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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Is the Hilbert space of $\phi^4$ theory known?

Consider free, real scalar field theory in $d=1+3$ dimensions: $H = \frac{1}{2} \partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi + \frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^2$. The Hilbert space of this theory is known; it is just ...
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Dimensional Regularization involving $\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}$

Is it possible to dimensionally regularize an amplitude which contains the totally antisymmetric Levi-Civita tensor $\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}$? I don't know if it's possible to define ...
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Lorentz invariance of positive energy solutions to the Klein-Gordon equation

I am reading Arthur Jaffe's Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. (You can find it here.) There is an interesting question posed in Exercise 2.5.1: Solutions to the Klein-Gordon equation propagate ...
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Why is $R^2$ gravity not unitary?

I have often heard that $R^2$ gravity (as studied by Stelle) is renormalisable but not unitary. My question is: what is it that causes the theory to suffer from problems with unitarity? My naive ...
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Are observables associated to spacetime regions?

In the Haag-Kastler approach to axiomatic quantum field theory, it is assumed that observables are 'associated' to spacetime regions. What this actually means is that there is a map $\mathcal{A}: R ...
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Second quantization

In second quantization we use Hamiltonian in form: $$H=\int d^3x [ \psi^{\dagger}(x) h \psi(x)],$$ where $h$ is Hamiltonian density. The field operators have following form: $$\psi = \sum\limits _{i} ...
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How does Haldane conjecture follow from the topological $\Theta$ term

The one dimensional SU(2) Heisenberg quantum spin chain is known to be described by the 1+1d O(3) nonlinear $\sigma$ model with a $\Theta$ term, following the action ...
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No mixing in light cone perturbation theory

In hep-ph/0609090, Triumvirate of Running Couplings in Small-x Evolution, Kovchegov et. al. calculated the running coupling correction to the Jalilian-Marian, Iancu, McLerran, Weigert, Leonidov and ...
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Coupling constant problem

In the scalar $φ^4$ theory we write Lagrangian as $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_t\phi)^2 -\frac{1}{2}\delta^{ij}\partial_i\phi\partial_j\phi - \frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2-\frac{g}{4!}\phi^4. $$ I want ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG (2)

This question is related to the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.5221 and is a continuation of the previous question Symmetries in Wilsonian RG In the liked paper why do the equalities in equation ...
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Dimensional regularization and IR divergences and scale invariance

I want to know if dimensional regularization has any issues if the theory has IR divergences or is scale invariant. Does dimensional regularization see "all" kinds of divergences? I mean - what ...
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$\phi ^4$ theory explaining [closed]

In $φ^4$ theory we often write the Lagrangian as $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu \phi \partial_\mu \phi -\frac{m^2}{2}\phi^2 -\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4 \tag {1}$$ If I want to write from the ...
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Given expectation values for E and B, can you find an associated state?

When we quantize the electromagnetic field, we develop the concept of the field operator $A(\vec{r},t)$ and the simultaneous eigenstates of momentum and the free field Hamiltonian (i.e., each ...
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Light Front Dynamics and Infinite Momentum Frame

What is the the relationship between Light Front Dynamics (One of the forms of dynamics pioneered by Dirac), and the infinite momentum frame? In the literature, it is claimed that the two are very ...
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Valid theory in all dimensions for solitary waves

I'm studying soliton (solitary waves). They are many theory which explain the phenomenon, like sine-Gordon model. But sine-Gordon model has limitations when it applies to 4 dimension because it is ...
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Contact Term and Schwinger Term

In field theory, when 4-divergences of time-ordered Green's functions are computed, there are extra terms known as 'Schwinger terms'. When deriving the quantum equations of motion for time-ordered ...
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Higgs VEV in terms of measurements on an ensemble?

Let $A$ be a Hermitian operator corresponding to some observable. If we prepare $N$ identical systems in the state $\psi$ and measure this observable in each system, the average of the measurements ...
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Mirror Matter Hypothesis?

What is the current state of the hypothesis of mirror matter today? Are there any experimental data or theoretical arguments that exclude it by now, or is it still considered viable among physicists? ...
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Noether currents for the BRST tranformation of Yang-Mills fields

The Lagrangian of the Yang-Mills fields is given by $$ \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}(F^a_{\mu\nu})^2+\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu} D_{\mu}-m)\psi-\frac{1}{2\xi}(\partial\cdot A^a)^2+ ...
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Higher order covariant Lagrangian

I'm in search of examples of Lagrangian, which are at least second order in the derivatives and are covariant, preferable for field theories. Up to now I could only find first-order (such at ...
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Lagrangians for non-local equations of motion

Say I have a multicomponent field $X_a(x,t)$ such that I know it Fourier modes satisfy the following equation of motion, $(\delta_{ab} \partial_t + \Omega_{ab}(t))X_b(k,t) = e^t \int \frac{d^3p ...
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CP-symmetry and Ward identities and finite temperature

I have a few questions about Ward-identities which I summarize here. For each I am very greateful for answers and references to literature. Wikipedia states about Ward-identities: The ...
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exercise books for Feynman diagrams [duplicate]

I know QFT at graduate level but I'll like to master the skill of working with Feynman diagrams. I'm looking for a book of solved exercises on this topic. Specifically, I'm looking for the kind of ...
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Density operator in second quantization

I would want to understand why the density operator in second quantization takes the form: $$\rho_\sigma(\mathbf{r})=\Psi_\sigma^\dagger(\mathbf{r})\Psi_\sigma(\mathbf{r})?$$ Is this a definition or ...
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QFT: differential cross section from center of mass to lab frame

I have the following process: two ingoing particles, a photon hitting a nucleus, and two outgoing particles, the nucleus and a pion. I have computed $|M|^2$ and the differential cross section in the ...
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Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude

I have two questions about Vacuum to vacuum transition amplitude. Can any particle stay in $|0\rangle$? I was studying this topic from Srednicki's QFT book. He writes in eq.$(6.22)$ $$\langle0|0 ...
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How deep can my knowledge of particle physics go without the maths?

By no means do I have the mathematical background to understand most of the math used in elementary particle physics. My current knowledge is of all the elementary particles and how they interact ...
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Quantum Mechanics of Lenz's Law?

I've searched the internet and two famous QM books (Sakurai and Messiah) for Lenz's Law, but haven't found anything. So my question is what the quantum mechanical explanation to Lenz's law is? Can ...
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Meaning of spin

I'm pretty astounded that I did not hear about this sooner, but in my course on QFT our professor told us that the concept of spin can be used to mean three things: Mechanical spin (apparently a ...
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Heisenberg evolution equation for $\hat{\phi}$

Consider quantum Hamiltonian of free massive scalar particle: $$\hat{H} = \int d^3x \left[\frac{1}{2} \hat{\pi}^2 (t, \vec{x}) + \frac{1}{2} \partial_i \hat{\phi}(t, \vec{x}) \partial_i \hat{\phi}(t, ...
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A question about defining a classical CFT

This is kind of related to this, Defining a CFT using beta-functions So what would be the right definition of a CFT even classically? Is it true that classically one will call a theory scale ...
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Derivation of $ E=h\nu$

Is it possible to derive the relation $ E=h\nu$ from Schrodinger equation or the basic principles of quantum mechanics or is it something which is considered to be an axiom with no explanation?
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Why on-shell vs. off-shell matters?

The definitions between on- and off-shell are given in Wikipedia. Why is it so important in QFT to distinguish these two notions ?
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How to charge a field?

In a previous post [ Noether theorem, gauge symmetry and conservation of charge ] we were discussing the different ways to demonstrate the current conservation: via the first Noether theorem applied ...
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What are the various physical mechanisms for energy transfer to the photon during blackbody emission?

By conservation of energy, the solid is left in a lower energy state following emission of a photon. Clearly absorption and emission balance at thermal equilibrium, however, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
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Multiple vacua vs. vev's in qft

Take a (possibly supersymmetric) relativistic quantum field theory: when we construct it, we suppose that there is a unique vacuum state $|0\rangle$ which is Lorentz invariant, vector of some Hilbert ...
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Do instantons support quantum bound states?

When one quantizes a scalar in the 1+1 dimensions in the kink background of a double well potential, one finds a spectrum that includes: (1) a zero mode corresponding to the classical particle ...
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Gell-Mann Low Theorem and Vacuum Energy

I know that the sum of vacuum bubbles can be related to the Vacuum energy, but I'm trying to understand how this follows from the Gell-Mann Low theorem/equation. My question will use equations from ...
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Symmetries in Wilsonian RG

I wanted to know if there is a theorem that in writing a Lagrangian if one missed out a term which preserves the (Lie?) symmetry of the other terms and is also marginal then that will necessarily be ...
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Regulator-scheme-independence in QFT

Are there general conditions (preservation of symmetries for example) under which after regularization and renormalization in a given renormalizable QFT, results obtained for physical quantities are ...
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Counterexamples in quantum theory [closed]

I'm looking for counterexamples in quantum theory, in the spirit of books like Counterexamples in topology and Counterexamples in analysis. A practically identical post, but for PDEs, can be found ...
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Did the Feynman heuristic of “simple effects have simple causes” fail for spin statistics?

Someone here recently noted that "The spin-statistics thing isn't a problem, it is a theorem (a demonstrably valid proposition), and it shouldn't be addressed, it should be understood and celebrated." ...
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Noether theorem, gauge symmetry and conservation of charge

I'm trying to understand Noether's theorem, and it's application to gauge symmetry. Below what I've done so far. First, the global gauge symmetry. I'm starting with the Lagragian ...
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Alternative methods to derive the static potential in the NR limit of QED

In QED, one can relate the two-particle scattering amplitude to a static potential in the non-relativistic limit using the Born approximation. E.g. in Peskin and Schroeder pg. 125, the tree-level ...
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Soft Mass and Physical Mass in Softly-broken SUSY

In softly broken SUSY, the bare mass parameters may be specified at e.g. the GUT scale, and then we can run these down to another scale using RGEs, similar in form to the RGEs for gauge couplings, ...
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Dirac equation in curved space-time

I have seen the Dirac equation in curved space-time written as $$[i\bar{\gamma}^{\mu}\frac{\partial}{\partial x^{\mu}}-i\bar{\gamma}^{\mu}\Gamma_{\mu}-m]\psi=0 $$ This ...
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QFT in Quantum Computing and Control Theory?

Is QFT being applied to quantum computing and control theory? I took yesteryear a basic course on quantum computing and if I remember correctly we didn't touch on any QFT (though I think that if it ...
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What's vison in Z2 resonating valence bond (RVB) state?

I have a problem on the "vison" exitation in the Z2 RVB state. The vison exitation is a topological exitation of the system like topological defect in nematic liquid , if I got it right. Because the ...
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How is the equation of motion for a real scalar field derived from the Lagrangian?

The Lagrangian for a real scalar field is: $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\eta^{\mu \nu}\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial_{\nu}\phi-\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2 $$ How can I derive the dynamics of this field from this ...
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What can be the smallest chaotic system?

As I am talking about 'smallest' can I expect that it should be a quantum system? I understand that we use quantum chaos theory instead of perturbation theory when the perturbation is not small. For ...