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A combinatoric procedure in QFT of reducing arbitrary products of creation and annihilation operators to sums of products of pairs of these operators. A string of such operators is rewritten as the normal-ordered product of the string, plus the normal-ordered product after all single contractions among operator pairs, plus all double contractions, etc., plus all full contractions.

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There are too many Wick's Theorems!

This is a follow-up question to QMechanic's great answer in this question. They give a formulation of Wick's theorem as a purely combinatoric statement relating two total orders $\mathcal T$ and $\...
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Why is normal ordering a valid operation?

Why is normal ordering even a valid operation in the first place? I mean it can give us some nice results, but why can we do the ordering for the operators like that? Is its definition motivated by ...
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Why/How is this Wick's theorem?

Let $\phi$ be a scalar field and then I see the following expression (1) for the square of the normal ordered version of $\phi^2(x)$. \begin{align} T(:\phi^2(x)::\phi^2(0):) &= 2 \langle 0|T(\...
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Quick question regarding Wick's theorem

Let $T\{...\}$ denote time-ordering, $N\{...\}$ normal-ordering and $\left<ab\right>$ be the propagator. Wick's theorem states that $$ T\{ab\} = N\{ab\} + \left<ab\right>. $$ I now ...
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Free Vacuum vs Interacting Vacuum and Wick's theorem

I'm studying perturbation theory in QFT and I stumbled on a conceptual problem. My understanding of the interplay between LSZ reduction formula and the Gell-Mann & Low perturbation series is that:...
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Time-ordering vs normal-ordering and the two-point function/propagator

I don't understand how to calculate this generalized two-point function or propagator, used in some advanced topics in quantum field theory, a normal ordered product (denoted between $::$) is ...
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Gaussian integral of a function with nonzero mean (generalizing Wick theorem)

From the wikipedia article, for a Gaussian integral of an analytic function we have that This is equivalent to the Wick theorem when f(x) is a polynomial. Now I'm trying to obtain a similar formula ...
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Teach me Wick's theorem the honest way

Generally speaking the average guy marginally acquainted with quantum field theory or advanced combinatorics describes Wick's theorem as some sort of correspondence between higher order differential ...
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Correlated three-particle Green Function

I know the relationship between normal and correlated two-particle Green Functions for fermions: $$G_c(1,2,3,4)=\Gamma(1,2,3,4)=G(1,2,3,4)+G(1,3)G(2,4)-G(1,4)G(2,3)$$ Also known as irreducible n-...
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Wick theorem and OPE

I'm trying to work out in detail how the Wick theorem is used for constructing OPEs in CFT. One of the first things which bothers me is the difference in definitions of normal ordered product and ...
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Wicks Theorem and Gaussian Integrals

I am trying to complete A. Zee's book QFT in a Nutshell and at page 15 he mentions Wick's theorem and Wick contractions. (apologies for the huge page-snip). Why does he mean by connecting the '$2n$ ...
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Compute the central charge of $bc$ conformal field theory

I have a s****d question, how to calculate the central charge of $bc$ conformal-field theory in Polchinski's string theory, Eq. (2.5.12)? For a $bc$ CFT given by $$S=\frac{1}{2\pi } \int d^2 z \,\,b ...
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Wick's theorem and transverse field Ising model

I am trying to understand calculation of correlation function in the ground state of the Transverse Field Ising model, from the following book, which is freely available: http://link.springer.com/book/...
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Actually calculating something using Wick's Theorem

I am still struggling to get my head around QFT and whilst I think I understand the method of generating functionals to compute correlation functions (as in my question here), my course notes often ...
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Klein factors and Conformal Field Theory

Consider the mode expansion of a (chiral) scalar field confined to a disc with circumference L: $$ \phi(x) = \phi_{0} + p_{\phi} \frac{2\pi}{L} x + \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{n}} e^{-(k_{n}a)...
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Normal ordering in string theory: Polchinski vs. all others

Polchinski defines normal ordering in string theory as: $$:X^\mu(z,\bar z)X^\nu(w,\bar w): = X^\mu(z,\bar z) X^\nu(w, \bar w) + \frac{\alpha'}{2} \eta^{\mu\nu} \log |z-w|^2$$ and for more ...
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Questions about the equivalent forms of Wick's theorem?

NOTE: The problems have been editing with more details. I have met Wick's theorem first in this book fundamentals of many-body physics when talking about the perturbation expansion of zero ...
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Normal Order of Normal Order

in first volume of Polchinski page 39 we can read a compact formula to perform normal-order for bosonic fields $$ :\cal F:=\underbrace{\exp\left\{\frac{α'}{4}∫\mathrm{d}^2z\mathrm{d}^2w\log|z-w|^2\...
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The basic equation of bosonization

[..quoting from Page 11 of Polchinski Vol2..] Given $1+1$ conformal bosonic fields $H(z)$ one has their OPE as, $H(z)H(0) \sim -ln(z)$ Then from here how do the following identities come? $e^{iH(z)}...
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Operator product expansion in CFT

I'm on Polchinski's p39. Can someone please tell me the steps in the equivalence below? $$\exp\left[\frac{\alpha'}4\int d^2z_4 d^2z_5\ln|z_5-z_4|^2\frac{\delta}{\delta X^\mu(z_4,\bar z_4)}\frac{\...
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Meaning of approximation $\cos(\phi)=\frac{\phi^2}{2}\mathrm{e}^{-\frac{1}{2}\langle{\phi^2}\rangle}$ in a field theory?

In Appendix E.1 (linking to a pdf) of Giamarchi's book "Quantum physics in one dimension", when deriving renormalization group equations (irrelevant to this question at all), formula (E.18) is used to ...
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Why is the Wick contraction in HFB or BCS equal to a single-particle density?

I'm trying to understand how in Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) or BCS theory we can write a product of creation/annihilation operators as single-particle densities under the guise of "Wick's theorem". ...
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Wick's theorem for calculating OPE

I am trying to understand a calculation using Wick's theorem. Let $T(z)$ be the analytic part of a stress-energy tensor, and $\phi(z)$ a free boson field. Now, $$T(z)\partial_{w}\phi(w)=-2\pi:\...
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Functional integral aproach for Feynman rules [duplicate]

I am familiar with the basic ideas of quantum field theory but I feel uncomfortable when I have to derive Feynman rules by myself for a given action (for example in non-linear sigma models or ...
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When can I use Wick's theorem?

Wick's theorem means that for fermions, a four point correlation function (for example) can be written in terms of two point correlation functions: \begin{equation} \langle b_l^\dagger b_l b_m^\...
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Wick Contraction

I am reading Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell by A. Zee. Zee introduces the rationale/machinery behind Feynman diagrams in three steps: Baby -> Child -> "Real". The baby problem generates ...
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Wick's Theorem examples

Does anyone know of websites or texts that have an abundance of examples of computing time-ordered products of fields using Wick's Theorem for both bosons and fermions? I'm not just talking about the ...
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Chronological and normal ordering

I've realized I'm little bit confused when I want to treat elements like this $$\left<\phi_0|T\{a_p(t)a_p^+(t')V(t_1)V(t_2)\}|\phi_0\right>$$ with $$V(t)=\dfrac12 \dfrac{1}{(2\pi \hbar)^9}\...
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Wick Order and Radial Ordering in CFT

I am not so much familiar with the computations tools of conformal field theory, and I just run into an exercise asking to demonstrate the following formula (related to the bosonic field case): $$\...
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How to derive equation (N.15) in Ashcroft and Mermin's Solid State Physics?

They state in their book on page 792 the following: It can be proved, however, that if $A$ and $B$ are operators linear in the $u(R)$ and $P(R)$ of a harmonic crystal, then: $$\langle e^A e^B \...
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Vertex operator and normal ordering

The two point function, or propagator for a free massless boson, $\phi$ in 2 dimensions is given by, $$\begin{equation} \langle \phi (z,\bar{z})\phi(w, \bar{w})\rangle ~=~ -\frac{\alpha^{\prime}}{2\...
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Radial ordered commutation relation

In the book Conformal Field Theory of Francesco, Mathieu and Sénéchal, in Sec. 6.1.2, the authors state that the integral $$ \oint_w \mathrm{d}z~ a(z)b(w) ~=~ \oint_{C_1} \mathrm{d}z~ a(z)b(w) - \...
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Virasoro TT OPE in Polchinski's book

I'm trying to understand eq. 2.2.11 in Polchinski's first book. He's computing $$:\partial X^\mu(z)\partial X_\mu(z): :\partial' X^\nu(z')\partial' X_\nu(z'):$$ Now, I understand why this ...
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OPE of Lorentz current with tachyon vertex

This is a question related to chapter 2 in Polchinski's string theory book. On page 43 Polchinski calculates the Noether current from spacetime translations and then calculates its OPE with the ...
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Identity of Operator Product Expansion (OPE)

I have one more s****d question in Polchinski's string theory book, Eqs. (2.3.14a) $$ j^{\mu}(z) :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:~ \sim~ \frac{k^{\mu}}{2 z} :e^{ik \cdot X(0,0)}:,$$ where $j^{\mu}_a =\frac{i}{...
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Wick's Theorem: Why is the vacuum expectation value of uncontracted operators zero?

I'm am right now reading Chapter 4.3 (Wick's Theorem) in Peskin & Schroeder. It is said that In the vacuum expectation value, any term in which there remain uncontracted operators gives zero (...
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Feynman Propagator in Peskin & Schroeder

To prove Wick's Theorem, Peskin & Schroeder define the contraction of two fields: \begin{align} \text{Contract}[\phi(x)\phi(y)]\equiv \begin{cases} [\phi^+(x),\phi^-(y)] & \text{for }x^0>y^...
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Wick's Theorem for Yukawa Theory

I'm studying Quantum Field Theory and encountered Wick's theorem: for the real Klein Gordon field $\phi(x)$, one has $$ T(\phi(x_1)\cdots\phi(x_n)) = N(\phi(x_1)\cdots\phi(x_n) + \text{ all possible ...
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Normal order vs Time order for fermions

For a conformal field $X$, Polchinski gives a relation between the time ordering $T$ (or equivalently the radial ordering ${\cal R}$) of a functional of identical fields and the normal ordering, which ...
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Symmetry factor via Wick's theorem

Consider the lagrangian of the real scalar field given by $$\mathcal L = \frac{1}{2} (\partial \phi)^2 - \frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^2 - \frac{\lambda}{4!} \phi^4$$ Disregarding snail contributions, the ...
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Why is Wick contraction a $c$-number?

It is mentioned in Fetter's Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems (in contraction part of section 8 Wick's Theorem), that: contractions are c numbers in the occupation-number Hilbert space, not ...
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Time-ordered product of two normal-ordered products of fields

Suppose you have a scalar field theory with field operators $\phi(x)=\phi(x)_+ + \phi(x)_- $ that can be decomposed into terms of annihilation and destruction operators. Let $$ D(x-y) = <0|T(\phi(...
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Central charge in energy-momentum tensor OPE

I think that general point of view about central charge in books is considering OPE $T(z) T(w)$ for different field theories and finding that general expression for the most singular term is about to ...
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Operator product expansion energy momentum tensor

We have the following equation from Polchinski (2.4.6) $$ T(z)X^{\mu}(0) \sim \frac{1}{z}\partial X^{\mu}(0) , \tag{2.4.6} $$ where $T(z)$ is defined as $T(z) = -\frac{1}{\alpha'} :\partial X^{\mu} \...
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Problem with Wick's theorem at first order

I've been struggling with a detail in Second Quantization which I really need to clear out of my head. If I expand the S-matrix of a theory with an interaction Hamiltonian $ H_I(x) $ then I have $$ S ...
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Wick Theorem: Performing contractions in the right order

The first line is one of four terms that one gets after applying Wick theorem to the time-ordered product of these field operators and as far as i understand it is just a short-hand notation for which ...
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Appending a Noether current to a Feynman rule

Background Typically in QFT one derives the Feynman rules by differentiating certain terms in the Lagrangian w.r.t the relevant fields. So for instance if our term is $\mathscr{L} =\phi_1\phi_2\phi_{\...
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Stratonovich integral in quantum field theory

I'm reading a paper on Wick renormalization and there are a couple of things that are not that clear to me. The paper ends with the following sentence: In Euclidean quantum field theory, the ...
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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...
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Perturbation theory : quadratic external field

I'm trying to derive the explicit form of S-matrix of an interaction Hamiltonian $$H' = \frac{1}{2} \lambda \left[ \int d^3 x \rho({\vec x}) \phi({\vec x}, t)\right]^2\tag{1}$$ Even though the ...