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Second quantization or canonical quantization in quantum field theory and many-body systems is the collective organizing and accounting of an infinity of quantum excitations and their interactions through quantum field operators.

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Why is Non-relativistic quantum mechanics not consistent with relativity? [on hold]

The Answer of this question is discussed in almost all good books on Quantum Field theory. For example,it is shown in Lancaster Blundell's "Quantum Field Theory for the gifted amateur" that the ...
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Interpretation of creation and annihilation operators acting in the state of a interacting system

If I have a system of $N$ non-interacting fermions, I can write the wave function of the ground-state of the system using a Slater determinant $$ \Phi_{0}(\textbf{r}_{1}, ..., \textbf{r}_{N}) = \frac{...
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Why has the free boson a charge $c=1$ in 2D CFT?

In the free scalar field theory in 2D conformal field theory, we consider the correlation functions of the derivatives of the fields, i.e. $$\langle \partial \phi(z) \partial \phi(w) \rangle, \tag{1}$...
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Appropriate space in second quantization

The appropriate space for the study of a system of identical bosons, for instance, is something like \begin{equation} \tag{1} \mathbb{C}\oplus\mathcal{H}\oplus(\mathcal{H}\otimes\mathcal{H})_S\oplus(...
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Second quantisation for fermions

I am trying to build a model for reactions on a lattice in the Doi-Peliti formalism. Suppose there exists a lattice of $N$ sites indexed by $i$. Each site can be either occupied or unoccupied. ...
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Interpretation of field operators

In the book Field Quantization of Greiner, in section 3.2 he introduces the field operators (for bosons), that are postuleted to satisfy the commutation relations $$[\hat{\psi}(\textbf{x},t), \hat{\...
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Second quantisation for dynamical systems

The paper "Perturbative approach to an $A + B \rightarrow C$ reaction-diffusion system", (Z. Phys. B 96, 137-144 (1994)), by Conrad and Trimper, applies the Fock Space formalism for the master ...
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Calculating wavefunctionals for general QFT states or one-particle states

Is there a standard method for calculating the wavefunctional $\Psi[\phi] = \langle \phi | \psi \rangle$ for a given state $|\psi\rangle$, where $|\phi\rangle$ are field eigenstates? We can take a ...
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Pauli matrices acting on creation operators in the second quantization formalism

I'm looking at some lecture notes for electron scattering taking place at a ferromagnet-superconductor junction. The idea is to start from a tight binding model, and eventually obtain the BdG equation....
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Wave Function of the Tight Binding Model

The Gutzwiller wavefunction, i talked in brief in this other question, is introduced to compute the expectation value of the Hubbard Hamiltonian. It is composed by a uncorrelated Slater determinant (...
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How to know the symmetries of a coupling in the Hamiltonian

Suppose you have an interaction term in your hamiltonian that looks like \begin{equation} H=\sum_{ijkl}U_{ijkl}c^\dagger_ic^\dagger_jc_kc_l \end{equation} where $U$ is the coupling and $c$, $c^\...
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Legal values of quantum field can take? $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{H}$, ..?

Main issue: What are the legal and possible values of the quantum field can take? Clarify by examples: (1) For example, for the spin-0 Klein Gordon field $\phi$, we may choose it to be: real $\...
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Constructing singlet state in second quantization formalism

I am trying to understand the second quantization formalism. Let's say we have a system of fermions (e.g. electrons) with spin in an array of quantum dots. The creation and annihilation operators $c^{\...
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Symmetric BCS state

The ground state wavefunction for the BCS can be written $$|\Psi_{G}\rangle\equiv\prod_{\textbf{k}}[u_{k}+v_{k}c_{\textbf{k}1}^{+}c_{\textbf{-k}-1}^{+}]|\phi_{0}\rangle,$$ where $|\phi\rangle$ denotes ...
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Superconductivity and phase overlap

Given the following state $$|\Psi^{\phi}\rangle=\prod_{\mathbf{k}}(u_{k}+v_{k}e^{i\phi}c_{k1}^{+}c_{-k-1}^{+})|\phi_{0}\rangle,$$ where $|\phi_{0}>$ is the vacuum, $u_{k}, v_{k}\in\mathbb{R}$, and $...
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Why do we need creation and annihilation operators in QFT?

2. Why do we need creation and annihilation operators? Main point is that a particle can be created by creation operator and destroyed by ...
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How to calculate a one-body reduced density matrix

I calculated eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a many-body problem for a SBEC (spinorial Bose-Einstein Condensate) in the SMA approximation . Then I can calculate the density matrix of this problem. ...
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What are the fermions in the SYK model doing?

The Hamiltonian of the SYK model is \begin{equation} H = \mathcal{N}\sum_{ijkl}^N J^{ijkl} \chi_i \chi_j \chi _k \chi _l \end{equation} where $\mathcal{N}$ is some normalization to make the energy ...
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commutation relations when calculating Hamiltonian

I am reading Topics on Superfulidity of Walter Greiner Book Titled "Quantum:Mechanics Special Chapters" In Exercise page no 200, Hamiltonian has been discussed and derived throughly using commutation ...
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Mean-Field Theory in Second Quantization Formalism

Consider the Ising model in statistical physics $$H=-J\sum_{\left<i,j\right>}s_{i}s_{j}-\mu h\sum_{i}s_{i}$$ In this case mean-field approximation is done by replacing the surrounding spins ...
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Is the expectation value of creation operator zero?

Let $c^\dagger, c$ be creation and annihilation operators respectively. And we denote expectation value of operator $A$ calculated via Hamiltonian without interaction as $\left< A \right>_0$. In ...
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Tensor product of photon number states

I'm looking to compute the tensor product of photon number states. I suspect this is a fairly simple quantum optics problem, but am having the following problem. Consider a qubit which is in the ...
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Symmetry operators of a Bloch Hamiltonian

Consider a lattice with a 3 atom basis, e.g. the Lieb lattice, and some completely arbitrary on-site energies and hopping energies and phases between the different atoms. In momentum space we can ...
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Expressing the Schrödinger equation in 2nd quantised language

For times sake, I will only write about the non-interacting part of the Hamiltonian, $$H_0=\sum_{j=1}\left(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{\partial}{\partial x_j^2}+U(x_j)\right)$$ where $U(x_j)$ is some ...
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Second quantization notation - Hamiltonian on triplet state

So I'm struggling quite a bit with dirac notation and second quantization and it seems like no one wants to really do calculations step-by-step to at least get the notation right. We were given the ...
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Generic modes of light

Typically in second quantization one employs creation and destruction operators for modes which are eigenstates of the momentum: $a_{k}, a^{\dagger}_{k}$ where $k$ is the momentum eigenvalue. The "...
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Bosonic Pair Distribution Function

In Schwabls Book "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" in the chapter for Bosons he calculates the Bosonic pair distribution function for noninteracting bosons. He said the expectation value of \begin{align*} \...
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Expanding the interaction term in Hamiltonian for weakly interacting Bose gas

Let the second quantization Hamiltonian and the Bogoliubov prescription Could you explain me how to obtain the following expression I know that the second term in this expression is equivalent to ...
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Dirac delta normalization of electromagnetic fields

Usually, to quantize electromagnetic fields we use box normalization and therefore the normalization constant contains the dimensions of Volume V of the box. But if we perform the Dirac-delta ...
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Bogoliubov transformation for fermionic Hamiltonian

I have the Hamiltonian $H=\sum\limits_k [Ab^{\dagger}_{k}b_{k} + B(b^{\dagger}_kb^{\dagger}_{-k}+b_{k}b_{-k})]$, where $b^{\dagger}_k$ and $b_k$ are fermionic creation and annihilation operators. ...
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Initial values of creation/annihilation operators

I have a question about creation/annihilation operators. For example, if I have an evolution equation for annihilation operator of photon $$ \frac{da_k}{dt} = -i \omega_k a_k$$ I obviously obtain $$...
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Quick questions about second quantization?

What were the historical problems that the second quantization solved? My current understanding is that in re-normalisation one splits the result into a finite and a divergent part and only keeps ...
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Expressing the vacuum projection operator in terms of number operator

I've been reading this book, in which the author expresses the vacuum projection operator $\vert 0\rangle\langle 0\vert$ in terms of the number operator $\hat{N}=\hat{a}^{\dagger}\hat{a}$, where $\hat{...
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Product of Fermionic annihilation and creation operators

I have a bunch of fermions with annihilation $c_i$ and creation $c_i^\dagger$ operators. The index $i$ corresponds to different fermions. I'm interested in calculating the product $c_1^{\dagger} \Pi_{...
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Quantization of the massless neutrino field

If a massless neutrino or anti-neutrino is considered (in the whole post I consider neutrinos res. anti-neutrinos as mass-less), it is described by the Weyl-equation: $$\overline{\sigma}^{\mu}\...
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Momentum Space Representation of the Tight Binding Hamiltonian

I am trying to represent the tight-binding Hamiltonian \begin{equation} \hat{H}_{TB} = \sum_{\sigma} \sum_{\alpha,\beta} \sum_{\mathbf{R}_1,\mathbf{R}_2} t^{\alpha,\beta}_{\mathbf{R}_1,\mathbf{R}_2} \...
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Identity when Diagonalising Single-Particle Hamiltonian

Sorry the title is not precise; wasn't sure how to make it so (this is perhaps a straightforward question). The following is an identity I see quite often when reading lecture notes about ...
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Hamiltonian of a quantum heat bath

I have seen the Hamiltonian for a heat bath written as: $$ H_B = \hbar \int_0^\infty \omega b(\omega)^\dagger b(\omega) d\omega $$ I was hoping to understand this equation better. This suggests that ...
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Reference request on Bogoliubov de Gennes (BdG) formalism

I have tried to gain an understanding about the BdG formalism by just following the calculations I found here and there of people bringing their superconducting Hamiltonians into matrix forms but I am ...
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Quantization of EM field

Usually the first step to quantization of EM field is the Fourier expansion of vector potential: $$ A = \sum_k A_k e^{jkr} .$$ For example, in book "The classical theory of fields" by Landau, ...
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How to write a wave-fuction of bose einstein condesate bosons in second quantization representation?

Can we write wave function of bose einstein condensation like this $|\psi \rangle=\frac{{c^{\dagger}}^N}{ \sqrt{N!}} |0\rangle$. Or it will be different?
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Different ways to write t-V model Hamiltonian

The $t-V$ model is usually written as: $$H = -t\sum_{i}^{L}c_i^\dagger c_{i+1} + c_{i+1}^\dagger c_i + V\sum_i n_i n_{i+1}$$ where $c_i^\dagger(c_i)$ are creation (annahilation) operators and $n_i$ is ...
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Slater determinant in second quantization using the creation operators help [closed]

$$ \left\langle 0\left|\hat{\Psi}\left(x_{1}\right) c_{\alpha_{1}}^{\dagger}\right| 0\right\rangle=\left\langle 0\left|\varphi_{\alpha_{1}}\left(x_{1}\right)-c_{\alpha_{1}}^{\dagger} \hat{\Psi}\left(...
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The role of the harmonic oscillator eigenfunctions in quantum optics

In quantum optics we quantize the electromagnetic field and describe it using the harmonic oscillator model and the formalism of annihilation and creation operators. For the electric field operator we ...
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Proving the collapse of a many body system (Fetter and Walecka problem 1.2)

I was trying to solve the problem 1.2 from Quantum theory of many-body systems by A. Fetter and J. D. Walecka. I succeeded in the first part, obtaining the suggested formulation for the expectation ...
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How to derive the retarded Green's function matrix for a quadratic Hamiltonian?

Start with the quadratic Hamiltonian for fermion: $$\hat{H}=\sum_{ij}H_{ij}\hat{c}_i^\dagger \hat{c}_j$$ and the definition of retarded Green's functon in time domain: $$G_{i,j}^r(t_1,t_2)=-i\theta(...
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Can a general many-body Hamiltonian with quadratic and biquadratic terms be diagonalized?

Can an arbitrary many-body hamiltonian in second quantization form with quadratic and biquadratic terms $$H=\sum_{v_1,v_2} \alpha_{v_1 v_2}\ c_{v_1}^{\dagger}c_{v_2}+ \sum_{v_1,v_2,v_3,v_4}\beta_{v_1 ...
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Relation between destruction/creation operators of harmonic oscillator in QM and Second Quantization

It is well known that in elementary QM the so-called destruction/creation operators $$ a_i = \frac{Q_j + i P_j }{\sqrt{2}}, \quad a_i^* = \frac{Q_j - i P_j }{\sqrt{2}},$$ are introduced when ...
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Proving equivalence of first and second quantisation (Pathria's way)

I'm trying to solve problem 11.1 form Pathria R. K. & Beale P. D. - Statistical mechanics book (the hyperlink will get you straight to the page of the problem). The point (b) is to show the ...
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Tricks to evaluate expectation values for operator strings in second quantisation

I am taking a course in many-body quantum mechanics. Often, I have to evaluate expectation values on strings of creation/annihilation operators. I was told that to evaluate these, I should use the (...