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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Time ordering of normal ordered product

I would like to calculate $$<0|T(:x^4::y^4:)|0>$$ for scalar fields $x$, $y$ "by hand", but I don't understand yet how. With Wicks theorem I'd say this is strictly 0. Is this correct? By hand I ...
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What are non-perturbative effects and how do we handle them?

Schwartz's QFT book contains the following passage. To be precise, total derivatives do not contribute to matrix elements in perturbation theory. The term $$\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta} ...
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Superficial degree of divergence on Weinberg

Reading volume 1 of Weinberg's QFT book, chapter 12, page 505 he says that if you consider a diagram with degree of divergence $D\geq{}0$, its contribution can written as a polynomial of order $D$ in ...
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What is a “dynamically generated scale” physically?

A theory like QCD with massless quarks in four dimensions has no explicit mass parameters in its classical Lagrangian. At the quantum level however, instead a mass scale Λ is generated dynamically at ...
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Classical Fermion and Grassmann number

In the theory of relativistic wave equations, we derive the Dirac equation and Klein-Gordon equation by using representation theory of Poincare algebra. For example, in this paper ...
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Why do three-scalar correlation functions vanish by parity?

We have the following Lagrangian: $$ \mathcal L = \frac12 (\partial_\mu \phi)^2 - \frac12 m^2 \psi^2 + \bar\psi(\mathrm i \gamma^\mu \partial_\mu -M) \psi - \mathrm i g \bar\psi \gamma^5 \psi \phi \,. ...
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Few basic questions about instantons

For the $SU(2)$ Yang-Mill's theory, (1) how can one understand that the finite action solutions of the Euclidean equations of motion (called Instantons) exhibit tunneling effects? (2) Since, this ...
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Electron matrix element in a most simple QFT problem, the e+ e- annihilation

In the beginning of my new QFT book there is this short chapter called Invitation: Pair Production in $e^{+}$ $e^{-}$ Annihilation. An electron and a positron collide and a couple muon & antimuon ...
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Does energy transmission depend on the speed of incoming particle?

Since a few past days , I am struggling with finding an in depth atomic model of force exchange between colliding paricles (originally newtons third law) , because at this point of time i am unable to ...
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How to calculate the effective action in general?

Considering the scalar field, we have the effective action $$\tag 1 \Gamma[\phi_{cl}]=\int ...
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Order of the life time of the K± mesons [duplicate]

It is not a homework. I've just wanted to find the order of the life time of the K± mesons. I had some suggestions like Starting from Fermi’s model and dimensional analysis ,Considered decays like K ...
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How to describe spin-orbital coupling in Weyl semi-metal

In three dimensional Weyl semi-metal, the Hamiltonian that describes low excitation quasi-particle is well-know Weyl Hamiltonian: +/- $k\cdot\sigma$. But if I want to add spin-orbital coupling in that ...
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Is the Amplituhedron somehow equivalent to the S-matrix theory?

Amplituhedra are a family of spaces with the property that co-dimension one boundary of an Amplituhedron are the product of "smaller" Amplituhedra. In addition they are given a volume form that has a ...
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What would happen if a monochromatic light falls on an electron?

An electron is not strictly free, but in terms of QFT, we consider scattering events in an asymptotic framework where free particles would arise at $t \rightarrow \pm \infty$. So, I would like to know ...
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Anomalous Slavnov-Taylor identity

I will be happy if someone could clarify the mystery here. Consider the following derivation of the anomalous Slavnov-Identity. It's based on lecture notes by Adel Bilal. Suppose we have an action ...
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Derivative coupling of neutrinos to massless Goldstone boson - calculation of decay width

I have a theory with a derivative coupling of neutrinos $\nu_{i,j}$ to a massless Goldstone boson $\phi$: \begin{equation} g_{ij}\partial^\mu \phi_\mu\bar{\nu_i}\nu_j. \end{equation} Now I want to ...
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Quantum Anomalies and Quantum Symmetries

In Quantum Field Theories (QFT) there is a well known phenomenon of anomalies, where a classical symmetry is broken in the quantum theory due to a so called anomaly. This symmetry breaking can be ...
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Help in writing down Feynman rule? [duplicate]

I have a term in my Lagrangian that looks like: $A^\mu B^{*\nu} \partial_\mu B_\nu - A^\nu B^{* \mu} \partial_\mu B_\nu$ where A is the photon field, and B is a charged, massive spin-1 boson. I am ...
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Creation of momentum on vertex (quantum field theory)

For a an interaction term like $g(\overline{\psi} \gamma^\mu \psi) \partial_\mu \phi$ in which $\psi$ is a Dirac spinor and $\phi$ a scalar field (d=4), should we expect this vertex to have a momentum ...
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Beyond usual quantum mechanic description of entanglement, is there any QFT or stringy formalism/explanation of it? [closed]

Currently entanglement is speculated to be one underlying mechanism of emergent spacetime, but what are its foundations?
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Relationship between locality, causality, and free theories

This text on QFT defines a free theory as that in which dynamics of the field for each degree of freedom evolves independently from all the other. In principle we have an infinite degrees of freedom, ...
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Operator notation?

I'm starting out with many-body quantum theory, second quantization etc. by reading the book by Bruus and Flensberg. In the first chapter they write; "A given local one-particle operator $T_j$ ... ...
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Hierarchy problem and quadratic corrections in the Standard Model

In this paper, the third paragraph of the “Introduction” says that the Standard Model by itself is a natural theory. As I understand, they say there is no quadratic divergence in the Standard Model ...
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Are there instantonic corrections to continuously degenerate vacua?

In the case of discretely degenerate vacua, for example in the double well potential, there are instantonic corrections to the energies. The degeneracy is lifted, and the true vacuum becomes a ...
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Existence of lagrangians at strong coupling

It is well known that some QFT do not admit a lagrangian formulation (like the $(2,0)$ SCFT in $d=6$). Up to my understanding, all the examples that I know of non lagrangian theories are always ...
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Can a scalar field transform nontrivially under a local special conformal transformation?

Is there any way to have a scalar field that transforms non-trivially under local special conformal transformations? Just by the index structure, I can see that the possibilities are $$\begin{align} ...
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How should we understand the value of a recent theory published on Phys. Rev. D? [closed]

I would like to know what to make of this paper, published on Phys. Rev. D on the 11$^{th}$ of January: Quantum field theory of gravity with spin and scaling gauge invariance and spacetime ...
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Asymptotic behaviour of the propagator for a scalar field

When discussing causality in Chapter 2 of Peskin & Schroeder a couple of equations giving the asymptotic behaviour of the propagator for a scalar field appear: $$ \text{If} \,\, x^0-y^0=t, \, \, ...
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Lorentz-invariant phase space for 2->2 scattering

In the schwartz's quantum field theory, Lorentz-invariant phase space(LIPS) is defined by $$d\Pi_{LIPS}=\prod\frac{d^3p_j}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2E_j}(2\pi)^4\delta^4(\Sigma p)$$ For 2->2 scattering in ...
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Transformation of photons under Lorentz transformation

This question is a continuation of one of my earlier post. In this post,I asked about the transformation of photon fields under rotation. Here I generalize the question to Lorentz transformation, and ...
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Field strength renormalization: going outside of Fock space? [closed]

When one talks about field strength renormalization, one defines the renormalized field $\psi^R(x)$ in the following way (I'm using the notation from Matthew Schwartz's book): $\psi^R(x) \equiv ...
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What is the group transformation property of photons under rotation?

Both the photon and the W boson are spin-1 particles. Under rotation W boson must transform under the 3-dimensional representation of SU(2). However, the photon has two degrees of freedom (or helicity ...
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What prevents this third-order QED scattering from having a non-zero amplitude?

I have learned that in the Dyson-Wick expansion of the QED scattering operator $$ S=e^{-i\int_{t_i}^{t_f}H\mathrm{d}t} $$ with the QED interaction Lagrangian $$ H=e\bar\psi\gamma^\mu A_\mu\psi $$ ...
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“Irreversibility” of the RG flow

In his remarkable work, Zamolodchikov proved a theorem regarding two dimensional QFT Renormalization Group (RG) flow, describing a monotonically decreasing function in the flow parameter which is ...
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Reparametrization invariance in scalar QFT: What does it mean, exactly?

In the Cecotti's book "Supersymmetric Field Theories" he wrote " Physical quantities are independent of the fields we use to parametrize the configuration, that is, observables are invariant under ...
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Chern Simons Theory over S^3 as integral - what is domain of integration?

I found these nice lecture notes Lectures on localization and matrix models in supersymmetric Chern-Simons-matter theories so I am hoping to understand some parts of the Chern Simons theory better. ...
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Linear term in six dimensional $\phi^3$-theory

In our current QFT homework we are given the following Lagrangian in six spacetime dimensions. It is $$ \mathcal L = \frac12 [\partial \phi]^2 - c_0 \phi - \frac{m_0^2}2\phi^2 - ...
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Can virtual particles be thought of as pieces of 'nonregular' waves?

I just came across this blog post, which gives an interpretation of virtual particles I haven't seen before. To rephrase it, consider a 1D system of springs and masses, where the springs are slightly ...
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Does this vertex equal 0?

If I have an interaction term in my Lagrangian that looks like: $\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial_\mu B_\nu)(A^\mu B^\nu - A^\nu B^\mu)$ where B is a massive spin-1 field. Am I correct in thinking that ...
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Doubts about quark confinement, the pole mass and the quark gluon plasma

I have seen written a few times that the notion of a pole mass for a quark contradicts the quark confinement picture and that non-perturbatively it is expected that the quark pole mass be infinite. ...
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Is there a correlation between Brownian motion and cosmic microwave background radiation?

Is there any correlation between Brownian motion, the phenomenon of osmosis - compared to cosmic microwave background, the Noise we see in analog television? Brownian motion or pedesis (from Greek: ...
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What are the remaining obstacles to low-energy quantum gravity?

In a 2003 review Burgess outlined how the QFT perturbative methodology is being extended to gravity, and described some effective quantum gravity expansions that reproduce general relativity in the ...
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Mode expansions of fields

This is a very simple question but would appreciate it if someone could clarify - I've heard different things from different people so I'm a little bit confused yet the question is simple: Given the ...
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Angular momentum of the vacuum

I'm studying quantum field theory from "An introduction to Quantum field theory" by Peskin and Schroeder and from "A modern introduction to quantum field theory" by Maggiore. I've read from "An ...
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Coherent state path integral - derivation

I divided the time interval $[t_0=:t_i,t_f:=t_N]$ into $N$ steps $[t_{k-1},t_{k}],\, k=1,\dots, N$ and applied the resolution of unity for coherent states \begin{equation} ...
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Why is it legitimate using bispinors in HQET?

I am reading about HQET in Grozin's book http://www.amazon.es/Effective-Theory-Springer-Tracts-Physics/dp/3540206922. While constructing the Lagrangian he first consider the usual QCD Lagrangian with ...
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Green's functions and spectral function

I'm struggling to understand something in the book by Fetter & Walecka, p.295, relating to the causal ($G$), advanced ($G^A$) and retarded ($G^R$) Green's functions, and the spectral function ...
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Gauging a mixture of internal and spacetime symmetries

Given an internal symmetry, say $U(1)$ or $SU(2)$, I understand how to gauge it, by coupling the conserved current $J_{\mu}$ to a gauge field $A^{\mu}$. Similarly, I understand how to gauge a ...
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Calculation of divergences of Feynman diagram

In Peskin Schroeder, while considering gluon diagrams for $\beta$-function in QCD, they say that we can calculate the divergent part of loop diagram taking limit of zero external momenta - e.g. for ...
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S-matrix element for forward scattering and amputed green function

I'm studying dispersion relations applied as alternative method to perturbation theory from Weinberg's book (Vol.1) Let's consider the forward scattering in the lab frame of a massless boson of any ...