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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Two math methods apply the same loop integral lead different results! Why?

I tried to adopt the cutoff 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 if ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Field expansion in Peskin & Schroeder

Peskin and Schroeder state something which I'm not fully understanding. More specificially I think it's just phrased in a way I'm not understanding. In the Schrodinger picture we can expand the real ...
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Non-relativistic limit of complex scalar field Lagrangian

I am trying to derive the non-relativistic Lagrangian for a complex scalar field from taking the non-relativistic limit of the complex scalar field Lagrangian. I am following the steps in "QFT for ...
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What do we take the functional determinant of in computing th effective action in the Background field method?

I have some schematic notes on computing the effective action and I would like someone to help me fill the gaps. We start with \begin{equation*} \int{}\mathcal{D}\phi\,e^{-iS[\phi]} \end{equation*} ...
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A trace formula of two noncommutative operators

In many cases of quantum many-body problems, the Hamiltonian $H$ can always be divided into two parts, i.e. $H_0$ and $H'$. In this occasion, one can systemically calculate the partition function ...
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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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Plane wave solutions of the Majorana equation

Let u(p) and v(p) be the plane wave solutions of the Dirac equation with positive respectively negative energy. In case of a solution of the Majorana equation the charge-conjugated solution is ...
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Choice of framing in Gravitational Chern-Simons

I was trying to understand formula(2.21) in Witten's paper "Quantum Field Theory and Jones Polynomial"(link: https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.cmp/1104178138) (Page 360). There, it was mentioned, the ...
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What is the required differentiability of the solutions to do QFT?

Given a real scalar field satisfying: $$P\psi=(\square_{g}+m^{2})\psi=0$$ on a globally hyperbolic spacetime ($M,g_{ab}$). One can construct a $C^{*}$-algebra $A(M,g)$ ("the minimal algebra") which ...
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Gaussian integral on a Riemannian manifold

How do I estimate the Gaussian integral $\int d^nx \sqrt{g(x)}~e^{-x^2} $ on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g=det~g_{\mu\nu})$? I've tried to consider $\sqrt{g(x)}$ as an analytic function and expanded it. ...
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Violation of unitarity: meaning and consequences

What is meant by unitarity and violation of unitarity of a QFT? For example, Fermi theory of beta decay is said to violate unitarity. How does violation of unitarity make a theory sick?
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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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QFT field expansion: Positive/negative energies and exponentials

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the exponentials in the field expansion and the energy of the of the particle being positive or negative. Is it necessary or is it a convention that ...