Second quantization or canonical quantization in quantum field theory and many-body systems is the collective organizing and accounting of an infinity of quantum excitations and their interactions through quantum field operators.

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Canonical second quantization vs canonical quantization with multisymplectic form in AQFT

First of all, I'm a mathematician that knows less than the basics of QFT, so forgive me if this question is trivial. Please, keep in my mind that my background in physics is very poor. 1) The usual ...
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Is my understanding of creation/annihilation operators' functional dependency correct?

I am trying to gain a little intuition about second quantisation, specifically about creation/annihilation operators. Lets say you quantise the free EM field (in 1d) and end up with the usual: $H=\...
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What is the form of the kinetic energy operator on a one-dimensional (real space) lattice? (In second quantization)

I'm trying to figure out how one would write down the Hamiltonian of a free fermion system (eventually in second quantization) on a one dimensional lattice and I'm having trouble both coming up with ...
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Commutation relations in second quantization

I know that for operators $a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)$ of the same type (fermionic or bosonic) $$ [a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = [a^\dagger (\chi_1), a^\dagger (\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = 0 \tag{1}$$ where $$\xi ...
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Second Quantization: Do fermion operators on different sites HAVE to anticommute?

In second quantization, we assume we have fermion operators $a_i$ which satisfy $\{a_i,a_j\}=0$, $\{a_i,a_j^\dagger\}=\delta_{ij}$, $\{a_i^\dagger,a_j^\dagger\}=0$. Another way to say this is that $$ ...
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Re: Quantization of a Fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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How to understand the entanglement in a lattice fermion system?

Topological insulator is a fermion system with only short-ranged entanglement, what does the entanglement mean here? For example, the Hilbert space $V_s$ of a lattice $N$ spin-1/2 system is $V_s=V_1\...
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Derivation of Rashba spin-orbit coupling in tight-binding model

Rashba spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonian in free space can be written as: $H_{\text{so}}=\int d^3r \Psi^{\dagger}(\mathbf{r}) \gamma (p_{x}\sigma _{y}-p_{y}\sigma _{x})\Psi(\mathbf{r})$. I expand $\...
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Kitaev Chain Spectrum (Unpaired Majorana Fermions in quantum wires) [closed]

How does one arrive at the spectrum equation(13): $$\epsilon (q)=\pm \sqrt{(2w \cos q +\mu)^2+4\cdot \mid {\Delta} \mid^2 \sin ^{2} q}$$ from the initial Hamiltonian. Also, shouldn't (12) in the ...
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Expectation value in second quantization

I am stuck calculating a simple expectation value for an operator, which is expressed in second quantization. I know the result, but I fail to proof it. Lets say I have one-particle wave function $|\...
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How to memorize the second quantization form of the two-body interaction term?

Suppose the two-body interaction potential is $V (x , y )$. The second-quantization form of the interaction hamiltonian is $$ H_{int} = \frac{1}{2}\iint dx dy \psi^\dagger(x) \psi^\dagger(y) \psi(y) ...
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Computing the density operator commutation relations (Atland & Simons)

I'm trying to work through Altland and Simons' example of interacting fermions in one dimension. It's in chapter 2, page 70 (you can find it here). They define fermionic operators $$ a_{sk}^\dagger $$...
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Schroedinger field operators and their commutation relations

I've got several questions regarding the so called second quantization of the Schroedinger equation. My professor introduced the field operators for the Schroedinger field by simply stating them as ...
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Commutation Relations in Second Quantization

I understand that if I have the field operators $\psi(r)$ and $\psi^\dagger(r)$, then I have the canonical commutation relation (in the boson case) $$[ \psi(r) , \psi^\dagger(r')]=\delta(r-r').$$ My ...
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Approximate expression for the ground state of hopping Hamiltonian

In second quantization, the Hamiltonian describing the hopping process between two neighboring sites is given ($N$ - number of particles and $M$ - number of sites) by: $$\hat{\mathcal H} = J\sum\...
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Derive Fermion Particle Density Operator in q-space

I am reading Bernevig's Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors. In section 3.1.1, it gives an expression for the Fourier transformation of electron density operator, which I cannot ...
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The Origins of the Second Quantization

I've been studying quantum theory for a while now and have a number of closely related questions that are not giving me any peace. I am not sure if such a long format is appropriate here, but I'd like ...
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Creation operators that differ by a reciprocal lattice vector

In very general terms, if you have an infinite lattice of atoms you can describe the physics in terms of creation (and annihilation) operators $\hat{a}_{\mathbf{R}}$, that create (and annihilate) an ...
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What do the wave functions associated to the Fock states of each mode of a bound state system mean?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Consider a string of length $L$ under tension and clamped on each end. This system is described by the wave equation and has a set of modes. ...
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What is the physical interpretation of second quantization?

One way that second quantization is motivated in an introductory text (QFT, Schwartz) is: The general solution to a Lorentz-invariant field equation is an integral over plane waves (Fourier ...
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reduced single particle density matrix (1-RDM) in second quantization

Is it possible to approach one body density matrix without using field operators ? For example for a double well potential, the reduced single particle density matrix is defined as: $$ \hat{\rho}^{(1)...
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many-body state in second quantization

The ground state of a system of N particles is represented as $$ \mid \Psi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2^NN!}}\big( \hat{a}_1^{\dagger} + \hat{a}_2^{\dagger} \big)^{N} \mid 0\rangle $$ or similarly $$ \...
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How to write the second quantization form of spin-orbit coupling(Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction)?

Spin orbit coupling is the single particle term, so the second quantization form can be written like:$\langle \alpha\sigma|s\cdot(\nabla V\times P)|\beta\sigma'\rangle c^{+}_{\alpha\sigma}c_{\beta\...
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One body harmonic oscillator states expressed in terms of creation operators

I am reading trough chapter one of Moshinsky's "The harmonic Oscillator in Modern Physics". However i am having some trouble with the mathematics in section 8 of chapter 1. I will sketch a summary of ...
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Bogoliubov-de-Gennes (BdG) formalism

Suppose you treat the mean-field BCS superconductor Hamiltonian $H$ in "BdG style" by re-writing it as $H = \frac{1}{2} \sum_k \psi_k^{\dagger} H_{BdG} \psi_k$ where, in terms of original ...
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Bogoliubov coefficients and eigenvectors

Suppose you have diagonalized Hamiltonian $H$ in second quantization using Bogoliubov transformation. If Hamiltonian is $N \times N$ matrix, the Bogoliubov transformation will have $N$ coefficients. ...
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Canonical field momentum in quantum field theory

In the context of the second quantization and the use of fields in the canonical quantization, the canonical momentum of the field is defined as the derivative of the field by the time coordinate. But ...
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Can mixed states be treated in the second quantization formalism? [closed]

In the first quantization formalism, mixed states can be handled using density matrices. When treating many-body quantum systems however, the second quantization formalism often comes handier, ...
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Single-particle operator in second quantization

I am new to second quantization and I am still rather uncomfortable with the bra-ket notation. I feel like I am slowly getting the hang of it but when it comes to shifting bra's and ket's around, I ...
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Eigenvalues of Hamiltonian with on-diagonal coordinate

A bit abstract, but if I take the standard graphene Hamiltonian (around the Dirac point) and introduce an on-diagonal term proportional to the coordinate $\hat{y}$, how would I find the eigenstates ...
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Fetter & Walecka's derivation of second quantised potential term in many-particle TDSE

For the potential term in the Hamiltonian, I understand that we go through the same process as with the kinetic energy term. On the RHS of the TDSE, we get something like $\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i}\sum_{j\...
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Confused about anti-fermion notation

Classically anti-fields are obtained by charge conjugation, right? But sometimes authors label hermitian conjugated fields as anti-particles (or barred fields in Dirac language). But h.c. and charge ...
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Fetter & Walecka's derivation of second quantised canonical Schrodinger equation for fermions

On page 18, before the occupation number variables for states i and j are changed $n_i \rightarrow n'_i = n_i - 1$ and $n_j \rightarrow n'_j = n_j + 1$ respectively, could we not have rewritten eq. 1....
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Matrix in two boson system

If there are $N$ single-particle states labeled by $1,2,3,\cdots,N$, it is said that the general two-boson state is given by $$|\Psi\rangle=\sum_{i,j=1}^N \omega_{ij}a_i^\dagger a_j^\dagger |0\rangle$...
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why is the chemical potential included in the hamiltonian for a systeme coupeled to a particle reservoir

I am beginning with second quantification language so i saw that if we are in grand canonical ensemble then: $$ H=H_0 - \mu N $$ naturally i thought that this $ \mu $ would be included in the ...
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Definition of partity in quantized Dirac Theory.

I'm studying from the book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" from Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, and I read the following: "The operator P should reverse momentum of a particle ...
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Kubo Formula for Quantum Hall Effect

I'm trying to understand the Kubo Formula for the electrical conductivity in the context of the Quantum Hall Effect. My problem is that several papers, for instance the famous TKNN (1982) paper, or ...
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Second quantization and Hamiltonian diagonalization

So I want to diagonalize my Hamiltonian (it is bosonic hamiltonian) which is: $H=(E+\Delta)a^{\dagger}a + 1/2\Delta(a^{\dagger}a^{\dagger} + aa)$ My class didn't cover this material so I don't ...
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Derivation of Hartree-Fock equations using 2nd quantization [closed]

I derived the following effective Hamiltonian: $$ H_{eff} = \sum_k{ \left( \, \epsilon_k + \sum_{k_2}{\left(<k \, |<k_2 \, |\,u\,| \, k_2>|\, k> - <k\,|<k_2\,|\,u\,|\,k>|\,k_2&...
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Kinetic energy operator in second quantization formalism

If we want to express a quantum mechanical oeprator $ \hat{A}$ in second quantization formalism, it is $$ \hat{A} = \sum_{\alpha, \beta} \langle \alpha | \hat{A}|\beta \rangle c^{\dagger}_{\alpha}c_{\...
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Problem using spin-restricted form of the second-quantized nonrelativistic Hamiltonian

I have a problem that confuses me a lot. The two-electron part of the electronic nonrelativistic Hamiltonian can be written \begin{equation} \frac{1}{2}\sum_{pqrs} (pq|rs) [a^\dagger_{p\alpha}a^\...
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Definition of vacuum and occupation number in expanding Universe

Suppose for simplicity we have theory of free quantum scalar field in expanding Universe (metric plays the role of background field) $g_{\mu \nu} = \text{diag}(1, -a^2,-a^2,-a^2)$, where $a(t) \sim \...
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Second Quantization: The Identity Operator does not Commute?

Let me take the simplest possible example. Consider the fermonic Fock-space $\Lambda^*(\mathbb{C}^n)$ built out of a finite-dimensional, oriented single-particle Hilbert space $\mathbb{C}^n$ with ...
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Photon absorption and emission in 2nd quantization

I am looking for models which describe the interaction of matter (lets take a 1D chain of atoms) with photons, especially the emission and absorption. I would love to see the derivation of models in ...
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Rotational invariance of on-site repulsion term in Hubbard model

I'm trying to prove to myself something I assumed that was obvious: that the term $n_{\uparrow} n_{\downarrow} = \widetilde{n}_{\uparrow} \widetilde{n}_{\downarrow}$ where, $n_{\sigma} = a_{\sigma}^{\...
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How to Fourier transform creation/annihilation operators?

Zee's QFT in a Nutshell pages 65-66. For a complex scalar QFT $$ \varphi(\vec{x},t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}\left[a(\vec{k})\mathrm{e}^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x})} + b^\...
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Do different creation/annihilation operators always commute?

In a complex (non-hermitian) scalar QFT, is it correct that the creation/annihilation operators $a,a^\dagger$ (particle) and $b,b^\dagger$ (anti-particle) commute, i.e. $[a,b] = [a,b^\dagger] = [a^\...
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How do you fourier transform a tight binding hamiltonian numerically?

The task is to do a fourier transformation of a tight binding hamiltonian of a 1D-chain with unit cell size 2, but even after many tries and googling I still don't have a idea how to do it correctly. ...
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Some questions about anyons?

(1) As we know, we have theories of second quantization for both bosons and fermions. That is, let $W_N$ be the $N$ identical particle Hilbert space of bosons or fermions, then the "many particle" ...
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A missing factor of 2 in the standard Hartree-Fock mean field?

Let's start from a very simple argument: If $A$ and $B$ are some operators, then I can write their product as $$AB = (A-\langle A\rangle)(B - \langle B \rangle) + \langle A \rangle B + A \langle B \...