Momentum space CFT correlators for Hamiltonian truncation

Nikhil Anand, Zuhair U. Khandker, Matthew T. Walters

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We consider Lorentzian CFT Wightman functions in momentum space. In particular, we derive a set of reference formulas for computing two- and three-point functions, restricting our attention to three-point functions where the middle operator (corresponding to a Hamiltonian density) carries zero spatial momentum, but otherwise allowing operators to have arbitrary spin. A direct application of our formulas is the computation of Hamiltonian matrix elements within the framework of conformal truncation, a recently proposed method for numerically studying strongly-coupled QFTs in real time and infinite volume. Our momentum space formulas take the form of finite sums over 2F1 hypergeometric functions, allowing for efficient numerical evaluation. As a concrete application, we work out matrix elements for 3d ϕ4-theory, thus providing the seed ingredients for future truncation studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number95
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2020


  • hep-th


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