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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Trace and adjoint representation of $SU(N)$

In the adjoint representation of $SU(N)$, the generators $t^a_G$ are chosen as $$ (t^a_G)_{bc}=-if^{abc} $$ The following identity can be found in Taizo Muta's book "Foundations of Quantum ...
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Supersymmetry and non-compact $R$-symmetry group?

The $R$-symmetry for $N$ supercharges is $U(N)$. Is it possible to generalize $R$-symmetry [let's take $U(4)$) to be something like $U(2,2)$ (maybe analogous to Wick rotation of $SO(3,1)$ to $SO(4)$...
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How does this paper relate to standard QED?

This paper proposes a microscopic mechanism for generating the values of $c, \epsilon_0, \mu_0$. They state that their vacuum is assumed to contain ephemeral (meaning existing within the limits of ...
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Significance of Poles of Correlation Function in QFT

In QFT, specifically in scattering processes, what is the physical significance of the poles / residues of the $N$-point correlation function? And why?
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Questions about angular momentum and 3-dimensional(3D) space?

Q1: As we know, in classical mechanics(CM), according to Noether's theorem, there is always one conserved quantity corresponding to one particular symmetry. Now consider a classical system in a $n$ ...
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QFT basics for Klein-Gordon fields

I am teaching myself QFT from Peskin for next years maths course and I have two questions: What is a c-number? Is it a complex number, and if so why does it mean, $[\hat{\phi}(x),\hat{\phi}(y)]~=~&...
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Helicity for Zero Rest Mass Field Equations

I'm trying to reconcile the usual definition of the helicity operator, namely $$ h = \hat{p}.S$$ with the definition of a massless helicity $n$ field as a symmetric spinor field $\phi^{A\dots B}$ ...
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is really an atom stable?

Half filled and fulfilled atomic orbitals are stable because of : high exchange energy. The problem is with exchange energy. We have learnt that the half and fulfilled orbitals have maximum no. of ...
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Field content and symmetry groups of Minimal Composite Higgs Models

I'm trying to teach myself the Composite Higgs Model, both its theory and its LHC phenomenology (particularly the 4DCHM). Unfortunately, I'm struggling; the literature is contradictory and/or omits ...
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Degree of divergence of a Feynman diagram

I am studying the degrees of divergence of Feynman diagrams. I feel that I miss something but I don't really understand what. Please apologize if this question is silly. Anyway. As an introduction to ...
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Questions about classical and quantum scale invariance

This is kind of a continuation of this and this previous questions. Say one has a free "classical" field theory which is scale invariant and one develops a perturbative classical solution for an ...
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A question from Weinberg QFT

I'm self-studying Weinberg QFT. I'm confused by his treatment of scattering theory . I have the following question: He introduces the free particle states $\Phi_{\alpha}$ but I'm not sure what is ...
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Associating a Unitary operator to proper Lorentz transformations?

If one reads eg page 32 of Srednicki where he says: In quantum theory, symmetries are represented by unitary (or antiunitary) operators. This means that we associate a unitary operator U(Λ) ...
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Motivation for the Deformed Nekrasov Partition Function

I have recently been doing research on the AGT Correspondence between the Nekrasov Instanton Partition Function and Louiville Conformal Blocks (http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.3219). When looking at the ...
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Product of VEVs vs. VEV of product

How can we prove the following cluster decomposition formula $$\langle \phi_1 \phi_2 \rangle ~=~ \langle \phi_1 \rangle \langle \phi_2 \rangle,$$ where brackets denote vacuum expectation value (VEV) ...
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Symmetry breaking with Lagrangian

I have been studying the spontaneous symmetry braking from Zee (Quantum Field theory ) and found in the page 224, he wrote the lagrangian as $$\mathcal{L}= \frac{1}{2}\{ λ (∂φ)^2 + μ^2φ^ 2\} − \frac{\...
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Introductory examples of AdS/CFT duality

I would like to know, what are the simplest/starting/basic examples that are typically used to introduce students to how AdS/CFT really works? (not the MAGOO paper, as I am not sure it has concrete ...
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Poles bit in a propagator

Hi I am trying to derive the K-G propagator and am stuck on the bit where Cauchy's Integral formula is needed i.e evaluating from $$\int \frac{d^{3}p}{(2\pi)^3}\left\lbrace\frac{1}{2E_{p}}e^{-ip.(x-y)}...
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$\hbar \rightarrow 0$ in quantum mechanics

We often see a limit $\hbar \rightarrow 0$ in quantum mechanics and sometimes it's related with symmetry breaking. Can someone briefly write the story behind this limit?
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Some questions about Ward-Takahashi Identity

I'm a learner of Peskin and Schroeder's textbook of quantum field theory. I have proceeded to Ward-Takahashi identity and have one question when I look for Wikipedia for reference. The following is ...
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proper variation of action term

I have a term I want to vary by a field, $\phi$. $$ `S' = \frac{-1}{2}\,\sqrt{-g}\,g^{\mu\,\nu}\,\delta\left[h(\phi)\,\partial_{\mu}\phi\,\partial_{\nu}\phi \right]. $$ Is it correct to get this? (...
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Getting rid of double delta function in Feynman rules

[1] A very simple example of feynman rule for scalar fields. After computing the diagram i have got the following: $$ -i(2\pi)^4g^2\int d^4q \frac{i}{q^2 -m^2c^2}\delta^{(4)}(p_1 - p_3 -q) \...
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A four-dimensional integral in Peskin & Schroeder

The following identity is used in Peskin & Schroeder's book Eq.(19.43), page 660: $$\int\frac{d^4k}{(2\pi)^4}\,\frac{1}{(k^2)^2}e^{ik\cdot\epsilon}=\frac{i}{(4\pi)^2}\log\frac{1}{\epsilon^2},\...
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How do I quantize a classical field theory

I have not been able to find any information about this on the Internet. I am a middle-schooler, 14, who self-studies physics, and I know up to and including ODEs, and some of the calculus of ...
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Invariance, covariance and symmetry

Though often heard, often read, often felt being overused, I wonder what are the precise definitions of invariance and covariance. Could you please give me an example from quantum field theory? Thanks!...
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One-loop $\phi^4$ theory in $d = 3$

I'm trying to calculate the 1 loop correction to the propagator in massless $\phi^4$ theory, in $d = 3$, just for fun. The diagram just looks like a straight line with a circle touching tangently to ...
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A fundamental equation for solitary wave and dimension analysis [closed]

According to the scalar Field theory we write Lagrangian as $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu \phi \partial_\mu \phi -\frac{m^2}{2}\phi^2 -\frac{\lambda}{4!}\phi^4 \tag {1}$$ What I want to do is ...
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What is kappa symmetry?

On page 180 David McMohan explains that to obtain a (spacetime) supersymmetric action for a GS superstring one has to add to the bosonic part $$ S_B = -\frac{1}{2\pi}\int d^2 \sigma \sqrt{h}h^{\alpha\...
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What does it mean to integrate out fields from a theory?

I've done a fair bit of reading on this subject and I'm still confused about the basic principle of integrating out fields in QFT. When we have a function of 2 fields a and b, f(a,b), and we integrate ...
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Physical Interpretation of the Integrand of the Feynman Path Integral

In quantum mechanics, we think of the Feynman Path Integral $\int{D[x] e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}S}}$ (where $S$ is the classical action) as a probability amplitude (propagator) for getting from $x_1$ to $x_2$...
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Photon as the carrier of the electromagnetic force

My physics background goes as "far" as reading popsci books on QM, Particle Physics, and Cosmology so pardon my ignorance in the below questions. I've read that the photon is the particle (quanta in ...
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What is the fundamental difference between ghost and auxiliary fields?

I am somehow confused by the notion of auxiliary fields, such as for example the fields $F$ and $D$ which appear in supersymmetry, and the notion of ghost fields which appear for example in the BRST ...
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Solving the soliton equation without energy

In this passage from Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory (page 576) The solution of interest is time independent, so we can set $\dot\varphi = 0$. We can also rewrite the remaining terms in $E$ as \...
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How to find the Higgs coupling with a mixing matrix?

It is known that the couplings to the Higgs are proportional to the mass for fermions; $$g_{hff}=\frac{M_f}{v}$$ where $v$ is the VEV of the Higgs field. I'm trying to figure out why this is true ...
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Transformation law for fermionic measure in functional integral

I am reading the paper "Bosonization in a Two-Dimensional Riemann-Cartan Geometry", Il Nuovo Cimento B Series 11 11 Marzo 1987, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 25-36, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%...
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What is paramagnetic current-current correlation?

I know what paramagnetism is. But first I want to know about the paramagnetic current and then the above-mentioned correlation? Actually, I am working on a paper on superconductivity where I have ...
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About the seesaw mechanism

I was reading about the seesaw mechanism in my Lecture notes and got a technical question. See for example http://www.lhep.unibe.ch/img/lectureslides/9_2007-11-30_SeeSawMechanism.pdf page 13. There ...
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Correlated three-particle Green Function

I know the relationship between normal and correlated two-particle Green Functions for fermions: $$G_c(1,2,3,4)=\Gamma(1,2,3,4)=G(1,2,3,4)+G(1,3)G(2,4)-G(1,4)G(2,3)$$ Also known as irreducible n-...
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Comparing interaction potential in standard $ϕ^4 $theory

I am posting this question again because, Willie Wong asked me to do it. So it is a continuing post of the Interaction potential in standard ϕ4 theory. I have been studying about solitions so I had ...
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How does one write eigenstates of field operators in terms of particle states in scalar field theory?

I am reading the first paper in Schwinger's QED anthology, where he discusses his action principle. In this, he writes down states that are simultaneous eigenkets of the field operators at all points ...
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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 $\epsilon^...
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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 $$S=\int\mathrm{d}^2x\frac{1}{g}(\...
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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 2....