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Questions tagged [quantum-field-theory]

Quantum Field Theory (QFT) is the theoretical framework describing the quantisation of classical fields which allows a Lorentz-invariant formulation of quantum mechanics. QFT is used both in high energy physics as well as condensed matter physics and closely related to statistical field theory. Use this tag for many-body quantum-mechanical problems and the theory of [tag:particle-physics]. Don’t combine with [tag:quantum-mechanics].

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Taylor expansion in beta function calculation

This post is related to the answer given in Beta function in $\lambda_0\phi^4$ theory The beta function calculus for that theory provides you of $$ \beta(\lambda_p) = - \frac{\epsilon \lambda_p + z\...
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Non-minimal coupling between a neutral atom and the EM field

Let us say that I have neutral bosonic atoms interacting with an EM field. I can write down the Lagrangian as \begin{align} \mathcal{L}=\eta^{\mu\nu}\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial_{\nu}\phi^{\dagger}-m^2|...
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Infinite series vs compact representation

I understand the attractiveness and usefulness of infinite-series expansions such as Taylor expansions, but I wonder if they sometimes hide important aspects of the described system. For example, ...
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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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What does Lorentz index structure say about a full-fledged correlator?

I have a probably dumb question. Consider the following position space correlation function in a YM-theory (with or without matter fields): $$f_{\mu_1\cdots \mu_n}^{a_1\cdots a_n}(x_1,\ldots,x_n)=\...
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Non-renormalizeable Interaction Implies Trivial Interaction?

It has been rigorously proved that the $\phi^4$ theory is trivial, i.e. is a generalized free field, in spacetime dimensions $d>4$. It is also the case that this theory is non-renormalizeable in ...
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Is the Klein-Gordon equation one evolution equation for states?

I remember when first studying relativistic QM that it was argued that viewing the Klein-Gordon equation as one evolution equation for a state like the Schrodinger equation leads to some issues. This ...
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Simple explanation of a particular diagrams of Feynman [closed]

In relation to this question posed on the website TeX.SE. I am curious to know the use in Physics of green functions about the signs of feynman diagrams with fermionic fields. I have not understood ...
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What is the minimal preliminary knowledge required for a PhD in particle physics? [closed]

Currently, I am doing a master in mathematical physics. I am interested in particles and field theory and want to apply a PhD in this field. But I am not sure whether I can.... I just learned a ...
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Non-local operators [duplicate]

As the title suggests I am interested on how to identify that an operator in QFTs is a non-local operator. I have already read similar questions/answers to the topic in stackexchange, but they didn't ...
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Beta function in $\lambda_0\phi^4$ theory

For a real scalar field $\phi$ after performing all the 1-loop renormalization for dimensional regulator $d = 4 - \epsilon,\ \epsilon \rightarrow 0^+$, I have found that the renormalized coupling $\...
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The different limits of a scattering process

Let's assume I have a process of some sort ($e^-e^+\rightarrow e^-e^+$ / $e^-e^-\rightarrow e^-e^-$ / etc) and I calculated its unpolarized differential cross section using no assumptions at all (...
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Why should there be one-particle states in an interacting quantum field theory?

I'm a mathematician trying to learn quantum field theory. This question has two parts: first, I want to double check that I'm thinking about the surrounding issues correctly, after that I'll ask my ...
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Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics Results Implying Analogous QFT Results?

One particularly fascinating example of this I have found is the following. The delta function potential has no effect in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics in spatial dimensions greater than or equal ...
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Triviality of Yang Mills in $d>4$?

It has been proved that the $\phi^4$ theory is trivial in spacetime dimensions $d>4$. By trivial I mean that the field $\phi$ is a generalized free field, or in other words, it's only nonzero ...
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Why does the $\phi$-cubed theory have no ground state?

In the book of Sredinicki's, he claimed that the $\phi^3$ theory has no ground state, hence this is not a physical theory. My question is that I can't see why this system has no ground state. And I ...
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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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How is the standard model actually quantized?

The standard model Lagrangian is well known. But there are several ways to quantize a theory starting from the Lagrangian. In particular there are several ways to quantize gauge theories (e.g. ...
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What is the relationship between spin network spacetime and tensor network (entanglement) spacetime?

In 1971, Sir Roger Penrose, suggested a combinatorial construction of spacetime using the angular momentum of particles. This work led to and introduced the idea of spin networks which are ...
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Can a proton and an electron annihilate in a gravitational field?

According to this Physics.SE comment, it is gravitationally allowed, though very unlikely, for a proton and an electron to annihilate yielding two photons. Is that correct? If so, why? (In ...
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Kac-Moody algebra from WZW model via Poisson brackets

In 'Non-abelian Bosonization in Two Dimensions', Witten shows that the Poisson brackets of the currents that generate the $G\times G$ symmetry of the WZW model give rise to a Kac-Moody algebra upon ...
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Why is this the probability that an incoming wavepacket is absorbed by the black hole?

I'm reading Parker's book "Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Quantized Fields and Gravity" and when talking about Hawking radiation, there's a claim that I've not been able to understand. He ...
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Charge operator applied to matrix multiplets

In the context of SM ($SU(3)_C\otimes SU(2)_L\otimes U(1)_Y$) the charge operator is $Q_{SM} = T_3 + \frac{Y}{2}\mathbb{I}_2$ and gives us the fermions charges. Here $T_3=\frac{1}{2}\sigma_3$ is the ...
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Quantum Scalar Field Theory with cubic and quartic interaction

If I have a scalar Lagrangian with and interaction term given by cubic and quartic terms (so a scalar theory + $φ^3+φ^4$ interaction), what are the possible divergent 1PI diagrams at one and two loops?...
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Is every particle sustained ripple in its respective field?

This is neither a homework nor a calculational question, but more of a conceptual one. I was wondering can every particle; that is, the ones indivisible (because divisible ones can be broken down ...
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What is the QFT state with two distinguishable fermions present?

I want to describe a system with two non-interacting and definitely different fermions, say an electron neutrino, $\nu_e$, and an electron, $e^-$. The state describing a single electron is given ...
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How to interpret this construction of the states in QFT?

Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics To make this question clear it might be useful to contrast with non-relativistic quantum mechanics. In any quantum theory, the states of a system are unit rays in ...
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Kinetic term for a Majorana fermion in curved Weyl geometry

I am trying to write the action for a Majorana fermion on a curved Weyl-gravity background. Since I am considering a fermion in curved space, the tetrad formalism is appropriate and the kinetic term ...
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Why can't large momentum effective theory be applied to fragmentation function?

Large momentum effective theory was proposed in 2013 by Prof. Xiang-Dong Ji. The idea is to numerically solve PDF in lattice QCD via so-called quasi-PDF in finite momentum frame. Such method is ...
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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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Are there Rules for 'Splitting' Feynman Diagrams?

I was talking with a mathematician colleague and promised to look up a concept in QFT for them but am not sure what they were referring to. They were referring to rules named after two people (both ...
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What is the closed form of the following integral?

I want to know the closed form of the following master integral in (any) $D$ dimension \begin{equation} \int\frac{d^D k}{(2\pi)^D}\frac{1}{k^2(k+r)^2(k+p)^2}. \end{equation} The references that I can ...
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Physically, why don't we care about representations that differ only by a similarity transformation?

I was looking at how to derive the (1/2, 0) representation of the Lorentz group when acting on fields. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding the logic behind replacing the "symbols" $A,B$ with ...
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Is there a connection between these two results on soft hair on black holes?

In 2016 Strominger, Hawking and Perry published the paper "Soft Hair on Black Holes" proposing new results that could have importance to the study of the black hole information problem. One ...
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Quantization during phase transition

Consider a scalar field $\phi(t,\vec{x})$ in $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ with the following lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\phi\partial^\mu\phi - V(\phi) $$ where $V(\phi)$ is such that ...
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What´s the matter when the measurement device is destintegrated in a quantum system? Is there any way to descript this situation?

Nuclear desintegration is a phenomenon that increases wiht time, and even at least as far as we know the protons end up disintegrating. What happens if the source of measurement disintegrates? By the ...
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Contour Integration in Schwartz

In Matthew Schwartz's QFT text, on page 39, he has the following contour integral: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dk\frac{e^{ikr}-e^{-ikr}}{k+i\delta }.\tag{3.63}$$ This can be split into two terms, one ...
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Understanding irrelevant operators in Wilsonian RG

I had always understood irrelevant operators as operators whose coefficients got smaller at lower energy scales, but there's a passage from Schwartz's Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model which ...
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Harnessing molecule vibration energy

Disclaimer: I am learning physics for fun, please dont kill me but explain where I am wrong. As I understand all molecules have a lowest energy state in which they posses some amount of momentum even ...
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Why Proca Term forbidden in Schwinger Model?

In my QFT Lecture we considered the Schwinger model with a Proca term. Solving the eom for the Stueckelberg field and plugging it back into the original Lagrangian, we receive an effective Lagrangian ...
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Integration measure in quantum field theory conventions

In my university QFT course the lecturer used a convention for the integration measure with a factor $1/(2E(\vec{k}))$. For instance in $$\phi(x) = \int \frac{d^3\vec{k}}{2(2\pi)^3E(\vec{k})}(a^\...
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Feynman Parameters vs Passarino-Veltman reduction

I have computed the following one-loop integral: $$\int \frac{d^dp}{(2\pi)^d} \frac{p^{\mu}p^{\nu}}{(p+k)^2p^2}.$$ Using both Feynman Parameters and the Passarino-Veltman reduction. However, while I ...
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Maximal Parity violation in Weak interactions

In 1956 Lee and Yang proposed parity violation of the weak interactions to explain the $\theta-\tau$ puzzle. The following year, 1957, Madam Wu and collaborators found that in the $\beta$ decay of ...
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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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Integral and Wick rotation (Srednicki ch75)

I was reading chapter 75 of Srednicki's QFT book and I ran into this statement. To determine the value of its integral, we make a Wick rotation to euclidean space, which yields a factor of i as ...
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QCD vs. QED gauge invariance

Trying to understand the difference between QED and QCD gauge invariance treatment I found the following paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1101.3425.pdf I have the following questions: 1) I understand Eq....
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What is the high-energy/superstring analogue of wave function?

Chapter 12 of Beckers' book about superstrings and m-theory lists several deep dualities between low energy gauge theories and high energy superstring theories. I am only at the Chapter 2, that is why ...
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How do anomalies affect the field equations of motion?

I find anomalies an extremely unintuitive subject, because they're studied so indirectly. In the standard textbook presentation, one computes an abstract quantity that should be zero classically (say, ...
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What are “the correct spin operators” mentioned in the book “Quantum Field Theory” by Lewis H. Ryder?

In subchapter $2.7$ ("The relevance of the Poincaré group", page 63), to be found in this link, Ryder writes: The correct spin operators are rather complicated in form and the interested reader is ...
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Why are there two magnon propagators in Ferromagnetic system?

I am confused that the authors of ref.[1,2] defined two magnon propagators in the ferromagnetic system with magnon-phonon coupling (which is similar to electron-phonon coupling). They defined ...