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 elementary particles be rightfully considered quasiparticles?

Can elementary particles rightfully considered quasiparticles? I have this association, because renormalization makes particle properties, like mass and couplings, energy-dependent quantities, even in ...
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Charged-current: Why does the neutrino interact with the down-quark?

I'm revising for an exam and looking at a few exercises, one of which starts with Consider the charged-current interaction between a muon neutrino with one of the valence quarks of the proton. ...
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Why gauge field should be vanishing on horizon?

When considering an AdS spacetime including a black hole, matter field and gauge field, the value of temporal component $A_t$ of the gauge potential $A_\mu$ on horizon always is set be zero, even the ...
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Can someone explain what's the difference between all these terms in “Simple Words” with their “applications”? [on hold]

I'm very confused between all these terms. Can someone explain what's the difference between Classical Mechanics, Relativistic Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Field Theory, ...
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Why isn't $\bar \psi_L \psi_R$ zero?

My book gives this Lagrangian: $$ L = -|\partial \phi|^2 -V(\phi) -\bar \psi_L \not \partial \psi_L -\bar \psi_R \not \partial \psi_R -g(\phi \bar \psi_L \psi_R + \phi^* \bar \psi_R \psi_L) $$ It's ...
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Can you take the cutoff to infinity at a conformal fixed point?

A conformal fixed point is defined by $$\beta(g)=0$$ We hence know that couplings, masses and dimensions of operators do not flow in the effective Lagrangian when we change the renormalization ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Infinite bare quantities and dressed quantities confusion

I'm getting very confused. Taking the example of the mass of the Z-boson. Constructing the GWS model using gauge symmetry breaking one finds a lagrangian which is a function of the Z-boson mass: ...
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Is Elitzur's theorem valid only in lattice field theory?

Elitzur's theorem, stating that spontaneous breakdown of a gauge symmetry is impossible, was originally proved for a lattice gauge theory. Is it valid in continuum field theory? Any ref?
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Feynman paths of FTL velocity have imaginary momentum?

In this Phys.SE answer it is discussed that Feynman path integrals sums amplitudes for all possible paths, including those that are not time-like. If you take the momentum-space path integrals, I ...
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How exactly analyticity of S-matrix comes from causality principle?

Recently I've read that analyticity of S-matrix ($S(k)$, where $k$ corresponds to momentum, may be analytically extended into complex values of momentum) comes from causality principle. How to prove ...
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What is the procedure to follow if I want to renormalize a given operator $\cal{O}$ or a given coupling?

Consider QED. I know that the renormalization constant of the mass can be obtained from considering the electron propagator, regularizing it and renormalizing it. I know that from this process we can ...
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How to replace $T$-product with retarded commutator in LSZ formula?

I am reading Itzykson and Zuber's Quantum Field Theory book, and am unable to understand a step that is made on page 246: Here, they consider the elastic scattering of particle $A$ off particle $B$: ...
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Is Parity really violated? (Even though neutrinos are massive)

The weak force couples only to left-chiral fields, which is expressed mathematically by a chiral projection operator $P_L = \frac{1-\gamma_5}{2}$ in the corresponding coupling terms in the Lagrangian. ...
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What is meant by the phrase “this operator does not renormalize this other operator”, and how can understand it using diagrammatic arguments?

I am trying to understand some sentences in a paper. In section two the following theory of a (complex) massless scalar coupled to a $U(1)$ gauge boson is introduced ...
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Superfields and the Inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction

Question: How can you show the inconsistency of regularization by dimensional reduction in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ superfield approach (without reducing to components)? Background and some references: ...
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What is the connection between Conformal Field Theory and Renormalization group in QFT?

As I know, the fundamental concept of QFT is Renormalization Group and RG flow. It is defined by making 2 steps: We introduce cutting-off and then integrating over "fast" fields $\widetilde{\phi}$, ...
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Can we quantize Maxwell-Chern-Simon Theory through Gupta-Bleuler approach?

In 3+1 QED we covariant quantize the Maxwell theory through Gupta-Bleuler method. But I have seen that MCS theory is explicitly covariant quantized using Nakanishi auxiliary field. Why cannot we take ...
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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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Doubts in understanding the role if quantum corrections in the Hierarchy Problem

Trying to understand the Hierarchy problem many questions come to my mind that I am unable to answer due probably to my poor understanding of renormalization. The basic set up of the hierarchy ...
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Does time stand still at a phase transition?

For second order phase transition thermodynamic properties can be described in very general terms by their critical exponents. So at every transition the correlation length $\xi$ should diverge as ...
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Peskin's book page 334 proof of $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory

Peskin in his QFT page 334 argued that $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory, but I couldn't understand his argument: ... With a generalization of the argument given there (section ...
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Why the heat capacity doesn't diverge in the Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) phase transition?

The KT transition has a special properties that, during the phase transition the heat capacity stay finite (so the behaviour of the heat capacity cannot reflect any critical behaviours). However, the ...
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Negative energy of free particle: classical and quantum picture

Classically, the energy of a free particle consists of only the kinetic energy given by $E=\frac{|\textbf{p}|^2}{2m}$ Since $|\textbf{p}| $is real and $m>0$, $E\geq 0$. However, since ...
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Fermionic path integral on the disk - Recovering the vacuum state

I'm trying to get a better feel for the operator to state map in quantum field theory. There is a general claim for 2d theories that doing the path integral on a disk with no operator insertions gives ...
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Chiral Fermion Problem and the String Net Model

In Xiao-Gang Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems", he mentions that (the string-net condensation picture)...has a problem: we do not yet know how to produce the $SU(2)$ part of ...
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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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Gauge symmetry is not a symmetry?

I have read before in one of Seiberg's articles something like, that gauge symmetry is not a symmetry but a redundancy in our description, by introducing fake degrees of freedom to facilitate ...
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How can we see that a 4D N = 2 sigma model will yield a 3D N = 4 sigma model when compactified on a circle?

I have a question about sigma models in 3D. If we have $\mathcal{N}=2$ field theory on $\mathbb{R}^4$ and compactify it on $\mathbb{R}^3 \times S^1_R$ (in which $S^1_R$ is a circle of radius $R$) we ...
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Renormalizing QED with on-shell fermions

When renormalizing QED, we calculate the 1 loop correction to the fermion-fermion-photon vertex using the diagram, $\hskip2in$ When doing the calculation we typically let the photon go off-shell ...
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Questions on QFT and SM

What are some question paper to solve/practice on Quantum Field theory and Standard model, I read the theory but not practiced?
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How to quantize Dirac field? [on hold]

How do you quantize a Dirac field? Can you give me the mathematics and describe what and how the field which now become operator can be relate to a matrix (Heisenberg formulation)?
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What is renormalization? [on hold]

What is renormalization? I would want a rough description before I go and work on it properly (I did a course on QFT and on SM (which was 3rd course in the series) but skipped the 2nd course which ...
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Is it a good time to start or I need to work on some more subjects? [on hold]

Is it a good time to start string theory when I did a course on Quantum field theory and on standard model but not the renormalization theory? I used following books: Some chapters of Peskin Some ...
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what are sone good string theory video lectures? [on hold]

What are some good and advanced string theory video lectures for a guy with qft and sm knowledge?
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Supersymmetry invariants

On page 158 of Fields, the supersymmetry algebra is represented in terms of the action on supercoordinates as $$\delta \theta^\alpha = \epsilon^\alpha$$ $$\delta\bar{\theta}^{\dot{\alpha}} = ...
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Why don't virtual particles violate conservation of mass/energy?

If virtual particles sometimes add more mass/energy to a system then was inputed or comes out in the output, how do they not violate conservation of mass/energy.
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colliding point particles

when I draw e.g. the diagram of compton scattering I assume that the electron of given momentum gets 'hit' by a photon and interacts with it. How close does the photon have to get to the electron that ...
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Counting Degrees of Freedom in Field Theories

I'm somewhat unsure about how we go about counting degrees of freedom in CFT, and in QFT. Often people talk about field theories as having 'infinite degrees of freedom'. My understanding of this is ...
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What is the difference between quantum fluctuations and thermal fluctuations?

Start with a simple scalar field Lagrangian $\mathcal{L}(\phi)$ at zero temperature $T = 0$, which has a hidden symmetry and spontaneously break it. By the standard procedure a field $\phi$ is ...
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Magnetic moment in four-fermion theory

I'm trying to calculate the neutrino magnetic moment in the theory with this additional term in the Lagrangian: $\frac{a}{M^2}(\bar{\nu}\sigma_{\mu\nu}\nu)(\bar{e}\sigma^{\mu\nu}e)$, where ...
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Can we just replace the finite part of $Z_m$ in a renormalization scheme at leading order

Suppose that we have to determine the finite part of $Z_m$ how it differs from common schemes, but we are free to choose the other renormalization constants in QCD (at Leading order). Could we make ...
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One loop effective potential of Standard Model

The one loop Coleman-Weinberg contribution of a scalar field to the effective potential (in MSbar scheme) is: \begin{equation} const. \times m^4(\phi_c) \left( log \left( ...
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Relation between Wilson approach to renormalization group and 'standard' RG

While studying renormalization and the renonormalization group i felt that there wasn't any completely satisfying physical explanation that would justify those methods and the perfect results they ...
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Can we change the point form $\not p = m$ to $\not p = 0$ in on-shell renormalization scheme condition?

In the on-shell scheme, in QCD, one can impose the counterterms action to vanish the part of 1PI diagrams on external lines. The on-shell condition can be written as follows: \begin{equation} {\left. ...
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Apparent spacetime dependence of creation and annihilation operators

I'm currently going through An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Hartmut Wittig I've stumbled upon. Having trouble with equation (2.29), I'm asking the question: Do creation and annihilation ...
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2 Component Spinor Formalism

In Chapters 34-36 of the Srednicki QFT book, 2 component spinors and their combinations in Dirac and Majorana spinors are carefully constructed. Specifically, in equations 36.14 and 36.15 the ...
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Phase Transition at Zero Temperature (Not QPT)

As is well known the Ising model exhibits a phase transition, except the one dimensional case in which the phase transition occurs strictly at $T=0$. Now I have always thought that this makes the case ...