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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Why do we consider Lagrangian densities in QFT?

My question is: Why do we consider Lagrangian densities in QFT (as opposed to Lagrangians as in classical mechanics)? Is it simply because of the following? We wish the theories to be Lorentz ...
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Exact meaning of locality and its implications on the formulation of a QFT

As far as I understand it, locality in physics is the statement that interactions can only occur between physical objects if the spacetime interval separating them is null or time-like. Thus, if the ...
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Photon polarization sum prescription in $e^-e^+\to{}2\gamma$

In calculating the amplitude for the process $e^-\gamma\to{}e^-\gamma$ the substitution $\sum\epsilon_{\mu}\epsilon^*_{\nu}\to-\eta_{\mu\nu}$ is useful to sum over photon polarizations. If we ...
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How to calculate the functional derivative of the functional integral

I study by myself with the QFT,in the page 197 of book of Lewish. Ryder(2nd edition), The author wrote that he take the functional derivative of equation 6.69: $$\frac ...
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Equivalent forms of four fermion operators?

In this paper a little below equation (15) it is said that the four fermion operator $(q^{\dagger}\bar{\sigma}_{\mu}q)(u^{\dagger}\bar{\sigma}^{\mu}u)$ where $q$ and $u$ are left chiral Weyl ...
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator

Consider Exercise 2.8 in Polchinski's String Theory book. We are asked to compute the weight of $$f_{\mu \nu}:\partial X^{\mu} \bar{\partial}X^{\nu}e^{ik\cdot X}:$$ I have carried out the usual ...
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Commutation relations in QFT and the principle of locality

My question is, given two space-time points $x^{\mu}$ and $y^{\mu}$, if the events that occur at these points are simultaneous, i.e. $x^{0}=y^{0}$, are the two events necessarily space-like separated? ...
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Locality, unitarity & vacuum energy

I've read in a set of lecture notes that the requirement of locality and unitarity in QFT imply that the vacuum must have a non-zero energy associated with it (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.05296v1.pdf , ...
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What does it mean by saying the generators of translations transform as vectors under the Lorentz Group?

The commutator of generators of Lorentz transformation and translation is as follow: $$[M^{\mu\nu},P^\sigma]=i(P^\mu\eta^{\nu\sigma}-P^\nu\eta^{\mu\sigma} )$$ Then from this we usually say that the ...
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Do neutrinos refract?

The most benign of interactions is refraction. While neutrinos rarely interact with matter in a sense like the photoelectric effect, does that mean that they don't refract either?
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QFT question, scalar field and so on

$\newcommand{\bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 |}$ I have such a problem with a proof. I'm studying the two point correlation ...
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Momentum Space Renormalization of $\phi ^6 $ Model

I'm trying to find the RG flow to lowest order in $\epsilon = 3 -d $ for the energy functional: $$ f=\frac{1}{2} \phi ^2 +u \phi ^6 +\frac{c}{2} (\nabla \phi ) ^2 $$ where $\ d$ is the dimension ...
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Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation diverging?

I'm trying to work out the propagator for the free scalar field theory (i.e., the Green's function for the Klein-Gordon equation). On pages 23 and 24 of Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (you ...
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Redefinitions of Lagrangians using EOM

I am trying to understand an statement of this paper. In section 2 this Lagrangian is introduced ...
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Two math methods apply the same loop integral lead different results! Why?

I tried to adopt the cut-off regulator to calculate a simple one-loop Feynman diagram in $\phi^4$-theory with two different math tricks. But in the end, I got two different results and was wondering ...
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Help in deriving the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly

I'm stuck on the derivation of the Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly. This is discussed on page 666 of Peskin and Schroeder (equation 19.76) or these notes on page 14 (equation 39). According to these ...
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Fock representation of a electromagnetic wave

Suppose an arbitrary classical (electromagnetic) wave package $E(x)$. What is its Fock space representation? I.e. I am looking for a state $| \psi \rangle$ such that $\langle \psi | \hat E(x) | \psi ...
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How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general?

I asked this in astronomy How does the Higgs field relate to the Yang-Mills fields and gauge theories in general? but they suggested I ask it here. It is very confusing. Is there an easy ...
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Effect of orbifolding on gauge fields

A paper by Lalak et al, entitled "Soliton Solutions of M-theory on an orbifold", considers the brane solutions of 11 dimensional supergravity on a space of the form $R^{10} \times S^1/\mathbb{Z}_2$. ...
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Parity of $n$-photon system

The $C$-parity (charge conjugation) of an $n$-photon system is given by $(-1)^n$. If I'm not totally wrong, the intrinsic parity of a photon is $(-1)$. What is the parity $P$ of a system of $n$ ...
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How do the renormalization enter the actual amplitude calculation in QFT?

I have studied QFT from Peskin and Schroeder and from a few other books and lectures and I think I understand the procedure of renormalizing various parameters in the Lagrangian like mass, coupling ...
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Mass and wave function renormalization In chiral perturbation theory

Before I put forward my actual question, I think it will be useful to set the context in a clear way and that involves my understanding of a few very basic things of Chiral Perturbation Theory. ...
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Mathematician learning theoretical physics [duplicate]

EDIT: I was aware of the supposed duplicate. But I'm interested in a clear and focused path through the basics to advanced theoretical physics such as string theory - a path that avoids studying ...
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Is the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian unbounded below?

This question is about the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian for simplicity, but the problem seems to remain when dealing with other fields (e.g. Dirac, photon...). One usually writes the Hamiltonian ...
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Calculating $\mathrm{Tr}[\log \Delta_F]$

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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Where do negative powers of $f_\pi$ in the hadronic amplitudes come from?

According to Peskin and Scrhroeder the pion decay constant $f_\pi$ is defined via the following matrix element $$\left\langle0|j^{\mu5a}(x)|\pi^b(q)\right\rangle=-if_\pi \delta^{ab} q^\mu e^{-iqx}$$ ...
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Is gravitational Chern-Simons action “topological” or not?

Here are the 2+1D gravitational Chern-Simons action of the connection $\Gamma$ or spin-connection: $$ S=\int\Gamma\wedge\mathrm{d}\Gamma + \frac{2}{3}\Gamma\wedge\Gamma\wedge\Gamma \tag{a} $$ $$ ...
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(Super)Gauge Fixing in Supersymmetry

I have three questions about gauge fixing in supersymmetry, one is general and the other two explicit: Why gauge fixing seems not important in supersymmetry? By "not important" I mean gauge fixing ...
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heavy quark pair spin states

Apparently, heavy quark pair can have "axial-vector" spin state, "vector" spin state, and two different "tensor" spin states. Can anyone explain to me what they are and why this is the case? Thank ...
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How to find the remaining subgroup after some Higgs field gets a VEV?

Say we have a group $G$ and a set of Higgs fields in a representation $R$ of $G$. One of the Higgs fields in $R$ gets a VEV, how can I determine the remaining subgroup after this symmetry breaking? ...
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Quantising the magnetic monopoles the make Maxwell symmetric

I don't believe this has already been asked, but I might be wrong; sorry. One can add a magnetic charge density/magnetic monopoles to Maxwell's equations to make the theory symmetric between the ...
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Fourier transformation and mode expansions [duplicate]

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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renormalization subtraction point, scaling

When we use minimal subtraction scheme, for instance, we have a dependence of coupling on a scale $\mu$. Using the $\beta$ function, we can observe the behavior of the coupling at different scale ...
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Degenaracy in mass of $8$ and $27$ reps of $SU(3)$ in Coleman's Aspects of Symmetry

In Coleman's Aspect of symmetry he proposes an amusing problem in the first chapter. It asks us to consider a set of eight pseudo-scalar fields transforming in the adjoint representation of $SU(3)$. ...
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Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

I have heard virtual particles pop in and out of existence all the time, most notable being the pairs that pop out beside black holes and while one gets pulled away. But wouldn't this actually violate ...
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Fourier transformation and commutators

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Particle annihilation - mathematical description, equations governing it? [duplicate]

I was wondering about this and I would like to know an explanation why do particles and antiparticles annihilate? I would be interested in phenomenological, but most importantly mathematic explanation ...
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QED renormalization: mass and dirac field

Why the mass renormalization $Z_m$ and the field renormalization $Z_\psi$ in QED (MS-renormalized) does not contribute to the beta function computation? From Ward identity, I know that $Z_A=Z_e^{-1}$, ...
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What is the algebraic form of the momentum eigenstate?

I'm asking this in the context of trying to verify the equation $a^{\dagger}_{p} \vert 0 \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\omega_p}} \vert p \rangle$. So far I have calculated $\vert 0 \rangle = ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...
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Expanding free scalar field in terms of ladder operators

I'm having some difficulty with the finer points of expanding a field in terms of ladder operators. Note that this is not identical to the other related question I asked. From Peskin / Schroeder; ...
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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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Textbook on QFT in curved space-time via path integrals

I am looking for an introductory textbook on QFT in curved space-time via the path integral method. I want to understand the following: How to build a generic perturbative QFT in curved space-time ...
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Uncertainty principle in quantum field theory

Can the uncertainty principle be derived in quantum field theory? If yes, does is have a different interpretation than quantum mechanics because the coordinates $x_i$ are now parameters and not ...
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In QFT how do you write down the most general interactions?

This past year I took a QFT class and I now feel comfortable solving scattering problems, but I am still a bit perplexed by how physicists write down a Lagrangian in the first place. In particular, ...
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Physical explanations for renormalization

Some related questions on Renormalization: Why is renormalization even necessary? My understanding is that the supposed problem is that the sums of certain amplitudes end up being infinite. But ...
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Doubts with basic renormalization

When we renormalize to obtain the physical mass, the $\Lambda$ dependence of the physical mass is removed by introducing the counterterms in the Lagrangian. So whether we put ...
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Clarification on Use of Counterterms in Renormalized Perturbation Theory

In renormalized perturbation theory, it's unclear to me how exactly we add the necessary counter-terms. Do we: Draw all possible diagrams, including the diagrams of the counter-terms to some order ...