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The S-matrix (scattering matrix) relates the initial state and the final state of a physical system undergoing a scattering process in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. It is the unitary matrix connecting asymptotic particle states in the Hilbert space of physical states (scattering channels).

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Something about a particle in a delta-function potential

This is the part about the delta-function potential in the Introduction To Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths. It is the scattering state, where E>0. I wonder why G must be 0 if the particles are fired ...
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The contradiction between Gell-mann Low theorem and the identity of Møller operator $H\Omega_{+}=\Omega_{+}H_0$

This question originates from reading the proof of Gell-mann Low thoerem. $H=H_0+H_I$, let $|\psi_0\rangle$ be an eigenstate of $H_0$ with eigenvalue $E_0$, and consider the state vector defined as $$...
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Conservation of probablities with non-unitary matrices?

In quantum mechanics, in the context of symmetry transformations, it is often said that for a transformation $T$ to conserve probabilities it must be unitary. But by performing any (even non-unitary)...
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Fermi's golden rule and S-matrix

As I understand, Fermi's golden rule is a result from first order perturbation, which says that the transition rate of an initial state $|i\rangle$ to a final state $|f\rangle$ is $$ \Gamma_{i\...
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Distributive property of the time-ordering symbol

Most derivations of the LSZ reduction formula, e.g. Srednicki (equations 5.13, 5.14, 5.15), Schwartz (equations 6.17, 6.18, 6.19), Wikipedia use a property of the time-ordering symbol that looks like ...
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Connection between Veneziano amplitude and Regge amplitude

I have tried to read about Regge theory, and I continue to run my head against the Veneziano formula, which is said to produce correct Regge trajectories by eg. t'Hooft at page 6 here: http://www....
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What are the differences (if any) between the Dyson's series definition and the “in/out” definition of the $S$-matrix

So long, in my QFT courses, I've seen two definitions of the $S$-matrix: The first, more elementary, definition is given in the interaction picture: $$S=\text T \lbrace \exp [-i\intop \text d ^4 x \,...
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R-matrix and S-matrix in QFT

In the study of quantum field theory, one may encounter S-matrix a lot. Recently, in the study of integrability, I encountered R-matrix formulation which I am not familiar with. First of all, the S-...
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Definition of the S-matrix

When I think about scattering process, I reach to slightly another definition to the S-matrix. because I understand my reasoning I hope someone could refine it to a correct one so that I can have a ...
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Information that can be extracted from the time-ordered correlation function

The time-ordered correlation function can be very complicated and encodes a tremendous amount of information. For example, the LSZ formula can be used to extract S-matrix elements from the time-...
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Momentum conserving delta-function in the transfer matrix of quantum-field-theoretic scattering theory

The $S$-matrix vanishes unless the initial and final states have the same total $4$-momentum, so it is helpful to factor an overall momentum-conserving $\delta$-function: $$\mathcal{T}=(2\pi)^{4}\...
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Wick contraction in proton-pion production

Proton-pion production $\gamma + p \rightarrow \pi^0 + p$ occurs through the interaction hamiltonian $$\mathcal H_{int} = ig \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_5 \psi^{(p)} \phi + e \bar \psi^{(p)} \gamma_{\mu} \...
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Why would renormalization be necessary without divergent integrals? [duplicate]

Weinberg uses the LSZ reduction formula to introduce field renormalization,and on page 441, he says: As this discussion should make clear: the renormalization of masses and fields has nothing to do ...
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Relation between Borchers class and the LSZ formula on S-matrix equivalence

It seems well known that different quantum fields can give rise to the same $S$-matrix. I know of two ways this is described. The first is through the Borchers class of relatively local fields, i.e. ...
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S-matrix element

I'm confused with the relation between the fully resummed propagator in a given QFT and the corresponding S-matrix element. According to the LSZ reduction formula ($\phi^4$ theory for definiteness ...
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Re: The $T$-matrix, Feynman amplitudes, and getting the scattering corrections from the interaction Hamiltonian

I'm running in circles about something in Scattering Theory at the moment. Let me summarize. In quantum theories we are interested in finding experimentally measurable quantities such as scattering ...
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How do we calculate the S-matrix using non-perturbative QFT?

The cross section of a scattering process in $QFT$ is computed in terms of the S-matrix elements. In perturbative $QFT$, the same is done by computing the S-matrix elements by using Feynman ...
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Is the Amplituhedron somehow equivalent to the S-matrix theory?

Amplituhedra are a family of spaces with the property that co-dimension one boundary of an Amplituhedron are the product of "smaller" Amplituhedra. In addition they are given a volume form that has a ...
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What is meant by open-string tachyon scattering amplitude?

It was said here that Veneziano derived: open-string tachyon scattering amplitude from principles of Regge theory and S-matrix theory and used the Euler beta-function to make all the critical ...
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S-matrix element for forward scattering and amputed green function

I'm studying dispersion relations applied as alternative method to perturbation theory from Weinberg's book (Vol.1) Let's consider the forward scattering in the lab frame of a massless boson of any ...
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How does one get the first few terms of the S-matrix expansion?

According to a set of notes I'm reading $$\langle p_f | S | p_i \rangle = \delta(p_f-p_i) + 2 \pi \delta(E_f-E_i) \bigg[\langle p_f | V | p_i \rangle + \cdots\bigg] \tag{1.29}$$ I don't understand ...
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Unitarity of the S-matrix and Feynman Diagrams

There are several questions on the unitarity of the S matrix, but unfortunately non of them answers directly the following question. The S matrix is unitary and that can be proven by the fact that ...
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General scattering theory

I have studied a bit of scattering/diffusion theory in an introductory course in quantum mechanics (the kind where the scattering potential is delta, box, and similar easy functions). But when the ...
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Scattering, Perturbation and asymptotic states in LSZ reduction formula

I was following Schwarz's book on quantum field theory. There he defines the asymptotic momentum eigenstates $|i\rangle\equiv |k_1 k_2\rangle$ and $|f\rangle\equiv |k_3 k_4\rangle$ in the S-matrix ...
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Free Vacuum vs Interacting Vacuum and Wick's theorem

I'm studying perturbation theory in QFT and I stumbled on a conceptual problem. My understanding of the interplay between LSZ reduction formula and the Gell-Mann & Low perturbation series is that:...
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S-matrix in Weinberg QFT

I'm a bit confused by Weinberg's discussion of scattering. He defined the in and out states $|\Psi^{\pm}_\alpha\rangle$ with particle content $\alpha$ as states that transform under the Poincare group ...
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Peskin-Schroeder, Unitarity of the S matrix, eq 9.61

I have a question regarding a derivation in Peskin and Schroeder's QFT book. On page 298, he is discussing a method for defining a gauge invariant S matrix. He does this by defining projection ...
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Regarding a small step in the derivation of the LSZ formula

I'd like to prove the LSZ formula, but there is a specific step that is bugging me a lot. I know there are many subtleties in its derivation, but I'm not worrying about this right now: I'm trying to ...
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What is the energy-conserving delta function

I am reading about the S-matrix in QFT (Standard Model book by Burgess and Moore) and I came across the energy-conserving delta function, which is factored out of the S-matrix. I would greatly ...
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Probability conservation in WKB tunneling

Suppose we have quantum mechanical plane waves of energy $E$ incident upon a one-dimensional potential barrier $V(x)$ with sloping sides. One can compare the WKB solutions in the three relevant ...
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How exactly analyticity of S-matrix comes from causality principle?

Recently I've read that analyticity of S-matrix ($S(k)$, where $k$ corresponds to momentum, may be analytically extended into complex values of momentum) comes from causality principle. How to prove ...
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Scattering Amplitude Not Invariant under Little Group?

I am trying to make sense of scattering amplitude recently. In some literature people say that if some number of massless particles collide together, one can theoretically express the scattering ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the automorphism on bounded operators induced by an S matrix?

In a QFT, the S-matrix $S$ is a unitary operator, that fixes the vacuum and commutes with the unitary operators implementing the action of the Poincare group on an appropriate Hilbert space $H$. ...
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Perturbation theory : quadratic external field

I'm trying to derive the explicit form of S-matrix of an interaction Hamiltonian $$H' = \frac{1}{2} \lambda \left[ \int d^3 x \rho({\vec x}) \phi({\vec x}, t)\right]^2\tag{1}$$ Even though the ...
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What to do when finite counterterms are undetermined?

Suppose I have some theory of "new physics" which involves interaction of some gauge boson with Standard model. For this theory I have some loop-mediated process with this new gauge boson whose matrix ...
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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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Green's Functions from Gell-Mann and Low Theorem

What I want to do: $\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1\right\rangle}$ $\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle#1\right|}$ $\newcommand{\braket}[1]{\left\langle#1\right\rangle}$ The Gell-Mann Low Theorem tells ...
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Relation between scattering matrix and an effective Hamiltonian

Could somebody provide the proof (or reference to some accessible literature) of relation $$S(E) = 1 + 2πiW^{†} (H_M − E − iπW W^{†} )^{−1} W \tag{2}$$ of arXiv:0806.4889, which relates $S$-matrix to ...
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What does it mean to have a degenerate $S$-matrix?

The Coleman-Mandula theorem $D>2$ assumes that the quantum field theory may not have a degenerate $S$-matrix. But what does it mean to have a degenerate $S$-matrix? The $S$-matrix if I got it ...
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Scattering Matrix of a Given Circuit - Microwave

This might be an easy question but I couldn't find it in our course book[Microwave Engineering, Pozar, 4th ed] or on internet. I have a homework and one of the questions asks me to find the S-Matrix ...
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Why are Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell?

The difference between Green Functions and the S-matrix in Quantum Field Theory is whether the momentum is on the mass shell. Why are the Green Functions/(Correlation Functions) not on the mass shell? ...
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Reality of the action in QFT [duplicate]

Following Ramond, 1.5 Field Theory, it is mentioned that the classical Lagrangian density in (workable for HEP) QFT theories has to be Real, otherwise total probability is not conserved. Can someone ...
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Main differences between elastodynamic and light scattering when using S-matrix to find bound states

What are the main differences (top 5 if question is too broad), for using the S-matrix to find bound states, between elastodynamic and light scattering? (if it facilitates a higher quality question/...
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scattering by weak potential and the adiabatic hypothesis

In Ryder QFT, regarding the calculation of the scattering amplitude by a weak potential $V$, the potential is assumed to be switched on and off slowly using the adiabatic hypothesis. But there is a ...
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Why does S-matrix unitarity imply the cross section $\sigma$ $\propto$ $\frac {1}{s}$?

I'm currently learning for an oral exam in theoretical physics and as a learning aid protocols of older exams exist. In one protocol the question was asked: Why is the scattering cross section $\...
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Scattering theory textbooks

I am looking for a possibly extensive list of great textbooks on elastic and inelastic scattering of particles within quantum field theory. So far I am familiar with: Peskin and Schroeder: An ...
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The n-point Green functions and Heisenberg picture

Let's have the S-matrix: $$ S_{\beta \alpha} = \langle \beta | \hat{S} | \alpha\rangle . $$ Here $|\alpha \rangle , | \beta \rangle$ are $t \to \mp \infty$ limit of the free states, $\hat {S} = \hat{T}...
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What's the difference between correlation functions and S-matrix, and between in-in formalism (or “closed time path formalism”) and in-out formalism?

I was reading the "in-in" formalism (or "closed time path formalism" used in condensed matter physics) in cosmology created by Schwinger in 1961, and there is a saying: "they care about correlation ...
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S-Matrix Elements in Path Integral Formalism

I have a question related to the connection between the S-Matrix elements and the path integral formalism. In order to formulate the question, I will just work with a scalar field theory for ...
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Why does the action have to be hermitian?

The hermiticity of operators of observables, e.g. the Hamiltonian, in QM is usually justified by saying that the eigenvalues must be real valued. I know that the Lagrangian is just a Legendre ...