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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Fourier Coefficents in general solution to Klein-Gordon Dirac-equation?

The most general solution to the Klein-Gordon equation is written as \begin{equation} \Phi(x)= \int \mathrm{d }k^3 \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3 2\omega_k} \left( a(k){\mathrm{e }}^{ -i(k x)} + a^\dagger(k) ...
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Does a local symmetry transformation cause a change in kinetic energy?

Consider a local transformation $$ \varphi_i^{\prime}= \varphi_i + \alpha(x) \delta\varphi $$ If this is a symmetry of the action, the Lagrangian is given by $$ \mathcal{L}^{\prime}=\mathcal{L}+ ...
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Monopoles in non-abelian semi-simple gauge groups

Relative to the following Indeed, the modern point of view is that the operator of electric charge is the generator of a U(1) group. The charge quantization condition arises in models of ...
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Non-local structure of field theory

Can someone explain what is non-local structure of field theory? I know you cannot have $\phi(x) \phi(y)$ term in Lagrangian which indicates the non-locality. However, why I cannot have the non-local ...
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Read-off particle from (projected) Dynkin labels

In the review of Slanksy "Group theory for unified model building" in chapter 6: How do one relate the projected Dynkin diagrams from for example $\overline{5}+10$ of $su(5)$ to the corresponding ...
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Apparent elimination of overlapping divergences

The integral, $$ \iint_{\mathbb{R}^{2+}}\frac{xy}{1+x+y} \mathrm{d}y \, \mathrm{d}x$$ possesses an overlapping divergence when $ x \to \infty $ and $ y \to \infty $. However, under a change of ...
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How does one prove that the current of a spontaneously broken symmetry generates a particle?

I am having a hard time arguing that, after spontaneous breaking of a continuous symmetry of a field Lagrangian, local fluctuations around the vacuum can be interpreted as particles (without referring ...
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Ladder operator on momentum basis

Since in Quantum mechanics momentum operator can be written in terms of ladder operators $$\widehat{p}=-i\sqrt\frac{{\hbar m \omega}}{2}(\widehat{a}-\widehat{a}^\dagger)$$ these operators operate on ...
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Topology-dependent groud state degeneracy of $B \wedge F + B \wedge B$ and $B \wedge F + B \wedge B \wedge B$

There are some examples of topological BF theory with extra terms allow it still being topological. See this Ref. paper In 4d (3+1D), we have the trace of: $$ \int\frac{k}{2\pi}\text{Tr}[B \wedge F + ...
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Reducibility of tensor products of Lorentz group representations

Consider the statement: (34.29 in Srednicki's QFT text) $$\tag{34.29} (2,1)\otimes(1,2)\otimes(2,2)~=~(1,1)\oplus\ldots$$ Where of course, $(a,b)$ label representations of Lorentz group in the usual ...
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Feynman Rules in Momentum space

What's the difference between Feynman rules in momentum space for $\phi^3$ theory and for $\phi^4$ theory? I know it's only a slight difference and perhaps found in the vertex factor? But for some ...
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Integration of Dirac propagator

I've got confused with Dirac (or Spinor) Propagator. Everywhere in books I have examples of integration Klein-Gordon propagators, which are quite easy. But I don't understand how to integrate ...
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$\gamma^5$ factor in Quantum Field Theory

I have a problem with interpretation of $\gamma^5$ factor in the interaction Hamiltonian. I know that $\frac{1\pm\gamma^5}{2}$ is a helicity projection and it requires helicity conservation in ...
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Number of Goldstone bosons in paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions

In paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transitions, the symmetry spontaneously breaks down from SO(3) to the subgroup SO(2) below $T_\text{crit}$. This implies that there should be two Goldstone modes ...
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Physical meaning of the creation or annihilation operators for a N-electron gases?

For a N-electron gases in a finite volume V, what is the meaning of the first "=" in the following expression: ...
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What guarantees the existence of unitary operators implementing Lorentz Transformations?

This should be a very basic question. In introductory QFT books, often one of the first things we see is the following claim: for every Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$, we can associate an unitary ...
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Long range order in the BCS ground state

I am trying to prove the following equivalent form for long-range-order in superconductivity (Annett's book states something like this) : \begin{equation}\lim_{|R-R'|\to ...
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Monopoles and the magnetic Higgs mechanism

In a paper of 't Hooft about the rôle of magnetic monopoles for a model of quark confinement, I don't understand the following sentence (end af paragraph 14) [...] in order for monopoles to ...
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Transformations of a left-handed gauge field

In a set of lectures I'm watching on Effective Field Theory the professor introduces a spurion vector field, $\ell_\mu$. He then says that we take it to transform as a "left handed gauge field" and ...
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Quantum Field Theory without LSZ, how is it possible?

Most modern texts spend some time deriving the LSZ reduction formula that connects S matrix elements to time ordered field correlation functions. It seems essential, and really helps clear up what you ...
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Question about canonical normalization

Are there ever instances where it is more convenient or more physically meaningful to work in terms of fields which are not canonically normalized? Obviously, nothing 'measurable' should be affected, ...
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Conformal Coupling for QFT in Curved Spacetime

I have seen it stated but not explained that consistency requires you to couple massless fields to gravity using the conformal coupling, so that $trT_{\mu \nu}=0$. What is the reason for this?
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Propagator in massless scalar field theory

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian: $\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} \phi \Box \phi + V(\phi)$, where $\Box = \partial _ {\mu} \partial ^ {\mu}$ and $V$ is the interaction term. We use the $(-+++)$ ...
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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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Feynman Diagram in $\phi^3$ theory

I'm slightly befuddled by is what it means when I'm asked to Draw the Feynman diagram in momentum space for the two point function of $\frac{\lambda}{3!}\phi^3$ theory for order $O(\lambda^2).$ ...
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Symmetry factor of tree diagram

In Mark Srednicki's Quantum field theory(page 89) it says This is a general result for tree diagrams (those with no closed loops): once the sources have been stripped off and the endpoints ...
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Feynman rules of a theory in non-standard form

I am currently studying lecture notes by Akhmedov on interacting scalar field theory in de Sitter space. In these notes, he considers a scalar field theory of the form ...
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Commutation Relations for Creation & Annihilation Opertors of Two Different Scalar Fields

Let us consider two different scalar fields $\phi$ and $\chi$. The commutation relations for the creation and annihilation operators of the scalar field $\phi$ are given by $$ [a(\textbf{k}), ...
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Do particles travel backward in time in a particle interpretation of field theory?

In this Phys.SE answer Ron Maimon stats: there is no relativistic particle formalism in which the particles have postive energies and casual propagation. You can either deal with fields in which ...
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What does the notion of basis sets for photons in number of particle picture?

Since $$|n.\rangle=|u_{k_1}\rangle\otimes...\otimes|u_{k_1}\rangle\otimes|u_{k_2}\rangle\otimes...\otimes|u_{k_2}\rangle\otimes...\otimes|u_{k_m}\rangle\otimes...\otimes|u_{k_m}\rangle$$(There are ...
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How can one (formally) determine the particle content of a free field theory?

Here's my question: Suppose I'm given a free field theory, where my fields are functions $\phi:\mathbb{R}^4 \rightarrow V$, and the equations of motion are a system of linear Lorentz-invariant ...
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Calculating Tr(log($\Delta_F$))

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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A formula in Sung-Sik Lee's paper

I want to ask if anyone has gone through the derivation of the second equality in the following formula which comes from http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.80.165102.
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Recommendation: Advanced topics in quantum field theory [duplicate]

I have read Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory book. I want to learn more about advanced topics in field theory, such as geometry and topology in field theory, topology defect, anomaly, soliton, ...
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Domain walls intersection

I was reading this article(On domain shapes and processes in supersymmetric theories). In the paragraph about domain walls intersection (paragraph $4$, page $7$) the authors say: In a one-field ...
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Is the Higgs bare mass larger than the physical mass?

The Higgs boson propagator can be written $$\frac{1}{p^2-m^2+\Sigma(p^2)}$$. If we take $p^2=m_P^2$ the physical mass, we get $m_P^2=m^2-\Sigma(m_P^2)$. Now, if $\Sigma\sim \Lambda^2$, we get ...
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Self-dual Maxwell equations, the second homology group, and topological invariants of a four manifold

In Witten's paper Quantum Field Theory and the Jones Polynomial, he mentioned that: Geometers have long known that (via de Rham theory) the self-dual and anti-self-dual Maxwell equations are ...
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Optical Theorem ,how can experiment distinguish the unscattered wave from the forward scattered wave?

How can experiment distinguish the unscattered wave from the forward scattered wave? The Optical Theorem says the imaginary part of the forward wave determines the cross section for an initial ...
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A question about Feynman diagram and symmetry factor

Consider a $\varphi^3$ theory: $$ Z_1(J) \propto \exp\left[\frac{i}{6} Z_g g\int \mathrm{d}^4 x \left(\frac{1}{i}\frac{\delta}{\delta J}\right)^3\right] Z_0(J), $$ where $$ Z_0(J) = ...
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A question about causality and Quantum Field Theory from improper Lorentz transformation

Related post Causality and Quantum Field Theory In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT p28, the authors tried to show causality is preserved in scalar field theory. Consider commutator $$ [ \phi(x), \phi(y) ...
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Definition of the Effective Particle

We define the effective particle creation and annihilation operators which are collectively and commonly denoted by $\hat{q}_s$: $$\hat{q}_s := \hat{U}_s \, \hat{q}_0 \, \hat{U}^\dagger_s $$ where ...
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Feynman graphs of Compton scattering

Compton scattering is usually described two Feynman graphs (in the second-order perturbative expansion of scattering matrix) that can be described in the following way: annihilation of a ...
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Casimir Forces and its associated Feynman Propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Unit determinant for relevant symmetry groups in QFT

When treating QFT we want our theory to be invariant under different symmetry groups, for example, the Standard Model is a non-abelian gauge theory with the symmetry group $U(1)×SU(2)×SU(3)$. ...
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Quantum Logic and Quantum Field Theory

Quantum Logic is a very interesting and powerful answer to the problem of Quantum Mechanics foundations. Nevertheless this approach is usually developed in a non-relativistic framework. Is it still ...
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VEV of tensor fields

Is it possible to have a VEV (vacuum expectation value) for tensor field? I am mainly concerned about second rank tensors. It seems it can have a VEV which will be proportional to the metric tensor ...
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Gauge symmetry for p-forms

It is well known that the Lorentz invariance of the S-matrix implies Gauge redundancy for 1-forms,'photons'. Does this argument go through to p-forms? That is does lorentz invariance of s-matrix of ...
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A question about a complex integration in Peskin's QFT textbook

In page 27 (2.52), the integration is $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dp \frac{p e^{ipr}}{\sqrt{p^2+m^2}}$$ He says that there are two branch cuts starting from $\pm im$ But I learn in complex analysis ...
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Gravitational Chern-Simons theory for bosons and fermions

Q1: What is the difference of boson and fermions for their Gravitational Chern-Simons theory? I suppose in general if the metric is not flat, we have vierbein ${e_{\hat{b}}}^{\nu}$, with $$ ...
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Is there any relationship between gauge field and spin connection?

For a spinor on curved spacetime, $D_\mu$ is the covariant derivative for fermionic fields is $$D_\mu = \partial_\mu - \frac{i}{4} \omega_{\mu}^{ab} \sigma_{ab}$$ where $\omega_\mu^{ab}$ are the spin ...