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propagator gives the probability amplitude for a particle to travel from one place to another in a given time, or to travel with a certain energy and momentum.

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How to understand long-range propagate without decay in time and space?

Assume there is a Green function: $$G=\frac{1}{(p^2+r)-\sum-\omega^2}$$ where $\sum$ is self-energy. We know that if the self-energy vanishes, the quasi-particle is well-define, and it can propagate ...
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Is the scalar propagator an even function?

The scalar propagator for the Klein-Gordon Lagrangian is given by: $$D(x-y)=\int \frac{d^{4} k}{(2 \pi)^{4}} \frac{e^{i k(x-y)}}{k^{2}-m^{2}+i \varepsilon}$$ I need to know if it is an even ...
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Formal identity involving fermion propagator in quantum field theory

I'm studying from here: Roberto Soldati - Field Theory 2. Intermediate Quantum Field Theory (A Next-to-Basic Course for Primary Education) I'm trying to understand and prove an equality at page 52, ...
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Self-energy series expression in terms of unperturbed Green function for exited states

I would like to understand how to arrive at the series in equation (36) in this paper https://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0506438, specifically $$\Sigma(E) = V+VG'_0(E)V+VG'_0(E)VG'_0(E)V$$ where $G'_0(E)$ ...
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Eigenvalue spectrum of the transfer operator for the harmonic oscillator

I'm reading "An introduction to quantum fields on a lattice" by Jan Smit. In chapter 2, the transfer operator $\hat{T}$ is defined and shown to be equal to $$\hat{T} = e^{-\omega^2 \hat{q}^2/4} e ^{-\...
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Photons as propagators of an electro-magnetic field

What does it mean when somebody, let's say a random person on the crosswalk waiting for the sign to go green, say that a "photon is a propagator of the Electromagnetic field"? I don't know if it's a ...
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Why propagator in three time intervals can be connected together in the Green function?

In the page 91 of Many particle physics by Mahan, why $S(+\infty,t) C(t)S(t,t')C'(t')S(t`,-\infty)$ in the numerator can be written as $C(t)C`(t`)S(\infty,-\infty)$? And why in the first place the ...
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What happens if I Wick contract a trace operator internally?

In theories such as $\cal{N}=4$ supersymmetric Yang-Mills, we often consider operators such as $\cal{O}(x_1)=$Tr$(\phi(x_1)\phi(x_1))$, with $\phi$ the scalar field(s) of the theory. Then we go on ...
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What exactly is a Feynman propagator?

Let $p,q$ be two points. On pg 671 of "Road to Reality", Penrose says that integrating the amplitudes of all paths between $p$ and $q$ would be infinite. Hence, we need the concept of a Feynman ...
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How to take the Fourier transform of the propagator of a vector field?

In the paper Wilson Loops in N=4 Supersymmetric Yang--Mills Theory, the authors give the following generalized Fourier transform for a propagator in $d=2\omega$ dimensions: $$\int \frac{d^{2\omega}p}{...
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How is the quantum propagator related with Huygens principle?

Usually in quantum mechanics the wave function can be propagated via the so-called Kernel or Amplitude: $\Psi(x,t) = \int K(x,t;x',t')\Psi(x',t')dx'$. I have read in some paper that this comes from ...
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Simple Green's function question: Propagator for stationary particle?

Suppose the probability a particle transitions into a state of interest at time $t$ having position $x$ is $$\omega(x,t).$$ Once a particle enters this state it does not leave it, nor does its ...
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Feynman diagrams for gravity

Feynman rules is the basic tool to compute amplitudes in perturbation theory for a QFT. Here, I am trying to understand perturbation theory in GR around the flat space metric, in terms of Feynman ...
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2 dimensional massless scalar field propagator in position space

I have been trying to calculate the massless scalar field propagator in position space by directly Fourier transforming the momentum space propagator. $$\int{d^2p\frac{1}{(p^0)^2-(p^1)^2}e^{-i(p^0t-p^...
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Is the radio attenuation of an obstructed 2.4GHz signal, dependent on its incident power?

The following figure (taken from CTS 115: Free Space Path Loss) describes generally how obstructions attenuate a 2.4GHz signal: I would like to ask, is this -3dB loss dependent on the power (or ...
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Graviton propagator, and Gauss-Bonnet gravity

Let's say we consider Einstein's Lagrangian from GR. In linearized gravity, we would expand the Ricci scalar to quadratic order in the perturbation parameter to find the propagator. My question is as ...
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How to get the imaginary part from the Källén-Lehmann propagator

During field theory course the Källén-Lehmann propagator was defined as follows: $$D_F(p^2) = \frac{i}{p^2-m^2+i\epsilon} + \int^{\infty}_{4m^2}ds\rho(s)*\frac{i}{p^2-s+i\epsilon} \tag{1}$$ ...
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Conflicting definitions of Bulk-to-Boundary propagators in AdS

This problem has to do with bulk reconstruction in AdS/CFT. It is given that the bulk-to-boundary propagator can be obtained from the bulk-to-bulk propagator by the following relation (c.f. https://...
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Gauge fixing, invertibility and Green's functional

consider the photon in QED and the corresponding EOM of its Green's functional in k-space: $$(k^\mu k^\nu-k^2g^{\mu\nu})\Delta_{\nu\rho}(k)=i\delta^\mu_\rho.$$ Now, I understand that $U^{\mu\nu}(k):=...
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Computation of the self-energy term of the exact propagator for $\varphi^3$ theory in Srednicki

In M. Srednicki "Quantum field theory", Section 14 -Loop corrections to the propagator-, the exact propagator $\mathbf {\tilde \Delta} (k^2)$ is stated as $$\frac{1}{i} \mathbf {\tilde \Delta} (k^2)...
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Interpretation of the propagator

In quantum mechanics, it is clear that $\langle x|y\rangle = 0$ for $x\ne y$, where $|x\rangle$ is the state with the particle at position $x$. (Notice that this $|x\rangle$ is different from the ...
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Normalization of the integration measure of the Feynman's formula to combine denominators

In Mark Srednicki "Quantum field theory", section 14 -Loop corrections to the propagator-, it is presented the Feynman's formula to combine denominators: $\frac{1}{A_1 ... A_n} = \int dF_n (x_1 A_1 + ....
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Units of the Klein-Gordon Propagator in SI Units

What are the SI units of the momentum-space propagator of the Klein-Gordon equation for a free particle?
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Can we do one-loop integrals in the unitary gauge?

$\hspace{5cm}$ Imagine we want ot compute one of the diagrams for the self-energy of the quark $u$, with external momentum $p$. Inside the loop, we would have a $W^+$ and a $d$-quark propagator, with ...
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Supergravity and Gamma Matrices

On page 101 of Freedman and Van Proeyen's book on Supergravity they find the propagator of the gravitino, however I'm not sure how to work through the steps in (5.30), and hints or answers would be ...
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Relationship between Dyson equations from different problems

Recently, I noticed that the Dyson equation $$G=G_0+G_0\Sigma G$$ is used not only in quantum field theory but in some other branches of physics. For instance: 1. Wave equation From the wave ...
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Get the transition amplitudes from a wavefunction?

Given a wavefunction $\psi(x,t)$ a transition from time $t_1$ to $t_2$ might be written: $$\psi(x,t_1) = \int \Delta(x,y,t_1-t_2) \psi(y,t_2) d^3y.$$ But can we solve this to get $\Delta$ in terms ...
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Regularising the Green's function in 2D

The Green's function for the 2D Helmholtz equation satisfies the following equation: $$(\nabla^2+k_0^2+\mathrm{i}\eta)\,{\mathsf{G}}_{2\mathrm{D}}(\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{r}',k_o)=\delta^{(2)}(\mathbf{r}-\...
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LSZ reduction, momentum diagram, QFT

I was initially confused about which way to choose the sign of the momentum, since it gives rise to different exponential momentum combinations and thus different deltas for momentum conservation. I ...
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Complex integration in Peskin and Schroeder

In Peskin and Schroeder, I have a problem with a claim in equation (2.54), which I will rewrite more concisely here. He claims that we have the following equality : $$ \frac{1}{2E_p}e^{-iE_p(x_0)}-\...
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What is the Quantum Mechanical analogue of the Bethe-Salpeter equation?

For studying the bound states of quantum fields theories (e.g. studying excitons or mesons), the Bethe-Salpeter equation is often used as the starting point. Quoting Wikipedia the equation is: $$\...
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Any connected diagram is a tree of full propagators

In P. Etingof, Geometry & QFT, MIT 2002 online lecture notes; Lemma 3.11 (https://physics.stackexchange.com/users/7266/abdelmalek-abdesselam).) He says that any connected diagram is a tree of ...
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Combinatorics geometric series two-point function

In this answer Proof of geometric series two-point function it is said: Now what about the coefficients in front of each Feynman diagram? Due to the combinatorics/factorization involved it ...
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How to understand the transition amplitude in the Copenhagen interpretation

In Chapter 8 of Townsend's A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, he states that the expression $\langle x', t' | x_0, t_0 \rangle$ gives the amplitude for a particle that is at position $x_0$ to at ...
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Why does it matter that the propagator is related to the Green's function for the Schrodinger equation?

If $L = i \hbar \hat{H} - \dfrac{d}{dt}$, then $ L \psi(x,t) = 0$ is the Schrodinger equation. It is well known that we can solve the Schrodinger equation with initial condition $\psi(x,0) = f(x)$ ...
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Relation between standard and Kubo-transformed quantum correlations

Via path integral molecular dynamics it is possible to measure the Kubo transformed correlation function between two operators $\hat A$ and $\hat B$ \begin{equation*} K_{\hat A\hat B} = \frac 1 {Z_\...
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Relation between the propagator and probability for the infinite well

This may be an easy question, but I am really confused about it. For the infinite square well, the (time-dependent) energy eigenfunctions are (inside the well):$$\psi_n(x,t) = \sqrt{2/L}\:e^{-iE_nt/\...
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Derivation of the QFT Propagator

I don't understand how we get from the RHS to the last line. \begin{eqnarray} \left[ \hat{H}_x - i \frac{\partial}{\partial t_x} \right] G^+(x,t_x,y,t_y) &=& -i \delta (t_x - t_y) \sum_n{\...
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How does a propagator act on a wave function in $x$-space?

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle#1|}$In Principles of Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition) by Shankar, Exercise 5.1.3 asks to find the wave function of the free particle by ...
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Kallen-Lehmann representation and branch cuts at threshold masses

Let us consider the Kallen-Lehmann representation for the two-point function of scalar fields $$ \langle \Omega | T\left\{\phi(x) \phi(y)\right\}|\Omega\rangle = \int \frac{d^4 p}{(2\pi)^4} e^{ip\...
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Two-point correlation function of a scalar field $\langle 0 | \phi(x) \phi(0)| 0 \rangle$

I'm trying to find the two point correlation function for a massless scalar field obeying $\square \phi = 0$. I can write $$\langle 0 | \phi(x) \phi(0)| 0 \rangle = \int \frac{d^dk}{(2\pi)^d} \delta(...
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Summation of an exponential operator on quantum amplitude

For a quantum Dirac field interacting with a classical EM field, one can (through the Quantum Dynamical Principle) write the vacuum transition amplitude as $$\langle0_+|0_-\rangle=\exp\left[ie_0\int ...
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1-loop correction to photon propagator

(May be it is a duplicate). I do not understand clearly how should I write down 1-loop correction to photon propagator. I know what is $i\Pi_{\mu\nu}(k^2)$ (I need only this specific correction) and ...
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No bound states if propagator is everywhere infinite?

Assuming the energy spectrum is discrete, the propagator for the time independent Schrodinger equation can be represented as $$G(x,y,E)=\sum_n\frac{\psi_n(x)\psi_n^*(y)}{E-E_n}.$$ The propagator's ...
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How does one calculate Fourier transform of Feynman propagator?

I am struggling with calculating the following integral on Sredinicki: How did he get the second line of (10.6)? That is, how did he calculate the Fourier transform of Feynman propagator?
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Confusion about functional derivative in path integral

If we act a functional derivative $$\frac{\delta}{\delta J(z)}$$On the expression$$\int\int d^4x d^4y \space J(x)\Delta(x-y)J(y)$$ where $\Delta(x-y)$ is Feynman propagator. What one should get is ...
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When can you simplify the $W$ boson propagator?

I have seen in several sources that the propagator of the $W$ boson is: $$\frac{- i \left( g^{\mu\nu} - \frac{P^\mu P^\nu}{m_W^2} \right)}{p^2 - m_W^2} . $$ But then in some calculations (usually ...
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How to grasp the limits of these two integrals? [duplicate]

I find some difficulty in understanding the limits of the two integral below (on Page 27 of Peskin & Schroeder's Quantum Field Theory): $$D(x-y)=\frac{1}{4\pi^2}\int_m^\infty d E \sqrt{E^2-m^2}e^{...
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Why is the imaginary part of the Breit-Wigner propagator given by the total decay width?

The optical theorem links the imaginary part of the forward scattering amplitude to the total decay width of a particle: $\mathrm{Im}\,M_{i\to i} = m\Gamma_{tot}$. Here $\Gamma_{tot} = \frac{1}{2m} \...
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Are powers of the harmonic oscillator semiclassically exact?

The Duistermaat-Heckman theorem, although too complex for me to completely grasp, states that under some conditions, the partition function for a special class of Hamiltonians is semiclassically exact....