuum instability of Higgs potential

If the Higgs mass is in a certain range, the quartic self-coupling of the Higgs field becomes negative after renormalization group flow to a high energy scale, signalling an instability of the vacuum ...
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Seeking chiral anomaly EFT example

If an effective field theory has a chiral anomaly it means that chiral symmetry isn't a symmetry of the underlying theory which has been cut off to make the EFT. My question is whether there's a good ...
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Spinors in more dimensions and new degeneracies?

As you more than probably know spinors dimensions go as $2^{\frac{D}2}$ in D spacetime dimensions. If we look at the peculiar case of D=2*4, spinors have 4 components and we usually say that's related ...