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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Under what cases is the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) operator nilpotent?

It is understood that when we deal with gauge algebras which close on-shell only after using equations of motion or where the space-time is curved, we can no longer just do away with BRST ...
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Coset construction of Tricritical Ising CFT

In http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-5468/2008/03/P03010 the authors state that the Tricritical Ising Model (TIM) CFT can be obtained from a Wess Zumino Witten construction based in the coset ...
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Clarification: Why the gauge symmetry of pure Yang-Mills is $PU(n)$ and not $SU(n)$? [closed]

I am quoting the following from the Wikipedia article on the projective unitary group: In the pure Yang–Mills $SU(n)$ gauge theory, which is a gauge theory with only gluons and no fundamental ...
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Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking - struggling with physics based understanding?

Although I am a mathematician by nature, I'm writing an essay in my third year of my undergraduate on Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Physics, and as such I've become a little confused by how the ...
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Renormalization group and minimum substraction

I have several questions about renormalization group and minimum substraction scheme in particular. My first question is: 1) Why is the beta function typically just a function of coupling? In other ...
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Issues with the Operator to State map using Path Integral

Suppose your QFT has a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, and let $\text{End}(\mathcal{H})$ be the set of operators on $\mathcal{H}$. It is often stated that in QFT there is a map $$\mathcal{F}: ...
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Can quantum fluctuation happen outside space-time? [duplicate]

So far I know, quantum fluctuations happen inside the vacuum which resides in the space-time. So, can it happen outside space-time? Because, one proposition suggest, big-bang was result of some kind ...
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Expressing the Schrödinger equation in terms of spinors

I appreciate that the Dirac equation can be thought of in terms of spinors, as it directly implies the presence of spin, in addition to initiating the concept of treating fields as operators. From ...
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W boson one loop electroweak contribution to muon g-2

I want to calculate the one loop W boson contribution (triple gauge boson vertex WW-Photon) to the muon anomalous magnetic moment g-2 with the help of Dimensional Regularization. Diagram given below: ...
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How does the electric field operator change inside an optical cavity

In the free field, transverse electric field operator is given by the below expression; $$d^{\bot}(R)=i \sum_{p,\lambda}\Big( \frac{\hbar cq}{2V\epsilon_{0}}\Big)^{1/2} ...
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What is the difference between the Higgs Boson particle and an electron moving through the Higgs field?

I am watching a lecture by Sean Caroll titled "Particles, Fields, and the Future of Physics". I am not a physicist by any means but enjoy the subject in my spare time hoping to understand it. This ...
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Is Maxwell's field the wave function of the photon?

In his ArXiv paper What is Quantum Field Theory, and What Did We Think It Is? Weinberg states on page 2: In fact, it was quite soon after the Born–Heisenberg–Jordan paper of 1926 that the idea ...
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Most general separable solution of free Dirac equation

In relativistic quantum mechanics, the solution of the free Dirac equation is assumed to be $$\Psi(\textbf{r},t)=u(\textbf{p})e^{i(\textbf{p}\cdot \textbf{r}-Et)}$$ How do I know that this is the most ...
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Green's Functions from Gell-Mann and Low Theorem

What I want to do: $\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1\right\rangle}$ $\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle#1\right|}$ $\newcommand{\braket}[1]{\left\langle#1\right\rangle}$ The Gell-Mann Low Theorem tells ...
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Connection of “spin” to conformal dimension

I have read The spin and weight of a primary field in CFT but it does not answer my question, short of a restatement of the question itself. So I hope this post does not risk being removed.. In ...
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How many photons are absorbed during Rabi oscillations?

In my understanding, Rabi oscillations are derived using the classical approximation for the electromagnetic field. I don't get how this picture fits with a quantized EM field though. Say you excite a ...
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Why does the photon propagator contain the metric tensor?

The Klein Gordon propagator is (Peskin p-30) $$ D_F(x-y)=\frac{i}{p^2-m^2} $$ which is actually the Green's function of the KG field. But a photon contains additionally $g_{\mu\nu}$ in the numerator. ...
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What is the Meaning of the equation $\frac{d\sigma}{d\Omega}=\left|f(\theta,\phi)\right|^2$

In the "Preface for Students" of the book "Quantum Field Theory" by Mark Srednicki is a set of equations. Quoting from the author: "In order to be prepared to undertake the study of quantum field ...
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Perspectives of QFT [closed]

From the answer to this question Computing $\langle0|T[Q(t_2)Q(t_1)]|0\rangle$, I have discovered that there is two perspectives to QFT. I am doing a course which is unfortunately a summary of QFT and ...
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Why are $SU(N)$ gauge theories easier to handle for $N\rightarrow \infty$?

I was wondering if there was a intuitive/heuristic argument to understand why generalizing the QCD gauge group $SU(3)$ to $SU(N)$ and taking $N\rightarrow \infty$ simplifies the analysis of the ...
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Is there any theory in physics that might support the existence of tachyons?

According to Einstein, we all know that light is the fastest thing and it's impossible to beat it's speed. But isn't there a way to go around this? I read somewhere that tachyons gain speed per the ...
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Why isn't the path integral rigorous?

I've recently been reading Path Integrals and Quantum Processes by Mark Swanson; it's an excellent and pedagogical introduction to the Path Integral formulation. He derives the path integral and shows ...
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Writing down many particle Hamiltonian

We are given that \begin{align}\mathrm{tr} e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}\hat{H}t}&= \int D[a_1,\dots,a_n]\times\\&\qquad\exp\left[\int_0^t dt' \left(\frac{1}{2}\sum_j ...
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A special path integral

May be $f(\vec{x}), \vec{g}(\vec{x})$ an arbitrary functions dependent on the coordinates $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)^T$. Defining the following function dependent on a 3-dimensional curve $\vec{\gamma(t)}$ ...
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Photons acting as carriers of both attractive and repulsive forces

I understand, in basic terms, how a photon, whilst not being electrically charged itself, is viewed as creating electrical repulsion by means of positive momomentum transfer between two negatively ...
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Parker-Taylor formula in the $n=4$ simple case

I am trying to do ex. 2.23 of http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.1697v2.pdf. I have chosen as reference spinors $q_1,q_2 = p_3$ and $q_3,q_4 = p_1$. Therefore if I compute $A^4[1^- 2^- 3^+ 4^+]$ the ...
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complex scalar field as a sum of scalar and pseudoscalar fields

Let's consider theory of a complex scalar field $$\phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(s+\imath p)$$ Is it true that under CPT transformations $s$ is a scalar field and $p$ is a pseudoscalar field?
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How do I arrive at the perturbative expansion of a proper n-vertex from the Effective Action without resorting to Feynman Diagrams?

I am especially interested in the expansion of a 4-vertex which is the sum of 1PI diagrams in the expansion of the 4-point connected correlation function.
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Which cardinality of infinities are subtracted in the renormalisation of quantum field theory?

In quantum field theory, e.g. in quantum electrodynamics, renormalisation is used to make sense of an infinite number of virtual particles. This, crudely, involves the subtraction of infinities. But ...
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Are electrons held together by vacuum energy?

If one models the electron as a hollow spherical conductor with charge $e$ and radius $a$ then its electrostatic energy is given by: $$E_{em}=\frac{1}{2}\frac{e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0a}$$ However if one ...
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About $SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L = U(2)_L $

In the many textbook of standard model, i encounter the relation \begin{align} SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L ~=~ U(2)_L. \end{align} Here $L$ means the left-handness. (It is a physical ...
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Why are right hand neutrinos unaffected by all forces except gravity

I'm curious as to something I read on Berkeley's website. Does anyone happen to know why, according to this model,right hand neutrinos are unaffected by all forces except gravity? (Model taken from ...
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Are the following terms, related to scale invariance and renormalization in QFT, equivalent?

Which of the following terms are equivalent? and in what cases/limits do the non-equivalent terms become equivalent? A) a scale invariant quantum field theory. B) a conformal quantum field theory. ...
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Asymptotic behavior of Euclidean correlators in QCD

I am reading an old review paper (http://journals.aps.org/rmp/abstract/10.1103/RevModPhys.65.1). In the beginning it makes the following statement (I copy with slightly different notation). If we ...
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Recommendation about higher derivative theory

Are there some textbook or review about following parts of higher derivative Lagrangian? How to figure out the degrees of freedom of higher derivative theory? How to analyse the stability of a ...
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Pion decay into electron and anti-neutrino

In Peskin and Schroeder Books Chapter 5 subsubection Bound State equation (5.43) $\mathcal{M}(\uparrow \uparrow \rightarrow B)=\sqrt{2M}\int ...
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Why don't virtual particles violate conservation of mass/energy?

If virtual particles sometimes add more mass/energy to a system then was inputed or comes out in the output, how do they not violate conservation of mass/energy.
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What are the quantum numbers of Majorana neutrinos?

I have a question about majorana neutrinos. Majorana particles are particles that are their own antiparticle. From this I would argue that they need to have all quantum numbers equal to zero. My ...
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Intuition for S-duality

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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Intuition for Homological Mirror Symmetry

first of all, I need to confess my ignorance with respect to any physics since I'm a mathematician. I'm interested in the physical intuition of the Langlands program, therefore I need to understand ...
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General solution of the four-vector with each component satisfying the wave-equation

Maybe this is more appropriate for Math stackexchange, but this question regards the solution we use in order to find representation for massive / massless spin-1 particle. When $$(\Box + m^2)A_\mu = ...
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How to find creation and annihilation operators? [duplicate]

I get confused when trying to find this. Please describe it as simply as possible, but keep in mind I have no budget whatsoever to pay for textbooks, so here goes: How do you find the creation and ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...
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Writing scalar quantum field as mode expansion form for interacting theory

We know that for Klein-Gordon Equation, quantum field can be written in the form $$\phi(\mathbf{x},t) = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\omega_p}}[a_p e^{-ipx} + a^\dagger_p e^{ipx}]$$ It ...
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The meaning of keeping the bare parameters fixed

So, this question concerns two different kinds of renormalization group equations. I would like some clarifications, if possible. The usual RG equations taught in QFT courses, like the ...
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Why are the charge operator $Q$ and the baryon number operator $B$ unbounded?

A friend recommended me to read PCT, Spin and Statistics, and All That written by R. F. Streater and A. S. Wightman. In page 5 to 6, here's what the authors of this book have to say: [...] In ...
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Why does the non-linearity of the string action prohibit stretching due to strong excitations?

From 't Hooft's String Theory lecture notes on page 8 (paraphrased): To understand hadronic particles as excited states of strings, we have to study the dynamical properties of these strings, and ...
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How to parametrize off-shellness?

The energy of a massive on-shell particle of mass $m$ and three-momentum $\vec{p}$ satisfies $$E_\vec{p} = \sqrt{\vec{p}^2+m^2}. $$ What would be the analogous expression for an off-shell particle? ...
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Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?

My question is following "Why 5D gauge theory is non-renormalizable?" Here I treat $5D$ supersymmetric gauge theories. Also I heard Non-renormalizablity of $5D$ gauge theories implies the ...
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Neutrino mass and the Majorana equation

I can't seem find this on the Internet. What does the Majorana equation predict neutrino masses to be (if they were their own antiparticle), and how? (I have little understanding of spinors, btw...) ...