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Wick rotation substitutes an imaginary-number variable for a real-number time variable to map an expression or a problem in Minkowski space to one in Euclidean space which are easier to evaluate or solve. Use for all types of rigid analytic continuation maps.

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Dirac equation without $i$

In Witten's review paper "Fermion path integrals and topological phases", the Dirac equation (Eq(2.2)) is $$(\gamma^{\mu}D_{\mu}-m)\psi=0$$ which appears very strange to me. Initially I thought this ...
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The way momentum space integrals tend to infinity

At the beginning of chapter 15 of Schwartz, he states that $$\int d^4k \frac{k^2}{k^4}=\int \frac{d^4k}{k^2}\sim \int k\ dk. $$ I don't see how he got this at all. Isn't this just the integral \...
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Using Wick Rotation to calculate Generating Function in Minkowski Space

The question arises when I'm reading over the section "3.3.1 Minkowski Space" in page 16-17 in the following link: https://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JohnCardy/qft/qftcomplete.pdf It is ...
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Convergence of the path integral

In P&S 9.3 the path integral $$ Z[J]=\int {\cal D}\phi \exp[i\int d^4x ({\cal L} + J\phi)]$$ of the (Minkowski) $\phi^4$-theory when subjected to a Wick-rotation (change of the integration path ...
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What is the proper definition of Schwinger functions?

In the book Mathematical Aspects of Quantum Field Theory (2010) on page 159-160 in chapter 6.6 Wick rotations and axioms for Euclidean QFT the following is stated: We have seen earlier in this ...
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Can there exist a contrived case for the Wick rotation in position space to be meaningful?

Question So this is a complementary question to this. From the answers it seems can't one use a Wick rotation of position to create something physically meaningful. Does this hold even in contrived ...
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In light of Wick rotations is position and time on the same footing in QFT?

Taken from here Wick rotation connects statistical mechanics to quantum mechanics by replacing inverse temperature $1/(k_{B}T)$ with imaginary time $it/ℏ$ But I was under the impression position ...
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Minkowski Metric Signature

When I learned about the Minkowski Space and it's coordinates, it was explained such that the metric turns out to be $$ ds^{2} = -(c^{2}dx^{0})^{2} +(dx^{1})^{2} + (dx^{2})^{2} + (dx^{3})^{2} $$ ...
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Confusion about gamma matrices in Euclidean spacetime

I have encountered a number of sources with differing definitions of the transition from Minkowski spacetime to Euclidean spacetime. I'd like some clarification as to how to go from Minkowski to ...
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Rewriting bosonic action in Altland and Simon Chapter 4

In page 179 of Altland and Simon, Condensed Matter Field Theory, the author obtained the action \begin{equation} S[\theta]=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int dx\,d\tau\,\left[(\partial_x\theta)^2+(\partial_\tau\...
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“Imaginary-time” argument in high energy physics

In many-body physics, there are many "imaginary-time" techniques, such as Matsubara Green's function, imaginary-time path integral and others. It seems that these concepts are frequently used in ...
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Schrödinger equation derivation and Diffusion equation

I am aware of the debate on whether Schrödinger equation was derived or motivated. However, I have not seen this one that I describe below. Wonder if it could be relevant. If not historically but for ...
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Wick rotation - time and what else changes?

For aid of example consider two quantities the four-momentum $\tilde P$ and a time-independent four potential $\tilde A$. Now if a wick's rotation was carried out by simply replacing $it$ with $\tau$ ...
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Weak gravity limit of (Einstein-Hilbert + matter) action

The problem Consider the following euclidean action $$ S_E = - \int_{\mathcal{M}} d^4x \sqrt{g} \left [\frac{R}{2 \kappa} +\mathcal{L}_M \right ] + S_{GHY},$$ where $S_{GHY} = -\int_{\partial \...
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Feynman $i\varepsilon$-prescription in path integral by adding an imaginary part to time

It is known that the well-definiteness of the path integral leads to the Feynman's $i\varepsilon$-prescription for the field propagator. I've found many ways of showing this in the literature, but it ...
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Wick Rotation and sign of the integrand in Weinberg's book

I'm studying from Weinberg's QFT volume 1, chapter 11. I have a problem with equation $(11.2.7)$. Starting from eq. $(11.2.5)$ $$ \begin{align} \Pi^{\rho\sigma} (q) = \frac{-ie^2}{(2\pi)^4} \int_0^...
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Equilibrium points of bounce/instanton solution after Wick's rotation

In Coleman's paper Fate of the false vacuum: Semiclassical theory while working out the exponential coefficient for tunneling probability through a potential barrier, he studies the problem with Wick'...
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Is a Wick rotation a change of coordinates?

My understanding is that a Wick rotation is a change of coordinates from $(t,x) \rightarrow (\tau , x)$ where $\tau = i t$. In the $(t,x)$ coordinate system, the Minkowski metric has components $ \...
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Why use a particular regularization for $\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$?

There are many badly defined integrals in physics. I want to discuss one of them which I see very often. $$\int_0^\infty \mathrm{d}x\,e^{i p x}$$ I have seen this integral in many physical problems. ...
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The imaginary time [duplicate]

Some people work with the interpretation that the time basis vector has magnitude sqrt(-1) to justify the negative sign in a -+++ Minkowski metric signature. I came across a Youtube comment that ...
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How is a pseudo-Euclidean metric superior to Minkowski's complex metric? [duplicate]

This is my second attempt to get a meaningful response from you guys on this issue. The SR invariance formula makes space-like intervals imaginary (e.g., the distance $x$ in a given frame has ...
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Minkowski's complex Euclidean space vs. the real pseudo-Euclidean version

The SR invariance formula makes space-like intervals imaginary (e.g., the distance $x$ in a given frame has interval $ix$). Yet modern physicists consider it bad form to define the distance itself as $...
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Wick rotation convergence. Functions in the integrand

Performing a Wick rotation over an integral is not equivalent to just a change of variable $t \to \mathrm{i}t = \tau$, after that we rotate the complex plane so that $$\mathrm{i} \int_{-\infty}^{\...
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Wick rotation: still trouble in getting how it works

I'm preparing my second exam in QFT and I still have trouble in getting the Wick rotation and its analytic continuation. I know that this topic have been discussed a lot in previous threads, but I ...
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Lorentz transformations: new actual notation for a $4$-vector [duplicate]

For the Lorentz trasformations I use this notation \begin{equation*} \left\{\begin{aligned} x&=\gamma (x'+\beta ct')\\ y&=y'\\ z&=z'\\ ct&=\gamma (ct'+\beta x')\\ \end{aligned}\right. ...
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Wick rotation graphically

We have to evaluate $$i\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(t) dt.$$ We can make a change of variable $t\mapsto -i\tau$, which results in $$\int_{-i\infty}^{i\infty} f(-i\tau) d\tau.$$ If we now multiply the ...
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Showing $I=\int d^3k\int dk^0\frac{1}{k^4}$ to be logarithmically divergent

Consider a momentum integral of the form $$I=\int d^3k\int dk^0\frac{1}{k^4}$$ where $k^2=(k^0)^2-(\vec{k})^2$ and the integral over $k^0$ runs from $-\infty$ to $+\infty$. This integral is common in ...
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Can conformal transformations in $\mathbb{R}^{1,1}$ be analytically continued to $\mathbb{R}^{2,0}$?

In 1+1 dimensions, 2D Minkowski space, a conformal transformation is given by two real functions (of one variable). After Wick rotating the time dimension, giving us 2 dimensional Euclidean space, ...
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What's the relation between Euclidean and Minkowski entities in lattice field theory?

To my understanding, lattice QFT basically continues the time $t$ (and fields depend on it) in Minkowski space action to imaginary time $\tau\equiv it$. But normally when we do calculations in lattice ...
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Integral and Wick rotation (Srednicki ch75)

I was reading chapter 75 of Srednicki's QFT book and I ran into this statement. To determine the value of its integral, we make a Wick rotation to euclidean space, which yields a factor of i as ...
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Convergence Property of Path-Integral

Let the action be $$S= \int \bigg\{ \frac{1}{2} \big(\frac{dX}{dt}\big)^2 - V(X) \bigg\} d\tau$$ and the corresponding Path-Integral $$Z= \int DX(t) e^{iS}.$$ Since the convergence is not clear we ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the Wick rotation?

What is the physical interpretation of the Wick rotation? How is it that we can just propose there's a new time coordinate tau? Are physicists saying time is modeled by an imaginary number? Isn't ...
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Are statistical fields commutative?

In both statistical field theory and quantum field theory one computes average values / time ordered expectation values of functionals of fields with the path integral. I have two related questions: ...
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Imaginary time concept in S.Hawking's No Boundary proposal, extra-time dimensions and the Big Bang

In this post I will be refering to S.Hawking's lecture: http://www.hawking.org.uk/the-beginning-of-time.html I have a couple of questions regarding the Imaginary time and the Big Bang. In the ...
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Time Reversal of electric field in Euclidean signature (Wick Rotation)

This is a follow up to this question: How to Perform Wick Rotation in the Lagrangian of a Gauge Theory (like QCD)? I am wondering if their (6), using that $E^i_M = F^{0i}_M = i F^{0i}_E = i E^i_E$, ...
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Difference between different approximations in QM and other definition of the integral

I am currently studying the path integral formalism by myself and I am a bit lost within all the different way to solve the integrals we have. I have one big question: It sounds maybe a bit strange ...
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Question about differentiating wrt. momentum in Srednicki chapter 14

I am having a bit of trouble following a simple integral from the book on QFT by Mark Srednicki - free draft can be accessed at http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html - and I was hoping you could ...
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Charge Conjugation of massive Dirac spinor in 3 dimensions with Euclidean signature

In 2+1 dimensional massive Dirac equation (Minkowski signature), we can define the charge conjugation operator so that the equation can be symmetric under it. However, the charge conjugation does not ...
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Ground State Energy in Euclidean Spacetime

Calculating the transition amplitude in Euclidean spacetime is useful because from it we can extract the ground state energy and ground state wave-functions values. For example, let's assume we are ...
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Wick rotation vs. Feynman $i\varepsilon$-prescription

The generating functional $Z[J]$ of some scalar field theory is \begin{equation} Z[J(t,\vec{x})]=\int \mathcal{D}\phi e^{i\int (\mathcal{L}+J\phi)d^4x} \end{equation} This integral is not well ...
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A Naive Question about Delta Function and Wick Rotation

A delta function can be written as $$\delta(x)=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}dp\,e^{ipx}.$$ I have a very poor understanding of the Wick rotation technique used in quantum field theory. ...
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Number conservation in imaginary time evolution

It is clear that if we perform dynamics of the system with hamiltonian commuting with total particle number, this quantity will be an integral of a motion. Is it the case for imaginary time evolution? ...
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Would the time dependent wave equation of a free particle be the same in 4D Euclidean spacetime as it is in 4D Minkowski spacetime?

In 4d minkowski spacetime the time dependent wave equation of a free particle is $$\Psi(x,t) = \left({a \over a + i\hbar t/m}\right)^{3/2} e^{- {x^2\over 2(a + i\hbar t/m)} }.$$ I notice that there ...
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Difference between real time and imaginary time propagation?

Suppose I want to solve a non-linear Schrödinger equation using imaginary time propagation to get the ground state solution. I choose $t = - i \tau$, and then solve the equation using the split-step ...
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Wick Rotation in Curved space

So over time I have learned to do exhaustive searches before asking things here. Wick rotations are cool if you are trying to work in qft and make statements about the thermodynamics of some physical ...
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Should we start from Euclidean QFT if we are to be rigorous? [closed]

Path integral is only rigorous in Euclidean QFT. This suggests that one should start from Eucliden QFT and transport back the results back into Minkowski time. Is this how I should think of QFT?
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Euclidean QFT commutator vanishes for all spacetime separations?

In Minkowski spacetime, the commutator of the Klein-Gordon field operator with itself at different spacetime points evaluates to the advanced minus retarded Green's function of the classical theory, ...
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What is the link between statistical and QFT correlation functions?

I'm studying statistical mechanics in particular correlation function: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_function_(statistical_mechanics) and I have understood it. Now searching on internet ...
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Wick rotation of the propagator in quantum mechanics

I am told that making the substitution $t\to-i\tau$, or a 'Wick rotation', can be used to study the propagator in imaginary time, making some problems easier. For example, this source proposes that we ...
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Functional derivative for the same function expressed before and after Wick rotation

This question arises when I'm reading section "3.3.1 Minkowski Space" of page 16-17 of the following document: http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JohnCardy/qft/qftcomplete.pdf On page 17, they ...