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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Can symmetry be restored in high energy scattering?

Suppose you have a field theory with a real scalar field $\phi$ and a potential term of the form $\lambda \phi^4 - \mu \phi^2$ that breaks the symmetry $\phi \to - \phi$ in the ground state. Is this ...
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Yukawa Coupling of a Scalar $SU(2)$ Triplet to a Left-Handed Fermionic $SU(2)$ Doublet

Suppose we have a field theory with a single complex scalar field $\phi$ and a single Dirac Fermion $\psi$, both massless. Let us write $\psi _L=\frac{1}{2}(1-\gamma ^5)\psi$. Then, the Yukawa ...
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Is every QFT non-local in the U.V.?

As much as I understand the renormalization group transformation and the concept of relevant/irrelevant operators, I'd say that if we push the reasoning of only looking at relevant operators when we ...
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Origin of the Higgs field

Are there any attempts in the literature at addressing the origin of the Higgs field? And, which lines of research that find it inevitable to address this question?
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How can there be a quantum field theory that predicts all particle masses?

Say I have a theory with only one (energy) scale, e.g. one given by the fundamental constants $$\epsilon=\sqrt{\dfrac{\hbar c^5}{G}}.$$ In this case, where I can't compare to something else, is ...
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What is the relationship between string net theory and string / M-theory?

I've just learned from this one of Prof. Wen's answers that there exists a theory called string net theory. Since I've never heard about this before it picks my curiosity, so I`d like to ask some ...
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What is the mean field value of a scalar field with spontaneously broken symmetry in a scattering event?

Consider you have a quantum field theory that undergoes spontaneous symmetry breaking at some critical temperature. It doesn't necessarily have to be a continuous symmetry that's broken, I don't think ...
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Is there any quantum-gravity theory that has flat space-time and gravitons?

Many quantum-gravity theories are strongly interacting. It is not clear if they produce the gravity as we know it at low energies. So I wonder, is there any quantum-gravity theory that a) is a well ...
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Particle mixing and indistinguishability

Neutral kaons have two flavor combinations: $\mathrm{d}\bar{\mathrm{s}}$ and $\mathrm{s}\bar{\mathrm{d}}$. They can also be weak eigenstates: $\mathrm{\frac{d\bar{s} \pm s\bar{d}}{\sqrt{2}}}$. But ...
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How to prove Wick's Theorem (Zee's eq. I.2 (16)) via Gaussian integration?

I'm working through Zee's QFT in a Nutshell but there's an integral [I.2 (16)] I couldn't quite derive. The problem is to find $$\langle x_i x_j ... x_k x_l\rangle=\frac{\int ... \int dx_1 ... dx_n ...
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Any link between decoherence and renormalization?

I have been studying decoherence in quantum mechanics (not in qft, and don't know how it is described there) and renormalization in QFT and statistical field theory, I found at first a similarity ...
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Physical interpratation of propagator

Consider the space-time domain Klein-Gordon propagator: $$G_F(x)=\int\frac{d^4p}{(2\pi)^4}e^{ipx}\frac{1}{p^2-m^2+i\epsilon}$$ I understand this as the amplitude at location $x$ created by a source ...
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Radiative Corrections and Bremsstrahlung

I am having trouble understanding why it is consistent to include "Breamsstrahlung" diagrams in computations of scattering amplitudes. For example, consider the scattering of two electrons to two ...
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What does it mean that particles are the quanta of fields?

I saw the question What are field quanta? but it's a bit advanced for me and probably for some people who will search for this question. I learned QM but not QFT, but I still hear all the time that ...
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One-Plaquette Action and SU(2)'s Irreducible Representations

I have a typical single-plaquette partition function for a gauge-field $$ Z=\int [d U_{\text{link}}] \exp[-\sum_{p} S_{p}(U,a)]$$ with $U$ as the product of the the $U$'s assigned to each link around ...
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Auxiliary field and loop expansion

Something bugs me with the use of auxiliary fields in QFT. On one side I understand that they are nothing more than Lagrange multipliers and should be replaced by their equation of motions in the ...
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Is Zitterbewegung an artefact of single-particle theory?

I have seen a number of articles on Zitterbewegung claiming searches for it such as this one: http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.2186. Others such as the so-called ZBW interpretation by Hestenes seemingly ...
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The Faddeev-Popov Lagrangian

This is a non-abelian continuation of this QED question. The Lagrangian for a non-abelian gauge theory with gauge group $G$, and with fermion fields and ghost fields included is given by $$ ...
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The neutrality condition and the (non)-vanishing of the one-point correlator for the bosonic vertex operator

Consider the massless scalar field Hamiltonian, \begin{align} H = \frac{1}{2}\int \Pi^2- (\partial_x\phi)^2 dx \end{align} with $\Pi \sim \partial_t\phi$ the conjugate field of $\phi$. This ...
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EM wave function & photon wavefunction

According to this review Photon wave function. Iwo Bialynicki-Birula. Progress in Optics 36 V (1996), pp. 245-294. arXiv:quant-ph/0508202, a classical EM plane wavefunction is a wavefunction (in ...
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Conformal fields on compactified manifolds? An apparent paradox!

I would appreciate it if someone tells me how a cft on a compactified manifold (e.g. by means of periodic boundary conditions) can be meaningful? The global conformal invariance is broken due to the ...
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What is negative about negative energy states in the Dirac equation?

This question is a follow up to What was missing in Dirac's argument to come up with the modern interpretation of the positron? There still is some confusion in my mind about the so-called ...
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Non-locality from quantum loops

I am reading a paper on quantum gravity (written circa 1988 but I don't think it's relevant to give a more precise reference) where I read the following statement: "universe loops will in general ...
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Breaking of Lorentz invariance

Thinking about the concept of symmetry breaking led me to the following question: Let's say that I have a theory described by a Lorentz invariant Lagrangian, and the true vacuum of the theory is not ...
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How to obtain deconfined theory from an s-confined N=1 susy gauge theory?

Is there a systematic procedure for obtaining a deconfined theory from an s-confining theory (as defined in hep-th/9610139 for example)?
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How do I construct the $SU(2)$ representation of the Lorentz Group using $SU(2)\times SU(2)\sim SO(3,1)$ ?

This question is based on problem II.3.1 in Anthony Zee's book Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell Show, by explicit calculation, that $(1/2,1/2)$ is the Lorentz Vector. I see that the ...
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Why does the creation operator take a continuum value for the momentum?

Imagine that you have a lattice and a set of masses. Each mass at a lattice point. Now each two neighbouring masses are connected with spring. Now in Classical Mechanics (CM) the ground state is the ...
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Goldstone's theorem and massless modes for $\phi^4$ theory

Consider a scalar field doublet $(\phi_1, \phi_2)$ with a Mexican hat potential $$V~=~\lambda (\phi_1^2+\phi_2^2-a^2)^2.$$ When $a=0$ this is a quartic potential and the symmetry is not ...
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Does dark energy affect asymptotic freedom?

If the Hubble constant is extremely large, what will happen with quark confinement? I guess that quarks will remain confined because of asymptotic freedom. But can gravity or dark energy have any ...
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Discrete version of Feynman path integrals

I've decided to put a very limited amount of my time into understanding the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. I'm interested in the mathematical formalism more than the physics, so I'd ...
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Naive question about massive spin 2 particles and QFT

We know that in order to describe spin 2 massless particles quantum mechanically we need to go beyond the field theory and consider the consistent quantum gravity theory (i.e. superstrings), but to be ...
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Finding wave-fuctions of a Dirac particle for given 4-momentum and spin 4-vector

I've been reading through various materials on relativistic quantum mechanics, but I find the lack of simple examples disturbing. I'm acquainted with the general form the solutions to the Dirac ...
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Proving that the weak hypercharge gauge field is not A

Under the electroweak gauge group $SU(2)_LU(1)_Y$ one identifies the 4 gauge fields $W^+, W^-, W^0, B$. After symmetry breaking $W^0$ and $B$ mix to give the observed fields $Z^0$ and $A$. Is there an ...
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Integrating over a gauge field in the field integral formalism

I'm currently trying to study a chapter in Altland & Simons, "Condensed Matter Field Theory" (2nd edition) and I'm stuck at the end of section 9.5.2, page 579. Given the euclidean Chern-Simons ...
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A certain regularization and renormalization scheme

In a certain lecture of Witten's about some QFT in $1+1$ dimensions, I came across these two statements of regularization and renormalization, which I could not prove, (1) $\int ^\Lambda \frac{d^2 ...
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Are gravitomagnetic monopoles hypothesized?

My understanding is that gravitomagnetism is essentially the same relativistic effect as magnetism. If so, why is it that I've heard so much about magnetic monopoles, but never gravitomagnetic ...
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What's the distinctions between Yang-Mills theory and QCD?

So Yang-Mills theory is a non-abelian gauge theory, and we used a lot in QCD calculation. But what are the distinctions between Yang-Mills theory and QCD? And distinctions between supersymmetric ...
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Angular momentum operator in terms of ladder operators

I wanted to show that the angular momentum of the particle state with zero momentum $| \vec{0} \rangle$ is $0$, that is to say the intrinsic spin of a scalar field is $0$ using a mode expansion. ...
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Polyakov action as broken symmetry effective action

I would like to ask if it is possible to regard the Polyakov action as an effective action that describes the broken symmetric phase of a more general model. Could someone draw an analogy with O(N) ...
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Branch-point twist fields and operator insertions on a Riemann manifold

I am having trouble understanding how Eq (2.6) in this paper (PDF) $$Z[\mathcal{L},\mathcal{M}_{n}]\propto\langle\Phi(u,0)\tilde{\Phi}(v,0)\rangle_{\mathcal{L}^{(n)},\mathbb{R}^{2}}$$ generalizes to ...
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Scale invariance Vs Conformal invariance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does dilation invariance often imply proper conformal invariance? What exactly is the difference between the two? Can someone give an example of a theory which is ...
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Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT

Below are the scan copies of some pages of Weinberg which are relevant to my doubts. My doubts basically concern the determination of normalization constant defined in (2.5.5). Isn't (2.5.12) true ...
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General Relativity - Einstein field equation and quantum field theory

Einstein field equation has many solutions. Out of them, is there any solution that is incompatible with quantum field theory? Also, what solutions of Einstein field equation would be incompatible ...
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QED BRST Symmetry

This is a homework problem that I am confused about because I thought I knew how to solve the problem, but I'm not getting the result I should. I'll simply write the problem verbatim: "Consider QED ...
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Simple QFT exercise

Consider a particle on the real line with: $L=\frac{1}{2}(\partial_0q)^2 + f(q)\partial_0q$ the equation of motion is that of a free particle $\partial_0^2q=0$. In fact $\delta[f(q)\partial_0q]=0$. ...
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Proving the time-evolution of momentum operator

In QFT the evolution of momentum and field operators is given by $∂_0φ=i[H,φ]$ and $∂_0\pi=i[H,\pi]$. Is it possible to derive these equations from the basic operator commutation relations or are ...
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Does the measure of proximity of two theories in “theory space” run?

From reading this article, I have learned that two effective QFTs can be very close together in the "theory space" appropriate to describe for example physics at the LHC scale, whereas the ...
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Derivation of total momentum operator QFT

The expansion of the Klein Gordon field and conjugate momentum field are $\hat{\phi}(x) = \int \frac{d^3k}{(2 \pi)^3} \, \frac{1}{ \sqrt{2 E_{k}}} \left( \hat{a}_{k} + \hat{a}^{\dagger}_{-k} \right) ...
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Instantons, anomalies, and 1-loop effects

A symmetry is anomalous when the path-integral measure does not respect it. One way this manifests itself is in the inability to regularize certain diagrams containing fermion loops in a way ...
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Is there a review article that discusses the various suggestions for approaches to the Dirac spinor field?

I've come across many approaches to the Dirac spinor field over the years. A few have held more than passing interest but most of them are rather forgettable, so that I'd like to know of any reviews ...