In mathematical physics, constructive quantum field theory is the field whose objective is to establish existence theorems for models of quantum field theory. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_quantum_field_theory)

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shifting integration variable and taking derivative seemingly giving problem

I am doing loop integral in quantum field theory, and an issue in shifting integration variable is giving me a problem. Let me illustrate with an example. I have an integral that looks approximately ...
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Correspondence $\{$principal $G$-bundles on $M\}\leftrightarrow\{$conjugacy classes of homomorphisms $\pi_1(M)\to G\}$

Context. I'm reading Qiaochu's short note Surfaces and the representation theory of finite groups which aims to prove Mednykh's formula inspired by ideas from topological quantum field theory. On page ...
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Physical side of TQFT [migrated]

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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Srednicki's QFT - chapter 2 - understanding from a mathematician's point of view

I am reading the first chapters of Srednicki's Quantum Field Theory book, trying to understand them from a mathematician's point of view. In particular, I'm interested to what happens when you try to ...
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Why are these distributions positive?

I am trying to understand some calculations in a paper by Sidney Coleman. He is showing that certain distributions are positive. The paper can be found here. What I am talking about is happening at ...
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QFT for mathematicians

I have a graduate degree in mathematics, I want to learn enough QFT to understand whats going on in Wittens paper about QFT and the Jones polynomial. So I need some QFT and maybe Chern-Simons theory. ...
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Self-energy integral at (complex) polar coordinates [duplicate]

You can think this of the following as a 3d QFT where we try to calculate the self-energy of two fields. $I$ is a this external self-energy and let us assume it does not depend on the loop momenta ...
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Existence of a canonical map of quadratic forms

For $X=\mathbb C^N\oplus \mathbb C^N$ equipped with a real structure $J^2=1$ and symplectic structure $S$ satisfying $$J(z_1,z_2)=(\bar z_2,\bar z_1),~~~~~S(z_1,z_2)=(z_1,-z_2)$$ we see that $X$ has ...
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An Integral Substitution for $\int_0^{1} dy \left(\frac{M^2(y)}{\mu^2}\right)^{-\epsilon}$

I have integral (1) as a result from an advanced QFT problem. $$ \tag{1} I= \frac{\alpha}{2\epsilon} \int_0^1 dy \left( \frac{M^2}{\mu^2} \right)^{-\epsilon} + \mathcal{O}(\epsilon) $$ ...
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Detail of a trick evaluating HQET Self Energy

I have already asked this question in math SE with no luck. I'm reading the HQET book, and I see this in the book Heavy Quark Physics(the book, it is on Page.79). The original integration is $$-\...
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Linear Algebra: Inverting an induced operator.

Question: Given an invertible linear map $U:V\to V$, consider the induced map $\tilde{U}:\Lambda^k(V)\to \Lambda^k(V)$ given by $$\tilde{U}(v_1\wedge \cdots\wedge v_k):=\sum_{j=1}^kv_1\wedge \cdots \...
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A question about functional analysis related to an article of B. Kay

I am reading the article of B. Kay, "A uniqueness result for quasi-free KMS states" (you can download it here, I haven't found it elsewhere) and I am struggling to understand the top of p. 1028. The ...
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Representation of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ over Grassmann algebra

I've noticed that when doing the classical Dirac field, sometimes $\psi(x)$ can be treated as a complex-valued spinor field, but when dealing with canonical or path-integral quantization, it should be ...
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How to integrate with a matrix in the measure?

I've been given the following integral (actually a path integral from quantum field theory). $$ Z(a;N) = \int d^{2n}M.exp(-\frac{1}{2}tr(M^2)-\frac{a}{M}tr(M^4)) $$ where M is a square matrix of size ...
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Separable states and entanglement

A bipartite pure state $\rho=|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|\in End(H_A\otimes H_B)$ was not entanglement if there were $|\psi_A\rangle\in H_A$ and $|\psi_B\rangle\in H_B$ such that $|\psi\rangle=|\psi_A\...
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Entanglement breaking channels

I can't get the proof of Theorem 2 of this. So we have a superoperator as $\Phi\in End(H_B)$ defined using a POVM $\{R_i\}_{i=1}^k$ meaning, every $R_i$ is a positive operator and $\sum_{i=1}^kR_i=I_{...
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Coherent states - operator algebra problem with physics motivation

Motivation: I have a mathematical problem motivated by quantum field theory in physics. It should be quite easy to prove, but for some reason I can't do it. Intro: Let there be operators $\hat{a_i}$ ...
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Atiyah-Segal axioms for TQFT [closed]

Could someone explain the importance of the Atiyah-Segal axioms for TQFT? Why is this studied by mathematicians, why is it interesting or useful?
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How to prove the Weyl identity?

In the post, there is a formula called Weyl identity: \begin{align} e^{-\frac{k}{n}a_n z^{-n}} e^{\frac{\ell}{n} a_{-n} w^n} = e^{\frac{\ell}{n} a_{-n} w^n} e^{-\frac{k}{n}a_n z^{-n}} e^{\frac{k\ell}{...
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Depolarizing channel

At the link I don't understand what is happening for $P_{B|A}$ in the solution of exercise 1. I understand everything up to $P_{B|A}$, first of all what is it? Is it the probability of seeing $|i\...
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A reference containing computational examples for Quantum information

I need a reference, book, lecture note, webpage, or whatever containing a lot of computed examples. What I need is not just something having definitions, statement, proof. I don't need any statement-...
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Extended Topological Quantum Field Theory, (ETQFT) basics ..

What is the functorial (categorical) definition of a TQFT (Topological Quantum Field Theory), which Jacob Lurie "had extended", for his ETQFT ? Actually I just need to know what are basic tools, to ...
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Multidimensional integral involving a Gaussian function

I am trying to to show: \begin{equation} \int_{\mathbb{R}^{n}}{}d^{n}\vec{x}\frac{\partial{}}{\partial{}x^{i}}\left(B(\vec{x})\exp\left(-\frac{1}{2}\vec{x}^{T}A\vec{x}\right)\right)=0 \end{equation} ...
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Cannot solve this integral used in quantum chemistry

I am writing computer code for an implementation of the Hartree Fock algorithm and I am stuck on a certain integral. This is a great walkthrough to get some background : HFTheory Anyway, the set-up ...
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What is happening in this integration?

I found in Peskin-Schroeder, while reading Quantum Field Theory. the following integration. $$\frac{1}{4\pi^2 r}\int_m^\infty \frac{se^{-sr}}{\sqrt{s^2-m^2}} = e^{-mr}$$ at the limit $r \rightarrow \...
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Multidimensional gaussian integral with complex elements.

I am trying to find the answer of this Gaussian integral: \begin{equation} \int{d^{N}\alpha \,\,\,\,e^{-\alpha^{\dagger}M\alpha+\alpha^{\dagger}d}} \end{equation} where $\alpha$ is a vector with ...
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Trouble evaluating spherical Fourier Transform in Quantum Field Theory

(This is purely for personal study - the exercise is 20.2(a) from Lancaster and Blundell (2014), Oxford Uni. Press - an excellent textbook btw.) "Confirm that the Fourier transform of $V(\underline{r}...
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Laymans explanation of the relation between QFT and knot theory

Could someone give an laymans explanation of the relation between QFT and knot theory? What are the central ideas in Wittens work on the Jones polynomial?
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Inhomogeneous Klein-Gordon equation (support of the solution)

I would like to solve the Klein-Gordon equation $$ \partial_\mu \partial^\mu \phi + m^2\phi = f, \quad m>0 \qquad (*)$$ on flat Minkowski space, where $f$ is some test function (smooth and ...
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CFT's vs Vertex Operator Algebras

I am trying to clear my ideas about the relation between a Conformal Field Theory (CFT) and a Vertex Operator Algebra (VOA). For me a CFT based on a (complex) vector space $H$ is a projective monoidal ...
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Integral with $\delta$ function

I got this integral in a quantum field theory problem: $$ \int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\!\!\! dp \, \frac{p^2 \delta\left(\sqrt{p^2-m_2^2}+\sqrt{p^2-m_3^2} -m_1\right)}{\sqrt{p^2-m_2^2} \sqrt{p^2-...
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Reference request for complex scalar field, propagators worked out with path integral approach? [closed]

In quantum field theory, the Lagrangian for the complex scalar field is$$\mathcal{L} = \partial_\mu \phi^* \partial^\mu \phi - m^2 \phi^*\phi.$$Can anyone supply me a reference to where the ...
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Why do we use square in measuring a qubit with probability?

A superposition is as follow: $$ \vert\psi\vert = \alpha\vert 0\rangle + \beta\vert 1\rangle. $$ When we measure a qubit we get either the result 0, with probability $\vert \alpha\vert^{2},$ or ...
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Examples of n+1D TQFT with 1 dimensional Hilbert spaces on n-torus and n-sphere but higher dimensional Hilbert space on other n-manifolds

Are there simple examples of $n+1$D TQFT that assign 1-dimensional Hilbert spaces to both n-torus and n-sphere but higher dimensional Hilbert spaces to some other n-manifolds? Here I am assuming that ...
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Chiral algebras for dummies

Perhaps the following is better suited to mathoverflow but I ask here first. Despite the apparent good will of researchers writing on chiral algebras I seem to have troubles understanding basic things....
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A question concerning the definition of a local function

What is the exact definition of a local function? Is a function said to be local if it depends only on the value of its variable, and a finite number of derivatives of this variable, at a single point?...
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Any reference where the following “partial integration” or “partial residue” concept is defined?

I am studying the on-shell diagrams techniques to compute scattering amplitudes, let's take as a common reference this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.5605. Trying to put the content of the article ...
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Bordism between bordisms

I am reading about $2$-categories of bordisms, denoted $Cob_2(n)$. This paper by Lurie (see page 10) states that the objects of such a category are closed $(n-2)$-manifolds and and for $M, N \in Cob_2(...
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What is the geometric form E8?

All the information I have is from the TEDtalk (http://www.ted.com/talks/garrett_lisi_on_his_theory_of_everything) The wikipedia page is a bit too complicated for me... Does it "replace" string ...
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QFT and topology

I have had a course in topology, I have heard of homotopy quantum field theory and topological field theory, but I dont know anything about QFT, what would be a good starting point to learn about the ...
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Kock Frobenius algebras and 2D TQFTs

My mathematical career consists of selfstudy of the first 7 chapters of Lee topological manifolds. I want to read the book Kock Frobienius algebras and 2d TQFTs. Can you suggest which books and what ...
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Taking squares or square roots of differential forms?

Reading the recent paper Loop Integrands from the Riemann Sphere by Yvonne Geyer, Lionel Mason, Ricardo Monteiro and Piotr Tourkine I noticed that the authors occasionally seem to take squares and ...
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Problems 2.3 in Peskin's book

It's about how to evaluate the integral below, $$ D(x-y)=\int \frac{d^3 p}{(2\pi)^3}\frac{1}{2\sqrt{p^2+m^2}}e^{-i\vec p\cdot (\vec x-\vec y)} $$ it describes the amplitude for a scalar particle in ...
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The amplitude for a photo from a short burst?

I'm imagining a monochromatic point source which is turned on for 1 second. If I take the Feynman propagator $G(x-y) = \frac{1}{(r^2-t^2+i \epsilon)}$ And I integrate it over time for one ...
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Integrating three propagators at a vertex.

Does this have a solution in terms of known functions: If G(x-y) is the Feynman propagator G(x-y) = 1/ ((x-y)^2 +i epsilon) with x and y as 4D ...
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calculating Feynman amplitude of a graph

I'm trying to understand Feynman's theorem mentioned in this paper, Chapter 0.0.2. In this paper, the Feynman amplitude of a graph $G$ is a number obtained as a result of the following process: (...
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Suggest a reading list to start TQFT

What would be books that would give the necessary prerequisities to study TQFT? I want to read something like Kock's Frobenius algebras and 2d TQFTs, I only know enough math that got me through a ...
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How to learn QFT from mathematical perspective?

I want to learn QFT, because I have heard of its applications in mathematics, I am not interested in scattering cross sections and such. Where can I start to learn? Only books I found are either way ...
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Decay of amplitude integral

Consider the function $$ f(\vec{x}) = \int_{\Bbb R^3} {\frac{ e^{-i\,\vec{x}\cdot\vec{k}}}{\sqrt{\vec{k}^2 + m^2}}} d^3 k $$ from Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell. He argues like this: “...