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Meaning of capital pi symbol in sum over histories integral

This question is primarily mathematical in nature. I have been reading Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur and I am reading about Feynman’s path integral approach. The definition of the “sum ...
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One-loop effective action for scalar field on the curved background in large potential

I hope to compute a functional integral $Z=\int \mathcal{D}\phi\,\, e^{-S[\phi]}$ with an action $$S[\phi]=\int d^2x \sqrt{g}\Big((\nabla \phi)^2+\frac{1}{\lambda}M^2(x) \phi^2\Big)$$ The scalar field ...
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Functional Determinant of a matrix of operators

How would we calculate the functional determinant of a matrix with both continuous and discrete indices; such as \begin{equation} O =\begin{pmatrix} a(t) & \frac{d}{dt} +b(t) & c(t) \\ \frac{d}...
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Functional determinant in scalar QED

I'm trying to integrate out the scalars from the path integral in scalar QED, but I encountered an integral I don't know how to do. The model is $S = \int_{\mathbb{R}^4}d^4x \left( -\frac{(F_{\mu\nu})...
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Propagator in massive QED/Schwinger model

I'm trying to integrate out the fermions from the path integral in the massive QED/Schwinger model $S = \int_{\mathbb{R}^d}d^{dx} \left( - \frac{(F_{\mu\nu})^2}{4} + \bar{\psi} \left( i\gamma^\mu D_\...
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Supersymmetric localisation of 2D super YM on $S^2$

I wanna to understand how to calculate partition function for pure abelian Yang-Mills theory. To do this, I need follow some usual step's (I follow Benini, Localization in supersymmetric field ...
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Why is there an difference between the exponent of the determinant of these two path integral?

When I read about Altland and Simons “Condensed matter field theory”, I came across with the path integral (3.28). $$\langle {q_f}|e^{-iHt/\hbar} |q_i\rangle = \det(\frac{i}{2\pi \hbar} \frac{\...
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Loop counting for determinants and anomalies

I am trying to understand an argument for why anomalies are one-loop exact, given by Bilal in Lectures on Anomalies. The relevant paragraph is reproduced here: Let us first explain why the anomaly ...
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Convergence of the path integral

In P&S 9.3 the path integral $$ Z[J]=\int {\cal D}\phi \exp[i\int d^4x ({\cal L} + J\phi)]$$ of the (Minkowski) $\phi^4$-theory when subjected to a Wick-rotation (change of the integration path ...
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Functional Determinant on Path Integral

I study path integral for constrained system. I'm confused at following computing. Det($\cdot$), functional determinant on 3-dimension funciton space, can be changed into functional determinant on 4-...
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Calculation of current from path integral

I would like to calculate $\langle\bar{\psi}\psi\rangle$ in free theory. I start from the following generating functional: $$Z[J]=\int\mathcal{D}[\bar{\psi},\,\psi]\exp\left(i\int d^dx\,[\bar{\psi}(i\...
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Peskin & Schroeder eq. 9.26 and functional methods

I have been reading chapter 9 in Peskin & Schroeder's QFT book and has been stuck in transition from equation 9.26 to 9.27. Equation 9.26 reads: $$\frac{1}{V^2} \Sigma_{m,l} \exp{[-i(k_m.x_1+k_l ....
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Eigenvalue counting number in Functional Integral

My question is about the calculation of a functional integral (which looks like a partition function). If we have the operator $A$ having discrete spectrum, and eigenvectors $\phi_{i}$ and ...
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What is the 't Hooft determinant?

The 't Hooft vertex/determinant is somehow generated by instantons and is responsible for the generation of mass gap in pseudo-Goldstone bosons, such as an axion. For example, the complex Peccei-...
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Path integral measure in Chern-Simons/WZW correspondence

The relationship between 3d Chern-Simons theory on the product of the disk and the real line ($D\times \mathbb{R}$) and the chiral WZW model on $S^1\times \mathbb{R}$ was shown in Elitzur et al Nucl....
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Two Questions about Path Integral from “Gauge Fields and Strings” by Polyakov

My questions are about worldline path integrals from the book Gauge Fields and Strings of Polyakov. On page 153, chapter 9, he says Let us begin with the following path integral \begin{align} &...
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A Question about Path Integral Measure

I want to do the following path integral. $$\mathcal{Z}=\int\mathcal{D}x e^{iS[\dot{x}]}$$ The action only denpends on $\dot{x}$. For some reason, I want to replace the integral measure $\mathcal{D}...
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How does the functional measure transform under a field redefinition?

My question is: how does the path integral functional measure transform under the following field redefinitions (where $c$ is an arbitrary constant and $\phi$ is a scalar field): \begin{align} \phi(x)&...
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Determinant of d'Alembert Operator $\mathop\Box-m^{2}$

In quantum field theory, the partition function of a free scalar is $$\mathcal{Z}=\int\mathcal{D}\phi\exp i\int d^{n}x\frac{1}{2}\left[(\partial_{\mu}\phi)(\partial^{\mu}\phi)-m^{2}\phi^{2}\right]$$ $...
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Indexes in the Gaussian functional integral

This is a question spawning from a comment made to my previous question. There I was asking about taking some functional derivative in the effective action of the non-linear sigma model. The comment ...
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Finding the determinant of $(\omega^2-\partial_t^2)/2D$ in path integral? [closed]

I am looking to evaluate the following path integral: $$I=\int_{\vec x(t_0)=0}^{\vec x(t)=0}\mathcal{D}x \exp\left( -\frac{1}{2} \int^t_{t_0} d\tau \; \vec x \left\{ \frac{\omega^2-\partial_t^2}{2D} \...
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Auxiliary field path integral in non-linear sigma models

I am trying to understand the functional integral over the auxiliary field in the $\mathcal{N}=(2,2)$ supersymmetric non-linear sigma model, or NLSM (reviewed in Chapter 13 of Mirror Symmetry http://...
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Faddeev-Popov-Determinant of Polyakov Path Integral

I'm currently trying to understand the paper "Quantum Geometry of bosonic Strings" by Polyakov. I think I roughly understand the X integration, but when it comes to the integration over the metric ...
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A question about Gel'fand-Yaglom method of calculating functional determinants

I know that the Gel'fand-Yaglom method is a way to calculate determinants of 1D differential operators. For instance, let us consider an operator $-\partial_r^2+W(r)$. Let us define $\psi_{0}(r)$ as ...
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Graphical determination of energy eigenvalues (symmetrical potential well)

It is about a particle with mass $m$ in a potential $V(x)$: I want to do a graphical determination(at first only the symmetrical case) of the energy eigenvalues. I will show you my previous work: ...
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How to directly evaluate path integral for harmonic oscillator by brute force method?

It is easy to evaluate the green's function using path integral approach by evaluating classical action and using functional calculus method. Is it possible to evaluate path integral for harmonic ...
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Integral representation of functional determinant

I'm studying the proof of a theorem and, being not very expert in QFT, I'm having problems understanding a couple of equalities that my professor said to be useful in order to understand said proof. ...
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Question on Faddeev-Popov method derivation

In the text book of Weinberg, there is a proof to show that path integral is independent of gauge fixing functional $f_a[\phi; x]$. $\phi_\Lambda$ is the result of gauge transformation on $\phi$ by an ...
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Gaussian integral formula for matrix product

I am looking for a way to prove that $$ \det (M \cdot N) = \det(M)\det(N) \tag{0}$$ Where $M$ and $N$ are matrices with continuous indices, so that $\det$ is a functional determinant. A way to show ...
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The determinant of the Dirac operator in Euclidean signature

Suppose the Dirac operator determinant in Euclidean space-time with manifold $\mathbb R^{4}$: $$ d = \text{det}(iD), \quad iD = i\gamma^\mu (\partial_\mu +A_{\mu}) $$ The Dirac operator is elliptical, ...
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Interpretation of the chiral anomaly a-la Alvarez-Gaume

In the paper "The topological meaning of non-abelian anomalies" written by Alvares-Gaume and Ginsparg they argue the appearing of the (gauge) anomaly in a theory with chiral fermions in the following ...
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Faddeev Popov determinant for $U(1)$

The Faddeev-Popov determinant in case of $U(1)$ turns out to be ${\rm Det}(\partial^2)$. My question is: what is the determinant of $\partial^2$?
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Determinant as a fermionic path integral

I understand that the determinant of a matrix can be written in terms of a fermionic path integral. The expression is: $$Z = \int D\bar{\psi}D\psi e^{-\iint d^4x' d^4x \bar{\psi}(x')B(x',x)\psi(x)}\...
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Evaluation of functional determinants

Consider the evaluation of the following functional determinant: $$\text{log}\ \text{det}\ (\partial^{2}+m^{2})$$ $$=\text{Tr}\ \text{log}\ (\partial^{2}+m^{2})$$ $$= \sum\limits_{k} \text{log}\ (-...
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Lack of Maslov index in the path integral formalism

Introduction Consider Feynman's famous path integral formula \begin{equation} K(x_a,x_b) = \int \mathcal{D}[x(t)] \exp \left[ \frac{i}{\hbar} \int_{t_a}^{t_b} dt \, \mathcal{L}(x(t),\dot{x}(t),t) \...
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Free space propagator: reconciling two results

In quantum mechanics, the free space propagator $G(q_f=0,q_i=0;\tau)$ can be easily calculated to be $$\sqrt{\frac{m}{2\pi i \hbar \tau}}$$ by inserting an identity operator. However if we use ...
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Determinant of a propagator

Say I have a path integral $\int D \phi \exp(i S_0)$. $S_0$ is the usual free action $$S_0=\frac{1}{2}\int\phi (-\Box-m^2) \phi=\frac{1}{2}\int \phi G^{-1} \phi,$$ and at the moment I'm not ...
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How to determine the trace and determinant of a differential operator?

How to determine the trace and determinant of the operator like $\Box$ or $\nabla^2$ etc. But first of all how to find the same for the simpler operator $\frac{d}{dx}$? I proceeded as follows. What ...
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Regularization of the 1-dimensional Laplacian

Disclaimer: this is a technical question about regularization of functional determinants which comes from a person with (relatively) strong background in QFT, string theory and path integrals, who ...
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What do we take the functional determinant of in computing th effective action in the Background field method?

I have some schematic notes on computing the effective action and I would like someone to help me fill the gaps. We start with \begin{equation*} \int{}\mathcal{D}\phi\,e^{-iS[\phi]} \end{equation*} ...
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Calculating $\mathrm{Tr}[\log \Delta_F]$

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this Phys.SE question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = \frac{1}{(p^0)^2-\left(\...
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Path integral as a functional determinant

In Peskin and Schroeder on pg. 304, the authors call the fermionic path integral: \begin{equation} \int {\cal D} \bar{\psi} {\cal D} \psi \exp \left[ i \int \,d^4x \bar{\psi} ( i \gamma_\mu D^\mu - m ...
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Determinant of Dirac operator in flat space?

How would you evaluate \begin{equation}|iD\!\!\!\!/-m|\end{equation} Where $D_{\mu}=\partial_{\mu}-ieA_{\mu}$. I have an idea of how to do this without the gauge field, because it's essentially \...
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Computing functional determinant for Dirac fermions

In the path integral formulation for quantum field theory, one often encounters functional determinants of operators, for example for a free scalar field $\log \det (\partial^2+m^2)$. For this ...
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What is the status of Witten's and Vafa's argument that the QCD vacuum energy is a minimum for zero $\theta$ angle?

The argument, which I reproduce here from Ramond's `Journies BSM', is originally by Witten and Vafa in ($\it{Phys}$. $\it{Rev}$. $\it{Lett}$. 53, 535(1984)). The argument is that for $\theta = 0 $ (...
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functional determinant evaluaton

given a Hamiltonian and the semiclassical WKB partition function in units $ \hbar =2m=1 $ $ \Theta (t) = \frac{1}{2\pi} \iint dx dp exp(-tp^{2}-tV(x)) $ can i use this Theta function to evaluate the ...
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Functional determinant approximation

Let the Hamiltonian in one dimension be $H+z$, then I would like to evaluate $\det(H+z)$. I have thought that if I know the function $Z(t) = \sum_{n>0}\exp(-tE_{n})$ I can use $$\sum_{n} (z+E_{n})...
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How are functional determinants of Laplace-type operators used in physics?

Many mathematical papers concerning the $\zeta$-regularized Determinant of Laplace-type operators refer for motivation to the broad use of such determinants in mathematical physics, especially in ...
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Gelfand-Yaglom theorem for functional determinants

What is the 'Gelfand-Yaglom' Theorem? I have heard that it is used to calculate Functional determinants by solving an initial value problem of the form $Hy(x)-zy(x)=0$ with $y(0)=0$ and $y'(0)=1$. ...