Principles of Quantum Electrodynamics

Principles of Quantum Electrodynamics

1st Edition - January 1, 1958

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  • Author: Walter E. Thirring
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483275864

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Principles of Quantum Electrodynamics concentrates on one of the best understood parts of quantum field theory, quantum electrodynamics. It emphasizes the physical basis of the theory and avoids purely mathematical details. For this reason, the book should not be taken as a handbook of field theory, but rather as a compendium of the most characteristic and interesting results which have been obtained up to now. The book is organized into four parts. Part I develops the general mathematical framework, covering units and orders of magnitude, classical electrodynamics, and the general formalism of the quantum theory of fields. Part II deals with free fields. It examines some problems concerning the physical interpretation of the theory and asks whether the quantization procedure adopted actually introduces quantum characteristics and, if so, how these are expressed by the formalism. It also investigates the expectation values of more complicated expressions. Part III examines the effects of a mechanism which produces the particles under consideration; i.e., an external source of the fields. Part IV deals with quantum fields in interaction. The focus is on the case of a quantized electromagnetic field, the source of which is a quantized Dirac field.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword to the German Edition

    Foreword to the English Edition

    Notation

    Part I. General Introduction

    1. Units and Orders of Magnitude

    A. Structure of Atoms

    B. Emission of Photons

    C. Scattering of Particles

    D. Quantum Effects of the Electric Field

    2. Classical Electrodynamics

    3. The General Formalism of the Quantum Theory of Fields

    Part II. Free Fields

    4. General Discussion

    5. Special Fields

    6. Matrix Elements

    7. Fluctuation Phenomena

    Part III. Fields with External Sources

    8. General Formula

    9. Emission of Light

    10. The Dirac Field in an External Electric Field

    11. The Limitations of Measurability

    Part IV. Interacting Fields

    12. General Orientation

    13. Scattering Processes

    14. Renormalization Theory

    15. Higher Order Corrections

    16. Outlook

    Appendixes

    Appendix I

    Appendix II

    Problems

    Solutions

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1958
  • Published: January 1, 1958
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483275864

About the Author

Walter E. Thirring

About the Editor

H. S. W. Massey

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