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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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Connection between gauge invariance and Lorentz invariance

This question is presented in the context of Weinberg's QFT book treatment, in particular considering the electromagnetism chapter. It begins in chapter 5 where Weinberg argues that in order to have ...
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Magnetic field due to a circular ring

In the EMFT notes of MIT Course-ware, the derivation of the magnetic field due to a circular ring at its axis, using Biot-Savart's Law and the cylindrical coordinate system is done as follows, I am ...
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Why is it that the equation of a massless scalar field *must* be conformal invariant?

I'm reading a paper [1], p.111 where it is said that: However, the equation of scalar field with zero mass must be conformal invariant while equation $\square\varphi=0$ does not satisfy this ...
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Interpreting the conserved charge in scalar QED

In scalar QED, applying Noether's theorem for internal global symmetries results in a Noether current that is dependent on the gauge because of the presence of the covariant derivative. $$j_\mu=-i(\...
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Why is it that magnetic fields(or any field)not move in space? [closed]

When I imagine a magnetic field produced by a magnet, or the electric field produced by a charge, I've learned that the fields are stationary, however, their value(across space) changes. If I placed ...
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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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Relating the Yang-Mills field-strength to the Maxwell tensor in $SU(2)$ gauge theory

I'm studying topological monopoles in a $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills theory with spontaneous symmetry breaking, through the book "Topological Solitons", by Manton and Sutcliffe. In section 8.2, the authors ...
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Confused about scalar fields

A scalar field is one which is unchanged under rotation. But how do we decide whether a given field (e.g., the temperature in a room) is unchanged under rotation or not? We need to measure the ...
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Electromagnetic linear response theory in function integral language [closed]

I'm being confused with the discussion in Altland&Simons' textbook, page P391-392. How is eq(7.46) derived? Specificly, Here we have the action: $$S[\bar{\psi},\psi,A]=\int dx \bar{\psi_\sigma}\...
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How to unify the rotation matrix of $SU(2)$ operator and $(z_1, z_2)$ representation?

I am following the Xiao-Gang Wen's book: Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems. In Ch. 5.6 about non-linear $\sigma$ model, it use a rotation operator $U$ to change the spin quantization from $z$ ...
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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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Goldstone bosons when SSB potential has two fields

A theory consists of two complex scalar fields $φ_0$ and $φ _1$ with a symmetry-breaking potential $$V(|φ_0|^2 + |φ_1|^2).$$ How many Goldstone particles will there be in the theory?
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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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Difference between mean-field theory and large $N$ of $CP^{N-1}$

I am reading the Ch.14 of Auerbach, Interaction electrons and quantum magnetism about $CP^{N-1}$ which describes non-linear $\sigma$ model. The complex field is $\mathbf{z}=\left(z_{1}, z_{2}, \ldots,...
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Can we use discrete symmetry in order to generate neutrino mass in two higgs doublet model?

It is seen that an u(1) symmetry is generally used to explain the seesaw mechanism for neutrino mass in 2HDM.it is used because the theory then naturally predicts the existence of a right handed ...
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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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Why are fields which do not transform in a certain way not fundamental?

When I was first exposed to Math physics textbooks and textbooks on vector calculus, I found: Temperature distribution in a room $T(x,y,z,t)$ or the density variation in a fluid $\rho(x,y,z,t)$ etc ...
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Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part III

In this third part of the series, I will continue the deduction of Noether's theorem initiated in the previous post - Does it make sense to speak in a total derivative of a functional? Part II. ...
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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 II

I am trying to derive the Noether theorem from the following integral action: \begin{equation} S=\int_{\mathbb{\Omega}}d^{D}x~\mathcal{L}\left( \phi_{r},\partial_{\nu}% \phi_{r},x\right) , \tag{II.1}\...
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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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Sum over real photon polarizations. The minus sign

Ok for real photons there is the formula when summing over the polarizations: $$ \sum_{\lambda=\pm}\epsilon^{*\mu}_\lambda\epsilon^\nu_\lambda = -\eta^{\mu\nu}$$ But if I have a matrix element of ...
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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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Two-dimensional bosonic field theory

I'm struggeling with the following question: Consider a two-dimensional bosonic field theory defined by the following action $$S =\frac{k}{2} \int dx_{1}dx_2 [(∂x_1 φ(x_1, x_2))^2 + (∂x_2 φ(x_1, ...
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Why do we need a two-Higgs doublet model and why only one extra doublet is added to the extension?

The general two higgs doublet model can neither give masses to neutrinos without considering a see-saw mechanism nor it can unify gravity with other three forces. To explain dark matter also we have ...
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Scalar product of free field and conjugate momentum

Given $[\Phi (x), \Pi(y)] = \delta^{3}(x-y)$,$ $ $\Phi|\phi\rangle = \phi(x)|\phi\rangle$ and $\Pi|\pi\rangle = \pi(x)|\pi\rangle$, I am trying to prove $\langle\phi|\pi\rangle \sim e^{i\int d^{3x}\...
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Question on energy conservation from the stress tensor of a classical scalar field

I am struggling to answer an old general relativity exam question, which is as follows: "Consider a scalar field $\phi(t,x^i)$ with potential $V(\phi)$ on a general spacetime. Its stress tensor is ...
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Is this a right approach to show that $\partial_{\mu} \phi \partial^{\mu} \phi $ is Lorentz Invariant?

When trying to convince myself that $\partial_{\mu} \phi \partial^{\mu} \phi $ is Lorentz Invariant, I stumbled upon this approach: The last equation should read - $\partial_{i} \phi \partial^{i} \...
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Magnetic field of a finite conductor cylinder

I'm trying to calculate the magnetic field outside a finite cylinder of radius R and height 2H, whose axis is the z-axis. Through the cylinder is flowing a constant current density $\vec{J} = J_0 \vec{...
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Operators of the special orthogonal group $\mathrm{SO}(3)$ in 3 dimensions

My professor taught us that when we want to rotate a 3D vector we need a $3\times 3$ matrix $R$ that is a rotation matrix. The set of all these matrices is the special orthogonal group in three ...
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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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Is there any experiment going on to test the TWO HIGGS DOUBLET MODEL?

We know that the two higgs doublet model which is a beyond standard model theory predicts five higgs bosons.Is there any experiment that is going on to test this theory and if so have they found any ...
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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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Commutation relations in Gupta-Bleuler formalism

When quantising the EM field thanks to the Gupta-Bleuler formalism, Itzykson and Zuber assume that the canonical commutation rules are $$ [\hat{A}_\rho (t,\vec{x}), \hat{\pi}^\nu(t,\vec{y})]= i \, ...
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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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Why is gravity the weakest force if, theoretically, it is made up of all the other forces' fields?

I'm quite new to the physics world and want to get an idea as to how physicists have been able to sum all fields/forces (higgs boson, electromagnetic, weak force, strong force etc) in a said object, ...
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Covariant derivative of a composite field and the chain rule

I have a gauge theory with some rather strange covariant derivatives and I am wondering how they act on a composite field like $\psi= \phi\psi'$. In my setup, the covariant derivative acting on a ...
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Showing the form of the covariant derivative of $\phi$, if $\phi$ transforms as the adjoint representation of $SU(n)$

I want to show that if $\phi$ transforms as the adjoint representation of SU(n), its covariant derivative is given by $\textbf{D}_\mu \phi = \partial_\mu \phi + i [\textbf{A}_\mu, \phi]$. (Exercise in ...
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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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Are electromagnetic waves a substance? [duplicate]

I would generally consider fields to not be substances, since substances are generally associated with matter. I know that energy is not a substance. Are electromagnetic waves a substance?
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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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$\phi^3$ 2D 1-loop diagram disambiguation

I would like to calculate the 1-loop 1-PI correction to the propagator for $\phi^3$ scalar theory in 2 dimensions, where the integral is finite. Performing the usual procedure (Feynman trick, Wick ...