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Systematic approach to deriving equations of collective field theory to any order

The collective field theory (see nLab for a list of main historical references) which came up as a generalization of the Bohm-Pines method in treating plasma oscillations are often used in the study ...
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$\operatorname{O}(N)$ sigma model at large $N$

I would like to better understand the main principles of large-$N$ expansion in quantum field theory. To this end I decided to consider simple toy-model with lagrangian (from Wikipedia) $ \mathcal{L} ...
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How to apply the Faddeev-Popov method to a simple integral

Some time ago I was reviewing my knowledge on QFT and I came across the question of Faddeev-Popov ghosts. At the time I was studying thеse matters, I used the book of Faddeev and Slavnov, but the ...
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Can a theory gain symmetries through quantum corrections?

It is well known that not all symmetries are preserved when quantising a theory, as evinced by renormalising composite operators or by other means, which show that quantum corrections may alter a ...
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TQFTs and Feynman motives

Questions Is a topological quantum field theory metrizable? Or else a TQFT coming from a subfactor? For a given metric, are there always renormalization and Feynman diagrams? Is there always a Feynman ...
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Noether currents for the BRST tranformation of Yang-Mills fields

The Lagrangian of the Yang-Mills fields is given by $$ \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}(F^a_{\mu\nu})^2+\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu} D_{\mu}-m)\psi-\frac{1}{2\xi}(\partial\cdot A^a)^2+ \bar{c}^a(\partial\...
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Is the converse of Weinberg's statement on the cluster decomposition principle true?

In Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 1", Section 4.4, page 182, the author says: We now ask, what sort of Hamiltonian will yield an $S$-matrix that satisfies the cluster decomposition ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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Klein paradox for bosons and fermions

I am reading this paper about the Klein paradox, i.e. transmission of relativistic particles incident on a potential step of height $V_0 > E + mc^2 > 2mc^2$ with $E$ the energy of the incident ...
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How do we know for sure a theory is non-renormalizable?

In quantum field theory, we are looking for a Lagrangian that is, amongst other, renormalizable. But how do we determine whether or not a theory is renormalizable? Is this purely done by power ...
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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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Definition of vacua in QFT in generic spacetimes

I have been learning QFT in curved spaces from various sources (Birrell/Davies, Tom/Parker, some papers), and one thing that confuses me the most is the choice of vacua in various spacetimes, and the ...
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Do all $\mathcal{N}=2$ Gauge Theories “Descend” from String Theory?

I'm thinking about the beautiful story of "geometrical engineering" by Vafa, Hollowood, Iqbal (https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0310272) where various types of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM gauge theories on $\...
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Why does analytic continuation as a regularization work at all?

The question is about why analytical continuation as a regularization scheme works at all, and whether there are some physical justifications. However, as this is a relatively general question, I ...
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Capturing (perturbatively) non-equilibrium field theory effects using “elementary” methods

I am considering a system of two interacting scalar fields: $\psi$, and $\phi$. The Lagrangian is given by: \begin{equation} \mathcal{L}[\psi]=\frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\psi\partial^\mu\psi+\frac{1}{2}\...
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Candidates for holographic QFT of 4D Einstein gravity

If we are to believe that holographic principle holds over a wide number of dimensions, and gravitational theories, but specially, those that are relevant to our universe, then there must be some 3D ...
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Time Reversal, CPT, spin-statistics, mass gap and chirality of Euclidean fermion field theory

In Minkowski space even-dim (say $d+1$ D) spacetime dimension, we can write fermion-field theory as the Lagrangian: $$ \mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi} (i\not \partial-m)\psi+ \bar{\psi} \phi_1 \psi+\bar{\psi} ...
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Penrose's Zig-Zag Model and Conservation of Momentum

I was reading through Penrose's Road to Reality when I saw his interesting description of the Dirac electron (Chapter 25, Section 2). He points out that in the two-spinor formalism, Dirac's one ...
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experimental bounds on microcausality violation

In "The Great Soviet Encyclopedia", 3rd Edition from 1970-1979, (evidently an old book), some V. I. Grigor’ev has a well-written little note on microcausality. Towards the end he states an ...
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Interpreting the Klein-Gordon Annihilation Operator Expression

I can derive $$a(k) = \int d^3 x e^{ik_{\mu} x^{\mu}} (\omega_{\vec{k}} \psi + i \pi)$$ for a free real scalar Klein-Gordon field in three ways mathematically: the usual Fourier transform way in ...
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What motivates clockwork theory?

Clockwork is a new model-building gadget that produces very small couplings starting from a theory with no small numbers at all, in an attempt to solve the hierarchy problem. To describe it as ...
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Can cut-off regularisation cause a Poincaré anomaly?

Momentum cut-off regularisation leads to non-covariant results, i.e., it breaks the Poincaré covariance of the theory. Is there any guarantee that Poincaré covariance is always restored when we remove ...
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Do the Wightman axioms uniquely fix the representation of the Poincaré group on the one-particle states given the representation on the fields?

Let $P := \mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})\ltimes \mathbb{R}^4$ be the universal cover of the connected component of the identity of the Poincaré group. Given a classical field $\phi : \mathbb{R}^{1,3}\to V$...
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gravitational convergence of light

light has a non-zero energy-stress tensor, so a flux of radiation will slightly affect curvature of spacetime Question: assume a flux of radiation in the $z$ direction, in flat Minkowski space it ...
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Quantum integrable models with no classical integrable counterpart

I am looking for examples for quantum integrable systems that have no classical integrable limit.
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Anyon condensation – what's the precise definition?

Say I have an anyonic system modelled as a Chern-Simons system with group $G$. If the centre of $G$ is non-trivial, one may also study the system described by $G/\Gamma$, where $\Gamma$ is a discrete ...
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2-nd quantized TQFT formalism?

Suppose that we have a certain TQFT in the Atiyah-Singer sense. It is given by a functor $Z$ which associates: To connected oriented $n-1$-manifolds $a, b, \dots$ (in what follows called compact ...
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One-particle states in curved spacetimes

In QFT in Minkowski Spacetime it is usual to link the one-particle states to unitary representations of the Poincaré group. The argument, which can be seen in Weinberg's QFT book, is roughly as ...
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Haag's theorem in a box

Haag's theorem states that the interaction picture does not exist in a rigorous way in relativistic quantum field theory. Some ways in which the interaction picture can fail are that the eigenstates ...
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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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Is there supersymmetry between Dirac and Klein Gordon solutions?

Usually supersymmetry is explained at the level of the action of a quantum field theory, and there are two ways to go down from QFT to relativistic quantum mechanics: either a non-covariant way where ...
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Integration & bremsstrahlung calculation

In this paper (relevant pdf section) that I'm reading, involving the calculation of bremsstrahlung in electron proton scattering (diagram below), the author calculates the integral over outgoing ...
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Exact diagonalization by Bogoliubov transformation

I am developing a model of multiple gaps in a square lattice. I simplified the associated Hamiltonian to make it quadratic. In this approximation it is given by, $$ H = \begin{pmatrix} \xi_\mathbf{k} ...
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Why is it hard to give a lattice definition of string theory?

In Polyakov's book, he explains that one possible way to compute the propagator for a point particle is to compute the lattice sum $\sum_{P_{x,x'}}\exp(-m_0L[P_{x,x'}])$, where the sum goes over all ...
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R charge of the chiral multiplet in $2+1$ dimensions

These are two examples that I am puzzled by, One can see in this paper on page 16 that for ${\cal N} =2$ theory on $2+1$ the R-charge of the $\phi$ and the $\psi$ is determined to be $\frac{1}{2}$ ...
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Instantons and Borel Resummation

As explained in Weinberg's The Quantum Theory of Fields, Volume 2, Chapter 20.7 Renormalons, instantons are a known source of poles in the Borel transform of the perturbative series. These poles are ...
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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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't Hooft Anomaly Equivalent Definitions

I've seen a 't Hooft anomaly defined in two ways. Roughly, a theory has a 't Hooft anomaly when Once the theory is coupled to a background gauge field $A$ (so study eg the partition function $Z[A]$), ...
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How to properly make sense of the $\mathcal{S}$-matrix as a correlator on a sphere?

In the book "Lectures on the Infrared Structure of Gravity and Gauge Theories" by Andrew Strominger, the author discusses in Chapter 3 the idea of "The $\mathcal{S}$-matrix as a Celestial Correlator". ...
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How are local observables encoded in this formulation of quantum field theory as a functor?

I've recently begun trying to understand a formulation of quantum field theory as a functor from a category of spacetimes-with-boundaries (bordisms) to a category of Hilbert spaces, as reviewed in [1]....
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Using a time-like boundary as a computer?

Question and Summary Using classical calculations and the Robin boundary condition I show that one calculate the anti-derivative of a function within time $2X$ (I can compute an integral below) $$\...
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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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Level-rank duality in WZW models and CS theories

Cross-posting from Physics Overflow: https://www.physicsoverflow.org/41281/level-rank-duality-in-wzw-models-and-cs-theories I know that the classical level-rank duality in the $\widehat{\mathfrak{sl}}...
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Anomalous Ward Identities and anomalous dimensions

Let us consider an action $S[\phi,\partial\phi]$ which is classically invariant under a transformation group $G$. The associated Noether current $\mathcal{J}^\mu$ is classically conserved, namely $\...
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Cutoff-Scheme Renormalization and Order of Integration in QFT

The following is the result of Fubini's Theorem, describing when you can replace a double integral with an iterated integral safely: For a set $X \times Y \subset \mathbb{R}^2$, if $\iint |f(x,y)| d(...
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What are problematic issues of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, when accepting semiclassical limitation?

The question is inspired from the answer to Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory? (I am going to reference this link as "The Q" to avoid confusion). As far as ...
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How does Weinberg conclude that momentum and angular momentum are unperturbed by interaction terms?

In Weinberg's QFT volume 1, chapter 3.3, just below equation 3.3.19, he says $\vec P=\vec P_0$ and $\vec J=\vec J_0$ can be(easily) concluded from the definition of Møller wave operator or ...
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On Seiberg-Witten theory in 3d and 4d

According to Gukov et al. in this 2017 paper Seiberg-Witten theory in 4d categorifies Seiberg-Witten theory in 3d. In what sense is this phrase mentioned? I know what the process of categorification ...
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How does gauge invariance protect the SM gauge boson masses in SUSY from divergent radiative corrections?

The W and Z gauge bosons receive radiative corrections in loop from the heavy SUSY scalars. There is an argument using gauge invariance which explains how the masses remains protected. I am not able ...
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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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