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Why is Wick contraction a $c$-number?

It is mentioned in Fetter's Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems (in contraction part of section 8 Wick's Theorem), that: contractions are c numbers in the occupation-number Hilbert space, not ...
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Wick's theorem and transverse field Ising model

I am trying to understand calculation of correlation function in the ground state of the Transverse Field Ising model, from the following book, which is freely available: ...
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Help with two dimensional polar axis Fourier transform

This is a problem that I met in real-life physics research. This question is related to Wick's theorem. The question is: 1. In two dimensional plane with polar axis, why do we have the following ...
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Time-ordered product of two normal-ordered products of fields

Suppose you have a scalar field theory with field operators $\phi(x)=\phi(x)_+ + \phi(x)_- $ that can be decomposed into terms of annihilation and destruction operators. Let $$ D(x-y) = ...
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Wick contraction in proton-pion production

Proton-pion production $\gamma + p \rightarrow \pi^0 + p$ occurs through the interaction hamiltonian $$\mathcal H_{int} = ig \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_5 \psi^{(p)} \phi + e \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_{\mu} ...
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Feynman Propagator in Peskin & Schroeder

To prove Wick's Theorem, Peskin & Schroeder define the contraction of two fields: \begin{align} \text{Contract}[\phi(x)\phi(y)]\equiv \begin{cases} [\phi^+(x),\phi^-(y)] & \text{for ...
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Obtaining the $s,t,u$ Feynman diagrams by Wick contraction

Consider a real scalar field described through the following lagrangian $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} \partial_{\mu} \phi \partial^{\mu} \phi - \frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 - \frac{g}{3!}\phi^3$$ The second ...
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Normal Ordering in String Theory: Polchinsky vs. all others

Polchinsky defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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Time ordering of normal ordered product

I would like to calculate $$<0|T(:x^4::y^4:)|0>$$ for scalar fields $x$, $y$ "by hand", but I don't understand yet how. With Wicks theorem I'd say this is strictly 0. Is this correct? By hand I ...
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Central charge in energy-momentum tensor OPE

I think that general point of view about central charge in books is considering OPE $T(z) T(w)$ for different field theories and finding that general expression for the most singular term is about to ...
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Operator Product Expansion

I wonder why in OPE in CFT terms like $$ \frac{:O(z) O(w):}{(z-w)^2} $$ occur, for example in the OPE of Energy-momentum tensor with itself: $$T(z) T(w) = \frac{c/2}{(z-w)^4} + \frac{T(z)}{(z-w)^2} ...
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Linear Dilaton CFT

I´m doing the exercises on the Tong lectures of String Theory, in particular Problem Sheet 2: Consider the tensor: $T(z) = \frac{-1}{\alpha '} :\partial X(z) \partial X(z): - Q \partial^2 X$. By ...
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Wick Theorem, ordering & CFT

I'm having a little trouble with correlation functions wick theorem and ordering in the context of OPE and CFT, for string theory. (1) My first question, the propagator is: $$<X(z) X(w)> = ...
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Free Vacuum vs Interacting Vacuum and Wick's theorem

I'm studying perturbation theory in QFT and I stumbled on a conceptual problem. My understanding of the interplay between LSZ reduction formula and the Gell-Mann & Low perturbation series is ...
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Can I Wick-contract terms with derivatives with terms without derivatives?

Consider for example the QCD three point vertex, can I contract a gluon field with the gluon field with a derivative in the vertex?
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Correlator $bc$ system [closed]

I have da doubt with bc system. Polchinski says (2.5.10) $$ b(z)b(0)~=~O(z). \tag{2.5.10} $$ I tried to compute the correlation function With eom, using eq (2.5.6b) by Polchinki, removing the ...
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Problem with OPE (from Polchinski) [closed]

I was reading Polchinski, Vol. 2 pag 12, while I found (10.3.12a): $$ e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(z)}=\frac{1}{2z} + i\partial H(0) + 2zT^H_B(0) + O(z^2).\tag{10.3.12a} $$ Now I tried to do the OPE, what I ...
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Calculating OPE of Graviton Vertex Operator [duplicate]

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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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...
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Calculation of OPE in Polchinski

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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Operator product expansion energy momentum tensor

We have the following equation from Polchinski (2.4.6) $$ T(z)X^{\mu}(0) \sim \frac{1}{z}\partial X^{\mu}(0) , \tag{2.4.6} $$ where $T(z)$ is defined as $T(z) = -\frac{1}{\alpha'} :\partial X^{\mu} ...
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Wick's Theorem: Why is the vacuum expectation value of uncontracted operators zero?

I'm am right now reading Chapter 4.3 (Wick's Theorem) in Peskin & Schroeder. It is said that In the vacuum expectation value, any term in which there remain uncontracted operators gives zero ...
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Special OPE in $\beta\gamma$ system

I would like to find the OPE $$\beta(z)\gamma(w)^{-1}\tag{1}$$ given $$\beta(z)\gamma(w)~\sim~\frac{1}{z-w}\tag{2}$$ from the $\beta\gamma$-system in CFT. Is it possible?
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Vertex operator and normal ordering

The two point function, or propagator for a free massless boson, $\phi$ in 2 dimensions is given by, $$\begin{equation} \langle \phi (z,\bar{z})\phi(w, \bar{w})\rangle ~=~ ...
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How to find the number of distinct contraction cases in Wick's Theorem?

Let $\mathcal{G}^8_{un}:=(t_1,t_2,t_1'^3,t_2'^3)=\langle 0 \mid T[Q_{un}(t_1)Q_{un}(t_2)Q(t_1')^3Q(t_2')^3] \mid 0 \rangle_{un}$ We want to use Wicks theorem to write this function as the sum of ...
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Perturbation theory : quadratic external field

I'm trying to derive the explicit form of S-matrix of an interaction Hamiltonian $$H' = \frac{1}{2} \lambda \left[ \int d^3 x \rho({\vec x}) \phi({\vec x}, t)\right]^2\tag{1}$$ Even though the ...
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How to apply Wick's theorem in 2nd quantization for Spin Density Operators?

I am trying to work out a correlation function consisting of two spin density operators. Once I rewrite everything in 2nd quantized form, I am unsure of how to apply wicks theorem because the paul ...
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Quick question regarding Wick's theorem

Let $T\{...\}$ denote time-ordering, $N\{...\}$ normal-ordering and $\left<ab\right>$ be the propagator. Wick's theorem states that $$ T\{ab\} = N\{ab\} + \left<ab\right>. $$ I now ...
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How to deal with coupled fermion boson operators?

I am a beginner in field theory and I have an exercise where I have a product of coupled fermion boson operators? $$ \hat{b_{l} }^{\dagger}\hat{c_{l^{'}} }^{\dagger}\hat{a_{q} }\hat{b_{l} ...
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0+0 self interacting QFT - $ e^{-\sin^2 x}$ type integral — Bessel function expansion around infinity

In a physics paper (here) I found this variant of the Bessel function of the first kind. $$ \tag{1} Z(g) ~=~ \frac{1}{\sqrt{g}} \int_{-\frac{\pi}{2}}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} e^{-\frac{1}{2g} \sin^2 x} \, dx ...
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Teach me Wick's theorem the honest way

Generally speaking the average guy marginally acquainted with quantum field theory or advanced combinatorics describes Wick's theorem as some sort of correspondence between higher order differential ...
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OPE of fermionic field bosonization in string theory, in Polchinski 10.3.12

In Polchinski's String Theory Vol. 2, equations 10.3.12 are $$e^{iH(z)}e^{-iH(-z)}~=~\frac{1}{2z}+i\partial H(0)+2zT_B^H(0)+O(z^2)\tag{10.3.12a}$$ ...
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Wick Contraction

I am reading Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee. Zee introduces the rationale/machinery behind Feynman diagrams in three steps: Baby -> Child -> "Real". The baby problem generates ...
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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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Operator product expansion in CFT

I'm on Polchinski's p39. Can someone please tell me the steps in the equivalence below? $$\exp\left[\frac{\alpha'}4\int d^2z_4 d^2z_5\ln|z_5-z_4|^2\frac{\delta}{\delta X^\mu(z_4,\bar ...
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Gaussian integral of a function with nonzero mean (generalizing Wick theorem)

From the wikipedia article, for a Gaussian integral of an analytic function we have that This is equivalent to the Wick theorem when f(x) is a polynomial. Now I'm trying to obtain a similar ...
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Wick theorem applying to partly ordered operator

I symbolize $T$ as the time-ordered operator and $::$ as normal order symbol. I know that in quantum field theory generally we have: $$T\phi_1(x_1)\dots\phi_n(x_n)=:\phi_1(x_1)\dots\phi_n(x_n):+A$$ ...
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Wick's Theorem examples

Does anyone know of websites or texts that have an abundance of examples of computing time-ordered products of fields using Wick's Theorem for both bosons and fermions? I'm not just talking about the ...
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Functional integral aproach for Feynman rules [duplicate]

I am familiar with the basic ideas of quantum field theory but I feel uncomfortable when I have to derive Feynman rules by myself for a given action (for example in non-linear sigma models or ...
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Klein factors and Conformal Field Theory

Consider the mode expansion of a (chiral) scalar field confined to a disc with circumference L: $$ \phi(x) = \phi_{0} + p_{\phi} \frac{2\pi}{L} x + \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} ...
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Wicks Theorem and Gaussian Integrals

I am trying to complete A. Zee's book QFT in a Nutshell and at page 15 he mentions Wick's theorem and Wick contractions. (apologies for the huge page-snip). Why does he mean by connecting the '$2n$ ...
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Chronological and normal ordering

I've realized I'm little bit confused when I want to treat elements like this $$\left<\phi_0|T\{a_p(t)a_p^+(t')V(t_1)V(t_2)\}|\phi_0\right>$$ with $$V(t)=\dfrac12 \dfrac{1}{(2\pi ...
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Wick's theorem for calculating OPE

I am trying to understand a calculation using Wick's theorem. Let $T(z)$ be the analytic part of a stress-energy tensor, and $\phi(z)$ a free boson field. Now, ...
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Problem with Wick's theorem at first order

I've been struggling with a detail in Second Quantization which I really need to clear out of my head. If I expand the S-matrix of a theory with an interaction Hamiltonian $ H_I(x) $ then I have $$ S ...
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Wick's theorem proof details

Let's have Wick's theorem in following form: for fields $$ A_{i}(x) ~=~ A_{i}^{+}(x) + A_{i}^{-}(x), $$ where first summand contains creation operator and the second contains destruction one, is a ...
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Wick's theorem again

Could someone please elaborate on the accepted answer to this mathoverflow post? I'm working on a problem that looks like this \begin{equation}I=\int d^{n} x\, f(\vec x)\, e^{-\frac{1}{2} \vec x ...
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The basic equation of bosonization

[..quoting from Page 11 of Polchinski Vol2..] Given $1+1$ conformal bosonic fields $H(z)$ one has their OPE as, $H(z)H(0) \sim -ln(z)$ Then from here how do the following identities come? ...
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Compute the central charge of $bc$ conformal field theory

I have a s****d question, how to calculate the central charge of $bc$ conformal-field theory in Polchinski's string theory, Eq. (2.5.12)? For a $bc$ CFT given by $$S=\frac{1}{2\pi } \int d^2 z \,\,b ...
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Identity of Operator Product Expansion (OPE)

I have one more s****d question in Polchinski's string theory book, Eqs. (2.3.14a) $$ j^{\mu}(z) :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:~ \sim~ \frac{k^{\mu}}{2 z} :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:,$$ where $j^{\mu}_a ...
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A particlar normal ordering problem [duplicate]

Say we have an expression of the form: $$ \left<0\right|:\phi(x)^2: : \phi(y)^2:\left|0\right>, $$ where $\phi$ is some scalar field. I have heard the claim several times, that in evaluating ...