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Interpretation of derivative interaction term in QFT

I am trying to understand what a term like $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial^{\mu}A )^2 B^2$$ with $A$ and $B$ being scalar fields for instance means. I understand how to draw an interaction term in ...
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How can the Feynman rules be read off the Lagrangian?

I am reading Peskin. In his functional methods chapter he says that (i) "Once the quadratic terms in the Lagrangian are properly understood" and (ii) "The propagators of the theory are computed" ...
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Propagator Correction in $\phi^4$ theory - why doesn't this secular growth break perturbation theory?

The free propagator for a massive $m\neq0$ real scalar field is the following: $$G_{0}(x,y) \ = \ \int \frac{d^{4}p}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{e^{i p \cdot (x-y)}}{p^2 +m^2 - i \epsilon}$$ It is a well-...
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Feynman diagram for attractive forces

I’m looking at Feynman diagrams for attractive forces and I'm thoroughly confused. Below are three diagrams from HyperPhysics: These all illustrate instances where the forces are attractive. However, ...
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Why are derivatives in interaction terms treated differently from derivatives in the kinetic term?

I know that derivative couplings in a Lagrangian interaction, such as $$\mathcal{L}_{int} = \lambda \phi (\partial_{\mu}\phi)(\partial^{\mu}\phi)$$ bring down two momentum factors into the matrix ...
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