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Commutation of currents in QED

In an outline of a proof of the Ward identities in QED, the authors Green, Schwarz, and Witten in their book "Superstring theory", vol. I, Section 1.5.1, claim that in the QED the ...
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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 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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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 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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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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QED and anomaly

I've just started to learn anomalies in quantum field theories. I have a question. How to show that QED is free from vector current anomaly and what would happen if it were not? In other words, how ...
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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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Ward identity derived from global symmetry and SDE, different from that derived from gauge symmetry?

In QED, according to Schwinger-Dyson equation $^{[1]}$, $$\left(\eta^{\mu\nu}(\partial ^2)-(1-\frac{1}{\xi})\partial^{\mu}\partial^{\nu}\right)\langle 0|\mathcal{T}A_{\nu}(x)...|0\rangle = e\,\langle ...
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Is it really proper to say Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance?

Many (if not all) of the materials I've read claim Ward identity is a consequence of gauge invariance of the theory, while actually their derivations only make use of current conservation $\partial_\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Schwinger-Dyson equation for connected correlation functions

Could someone tell me what's the Schwinger-Dyson equation for connected correlation functions? I'm looking for a formula that relates a connected $n+1$-point function to connected lower point ...
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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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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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How Ward Identity indicate vacuum polarization correction?

In Peskin & Schroeder Chapter 7.5 Renormalization of The Electric Charge, they mention that vacuum polarization correction is $$ iM= (-ie)^2(-1)\int_{}{}\frac{d^4k} {(2\pi)^4}Tr\bigg[\gamma^{\mu}\...
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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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Can you gauge a $U(1)_L$ symmetry?

I was recently calculating the one loop correction for the propagator of a gauge boson, $\hspace{5cm}$ I assumed arbitrary left and right couplings, $ g _L $ and $ g _R $. I found that the one loop ...
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Applying Schwinger-Dyson equations within the LSZ formula

My problem will be formulated in terms of $\phi^3$ theory, and I would appreciate answers within the framework of $\phi^3$ or another scalar field theory. This question is to help me understand what ...
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Conserved charge from Ward identity

I am going through the derivation of the Ward identities in chapter 2 of Di Francesco, Conformal Field Theory and I am not sure how they go from equation 2.157: $$\frac{\partial}{\partial x^{\mu}}\...
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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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Gauge invariance or global invariance, which one makes theory renormalizable?

We know that gauge theory is renormalizable, due to the Ward-Takahashi identity (for non-Abelian theory, it is Slavnov-Taylor identity), which reflects the conserved current of gauge symmetry. But ...
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Ward identity prohibits mass of photon

On wikipedia one can read the following statement: The photon and gluon do not get a mass through renormalization because gauge symmetry protects them from getting a mass. This is a consequence of ...
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Translational Ward Identity

The Ward identity corresponding to energy-momentum conservation (translational invariance) is (see for instance Di Francesco Eq.(4.63) ) $$\partial_\mu \langle T^\mu_\nu X \rangle = - \sum_i \delta(x-...
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Vector current conservation in vertex correction

Recently, I was calculating this observable: $\langle p s|\bar\psi(0)\gamma^{\mu}\psi(0)|ps\rangle$ Where we only consider the QED case. $\psi$ corresponds to massless Dirac fermion field, p is the ...
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On the derivation of Ward-Takahashi identity

I am reading Weinberg's QFT book and in 10.4 he introduced a derivation of Ward-Takahashi identity (where $T$ is the time ordering): $$\begin{align} \frac{\partial}{\partial x^\mu}T{\{J^\mu(x)\Psi_n(y)...
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Different Schwinger-Dyson Equations

In the literature on QFT there are a lot of different equations that are all called "Schwinger-Dyson equation" so I wanted to know how are they related and if they have proper names. The first ...
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Use of classical equations of motion inside correlation functions

I am reading this paper by Zamolodchikov about the expectation value of $T \bar{T}$ in $2d$ QFT and I don't understand how he uses the classical equations of motion. For instance, classically, in any ...
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Ward identity for 'general' operator and current diagrams

This is actually about two related doubts and I hope is appropriate for a single question (if not, I will happily divide it). So, my problems are related to the analysis and calculation of chiral ...
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Derivation of Holomorphic Ward Identities in Franceso's CFT

In equation 5.37 of francesco's CFT he writes the Ward Identities for traslation symmetry in the language of holomorphic functions. He goes from \begin{equation} \frac{\partial}{\partial x^\mu} \...
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1-loop correction to photon propagator

(May be it is a duplicate). I do not understand clearly how should I write down 1-loop correction to photon propagator. I know what is $i\Pi_{\mu\nu}(k^2)$ (I need only this specific correction) and ...
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QCD gauge invariant amplitude?

In order to keep the correct degrees of freedom (which are 2) for massless gauge fields one imposes, $$p^\mu \epsilon_\mu = 0 \tag1$$ Together with the gauge redundacy/equivalence relation, $$\...
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Conformal Ward identities for spinor operators

How do you derive conformal Ward identities for operators with spin? You can see in Penedones's notes (page 6) ( https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.04948 ) a brief derivation of Ward identities for general ...