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Why is $\mathcal{M}(k)$ given by this? (Ward Identity derivation in Peskin & Schroeder)

In page 160 of Peskin & Schroeder we are considering an amplitude $\mathcal{M}(k)$ with an external photon as given in equation (5.77) $$ \sum_{\epsilon}|\epsilon_\mu^*(k)\mathcal{M}^\mu(k)|^2=|\...
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Explicit check of Ward identity (Peskin & Schroeder p. 160)

I am trying to check explicitly that the (Compton) amplitude $$i\mathcal{M} = -ie^2\epsilon^*_\mu(k’)\epsilon_\nu(k)\bar u(p’)\left[\frac{\gamma^\mu \not k\gamma^\nu + 2\gamma^\mu p^\nu}{2p\cdot k}+\...
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Symmetry implies Ward identity

I am thinking about symmetries and that their "quantum" consequences are Ward identities of the form $$<\beta|[Q,S]|\alpha>=0,$$ where $Q$ is the conserved charge associated with the ...
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Is the 1PI self-energy of a massive photon transverse? EDIT: Upsetting consequences for the photon mass and renormalizability

Suppose we had the Lagrangian: $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4} F^{\mu \nu}F_{\mu \nu} + \overline{\psi} (i \gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu} -m)\psi -e\overline{\psi} \gamma_{\mu} \psi A^{\mu} +\frac{1}{2} m_{\...
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Symmetric stress-energy tensor in CFT

I'm a bit confused reading about the stress-energy tensor and conformal Ward identities in Di Francesco. My question is in a similar spirit to this one from several years ago, but the question was not ...
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On-shell propagator to an off-shell propagator

I am learning the Ward-Takahashi Identity part of Peskin and Schroeder's textbook of quantum field theory. In the prove process, it involves a diagram 7.66. Then it says that I can understand ...
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PCAC - Ward Identity for non-conserved currents - Derivative and $T$-Order Commutation

I'm currently studying Goldberger-Treiman relation from the book by S. Coleman (Aspects of Symmetry, chapter 2) in which, working in the framework of a not better precised "weak interaction ...
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Why the matrix element grows with energy in this case?

Consider the QED with massive photons: $$ \mathcal{L} = g\bar{\psi}\gamma^{\mu}\psi A_{\mu}, \quad g = \text{const} $$ Because of the current conservation, the contribution of the longitudinal ...
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Conformal Ward identities for local conformal algebra: error in textbook?

In Schottenloher's mathematically-oriented CFT textbook, "A Mathematical Introduction to Conformal Field Theory," Proposition 9.8 on page 160 states the conformal Ward identities for 2D CFTs ...
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Is gauge invariance necessary to have Ward identity hold for off-shell amplitudes?

In this other SE post: Is it really proper to say Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance? it is shown that the on-shell Ward identity is a consequence of global $U(1)$ symmetry for QED. ...
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A Question about Conformal Invariance in String Theory

I've been revisiting my lecture notes on string theory. There's one question about conformal invariance suddenly popped up in my head which made me very confused. Starting from Polyakov action $$S[X,g]...
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Do the Ward identities contain contact terms in Euclidean QFT?

In derivations of the Ward identities, I have never seen the signature of spacetime explicitly specified, so I'd always assumed they hold regardless of signature. However, the argument below seems to ...
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Conformal Ward Identity

I'm trying to prove: (Exercise from "TASI Lectures on the Conformal Bootstrap" by David Simmons-Duffin) $$\partial^{\mu} \langle T^{\mu \nu} O_{1}(x_{1}) \dots O(x_{n}) \rangle = \sum_{i = 1}...
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Does the Slavnov-Taylor identity still hold for scalar Yang-Mills?

I want to renormalize the minimally-coupled scalar Yang-Mills theory: $$\mathcal{L}_{YM\phi}=(D_\mu\phi)^\dagger(D^\mu\phi)-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^a{F^{\mu\nu}}^a-\frac{1}{2\xi}(\partial_\mu {A^\mu}^a)^...
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Am I free to add a contact term to Feynman diagram calculations?

In a model with 3 particles $\psi$, $\phi$, and $\gamma$, suppose we have three diagrams and subsequently three amplitudes $\mathcal{M}^\mathrm{s}_\mu$, $\mathcal{M}^\mathrm{t}_\mu$ and $\mathcal{M}^\...
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Translation Ward Identity

This is a question which wants us to find the variation of the action for the free scalar field under the field transformation $\phi(x) \mapsto \phi’(x) = \phi(x) - a(x)\partial_\mu\phi(x)$ Deduce the ...
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How to understand Schwartz chapter19 equation (19.85)?

I am reading Schwartz's QFT books, chapter 19. In section 19.5, he claims,in equation 19.85/19.86, that there is a simpler way to prove that $Z_1=Z_2$ in all orders of perturbation theory. He first ...
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Definition of the vertex function in QED

I'm reading the book "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" by Schwartz and I'm confused about one aspect of the renormalization of QED. In particular it is about the vertex function. ...
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Transverse and longitudinal photon propagator

I'm studying QED renormalization and the Ward-Takahashi identity, and I'm having trouble understanding two things about the longitudinal and transverse parts of the photon propagator. What I ...
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How to understand which part of an interaction amplitude obey Ward-Takahashi (WT) identity, and which part do not?

In any interaction, mediated by $W$-boson, in 't Hooft-Feynman gauge, there will be contribution from un-physical Goldstone boson. Due to this un-physical particle some amplitude do not obey WT ...
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2D CFT correlator involving stress tensor and current

I am recently puzzled by one question in CFT. I want to compute the correlator of $$\langle T(z)J(w)O_1(x_1) O_2(x_2)\rangle$$ where $T$ is the stress tensor, $J$ is the $U(1)$ Kac-Moody current, $O_1,...
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Meaning of $\delta A$ in Ward’s identity in Polchinski

In eq $(2.3.7)$ the symbol $\delta A(\sigma_0)$ is introduced in Polchinski: $$ \delta A(\sigma_0)+\frac\epsilon{2\pi i}\int_R d^d\sigma g^{1/2}\nabla_a j^a(\sigma)A(\sigma_0)=0\tag{2.3.7} $$ but it ...
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Transversality of compton scattering amplitude for off-shell photons

I am having difficulties applying the concept of Ward-identities to the amplitude Compton scattering at tree-level. To my knowledge, Ward-identity implies that the scattering amplitude of any (abelian)...
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How do I derive this Ward-type identity?

I am trying to derive a Ward-type identity between amplitudes involving $\bar\psi \sigma_{\mu\nu}\gamma_5\psi$, $\bar \psi \gamma_\mu \gamma_5 \psi$, and $\bar \psi \gamma_5 \psi$ in QCD (diagonal ...
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Ward Identity for Pair Pair Annihilation

The following Feynman Diagrams for the process $e^++e^-\to\gamma+\gamma$ are: Knowing this I wrote the amplitude matrix: $$M = -e^2\epsilon^{*}_{\mu}(p_3)\epsilon^{*}_{\nu}(p_4)\bar{u}(p_2)\left[\...
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Ward Identity and Proca Fields

I'm following the book Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Schwartz and I came to the rigorous non-perturbative proof of the Ward identity with path integrals via the Schwinger-Dyson ...
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Coleman–Mandula theorem and Ward Identity

I was reading a paper on Coleman–Mandula theorem and Ward Identity [The Coleman-Mandula Theorem by Sascha Leonhardt]1, where I saw it says that- Let a higher spin current $\hat{B}_{\mu\nu}$ is non ...
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Anomaly, symmetries, and Ward identity

I'm trying to bring together and understand the concepts of anomaly, quantum symmetries, and Ward (or Ward-Takahashi, or Slavnov-Taylor) identity in QFT. I think I know what the ideas mean, but I'm ...
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Confusion regarding Ward identities in QFT

Let $\cal S$ be an action for a QFT for the field $\phi$. Suppose $\phi(x) \to \phi(x) +\epsilon \delta \phi$ be an infinitesimal global symmetry of the action. I am trying to understand the ...
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Finding OPE from conformal Ward identity WZW model

I'm working through section 15.1.3. of Di Francesco's CFT textbook. I don't understand the steps going between (15.42) and (15.43). They say to substitute $\delta_\omega J = \sum_{b,c} i f_{abc} \...
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Why is there an extra $Z_3$ in Ward-Takahashi identity? [duplicate]

I'm trying to derive Ward-Takahashi identity $$k_\mu V^\mu(p,q,k)=Z_1 Z_2^{-1}e(S^{-1}(q)-S^{-1}(p))\tag{68.12}$$ using Schwinger-Dyson equation and Ward identity. In renormalized spinor QED, the ...
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Is unitarity equivalent to imposing Ward identity in $U(1)$ gauge theory?

I proved in a gauge theory lecture that unitarity violation implies ward identity violation in the simple $U(1)$ case. I was wondering if this statement can be reversed, i.e can we say that unitarity ...
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Wick rotation on Ward identities

I'm having trouble performing a Wick rotation back to Minkowski spacetime ($\eta_{\mu\nu}=(-1,1,1,\dots)$), following page 19 in the lecture notes here by C.P. Herzog. I have this expression (equation ...
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Slavnov-Taylor identities and the Ward identity

Suppose we have a vertex $\Gamma$ that satisfies the Slavnov-Taylor identity: $$ p^{\mu} q^{v} \Delta_{\sigma \lambda}^{\mathrm{tr}}(r) \Gamma_{\mu \nu \lambda}(p, q, r) =\frac{1}{\widetilde{Z}\left(p^...
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Is there a formulation of Noether’s theorem for the path integral formalism?

The notion that conserved quantities (or quantities for which there is something like a continuity equation) correspond to symmetries of the action of a physical system can be formulated in various ...
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The Ward-Takahashi identity in Peskin and Schroeder (page 311)

I'm working on the Ward-Takahashi identity in Peskin (page 311), but I canʻt obtain Eq.(9.105) from Eq.(9.103) According to Eq.(9.103) \begin{align} &i \partial_{\mu}\left\langle 0\left|T j^{\mu}(...
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Ward Identity and Gupta-Bleuler condition

Reading David Tong notes on QFT, he mentions about Gupta-Bleuler condition $$\partial^{\mu}A_{\mu}^{+}|\Psi\rangle=0\tag{6.54},$$ which makes sure that matrix elements vanish,$$\langle \Psi|\partial_{\...
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Confusion about supersymmetric Ward identities for $\mathcal{N}=4$ super Yang-Mills theory

I'm trying to understand Eq. 2.6 in this paper. I understand the idea and derivation of the SUSY Ward identity itself and I know how to apply it in the $\mathcal{N}=1$ case. What confuses me here is ...
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How to derive $\imath q^\mu\mathcal{M}_ \mu(k;q;p)=0$?

\begin{equation} \imath q^\mu\mathcal{M}_ \mu(k;q;p)=-\imath\tilde{e}\mathcal{M}_0(p;k-q)+\imath\tilde{e}\mathcal{M}_0(p+q;k) \end{equation} This is exactly the Ward-Takahashi identity for two ...
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Ward-Takahashi identity for the 2-point 1PI Green function of photons

I am following Sidney Coleman's lectures of Quantum Field Theory (World Scientific). For the renormalization of QED, he considered the following Lagrangian (Eq 33.54 in the book) \begin{equation} \...
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Proof of Ward-Takahashi Identity in Peskin and Schroeder page 311

I am studying the derivation of Ward Takahashi identity using Peskin and Schroeder (Page number 311) What I understand from his statements is as follows, for a change of variables \begin{equation} ...
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Ward identity of QED - whether the fields are all $c$-number fields

I am following Sidney Coleman's lectures of Quantum Field Theory. At the end of ch.32, he derived the Ward identity for the 1PI generating functional $\Gamma[\psi,\bar{\psi},A_{\mu}]$ for QED: \begin{...
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How to verify my calculated amplitude under gauge invariance structure?

I calculated the Compton amplitude of three diagrams but how can I verify it under gauge invariance structure? $$ {\cal A} = 2 e^2 \left[ \frac{ p_3 \cdot \epsilon_1 p_2 \cdot \epsilon_4^* }{ p_2 \...
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Ward identity in the electroweak theory

I'm studying Peskin & Schroeder's An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, specifically the section about the quantization of the Glashow-Weinberg-Salam model of the electroweak gauge theory where ...
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Vertex correction in QED

I've been working through the chapters in Schwartz on the renormalisation of QED, and I have some confusion to do with the form of the Vertex correction. By my understanding, the correlation function ...
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Tensor structure of the one-loop vacuum polarization in scalar QED

I'm working on the book by Schwartz to study QFT. This question concerns the evaluation of the vacuum polarization loop in scalar QED. Some more details of the calculation may be found in Schwartz ...
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Ward identities without time-ordering

In the book Conformal Quantum Field Theory in D-Dimensions, they state on pg. 181 the following two identities in relation to Ward identities of an Abelian internal symmetry (so the infinitesimal ...
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Flaw in Peskin's argument?

On p.576 in Peskin & Schroeder, he argues that for a photon propagator with almost on-shell momentum connecting two parts as depicted in the Feynman diagram below, that one can replace the metric ...
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Why does this amplitude not vanish by the Ward identity?

Consider the process $e^-\rightarrow e^-\gamma$ depicted in the following Feynman diagram. The spin-averaged amplitude with linearly polarised photons is $$\overline{|M|^2}=8\pi\alpha\left(-g^{\mu\nu}...
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Why the contact terms in the Ward identity vanish due to the invariant Noether currents?

The picture below is a screenshot of Srednicki's QFT textbook. ------------------------------ ------------------------------ $j^{\mu}$ is the current associated with the $U(1)$ gauge symmetry; $...
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