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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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 scale ...
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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 ...
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renormalization group in d=3

Do we really understand why the renormalization group in $d=2+\varepsilon$ and $d=4-\varepsilon$ taking $\varepsilon=1$ gives "good" values for critical exponents in $d=3$? Are they exceptions? Is it ...
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Electromagnetic current-current correlators

Let the free electromagnetic current $J_\mu(x)$ be = $:\bar{\psi}(x)\gamma_\mu Q \psi(x):$ where $::$ is the normal ordering. In this expression why is $Q$ thought of as a "charge operator" instead ...
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Landau poles in dimension <4?

It is well-known that QED and $\Phi_4^4$ quantum field theory have (in renormalized perturbation theory) a Landau pole and therefore are not asymptotically free. Is this specific to 4-dimensional QFT, ...
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upper critical dimension in field theory

Is there field theory which describe a second order phase transition without upper critical dimension ? Mermin-Wagner says something about lower critical dimension but nothing about upper dimension.
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Gauge invariance and form of the vacuum polarization tensor

In quantum field theory or condensed matter physics, the fermionic one-loop diagram gives rise to the polarization tensor $$ Π^{µν} = Tr[ γ^µ G γ^ν G ] $$ If we couple the electrons to an ...
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What is the meaning of the concepts of “operator mixing” (and anomalous dimensions) [closed]

I am looking for an explanation about the idea of "operator mixing" and its associated concept about when anomalous dimension has to be thought of as a matrix. For example this idea is slightly ...
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Classical black holes?

How big should the black hole be so we can consider it to be classical? When they claim that we can not probe shorter distances than the Planck length, can it be true? The argument says that, ...
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Any practical results yet from 'Twistor Uprising'?

In Nima's lectures on the 'Twistor Uprising' (for example here), he gushes about about new powerful techniques for calculating amplitudes, such as summing Feynman diagrams using 'BCFW recursion.' He ...
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precise definition of “moduli space”

I'm curious what the precise definition of the moduli space of a QFT is. One often talks about the classical moduli space, which then can get quantum corrections. Does this mean the quantum moduli ...
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How do I derive this series for this unitary operator?

I want to derive eq. (2.4.3) in S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of fields, Vol. 1. The derivations start from expanding inhomogenous Lorentz transforms near identity $$\Lambda^{\mu}_{\nu} ~=~ \delta^...
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Interpretation of the Einstein-Hilbert action

Everyone knows the famous Einstein-Hilbert action $S_{EH} = \int d^4x \sqrt{-g} R$. I'd like to know if, after we first explicit the Ricci scalar in terms of the metric, it could be possible to ...
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How do physicists know that mass of possible Higgs particle is limited between two values?

How do physicists know that mass of possible Higgs particle is limited between two values 90 GeV/c$^2$ and 145 GeV/c$^2$?
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Poincare Symmetry in QFT

Given that spacetime is not affine Minkowskispace, it does of course not possess Poincare symmetry. It is still sensible to speak of rotations and translations (parallel transport), but instead of $$[...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression (1) for the square of the normal ordered version of $\phi^2(x)$. $$T(:\phi^2(x)::\phi^2(0):) ~=~ 2<0|T(\phi(x)\phi(0))|0>^2 ...
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Is there a point interaction model of the electron?

Is there a point interaction model of the electron? Is there a point interaction model of the electron? I imagine something like $\propto(\bar \psi\psi)^2$ (edited). Is such a thing in use? Since I ...
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fitting free QFTs into the Haag-Kastler algebraic formulation

Has the free Klein-Gordon quantum field theory been fitted into the Haag-Kastler algebraic framework? (Actually, John Baez told me "yes", and he should know.) If so, can you describe the basic ...
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If the S-matrix has symmetry group G, must the fields be representations of G?

If the fields in QFT are representations of the Poincare group (or generally speaking the symmetry group of interest), then I think it's a straight forward consequence that the matrix elements and ...
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Higgs mass and the hierarchy problem

I was wondering what is the opinion about importance of the hierarchy problem in the hep community? I'm still a student and I don't really understand, why there is so much attention around this issue. ...
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Why does this integral come out imaginary?

Im working through Zee and I'm having a little trouble with some integrals. I'm trying to reproduce the analogue of the inverse square law for a 2+1 D universe and I figured I could start with the ...
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Analytic continuation of imaginary time Greens function in the time domain

Consider the imaginary time Greens function of a fermion field $\Psi(x,τ)$ at zero temperature $$ G^τ = -\langle \theta(τ)\Psi(x,τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0) - \theta(-τ)\Psi^\dagger(0,0)\Psi(x,τ) \rangle $$ ...
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Why are we forced to choose a specific value for $\pi$ field in Nambu-Goldstone phenomenon?

In the sigma-model of spontaneous symmetry breaking, we have degenerate vacuum states. But if we don't pick up a particular value of VEV, we won't have any symmetry breaking. As I read from a book, in ...
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Advice on doing physics under the umbrella of mathematics and the converse

In the current scenario of research in QFT and string theory (and related mathematical topics), which of the following would an undergraduate student, like me, be advised to do and why if s/he is ...
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Free particle propagation amplitude calculation

I have a quick calculational question. In Peskin and Schroeder, Chapter 2, they want to look at the amplitude for a particle to propagate between two arbitrary points, $x$ and $x_0$, in an arbitrary ...
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What is meant by the phrase “the mass is protected by a symmetry”?

In a particle physics context I've heard this phrase used. I guess it means that the mass of a particle is less than you'd naively expect from $E=mc^2$ after computing the momentum uncertainty ...
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What is a non linear $\sigma$ model?

What exactly is a non linear $\sigma$ model? In many books one can view many different types of non linear $\sigma$ models but I don't understand what is the link between all of them and why it is ...
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matrix field theory

I am studying a field theory where the field is a matrix. The problem is that I have to calculate some functional derivative. How could we define functional derivative when the field is a matrix ?
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QED as a Wightman theory of observable fields? With a collision theory?

[Note: I'm using QED as a simple example, despite having heard that it is unlikely to exist. I'm happy to confine the question to perturbation theory.] The quantized Aᵘ and ψ fields are non-unique ...
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What are the limitations of the superspace formalism?

Just from reading this slightly technical introduction to supersymmetry and watching these Lenny Susskind lectures, I thought that the Lagrangian of any "reasonable" supersymmetric theory can always ...
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Phase space suppression in loop integrals

Often (if not always) when calculating loop integrals in QFT one encounters extra 2 $\pi$'s that serve to suppress higher order corrections more so than the most naive guess would give. This happens ...
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How do we measure $i[\hat\phi(x),\hat\phi(y)]$ in QFT?

What operational procedure is required to measure $i[\hat\phi(x),\hat\phi(y)]$ in an interacting (or non-interacting) QFT? [assume smearing by test-functions, or give an answer in Fourier space, for $...
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Where does the wave function of the universe live? Please describe its home

Where does the wave function of the universe live? Please describe its home. I think this is the Hilbert space of the universe. (Greater or lesser, depending on which church you belong to.) Or maybe ...
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Conceptual quantum field theory

Often papers and books give some bold(deep physical insight) statements in quantum field theory which are not backed by mathematics, and seldom by citing papers. Being a student I don't grasp the real ...
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Spin-Statistics Theorem (SST)

Please can you help me understand the Spin-Statistics Theorem (SST)? How can I prove it from a QFT point of view? How rigorous one can get? Pauli's proof is in the case of non-interacting fields, how ...
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Why/When can the gauge superfield and/or chiral superfield kinetic term in $(2,2)$ SUSY be ignored?

This is in reference to the argument given towards the end of page $61$ of this review paper. There for the path-integral argument to work the author clearly needed some argument to be able to ignore ...