Ghosts in Practical Calculations - Questions Answered

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In summary, the conversation is about incorporating ghosts in practical calculations and whether there are two ghost diagrams for each closed gluon loop. The expert responds that there is only one diagram with ghosts running in the loop and explains how the ghost propagator and vertex work in this scenario.
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Hey guys,

I have a question about how to incorporate ghosts in practical calculations. So, from what I understand I have to add a factor of -1 for each closed gluon loop, right? But there are two ghost fields, c and \bar{c} appearing when I quantize the path integral. Does that mean that I also have in principle TWO ghost diagrams for each closed, say, gluon loop?

An example: Let's look at the two-point, 1-loop scattering in pure Yang-Mills. I will only have gluon content, so my guess for the diagrams would be:

physical1-loop = "1-loop all gluon"-"1-loop c-ghost"-"1-loop-\bar{c}-ghost".

Is that correct? I can find a clear explanation...

Thanks!
 
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There's only one diagram with ghosts running in the loop. The ghost propagator takes a [tex]c[/tex] ghost to a [tex]\bar{c}[/tex], while the vertex is gluon-[tex]c[/tex]-[tex]\bar{c}[/tex]. You can never have a [tex]c[/tex] or [tex]\bar{c}[/tex] running in a loop independently.
 

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1. What is the scientific explanation for the presence of ghosts in practical calculations?

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