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PDE from Hamiltonian density

For the wave equation Hamiltonian density is $2H=\phi_t^2+\phi_x^2$ while the Lagrangian density is $2L=\phi_t^2-\phi_x^2$. I can easily compute the pde from the Lagrangian density but how does one do ...
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MCS Lagrangian and Euler-Lagrange

I'm trying to solve the Euler-Lagrange equation for the MCS Lagrangian density as given by Kharzeev in this article (Eqn. 7): $$ \mathcal{L}_{\textrm{MCS}} = -\frac{1}{4}F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}-A_\mu J^{...
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Symmetry modulo total derivative term in Noether's Theorem

I came across the proof of Noether's Theorem in David Tong's notes (page 14) on QFT. He writes something like, We say that the transformation $$\delta\phi(x) = \chi (\phi) \tag{1.34}$$ is a ...
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Srednicki chapter 22: continuous symmetries and conserved current

In Srednicki's book he says that: The Noether current plays a special role if we can find a set of infinitesimal field transformations that leaves the lagrangian unchanged, or invariant. In this ...
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Can you have a purely position(field) dependent Lagrangian(density)?

Let us start with the usual Euler Lagrange equations, and impose $L=L(q)$ only-$$\frac{\partial L}{\partial q}=\frac{d}{dt}(\partial L/\partial \dot{q})$$, and the RHS becomes zero, implying $$\...
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Why doesn't the Lagrangian depend on higher-order derivatives of position?

This isn't a duplicate of already-answered questions, but rather a follow-up of this answer. The author presents a field-theoretical argument whereby a problematic run-away particle creation is ...
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Some questions on a certain Lagrangian related to $n$ dyons

I am trying to understand Gibbons and Manton's article. I am trying to understand the Lagrangian that they wrote down, from a physical point of view. Let me paraphrase from that article. "Consider $...
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Question on the $1/N$ expansion

My question is from Coleman's Aspect of Symmetry, on the large $N$ approximation. We will consider the $O(N)$ version of the $\phi^4$ theory. Its Lagrangian density is given by: $$ \mathcal{L}=\...
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Why is effective mass a tensor?

So I came across the effective mass concept for solids the other day. It was mentioned that the effective mass is a tensor and may have different values in different directions. However, this is stark ...
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Independents fields and the Lagrange Density of Schrodinger equation [duplicate]

I have a doubt about the lagrangian of the Schrodinger equation. If we consider the wave function $\psi(\textbf{x},t)$ that satisfy the Schrodinger equation as a field, one way of construct the ...
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Free fermion Lagrangian invariance under chiral symmetry

I want to apply this transformation to a free-fermion lagrangian: $$ L=\bar{\psi}(\gamma^\mu{\partial_\mu \,- m)\,\psi}$$ $$ \psi ' =\psi\; e^{i \alpha \gamma_5} $$ $$ \bar{\psi}'=\bar{\psi} \;e^{-i \...
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Gravitons and self-interaction

In the book quantum field theory and standard model by Schwartz, there is a problem 9.4 that says by considering lorentz invariance of Compton scattering, you can prove that for spin 1 massless field ...
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Doubts in an introduction to classical field theory

I started to study classical field theory using the book "Field Quantization" of Greiner and Reinhardt, and I have some doubts. First, the book write the Lagrangian $L(t)$ as a functional of a field $\...
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How to calculate the conserved energy $E$ from the Lagrangian?

I am reading a PhD thesis that considers the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\partial_\mu\phi\partial^\mu\phi^\star-U(|\phi^2|)$$ where $\phi$ is a complex scalar field and $U(|\phi|^2)$ is an arbitrary ...
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$SU(2)$ symmetry of $\mathcal{L}=\partial_{\mu}\Phi^{\dagger}\partial^{\mu}\Phi - \Phi^{\dagger}M\Phi$

I'm considering a Lagrangian of two complex scalar field: $$\mathcal{L}=\partial_{\mu}\phi_1^{*}\partial^{\mu}\phi_1-m_1^2\phi_1^{*}\phi_1+\partial_{\mu}\phi_2^{*}\partial^{\mu}\phi_2-m_2^2\phi_2^{*}\...
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Quantum field theory with only 3-point vertexes

Given an arbitrary quantum field theory, can I always write it in terms of another (different) quantum field theory containing only operators with 3 fields? (i.e. vertexes with 3 legs) I guess that ...
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Adding a total derivative to the Lagrangian does not preserve $\int\mathrm{d}^3\mathbf{x}~ T^{00}$

In problem 3.3 of Schwartz's QFT, the first two questions ask us to prove that if we add a total derivative to the Lagrangian: $$ \mathcal{L}\mapsto\mathcal{L}+\partial_\mu X^\mu\tag{1} $$ then $$ \...
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Interpretation of vanishing Noether charge

I was told that Gauge symmetries are redundancies because the Noether charge of a gauge symmetry vanishes, i.e. that there exist no observable quantities that would allow you to distinguish two ...
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Mistake or Rewriting of Yang-Mills in Nakahara

I am familiar with Yang-Mills equation of motion E.O.M. (without matter or source fields) in differential form. $$ D * F =0 $$ and Bianchi identity $$ D F=0 $$ where $F= dA + A \wedge A$ and $D=d + [...
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Why do terms in a field theory Lagrangian that are polynomial in the fields collectively called the “potential”?

Field theory Lagrangians are often of the form of a kinetic term plus a source term minus a potential term. How do we know that the potential term is a polynomial in the fields? On a related note why ...
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Lagrangian of Phonon-photon

A quite interesting but also hard problem are Polaritons. As far as I have understand the concept it's about phonons coupling to light. The Lagrangian function should therefore have a term for the ...
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Motivation for Weinberg angle in electroweak gauge interaction?

Suppose I have the following lagrangian If we only focus on the neutral current in the lagrangian: Where $L$ is defined as: And $Y_L$,$Y_{R}^{\nu}$,$Y_{R}^{e}$, are the hypercharge values of the ...
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Theta-dependence of massive Schwinger model

I've read in Coleman's paper on the massive Schwinger model (and in other papers on the same topic, like this one) that the model's Hamiltonian contains a topological $\theta$-term. However, if I ...
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Help with an specific example of a higher derivative Lagrangian

I want to find the equation of motion that comes from the following Lagrangian density $$\mathscr{L}=\mathbf{E}\cdot\left(\nabla^{2}\mathbf{E}\right)$$ where $E_{i}=\partial_{i}\phi\;(i=x,y,z)$ . In ...
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Computation in QFT

I'm always a mess with the upstairs and downstairs notation. To be specific, say I want to calculate the Euler-Lagrange equations of \begin{equation} \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu\phi \...
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Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part I

I would like to consider the problem of the total derivative of a given functional \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}\bigg[\phi\big(x,y,z,t\big),\frac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{x}}\big(x,y,z,t\big),\frac{\...
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Non-existence of double time-derivative of fields in the Lagrangian and violation of equal footing of space and time

In classical field theory, we consider the Lagrangians with single time-derivative of fields whereas double derivative of the field w.r.t. space is allowed sometimes. I understand that the reason of ...
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Interaction Lagrangian up to quartic order

I have a Klein-Gordon Lagrangian of scalar fields and I add an interaction term that depends only on the fields (not their derivatives). The free Lagrangian is invariant under some infinitesial ...
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Why do we demand that the counterterms in $\varphi^3$ theory be $O(g^2)$?

In Srednicki's QFT book, section 9, he introduces the $\varphi^3$ lagrangian: $$\mathcal{L}= -\frac{1}{2}Z_\varphi(\partial_\mu\varphi)(\partial^\mu\varphi) -\frac{1}{2}Z_mm^2\varphi^2 +\frac{1}{6}...
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Origin of $\sqrt{-g}$ in the integral of action $S$

I have a question that might (and probably will) be stupid: I do not understand where does the factor $\sqrt{-g}$ (i.e. $\sqrt{-\det\left(g_{\mu\nu}\right)}$) come from in the action integral S when ...
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Variation in field theory with respect to one quantity

In my QFT course we are supposed to vary the action of a for a scalar field coupled to an electromagnetic field with the following Lagrangian density: $$\mathcal{L} = [D_\mu\phi(x)]^*D^\mu\phi(x)-m^2\...
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How to see linearity of an interaction if it's lagrangian density is known?

The Lagrangian of electrodynamics is $-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}+A_\mu J^\mu$ we know that electrodynamics is linear in special relativity but when we go to general relativity it becomes non-...
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Infinitesimal transformations that leave the action invariant

I have the Klein-Gordon Lagrangian for three scalar fields and I want to find three independent infinitesimal transformations that leave the action invariant. I suppose that these three ...
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Free boson Equation motion from action

So in David tongs notes we have $$S=\frac{m}{8\pi}\int d^2x\partial_i\varphi\partial^i\varphi$$ and he finds that the equation of motion is $$[\partial_{t}^2-v^2\partial_{x}^2]\varphi=0$$ now my ...
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Conserved currents in quantum electrodynamics

A general Noether theorem in fields theory says that an infinitesimal symmetry of the action leads to a conserved current $j^\mu$, i.e. $\partial_\mu j^\mu=0$. Below I would like to consider a minor ...
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Non-relativistic E&M Lagrangian: number of dynamical variables greater than 6

There is an argument I do not understand given in "Introduction to quantum electrodynamics" by Cohen-Tannoudji (page 111 for the French version of the book). We are dealing with the non-relativistic ...
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Field degrees of freedom from equations of motion and higher spin

It is my understanding that we compute the number of degrees of freedom of a quantum field as the number of its components minus the number of non trivial equations we get by taking the divergence of ...
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Derivation of Coulomb's law from classical field theory

In the section on Coulomb's law in QFT by Schwartz, he expands $-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^{2}$ to get $-\frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu})^{2} + \frac{1}{2}(\partial_{\mu}A_{\mu})^{2}$, can someone ...
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Piecewise solution to Euler-Lagrange equations in effective field theory

I would like to consider a background for a quantum field theory made up by connecting continuously two different solutions of the Euler Lagrange equations. The problem is one dimensional (let's call ...
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Field momentum of Klein-Gordon Lagrangian

Given the Lagrangian $L$ of the field $\phi$ the field momentum $\Pi$ reads: $$L_{KG}=-\frac{1}{2}\partial^\mu\phi\partial_\mu\phi-\frac{1}{2}m^2\phi^2$$ $$\Pi=\frac{\partial L}{\partial(\partial_\...
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Different definitions of Functional Derivative

In studying QFT and General Relativity, I came across two different definitions of Functional Derivative, and I'd like to know if they are equivalent. Firstly, in Wald's book General Relativity, as ...
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Chern-Simons equation of motion

How do I get the equation of motion of the Chern-Simons Lagrangian below? Is there the product rule at work? Do I have to sum over the indices?
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Is there a higher dimension analogue of Noether's theorem?

So I have recently read the proof of Noether's theorem from the book variation calculus by Gelfand. Basically, what I have already seen is that for any single integral functional, if we have a ...
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Constructing gauge symmetry for $SU(2)\times U(1)$

I'm currently reading the book "Classical Theory of Gauge Fields" by Rubakov, therefore I will use his convention in this question. In the following we assume that: $\phi$ comprises columns ...
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Unitary gauge for spontaneous symmetry breaking

I'm given a lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L} = \partial_{\mu} \Phi^{\dagger} \partial^{\mu} \Phi + m^2 \Phi^{\dagger} \Phi - \lambda (\Phi^{\dagger} \Phi)^2 $$ where $m^2 > 0, \lambda > 0$. This ...
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Intuition behind the use of the Principle of Stationary Action in Classical Field Theory [duplicate]

Whilst studying Field Theory and after checking numerous sources it appears that people always just state the action without providing some sort of motivation/intuition as to why we should/can use the ...
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Showing that the $\mathcal{N=2}$ SUSY Effective Action is Duality-Invariant

The effective action of the $\mathcal{N}=2$ supersymmetric $SU(2)$ gauge theory contains the following term; $$Im\int d^{4}xd^{2}\theta d^{2}\bar{\theta}\Phi^{\dagger}\mathcal{F}'(\Phi)$$ Where $\...
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Effective Lagrangians

I get the impression from reading, e.g., this paper, that the term "effective Lagrangian" refers to a Lagrangian derived from a Taylor series expansion of an arbitrary function of known invariants. ...
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Lagrangian of Klein Gordon equation

Consider the following Lagrangian density $$ \mathcal{L}(\Phi,\partial_\mu\Phi)=-\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\Phi\partial^\mu\Phi-\frac{m\Phi^2}{2}. $$ I want to calculate the equation of motion using the ...
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Global $U(1)$ Symmetry in GSW Model

Consider the theory of a single generation of $e, \nu_L$ matter content. The initial lagrangian is $$ \mathcal{L} = i\bar{\ell}\not \partial\ell + i\bar{e}_R\not \partial e_R \tag{1} $$ where $$ ...