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# Questions tagged [field-theory]

For questions where the dynamical variables are fields, that is, functions of several variables (typically, one time coordinate and several space coordinates). Comprises both classical field theory and quantum field theory. Use this tag when the question applies to both classical and quantum phenomena. Otherwise, use the specific tag instead.

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### How to go from $\delta(\dot{\Psi})$ to $\delta\Psi$ in variational calculations? [duplicate]

This must have been done somewhere before but I never saw a clear and rigorous explanation of why. This is possibly related to my recent post here about potential abuse of notation. Just to be ...
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### Physics near null infinity

The concept of null infinity $\mathscr{I}$ is standard in general relativity, and more recently in the analysis of infrared structure of gravity (see e.g. the article by Strominger). I am curious ...
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### Exact solution for (simple) Reheating Boltzmann equations?

Let's say we have the Universe which is exiting Inflation, with the inflaton field $\phi$ decaying into relativistic particles (radiation $R$). Without any other assumption, the equations describing ...
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### Functional derivative and variation of action $S$ vs Lagrangian $L$ vs Lagrangian density $\mathcal{L}$ vs Lagrangian 4-form $\mathbf{L}$

I have seen many potential abuse of notation that prevents me from clearly understanding variational methods in QFT and GR that I want to get this settled once and for all. This may be a bit long but ...
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### (Giamarchi) Meaning of slowly varying field in bosonization

I am currently reading Giamarchi's Quantum Physics in One Dimension. Eq. (2.30) of the book says $$\psi_r(x)=\frac{U_r}{\sqrt{2\pi\alpha}}e^{irk_Fx}e^{-i(r\phi(x)-\theta(x))}$$ where $U_r$ is the ...
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### Should the energy-momentum tensor be invariant under gauge transformations?

For example, consider the electromagnetic theory given by \begin{align} I=-\frac{1}{4}\int d^4x\, F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}, \end{align} where $F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_\mu A_\nu-\partial_\nu A_\mu$. The action ...
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### Some counting of field degrees of freedom for a classical spin-1/2 Dirac field

A classical real scalar field admits a decomposition $$\phi(x)\sim a_pe^{-ip\cdot x}+a_p^*e^{+ip\cdot x}$$ which tells that at each $x$, there exists a real number i.e., one degree of freedom at each ...
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### Change of variable in 4D space-time

I was reading Sidney Coleman's article "Fate of the false vacuum: Samiclassical theory" and i stumbled upon a change of variables that i can't seem to prove. The problem is this: trying to solve the ...
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### Complex Scalar Fields and Killing Vectors

In a stationary and axisymmetric spacetime, there are two Killing vectors, say $\zeta^\mu$ and $\xi^\mu$, one timelike and one space like. I understand that for a real scalar field, $\phi$, that ...
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### Yang-Mills Bianchi identity in tensor notation vs form notation

I've seen the Yang-Mills Bianchi identity written as both $$0 = dF^a + f^{abc} A^b \wedge F^c$$ and, in tensor notation, as $$\epsilon^{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}D_{\nu} F^a_{\lambda\sigma} = 0.$$ Here ...
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### How to make a triplet out of 2 doublets in the $SU(2)$ representation?

In Y.Grossman and Y.Nir "The Standard Model" book in chapter 4 (non abelian symmetrys) they present the law of whom we can have a triplet and singlet out of 2 doublets name them $\phi_a$ and $\phi_b$, ...
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### Renormalization scheme dependence

Is it possible that the QFTs at hand show dependence on the renormalization point at which renormalization conditions are introduced?
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### Energy and canonical momentum conservation in non-local classical field theory

Assume we have the following Lagrangian field density where $x, x'$ both three dimensional real vectors are coordinates and $t$ represents time, field is given by $\phi$. Assume for the sake of ...
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### Expanding superfields: inconsistency of notation?

If I have a wavefunction of a fermion field $\Psi[\psi]$ I can expand it like so about some vacuum: $$\Psi[\psi] = \Psi_0[\psi]( a + \int a(x)\psi(x)dx+\int a(x,y)\psi(x)\psi(y)dxdy+...)$$ Now all ...
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### Could there exist a “locality” field? [closed]

What I mean is (and I'm a layperson on the subject), can there exist a field that pervades the universe - like the Higgs field - that interacts with particles to give them "distance" or "space" ...
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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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### What are Connections in physics?

This question arises from a personal misunderstanding about a conversation with a friend of mine. He asked me a question about the "truly nature" of spinors, i.e., he asked a question to me about what ...
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### Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and renormalisation group theory [closed]

I'm trying to understand the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in 2d systems. There is a section in Altland and Simons' Condensed Matter Field Theory that discusses the phenomenon, but I don't really ...
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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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### Confused about the gauge transformation of the amplitude tensor for gravitational waves

Far away from the field sources, where the energy-momentum tensor $$T_{mn}=0 \tag{m,n=0,1,2,3}$$ The linearized EFE becomes $$\Box \bar h_{mn}=0 \tag{1}$$ where $\bar h_{mn}$ is the trace-reverse ...
I am trying to build a model for reactions on a lattice in the Doi-Peliti formalism. Suppose there exists a lattice of $N$ sites indexed by $i$. Each site can be either occupied or unoccupied. ...