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Mathematical background for TQFT

I am physicist. I`ve started studying Topological QFT. What would you recommend to read in mathematical field for understanding Witten’s old articles of 80s-90s? What books/articles could help form ...
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Homotopy quantum field theories as functors

A homotopy quantum field theory is a symmetric monoidal functor $\tau:\mathrm{HCobord}(n,X)\to\mathrm{Vect}_{\mathbb{K}}$, with $X$ a path connected space with basepoint $\ast$. There is the following ...
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Topological Quantum Field theories

I was wondering about the following on TQFTs. It is said that TQFTs have vanishing Hamiltonians $\hat{\mathcal{H}}$. Firstly, I would like to ask: Why is this so? Secondly, consider the ...
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Axiom of choice in proof of Wigner's theorem?

In Appendix A of chapter 2 of "The Quantum Theory of Fields," vol. 1, Weinberg presents a proof of Wigner's theorem: given a symmetry transformation $T$ of rays, one can extend this to a symmetry ...
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Contour Integration - Quantum field theory

I am a physics student. In calculating transition amplitude for Klein-Gordon real-scalar field, I encountered the integral, $$ \frac{-i}{2(2\pi)^2\Delta x} \int^{\infty}_{-\infty} \,dk ...
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Particles in Free Fields

For the state $\left|\vec{p}\right> = a_{\vec{p}}^{\dagger}\left|0\right>$ we have the energy $H\left|\vec{p}\right>=E_{\vec{p}}\left|\vec{p}\right>$ ...
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What is a particle mathematically?

In quantum field theory, what is a particle mathematically? How would you explain to someone who kows alot of math but no physics what a particle is? A simple example model would suffice.
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Dimensional Regularization

I am studying a bit of theoretical physics (QFT and string theory), and I obviously stumbled upon dimensional regularization. I have been told that this technique has in fact a solid mathematical ...
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Degree of maps on the 3-sphere

I am currently in the process of going through Ticciati's Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians, which states the following (Theorem 13.7.11): "Let $g$ be a differentiable function from $S^3$ to a ...
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Mathematics and Physics prerequisites for mirror symmetry

I am a physics undergrad interested in Mathematical Physics. I am more interested in the mathematical side of things, and interested to solve problems in mathematics inspired by physics maybe with the ...
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How to do this integral

Prove that $$\int \frac{d^{n}q}{(2\pi)^{n} }\frac{q^{2a}}{(q^{2}+D)^{b}}=D^{-(b-a-n/2)}\frac{\Gamma (b-a-n/2)\Gamma (a+n/2)}{(4\pi )^{n/2}\Gamma (n)\Gamma (n/2)}$$ The angular part is easy to do as ...
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What is quantum field in terms of mathematics?

I am reading a book on quantum field theory, while I have never been trained as a physicist. I found a big gap in language and have trouble understanding what physicists mean by "quantum field". If I ...
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Wilson lines, boundary condisions, surface defects of TQFTs

I have been studying (extended) topological quantum field theories (in short TQFTs) from the mathematical point of view and I have no background of the physics point of view. Sometimes I encountered ...
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Steps toward making the Feynman integral rigorous

I would like to know if there has been any progress recently toward giving the Feynman integral a rigorous definition. I heard that Richard Borcherds is working on giving quantum field theory a ...