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 doesn't this multiplication of Grassmann variables give the expected result?

Would anyone be able to tell me how srednicki goes from step $(44.29)$ to $(44.30)$? Here is the paragraph: Now let us introduce the notion of complex Grassmann variables via $$\begin{align} ...
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Fourier and inverse fourier transform in QFT

According to my lecture notes, the inverse Fourier transform of an operator $\phi(p)$ is given by $$\phi(x) = \int \frac {d^3\mathbf p} {(2\pi)^32E_{\mathbf{p}}}\phi(p)e^{-ip\cdot x},$$ and the ...
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Proving $[a_k^\dagger, a_q^\dagger]=0$

I am trying to prove the commutation relations between the creation and annihilation operators in field theory. I was already able to show that $[a_k, a_q^\dagger]=i\delta(k-q)$. I want to show that ...
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Lorentz transformations on momentum space Weyl spinors

The Weyl spinor in momentum space can be given by the inverse Fourier transform: $$\psi_L(x) = \int \frac {d^3\mathbf p} {(2\pi)^32E_{\mathbf{p}}}\psi_L(p)e^{-ip\cdot x}.$$ In addition, Lorentz ...
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Why aren't purely Dirac neutrinos ruled out?

It is common knowledge that in neutrinos can be Dirac particles without any Majorana masses as given a mass matrix, \begin{equation} \left( \begin{array}{cc}\nu _L & \nu _R \end{array} \right) ...
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How do Lorentz transformations act on position kets $|\mathbf{x}\rangle$?

The Hilbert space of one particle can be spanned by position kets $|\mathbf{x}\rangle$ or by momentum kets $|\mathbf{k}\rangle$. If we denote $|k^\mu\rangle = \sqrt{2E_{\mathbf k}}|\mathbf{k}\rangle$, ...
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Non-minimal coupling (Pauli Coupling) of gauge field with a non-relativistic scalar field

I am wondering if it makes any sense to non-minimally (say, Pauli-like) couple an external gauge field with a non-relativistic scalar field: \begin{equation} p_\mu \rightarrow p_\mu - e A_\mu + ...
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Why scalar function of vector can only depend on norm of vector?

In Field Quantization by Greiner and Reinhardt as well as The Qunatum Theory of Fields by Weinberg, concerning the spectral function, the authors say a scalar function of the four-vector $p^\mu$ can ...
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How to handle the potential $V(x)$ or $V(\phi)$ which is not analytic in QM and QFT

In QM, $$\hat{x}\phi(p)=i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} \phi(p)$$ and when $V(x)$ is an analytic function of $x$, then $$V(\hat{x})\phi(p)=V(i\frac{\partial}{\partial p} )\phi(p)$$ and we can do Taylor ...
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What are the definition and examples of topological excitation?

I read topological excitation in wiki, while it's too brief. What is the precise definition of topological excitation? And can give me some examples and explain why they are topological excitation? ...
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Staying up-to-date on modern physics [on hold]

Not necessarily a science question, but I was hoping for advice as to what journal I should read online to stay more up-to-date on modern physics discoveries. To be specific: I'm an undergrad in ...
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Infinitely many scalar fields

Suppose I have the following Lagrangian density: $$ \mathcal L = -\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i = 1}^N \left [ \partial_\mu \phi_i\partial^\mu \phi^i +m^2 \phi_i^2\right ] + \frac{g}{2N}\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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Normalization constant of the Vacuum polarization

In the article "On gauge invariance and vacuum polarization" by Schwinger, at some point the equation $$\frac{C}{s^2}\int e^{i\frac{x^2}{4s}} \, dx =1$$ is said to have the solution ...
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Leptogenesis with singlet neutrinos

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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How do instantons cause vacuum decay?

From what I read about on instantons (Zee, QFT in a Nutshell, pg 309-310), an instanton is a vacuum solution that maps $S^3 \rightarrow S^3$ (the boundary of Euclideanized spacetime), which comes from ...
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Derivation of the full generator of the lorentz transformations

Let us study the subgroup of the Poincare group that leaves the point $x=0$ invariant, that is the Lorentz group. The action of an infinitesimal Lorentz transformation on a field $\Phi(0)$ is $L_{\mu ...
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Why every state evolving infinite time becomes the ground state in QFT?

For any state $|\phi \rangle $ evolving infinite time $$\lim\limits_{t\rightarrow \infty} e^{-iHt}|\phi\rangle=\lim\limits_{t\rightarrow \infty} e^{-iHt}|n\rangle\langle n|\phi\rangle$$ Let ...
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Some questions on Conformal Field Theory, Current algebras and the Sugawara construction

Since I don't know how to add another question to an already existing topic, I'm opening a new thread. However I'm referring to: Beginners questions concerning Conformal Field Theory As noted, a ...
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Why are non-Abelian gauge theories Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically?

I seem to be missing something regarding why Yang-Mills theories are Lorentz invariant quantum mechanically. Start by considering QED. If we just study the physics of a massless $U(1)$ gauge field ...
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Eigenstates of a bosonic field operator

Even though related questions are discussed here and here, I am still confused about the eigenstates of the field operator of a bosonic field $$ ...
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Why do we assume local conformal transformations are symmetries in 2D CFT

The global conformal group in 2D is $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$. It consists of the fractional linear transforms that map the Riemann sphere into itself bijectively and is finite dimensional. However, when ...
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Simplify QCD Lagrangian

How we can derive the electric charge of the field theory for each field ? For example lets say that we have the u quarks(3-colors) and electron that we know that has charge -e) free Lagrangian ...
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Scattering theory textbooks

I am looking for a possibly extensive list of great textbooks on elastic and inelastic scattering of particles within quantum field theory. So far I am familiar with: Peskin and Schroeder: An ...
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Gauge fixing of an arbitrary field

How to count the number of degrees of freedom of an arbitrary field (vector or tensor)? In other words, what is the mathematical procedure of gauge fixing?
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Secondary constraints leads to the value of lagrange multiplier

From Lagrangian I got two primary constraint $\phi_i$ and $\phi$. And my Hamiltonian in presence of the constraints becomes- $$H_p=p\dot q-L+\lambda_i\phi_i+\lambda\phi$$ here the $\lambda_i$ and ...
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Why use a particular regularization for $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$?

There are many badly defined integrals in physics. I want to discuss one of them which I see very often. $$\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$$ I have seen this integral in many physical problems. ...
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The integral is zero! $\int \frac{\mathrm{d}^d k}{(2\pi)^d} = 0$

In using dimensional regularization in QFT calculations, one comes across integrals over propagators, they might look like $(d = \text{dimension of spacetime}, n = \text{a number})$ ...
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Superficial Degree of Divergence for Feynman Diagrams

The superficial degree of divergence for a diagram is defined as the power of $k$ in the nominator minus the power of $k$ in the denominator. It is written to be equal to $4\times$ ...
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1-particle non-interacting Green function

At $T=0$ in the non-interacting case the $1$-particle Green function for an electron in the excited state $\lambda$ (empty band) is of the form \begin{eqnarray} G^{(0)}(\lambda,t-t') = -i \theta(t-t') ...
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Are vacuum fluctuations really happening all the time?

In popular physics articles and even some physics classes I've been to, the vacuum of space is described as being constantly full of quantum fluctuations. Supposedly, all sorts of ...
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Interpretation of all eight solutions of the Dirac equation

There are eight solutions of the Dirac equation. $u_1, u_2, u_3 , u_4$ and $v_1,v_2,v_3,v_4$. Conventionally the four solutions ($u_3 , u_4,v_3,v_4$.) following from $E=- \sqrt{ (\vec p)^2 +m^2}$ are ...
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Background field expansion in normal coordinates

Background field expansion following form $Y= X+\pi$ where $X$ is my background field and $\pi$ is the fluctuation. From the Normal coordinates we have the expansion of $\pi^{\mu} = ...
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What is really interacting in weak interactions?

Only particles with chirality $-1$ do interact weakly. The corresponding eigenstate in the Dirac basis is $ \Psi_L = \begin{pmatrix}f \\ -f \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix}u_r {\mathrm{e}}^{-imt} \\ ...
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What are Quarks made of and will they ever decay to this? [duplicate]

What is it that quarks are actually made of? Will they decay into this substance? As the up and down quarks are the lightest type of quark do they not decay? I was thinking that if this could happen, ...
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Feynman rule for propagator with derivatives

Suppose you have an interaction term of the form $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = \frac{h g}{3!}\phi^3\partial^2\phi$$ where $h $ and $g$ are both couplings. Now if I draw a diagram of the form given in the ...
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Relationship between the on-shell and BPHZ renormalization schemes

In his book Quantum Field Theory - A Tourist Guide for Mathematicians, Gerald Folland introduces the on-shell renormalization scheme for the $ \phi^{4} $-scalar field theory. According to my ...
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Dimensional Regularization Integral Formula

In the formula $$\int \frac {d^{4-2\epsilon} \ell} {(2\pi)^{4-2\epsilon}} \frac 1 {(\ell^2-\Delta)^2} = \frac i {(4\pi)^{2-\epsilon}} \Gamma(\epsilon) \left(\frac 1 \Delta\right)^\epsilon,$$ how ...
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Are virtual particles limited by the speed of light? [duplicate]

I have recently been reading about Quantum Electrodynamics which I found very interesting, but even more confusing. I understand photons mediate the electromagnetic force and interactions between ...
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Is there an analytical expression for the conductivity of the surface of topological insulators?

I have a question about the conductivity on the surface of Topological Insulators (TI): Is it accurate to model the conductivity by the Drude model (I read a paper that modeled the conductivity with ...
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Everything moves at the speed of light? [duplicate]

Whatever happened to that idea? Presumably it came from a concept known as Zitterbewegung. As wiki says, a theoretical rapid motion of elementary particles, in particular electrons, that obey the ...
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Can an elementary particle be reduced to its properties?

For instance, is an up quark merely its particular mass, 2/3 electrical charge and 1/2 spin? I was wondering if there was a 1:1 correspondence with a particle and its properties, but I noticed a gluon ...
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What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence problem?

What is the current situation of the Yang-Mills existence and mass gap problem? And who are the physicists and mathematicians working in this nowaday?
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Why do we have different signs before the delta on the Klein-Gordon and the Dirac Green's function equation?

Let's read equation (2.56) on Peskin & Schroeder $$(\partial^2+m^2)D_R(x-y)=-i\delta^4(x-y).$$ Let's look now to equation (3.118) $$(i\gamma^{\nu}\partial_{\nu}-m)S_R(x-y)=i\delta^4(x-y).$$ ...
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Why does adjoint representation matter in some field theories?

Recently I am reading a paper about monopoles. In several cases, it seems that writing fields in adjoint representation of the gauge group makes a difference. Once it leads to different group after ...
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Are there Planck units for weak or strong “charge”, similar to the electromagnetic Planck charge $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}~$?

Are there Planck units for "charge" of weak or strong interaction, similar to the Planck unit of electromagnetic charge: $\sqrt{4~\pi~\epsilon_0~\hbar~c}$ ? Are there perhaps direct substitutes, ...
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Dirac spinors under Parity transformation or what do the Weyl spinors in a Dirac spinor really stand for?

My problem is understanding the transformation behaviour of a Dirac spinor (in the Weyl basis) under parity transformations. The standard textbook answer is $$\Psi^P = \gamma_0 \Psi = ...
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Are terms with spinors analogous to $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$ forbidden in the Lagrangian?

For scalar particles, the Lagrangian involves terms of the form $ ( \partial_\mu \Phi )(\partial^\mu \Phi)$, which is equivalent through integration by parts to $ ( \partial_\mu \partial^\mu \Phi ...
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Why is normal ordering a valid operation?

Why is normal ordering even a valid operation in the first place? I mean it can give us some nice results, but why can we do the ordering for the operators like that? Is its definition motivated by ...
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Definition of mass gap [duplicate]

Why do we say that a system with mass gap has correlation function which decays exponentially and one without a mass gap has a slower power law decay?
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Massless Dirac equation is Weyl covariant

Does somebody know how to show that the following equation is Weyl invariant? $$\gamma^ae_a^\mu D_\mu \Psi=0$$ where: $D_\mu \Psi=\partial_\mu\Psi+A_\mu^{ab}\Sigma_{ab}\Psi$ is the spin-covariant ...