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Ward Identity in non-abelian gauge theories

While in QED correlation functions including the photon field vanish when the Lorentz index of the gauge field is contracted with its own momentum (this fact is usually referred to as Ward Identity, ...
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Contact terms in proof of Ward identity

I'm confused about how a contact term vanishes when proving the Ward identity, i.e. the spot immediately following equation 5.52 in Weigand's notes. Spelling out everything concretely, we consider a ...
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Why does the Ward identity apply to the sum over all one-particle irreducible diagrams?

The Ward identity states that in a QED process with amplitude $\mathcal{M}(k)$ with one external photon with momentum $k$, given that we can write $\mathcal{M}(k)=\epsilon_\mu(k)\mathcal{M}^\mu(k)$ in ...
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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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The Ward identity, the Lorentz invariance

Outline - heuristic derivation of the Ward identity from the requirement of the Lorentz invariance Suppose we have the free quantized gauge theory (with quanta called photons) with the Hilbert space ...
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Why does normal ordering violate the Ward identity?

It is well known that normal ordering the Lagrangian eliminates all Feynman diagrams with tadpoles$^{[1]}$. In the case of the photon self-energy in scalar QED, one of the diagrams is, in fact, a ...
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Why does the Ward identity hold for gauge theories?

I think that gauge invariance of a Lagrangian is not a sufficient condition for the Ward identity to be valid. So why does the Ward identity happen to hold in Yang-Mills theory, and maybe in many ...
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A question from Coleman's "aspects of symmetries''

I know this question is a bit specialized and require rather deep background on Coleman's book Aspects of Symmetries. And I am sorry for that. But I still would like to ask the question and hope some ...
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Four-photon polarisation tensor in QED

Let's consider the four-photon polarisation tensor $\Pi^{\mu\nu\lambda\rho}$ in QED. It follows from Ward identity that $$ k_1^\mu \Pi_{\mu\nu\lambda\rho}(k_1,k_2,k_3,k_4) = 0. $$ After applying the ...
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Ward Identities And Normal Ordering From Path Integral

This question is about free field theories. One usually derives Ward identity from the path integral by considering the variation of the path integral under a symmetry. See for example page 41 of ...
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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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A question about the Ward-Takahashi identity

I am studying Peskin and Schroeder's textbook of quantum field theory. I have proceeded to Ward-Takahashi identity and have one question. Eq.(7.66) and Eq.(7.67) are the two cases involved. Then ...
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Why does the violation of Ward identity not require cancellation of global anomalies?

This question is a continuation of the answer posted for this question about anomalies. Is there a violation of the Ward identity associated with an anomalous global symmetry? If yes, why is the ...
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Integrated Ward Identity

Suppose you have the following ward identity : $$\int_{M} d^4x\ \epsilon(x)\ \partial_{\mu} \langle j_{\mu}(x)O(y)\rangle = - \ \langle\delta O(y)\rangle$$ where $\delta O(y)$ can be written in the ...
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Physical meaning of Ward Identity and computing vertex functions

Following the derivation of Ward Identity by Weinberg book, you get it in the form $$ (l-k)_\mu S'(k)\Gamma^\mu(k,l)S'(l) = i S'(l) - iS'(k) $$ Can anyone explain the physical meaning of this ...
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How to choose the proper loop correction?

I review my QFT lecture notes and I am having hard times to figure out the significance of Ward identity in vacuum polarization. In class, we calculated one loop correction stated as $$ i\Pi^{\mu\...
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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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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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Why should Ward identities only be used with the effective action (as opposed to the generating functional for connected diagrams)?

My question is about the derivation of Ward identities. I will sketch it here in the case of an O(N) symmetric model and point out what it bothering me when I am done. I am being very sloppy with the ...
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Charge renormalization point in massive abelian gauge theory

Let's assume massless QED. The Ward identities hold. Through this identity we determine the finite part of the counterterm when fix the value of electric charge to be the experimentally observed one: ...
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Why do Lorentz invariance and Ward identities imply the structure $\Pi(k^2)(k^2\eta^{\mu\nu}-k^{\mu}k^{\nu})$ for the photon self energy?

In the first page of this link we can read that Ward identities and Lorentz invariance make the form if the photon self-energy be $$\Sigma^{\mu\nu}=\Pi(k^2)(k^2\eta^{\mu\nu}-k^{\mu}k^{\nu}).$$ Why?
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Propagation speed of photons when taking higher-order QFT corrections into account

In our group of experimental physicist who have nothing to do with and know very little about quantum field theory, we recently had a question concerning the propagation speed of photons in vacuum: ...
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Gauge invariance (QED)

In his book, the author says that according to the Feynman diagrams of this process in QED $$e^+ e^- \rightarrow \gamma \gamma,$$ gauge invariance requires that $$k_{1\nu}(A^{\mu\nu} + \tilde{A}^{\...
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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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Ward identities and operator product expansions

Polchinski's (2.3.11) gives the Ward Identity $$i\epsilon[Res_{z\rightarrow z_0}j(z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)+\bar {Res}_{\bar z\rightarrow \bar z_0}\tilde j(\bar z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)]=\delta\...
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Ward Identity in CFT

This is about Polchinski's eq(2.3.11). It says that $$Res_{z\rightarrow z_0}j(z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)+\bar{Res}_{z\rightarrow z_0}\tilde j(\bar z)\mathcal A(z_0,\bar z_0)=\frac1{i\epsilon}\delta \...
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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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Chiral Anomaly in Massless QED

Classical massless QED has axial current conservation. When quantizing the theory, we expect that suddenly $\partial_\mu \hat{j}^{\mu5}\neq0$ (as an operator equality). I have two questions regarding ...
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The Ward identity for EM amplitude with massive vector boson

Let's have theory of massive vector boson interacting with EM field: $$ L = |D_{\mu}W_{\nu} - D_{\nu}W_{\mu}|^{2} + m^{2}|W|^{2}, \quad D_{\mu} = \partial_{\mu} - ieA_{\mu}. $$ The question: how to ...
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Constructing Ward identity associated with conserved currents

Consider constructing the Ward identity associated with Lorentz invariance. It is possible to find a 3rd rank tensor $B^{\rho \mu \nu}$ antisymmetric in the first two indices, then the stress-energy ...
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Correlation functions and connection to ward identities

I have the following definition of a general correlation function $$ \langle \Phi(x_1)\dots \Phi(x_n)\rangle = \frac{1}{Z} \int [d\Phi] \Phi(x_1)\dots\Phi(x_n)e^{-S[\Phi]} $$ I have only just ...
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Question on derivation of Ward identity

I'm currently reading these notes about the Ward identity (pages 259 - 261). I will repeat some of the steps to make the question self-contained. Let us consider a local transformation on the field $\...
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Peskin's book page 334 proof of $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory

Peskin in his QFT page 334 argued that $Z_1=Z_2$ to all orders in QED perturbation theory, but I couldn't understand his argument: ... With a generalization of the argument given there (section 7.4 ...
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gauge invariance of the Feynman amplitudes

When we calculate the photon polarization sums over amplitudes, $$X=\sum\limits_{r=1}^{2}|\mathcal M_r|^2=\mathcal M_\alpha\mathcal M_\beta^*\sum\limits_{r=1}^{2}\epsilon_r^\alpha\epsilon_r^\beta$$ ...
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Some fundamental results in QFTs [closed]

In quantum theory we have some principles that guides us, e.g. Pauli's principle. What I am after in this question is a list of fundamental results, be it equation or identities that must hold in a ...
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Traceless of stress-energy tensor in $d=2$

This is a question regarding Francesco, section 4.3.3. In this section, he considers the two-point function $$ S_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}(x) = \left< T_{\mu\nu}(x) T_{\rho\sigma}(0)\right> $$ He then ...
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How does the Ward-Takahashi Identity imply that non-transverse photons are unphysical in QED?

Peskin and Schroeder say that the Ward Identity of QED proves that non-transverse photon polarizations can be consistently ignored, but I'm confused about the details. Setup One starts by ...
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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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Some questions about Ward-Takahashi Identity

I'm a learner of Peskin and Schroeder's textbook of quantum field theory. I have proceeded to Ward-Takahashi identity and have one question when I look for Wikipedia for reference. The following is ...
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CP-symmetry and Ward identities and finite temperature

I have a few questions about Ward-identities which I summarize here. For each I am very greateful for answers and references to literature. Wikipedia states about Ward-identities: The Ward-...
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Application of Ward identities for OPE under scaling and rotations

I think this is a very straightforward question but I don't see it right now. In Tong's notes on String theory (http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/string/four.pdf) section 4.2.3 he defines the ...
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How does the conformal Ward identity guarantee a vanishing 3-point function in this case?

I was looking through some conformal Ward identity related things when I noticed that this paper (arXiv:1212.3788) writes in their equation (33), a 3-point function between a conserved current and two ...

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