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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Problem with Wick's theorem at first order

I've been struggling with a detail in Second Quantization which I really need to clear out of my head. If I expand the S-matrix of a theory with an interaction Hamiltonian $ H_I(x) $ then I have $$ S ...
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About Boltzmann H-theorem

What is the assumption for Boltzmann H-theorem? One can derive it just from the unitarity of quantum mechanics, so this should be generally true, does it imply a closed system will always thermalize ...
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How does QFT help with defining measurement in Quantum Mechanics?

I learned that a quantum system has an "overall state", a vector in a Hilbert space. That Hilbert space can be decomposed in a basis of "basic states". For example if in the Universe there is only a ...
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Equation 7.22 in Peskin & Schroeder: writing the Fourier transform of a two-point function as a series of 1PI diagrams

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, on page 219, there is the following equation: The heading to the equation is: "The Fourier transform of the two-point function can now be written as". Could ...
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Under what conditions is a vector-spinor gamma trace free

I came upon the concept of irreducible vector-spinors while trying to simplify an expression involving the gravitino field. It is claimed that an irredicible vector-spinor is gamma-traceless, i.e. $$ ...
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Divergent bare parameters/couplings: what is the physical meaning of it? Do this have any relation with wilson's renormalization group approach?

I understand that bare parameters in the Lagrangian are different from the physical one that you measure in an experiment. I'm wondering if the fact that they are divergent has any physical meaning? ...
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Large gauge transformations for higher p-form gauge fields

Question: What is the large gauge transformations for higher p-form gauge field on a spatial d-dimensional torus $T^d$ or a generic (compact) manifold $M$? for p=1,2,3, etc or any other integers. Is ...
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A coincident stack of D3 branes vs a shell of them

I would in general like to understand how to derive the low energy metrics to describe D-brane configurations. Any pedagogic reference which explains the method? In particular I have in mind these ...
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Why does a Lorentz scalar field transform as $U^{-1}(\Lambda)\phi(x)U(\Lambda) = \phi(\Lambda^{-1}x)$?

This problem is from Srednicki page 19. Why $U^{-1}(\Lambda)\phi(x)U(\Lambda) = \phi(\Lambda^{-1}x)$? Can anyone derive this? $\phi$ is a scalar and $\Lambda$ Lorentz transformation.
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Mass generation by Chern-Simons theory

Why the mass generation via a Higgs mechanism is different from that of Chern-Simons theory? I haven't done any formal course in Quantum field theory,so how do I understand this just having some basic ...
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EQUAL TIME commutation relations

Why is equal time commutation relation used in canonical quantization of free fields?
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Global SU(2) invariance of QED Lagrangian

I'm having problems seeing the global SU(2) invariance of the QED Lagrangian. My specific problem is seeing why \begin{equation} e^{-i a_i \sigma_i} \gamma_\mu e^{i a_i \sigma_i} = \gamma_\mu ...
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How to find a particular representation for the gamma matrices?

I asked this question as a subquestion in another thread, but got the answer below and thought it deserved a thread of its own. Two well-known representation of the gamma matrices are the Weyl and ...
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Is the gauge fixing $\partial_\mu A^\mu + \gamma A_\mu A^\mu=0$ used in the literature and does it have a name?

In an exercise for a course on Gauge Theories, I was asked to derive the action of QED with the method by Faddeev and Popov, using the following gauge-fixing function: $$F(A) = \partial_\mu A^\mu + ...
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Lorentz transformation implemented by a non-unitary operator.

One often come across in QFT sentences like the following, for instance: ...under a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda$ implemented by the unitary operator $U(\Lambda)$, a Dirac field transforms ...
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Does the success of canonical quantization guarantee the path integral works too?

If the canonical quantization approach to a field theory is successful, is it a good indicator that the path integral will work as well? Furthermore, can the success of a particular quantization ...
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Components of the Weyl spinor field

In the Weyl basis we can separate the spinor field into 2 components: the right-chiral spinor and the left-chiral spinor. Each of these fields has again 2 components which are coupled. What is the ...
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Why must SUSY be broken?

Background One usually claims that supersymmetry must be spontaneously broken. The reasoning is roughly the following: Since $M^2=P^{\mu}P_{\mu}$ is a casimir operator of the supersymmetry algebra, ...
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Formalism Of Quantum Field Theory vs Quantum Mechanics

How far can we extend the formalisms on quantum mechanics (QM) to quantum field theory (QFT)? In particular, How is a Fock space $\mathcal{F}$ different from a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$? Can a ...
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Space and time translation of quantum field

In book I am studying, the authors want to calculate the spectral representation of the g-lesser (and g-greater) functions and find a general expression for these. In order to do so they start with ...
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Dirac spinor and Weyl spinor

How can it be shown that the Dirac spinor is the direct sum of a right handed Weyl spinor and a left handed Weyl spinor? EDIT:- Let $\psi_L$ and $\psi_R$ be 2 component left-handed and right-handed ...
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Gaussian Integral over Grassman variables

I need to evaluate two Grassmann integrals, one over "real" Grassmann variable another one over complex variables. Lets start with the real one first : The prototype we have for $n$ real Grassmann ...
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Energy spectrum, mass spectrum, and mass gap

In Arnold Neumaier's nice answer to this question: The energy spectrum in quantum field theory it is remarked that 'If there is a mass gap (i.e., if no representation of tiny positive mass exists), ...
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How do you find a particular representation for Grassmann numbers?

This question is more general in the sense that I want to know how one finds a particular (say matrix) representation for any object. For the case of Grassmann numbers we have from Wikipedia the ...
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Propagator and expectation value

Given a propagator of some system, is there a way of finding the expectation value of some operator without knowing the eigenstates involved? For example, if I have the propagator of a particle in a ...
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Symmetry of Minkowksi Metric -> Conserved Current?

My understanding of the Minkowski Metric is that we have the freedom to choose whether to place the negative sign on the time-component or on the spatial-components. That is, either basis should ...
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Why must the Dirac equation multiplied by its complex conjugate give the KG equation?

This may be a simple question. I can show this is the case mathematically but cannot explain why it happens. It was only when asked why this happens when I realised I couldn't explain it ...
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Higgs maths video Brian Greene

What do you think of the video below? ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWj00MCqSxs Is the explanation in this video largely correct, or missing something? Is the mathematical description in the ...
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Algebraic formulation of QFT and unbounded operators

In AQFT one specifies the structure of the observables as a $C^*$-algebra. This seems to excludes algebras that don't have a norm, such as the Heisenberg algebra. Fortunately for this case one turns ...
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Difference between $SU(2)$ and $SU(2)$ gauge transformations?

I hear this jargon all the time, so what is the difference? (Of course this is nothing special to $SU(2)$, but rather I just took it as an example)
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Quantum corrections to massless fermionic field

in QED the corrections to electron propagator change the bare electron mass from $m_0$ to $m=m_0+δm=m_0+∑(\not{p}=m)$ (Peskin, formula 7.27). This is the consequence of the fact, that the quantum ...
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Electron recoil after emitting virtual photon

Assume that a stationary electron $A$ emits a virtual photon with $4$-momentum $k$ and a stationary electron $B$ absorbs it. Let us assume a description in which time is moving forwards. At the ...
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Gauge Invariance of the Hamiltonian of the electromagnetic field

The Hamiltonian for an electron of mass $m$ and charge $e$ in an exterior electromagnetic field is $$H=\frac{1}{2m}(p-(e/c)A)^2+e\varphi.$$ The corresponding (via canonical quantization) quantum ...
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Coleman-Mandula theorem in mathematical language

Every supersymmetry text starts off mentioning the Coleman-Mandula theorem. Often it is introduced using rather colloquial terminology. I was wondering if anyone knew a precise mathematical ...
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Regarding state of Klein-Gordon field

In regular quantum mechanics of particles, I have the Schrodinger evolution picture for a general state $$ i\hbar \frac{d}{dt} \left|\psi(t)\right> = \hat H \left|\psi(t)\right> $$ then we ...
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What is the difference between Lehmann-Kallen and Dispersion relation?

I know that the Lehmann-Kallen (LK) form of an operator concerns just that, an operator. But the LK is very similar in form to dispersion relations found in analytic S-matrix theory.
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Expectation values in QFT?

What is the meaning of different expectation values in QFT? For instance: $$\langle 0|{\cal O}(0)|q,s\rangle$$ or $$\langle 0|{\cal O}(0)|0\rangle$$ with ${\cal O}$ being some operator and ...
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Time-orded operator in Srednicki

On page 51 Srednicki states, "Note that the operators are in time order...we can insert $T$ without changing anything". This I agree with. But then on the next paragraph he states "The time order ...
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What do they mean with: photon scattering with $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$

In a scattering problem, let q denote the four-momentum of the photon. Is $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$ simply a statement of what metric one uses and simultaneously a definition of $Q^2$?
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Collapse in Quantum Field Theory? [duplicate]

I do not want answers telling me that wave-function collapse is not real and decoherence is the answer (I know the situation with that). I am asking a question purely on the basis if wave-function ...
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What causes different decays?

Nuclei spontaneously decay according to a certain decay rate. There are however different kinds of decay, alpha, beta, gamma... What causes then the nuclei, when they decay, to do so in one way of ...
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Higgs field in space around us?

Is the higgs field in space around us? I understand it as that the higgs field has a constant value on every space time point, is that right? And this value is the vacuum expectation value. This ...
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Parity of annihilation and creation operator - Real Klein-Gordon field

In calculating the total-momentum operator of the real Klein-Gordon field, I end up with an equation like $$ \vec P = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3}\int d^3p \mspace{9mu} \vec p\Big(a_pa_{-p} + ...
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Peskin equation 6.38

In Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book, page 189, equation 6.38, how do they get from the first line to the second line? In particular, I am stuck on the transition from what I perceive to be: $$ ...
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Naive question about the S-matrix

In quantum field theory, the elements of the S-matrix are defined as the amplitude describing the transition from an initial $n$-particle state (the "in" state) to an final $m$-particle state: ...
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Dual photon in d=3

In some papers (such as http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9910184 and http://arxiv.org/find/all/1/all:+AND+kapustin+AND+topological+disorder/0/1/0/all/0/1) I am reading it is always referred at "the dual ...
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Product of $\gamma^5 \sigma^{\mu\nu}$

I'm trying to prove that $\gamma^5 \sigma^{\mu\nu}=\frac{i}{2}\epsilon^{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}\sigma_{\alpha\beta}$ I started with the left hand side and expanded the $\gamma^5$ to ...
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What does this Lagrangian represents?

I came across this expression while doing exercises and I was wondering if it was a 'real' expression. $$\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu \phi \partial^\mu \phi -\frac{m^2}{2}\phi ^2 ...
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Contour for Klein-Gordon field transition amplitude

In calculating transition amplitude for Klein-Gordon real-scalar field, I encountered the integral, $$ \frac{-i}{2(2\pi)^2\Delta x} \int^{\infty}_{-\infty} \,dk \frac{ke^{ik\Delta ...
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Why aren't four-vectors used in the definition of a Klein-Gordon quantum field?

I am a beginner who is learning QFT. When I was going through the quantisation of Klein-Gordon real-field. I got confused about something: The solution to Klein-Gordon equations are of the form $ ...