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Path integral formulation (Due to Feynman) is a major formulation of Quantum Mechanics along with Matrix mechanics (Due to Heisenberg and Pauli), Wave Mechanics (Due to Schrodinger), and Variational Mechanics (Due to Dirac). DO NOT USE THIS TAG for line/contour integrals.

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On the finiteness of quantum gravity$.$

Consider naïve quantum gravity, defined by $$ Z=\int e^{-\frac{1}{\hbar}\int R}\mathrm dg $$ where $R$ denotes the Ricci scalar, and $\mathrm dg$ a path integral over all metrics. I have set $G_N=1$ ...
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Does a good path integral exist in Loop Quantum Gravity?

The Hamiltonian operator of Loop quantum gravity is a totally constraint system $$H = \int_\Sigma d^3x\ (N\mathcal{H}+N^a V_a+G)$$ Here, $\Sigma$ is a 3-dimensional hypersurface; a slice of ...
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Casimir forces and its associated Feynman propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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Lattice QFT of the Jones Polynomial

Start with a gauge theory with Chern-Simons action $$ S[A] = \frac{k}{4 \pi} \text{Tr} \intop_{M} \left( A \wedge dA + \frac{2}{3} A \wedge A \wedge A \right) $$ and a Wilson loop observable in the ...
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Path Integral on Feynman Hibbs: Interaction of EM field and matter, how can we get to equation (9.68) from (9.67)?

On Feynman Hibbs "Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals", the equation (9.67) describe the transition amplitude of the matter (for example an atom) to go from the state $M$ to the state $M$ when it ...
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Is it possible to do a path integral between two boundaries analytically on a quantum lattice?

I have been trying to perform some path integral between two boundaries for a massless scalar field $$\int_{\varphi(t_a, \vec{x})}^{\varphi(t_b, \vec{x})} \mathcal{D}\varphi(x)e^{iS[\varphi(x)]}$$ ...
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Gaussian Integrals : Functional determinant expressed as a trace

Be $A_{ij}$ a symmetric matrix. Then I can easily write $$ \int \exp\left(-\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i,j}x_i A_{ij} x_j+\sum_{i} B_i x_i\right)\; d^nx= \sqrt{(2\pi)^n}\exp\left\{-\frac{1}{2}\mathrm{Tr}\log A\...
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SUSY sigma model in QM, bosonic sector?

The bosonic sigma model in ordinary QM (i.e. a 'free' particle trapped on a curved manifold $\mathcal{M}$), has a Hamiltonian which is just the negative Laplacian on $\mathcal{M}$. For any $\mathcal{...
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Must the mean field, in the context of the background field method, satisfy the classical equations of motion?

When deriving the effective action $\Gamma$ in the background field method, one splits the field $\phi = \phi_b + \phi_f$ into a background (or mean field) $\phi_b$ and fluctuations $\phi_f$, then ...
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Definition of gravity path integral?

In a non-abelian gauge theory there is a "fundamental" gauge field $A_\mu^a$ with gauge index $a$ often called connection. Although $ A_\mu^a$ is not gauge invariant, gauge invariant quantities can be ...
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Relationship between the statistical mechanics partition function and the path integral correlation function

In the path integral formulation I have $Z[J]$, the generating functional of correlation functions, and $W[J]=\frac{i}{\hbar} \ln{Z[J]}$, the generating functional of connected correlation functions. ...
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What is the link between path integral source terms and the propagator?

Consider a diffusion process defined by $$\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial t} = D \frac{\partial ^2 \phi}{\partial x^2}$$ where $\phi$ is the probability density of a particle's position and $D$ is the ...
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Normal ordering and path integrals

What is the manifestation of normal ordering for creation/annihilation operators in the path-integral formalism?
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Violation of Bell-like inequalities with spatial Boltzmann path ensemble: Ising model?

Quantum mechanics is equivalent with Feynman path ensemble, which after Wick rotation becomes Boltzmann path ensemble, which can be normalized into stochastic process as maximal entropy random walk (...
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New symmetries upon quantization

In standard field theory texts, a “classical symmetry” is defined to be a transformation $\phi\to\phi’$ such that the corresponding action is left invariant. The symmetry is said to survive ...
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Physicist path integral and cylinder set measures

Path integral via discretization So let me start with what seems to be the point of view of physicists (corrections are highly appreciated since this is just what I understood!). Let a quantum system ...
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Formulating BCS theory in the functional integral with a real order parameter

Often in BCS theory, people take the order parameter $\Delta$ to be real. I tried to construct a BCS theory with a real order parameter from the start and ran into some trouble. I'd be interested to ...
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Path integral and gauge redundancy for slave particle

In the slave boson, we have $c^\dagger = b f^\dagger$ where $b$ is boson and $f$ is fermion. There is also a local constraint $b^\dagger b+f^\dagger f=1$ to retrict the Hilbert space and a $U(1)$ ...
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Deriving the Path Integral Representation of the Fokker-Planck Equation

Suppose $$dX_t = \mu(X_t,t)dt + \sigma(X_t,t)dW_t$$ is a 1D nonlinear stochastic differential equation ($dW_t$ is typically assumed to be Brownian). According to wikipedia the distribution of $X_t$ at ...
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Weinberg's spontaneous broken symmetries

Steven Weinberg in his second volume of QFT's book (in section about spontaneously broken symmetries, in subsection about Goldstone bosons) writes following: if we have linear transformation of ...
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Getting Slavnov-Taylor identity

Let's have generating functional in path integral form for gauge $SU(n)$ theory with interaction: $$ \tag 1 Z[J] = \int DB D\bar{\Psi}D\Psi D\bar{c}Dc e^{iS}. $$ Here $$ S = S_{YM}(B, \partial B) + S_{...
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When can the source term of a partition function be put in?

More specifically, in quantum field theory books, we usually have this: \begin{equation} Z = \int D(\bar{\psi}, \psi) e^{-S + \int_0^\beta d\tau \sum_l [\bar{\eta}_l (\tau) \psi_l (\tau) + \bar{\psi}...
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Relation between functional measures and states in AQFT

Let $(M,g)$ be a globally hyperbolic spacetime and $\phi$ a KG field. In AQFT we consider the algebra of observables $\mathfrak{A}$ generated by $\phi(f)$ where $f\in C^\infty_0(M)$ is a test function....
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Quantum corrections to metric on non-linear sigma model target space

I am trying to make sense of what physicists mean when they talk of quantum corrections to the metric on the target spaces of nonlinear sigma models, for example [GHL99]. First some quick notation. ...
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Normal ordering in path integral of QFT

In QFT, we use normal ordering to eliminate infinity from hamiltonian. In path integral formulation of QFT though, since what we integrate over is "classical field configuration", instead of operators,...
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Instanton contributions in quantum gravity

Suppose a low-energetic System, i.e. a System, where the presence of "classical" gravitational fields can be assumed to be Zero. Classically we would have e.g. the ordinary Minkowski metric or more ...
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The importance of the Feynman Path Integral

For our middle school "Final Exhibition Paper" we had to choose a historical figure from a list to write a paper on, and I chose Richard Feynman. One of the requirements of the paper is to describe ...
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Cyclic coordinates and quantum mechanics

Consider a classical system described by a Lagrangian $L(x_1,\cdots,x_n)$, a function of $n$ coordinates. In a classical context, if a coordinate is cyclic, that means that a certain quantity is ...
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Linear Response And path integral

I'm following Wen's book on Quantum field theory, and I'm struggling with section 2.2.1 on linear response and response functions. Specifically I'm unable to reproduce equation 2.2.7 in which the ...
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How should the path integral change under a dilation?

Let's say I have a two-point function of a scalar field in flat space: $$ \langle \phi(x)\phi(y)\rangle = \int \mathcal D \phi \, \phi(x)\phi(y)\,e^{iS[\phi]} $$ Then I dilate things: $$ \langle \...
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Polology in Functional Integration

Completeness of Hilbert space (on-shell states) is a very powerful concept in canonical quantization, for example, to study the nonperturbative characteristics of the S-matrix, like polology (pole and ...
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Length path integral

Let's consider a 2-dimensional Euclidean plane. The length between two points $a$ and $b$ can be defined in the following way: $$ (ab) := \inf_{\gamma} \,\int_0^1 d\tau \,\sqrt{\delta_{ab} \,\dot{\...
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Where can I find a video on Liouville Non-Critical String Path Integral?

Would anybody know of a video lecture course in which Polyakov's non-critical string path integral $$Z = \int D [\psi(\xi)]\, \, \exp \left\{ \frac{D-26}{48 \pi}\int_{\xi}\left(\tfrac{1}{2}(\...
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How to calculate gravity path integrals about an AdS background?

Suppose I have some Lagrangian of some higher derivative gravity coupled to a may be matter fields. Now I want to fluctuate it to quadratic order about an AdS background and calculate the 1-loop ...
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Why do we use functional integration in QFT?

Recently I learned functional integral's formalism in quantum field theory. I have realized that I don't understand why exactly do we introduce it. We have the expression for $S$-matrix, then we may ...
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Is time ordering defined for a single operator depending of two time variables?

The time ordering for the purpose of quantum mechanics is e.g. given by $${\mathcal T} \left[A(x) B(y)\right] := \begin{matrix} A(x) B(y) & \textrm{ if } & x_0 > y_0 \\ \pm B(y)A(x) & \...
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Path Integral on Einstein Cartan Manifold

In condensed matter, crystal with disclination and dislocation has both curvature and torsion. I am looking for a reference in which path integral quantization of Dirac equation on manifold with ...
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Path integral measure and symmetry

For a generic field theory the path integral measure is defined as, \begin{equation} \mathcal{D}\Phi = \prod_i d\Phi(x_i), \end{equation} where $\Phi$ is a generic field (i.e. it may be scalar, ...
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Classical limit of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics

It is well-known that if $S \gg \hbar$, then the classical path dominates the Feynman path integral. But is there some to show that if $S\gg\hbar$, then the particle's trajectory will approach the ...
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Propagation amplitude from ground state to ground state in Zee 's book of 'QFT in a Nut Shell'

Iam studying path integral approach to QFT through zee's book of 'QFT in a Nut Shell'. In page number 12 equation 6 states that $\langle q_F \lvert e^{-iHt} \lvert q _I \rangle = \int Dq(t) e^{({...
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How do physicists use the Feynman path integral practically?

I somewhat understand how the path integral works in simple examples, I just don't get how someone can add up an infinite amount of paths. How is that even calculated? If it's got something to do ...
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Eigenfunctionals and their application in physics

Is there any sensible meaning of the term eigenfunctionals? The object I want to describe is a solution to the following equation $$ {\mathscr D}_x F[g] = f(x) F[g] $$ where $ {\mathscr D}_x$ is an ...
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Coherent state basis of (relativistic) particle Fock space

For a neutral scalar bosonic particle of mass $m$, I consider a Fock space with an orthonormal basis of momenta eigenstates \begin{equation}\label{Fock-p-states} \left|p_1p_2\cdots p_n\right\rangle=\...
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Orbifold CFT in the path integral formalism

The definition of an orbifold of a conformal field theory $X$ by a group action $G\times X\to X$ is almost always phrased in the algebraic formalism of conformal field theories (Hilbert space, ...
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Srednicki Eqs. (6.22) and (9.6). How to get rid of $i\epsilon$ in the interaction term?

I'm studying qft from Srednicki's book. If one writes down the full $i\epsilon$ terms, passing from Eq. (6.21) (non-perturbative definition) to Eq. (6.22) (perturbative definition) yields $$\left<0|...
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Difference between different approximations in QM and other definition of the integral

I am currently studying the path integral formalism by myself and I am a bit lost within all the different way to solve the integrals we have. I have one big question: It sounds maybe a bit strange ...
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How does the Weyl anomaly imply $\langle T^{\mu}_{\mu} \rangle \neq 0$?

I want to consider the case of euclidean field theory in 2 dimensions with the action $$S[\phi]=\int \! d^2\!x \sqrt{\det(g)}g^{\mu\nu}\partial_\mu\phi\partial_\nu\phi$$ which leads to a partition ...
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About Witten's path integral formulation of Jones polynomial

In his landmark paper Quantum field theory and the Jones polynomial, Witten proposed that the Jones polynomial can be obtained by the expectation value of the Wilson loop operators over links in the ...
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How do I derive Pauli's exclusion principle with path integrals?

I am trying to prove Pauli's exclusion principle using path integrals. My starting point is the configuration space $\mathcal{C}$ for two indistinguishable particles in 3D: $$ \mathcal{C} = \{ \{x_1,...
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What is the relationship between velocity-dependent potentials and non-Abelian gauge fields?

My (limited) understanding of non-Abelian gauge fields is that they arise from the construction of a theory using a non-Abelian Lie group (as a generalization of the Abelian group underlying E&M) ...

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