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Conformal transformation/ Weyl scaling are they two different things? Confused!

I see that the weyl transformation is $g_{ab} \to \Omega(x)g_{ab}$ under which Ricci scalar is not invariant. I am a bit puzzled when conformal transformation is defined as those coordinate ...
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Does dilation/scale invariance imply conformal invariance?

Why does a quantum field theory invariant under dilations almost always also have to be invariant under proper conformal transformations? To show your favorite dilatation invariant theory is also ...
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Simple conceptual question conformal field theory

I come up with this conclusion after reading some books and review articles on conformal field theory (CFT). CFT is a subset of FT such that the action is invariant under conformal transformation ...
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From which dimensionful constants does proton mass arise?

It is well known that the most of the proton (or any other hadron with light quarks) mass is not made up from quark masses, but it is dynamically generated by QCD mess inside. I've also heard that, ...
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Noether's Theorem and scale invariance

Noether's theorem usually considers coordinate/field transformations which leave the Lagrangian invariant up to a divergence term, i.e. $$\mathcal{L} \rightarrow \mathcal{L} + \partial_{\mu}f^{\mu}$$ ...
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Are the physical laws scale-dependent?

If you read the article "More Is Different", by P.W. Anderson (Science, 4 August 1972), you will find a deep question: are the physical laws dependent of the size of the system under study? As an ...
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Is Weyl invariance absolutely necessary for string worldsheets?

The Polyakov action for a string worldsheet has Weyl invariance. In the conformal gauge augmented with Weyl gauge-fixing, we can always impose a flat worldsheet metric in Minkowski coordinates. The ...
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Why Weyl invariance is important for consistent string theory?

This post is related to this link. I know there is a Weyl invariance for the Polyakov action at least in classical level. My question arises from obtaining effective action in string theory, such as ...
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Why does Weyl invariance imply a traceless energy-momentum tensor?

I've begun to self-study String Theory from Polchinski and Becker, Becker and Schwarz. I don't see why the fact that the Polyakov action is invariant under Weyl transformations is related to the ...
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Scale invariance at phase transitions

The Wikipedia entry for scale invariance states In statistical mechanics, scale invariance is a feature of phase transitions. The key observation is that near a phase transition or critical ...
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Most general Lagrangian in CFT in 0+1D

My question is about $CFT_1$. Page 18 of this says that $$L={\frac{\overset{.}{Q}^2}{2} - \frac{g}{2Q^2}}\tag{1.11}$$ is the most general Lagrangian that preserves time translation and scale ...
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What is the difference between scale invariance and self-similarity?

I always thought that these two terms are some kind of synonyms, meaning that if you have a self-similar or scale invariant system, you can zoom in or out as you like and you will always see the same ...
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Scale invariance plus unitarity implies conformal invariance?

What has the reaction been towards the recent paper claiming to have a proof that scale invariance plus unitarity implies conformal invariance in 4d?
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Relation of conformal symmetry and traceless energy momentum tensor

In usual string theory, or conformal field theory textbook, they states traceless energy momentum tensor $T_{a}^{\phantom{a}a}=0$ implies (Here energy momentum tensor is usual one which is symmetric ...
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Identically vanishing trace of $T^{\mu\nu}$ and trace anomaly

Let us consider a theory defined by an action on a flat space $S[\phi]$ where $\phi$ denotes collectively the fields of the theory. We will study the theory on a general background $g_{\mu\nu}$ and ...
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Why correlation length diverges at critical point?

I want to ask about the behavior near critical point. Let me take an example of ferromagnet. At $T < T_c$, all spins are aligned to the same direction thus it is in the ordered state, scale ...
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How is scale invariance broken in QCD?

It is generally believed that for the pure QCD, the classical scale invariance is broken at the quantum level (therefore anomaly rather than SSB). This breaking of scale invariance may be used to ...
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Is the Landau free energy scale-invariant at the critical point?

My question is different but based on the same quote from Wikipedia as here. According to Wikipedia, In statistical mechanics, scale invariance is a feature of phase transitions. The key ...
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Are fixed points of RG evolution really scale-invariant?

It is often stated that points in the space of quantum field theories for which all parameters are invariant under renormalisation – that is to say, fixed points of the RG evolution – are scale-...
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Questions about classical and quantum scale invariance

This is kind of a continuation of this and this previous questions. Say one has a free "classical" field theory which is scale invariant and one develops a perturbative classical solution for an ...
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Universality classes

I would like to ask about the universality classes. I know that these are the statistical models which describes different phase transitions with different critical exponents. But I would like to know ...
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Does the Newton's law break scale invariance?

Under a scale transformation $$t\rightarrow \bar{t}=\mu t\hspace{0.3cm}\text{and}\hspace{0.3cm}\textbf{r}\to\bar{\textbf{r}}=\lambda\textbf{r},\tag{1}$$ Newton's law take the form $$m\frac{d^2\textbf{...
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Noether's theorem for scale invariance [duplicate]

When we have the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} \partial _\mu \phi\partial^\mu \phi \tag{1} $$ We have a symmetry given by $$x^\mu\mapsto e^\alpha x^\mu, \qquad\phi\mapsto e^{-\alpha} \phi.\...