By Luis Alvarez-Gaumé

ISBN-10: 3642237282

ISBN-13: 9783642237287

Why can we want Quantum box thought After All?.- From Classical to Quantum Fields.- Theories and Lagrangian I: topic Fields.- Theories and Lagrangian II: Introducing Gauge Fields.- Theories and Lagrangian II: the traditional Model.- in the direction of Computational principles: Feynman Diagrams.- Symmetries I: non-stop Symmetries.- Renormalization.- Anomalies.- The starting place of Mass.- Symmetries II: Discrete Symmetries.- powerful box Theories and Naturalness.- distinctive Topics.- Notation, Conventions and Units.- A Crash path in crew Theory.- Index

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The vacuum energy of the electromagnetic field is equal to that of two massless scalar fields, corresponding to the two physical polarizations of the photon (see Sect. 2). Hence we can apply the formulae derived above. A naive calculation of the vacuum energy in this system gives a divergent result. This infinity can be removed by subtracting the vacuum energy corresponding to the situation where the plates are removed E(d)reg = E(d)vac − E(∞)vac . 69) This subtraction cancels the contribution of all the modes outside the plates.

X4 ) = G 2 (x1 , x2 )G 2 (x3 , x4 ) + G 2 (x1 , x3 )G 2 (x2 , x4 ) + G 2 (x1 , x4 )G 2 (x2 , x 3 ). 68) Any other correlation function is computed in terms of G 2 (x1 , x 2 ) following the same algorithm. In fact, this property is the defining feature of any free quantum field theory: the propagator completely determines all other correlation functions of the theory. 3 The Casimir Effect The vacuum energy encountered in the quantization of the free scalar field is not exclusive of this theory.

Indeed, if (x − x )2 < 0 there is always a reference frame in which both events are simultaneous, and since iΔ(x − x ) is Lorentz invariant we can compute it in this frame. 42) does not depend on p 0 . Therefore, the integration over p 0 gives ∞ dp0 ε( p0 )δ( p 2 − m 2 ) −∞ ∞ dp0 = −∞ = 1 1 ε( p0 )δ( p 0 − E p ) + ε( p0 )δ( p 0 + E p ) 2E p 2E p 1 1 − = 0. 44) So we have concluded that iΔ(x − x ) = 0 if (x − x )2 < 0, as required by microcausality. Notice that the situation is completely different when (x − x )2 ≥ 0, since in this case the exponential depends on p0 and the integration over this component of the momentum does not vanish.