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Path integral as a functional determinant

In Peskin and Schroeder on pg. 304, the authors call the fermionic path integral: \begin{equation} \int {\cal D} \bar{\psi} {\cal D} \psi \exp \left[ i \int \,d^4x \bar{\psi} ( i \gamma_\mu D^\mu - m ...
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Determinant of Dirac operator in flat space?

How would you evaluate \begin{equation}|iD\!\!\!\!/-m|\end{equation} Where $D_{\mu}=\partial_{\mu}-ieA_{\mu}$. I have an idea of how to do this without the gauge field, because it's essentially ...
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Computing functional determinant for Dirac fermions

In the path integral formulation for quantum field theory, one often encounters functional determinants of operators, for example for a free scalar field $\log \det (\partial^2+m^2)$. For this ...
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What is the status of Witten's and Vafa's argument that the QCD vacuum energy is a minimum for zero $\theta$ angle?

The argument, which I reproduce here from Ramond's `Journies BSM', is originally by Witten and Vafa in ($\it{Phys}$. $\it{Rev}$. $\it{Lett}$. 53, 535(1984)). The argument is that for $\theta = 0 $ ...
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functional determinant question

why when we want to evaluate a functional determinant we use the expansion near $ t=0$ for the partition function $ \sum_{n}e^{-tE_{n}} \sim \sum_{n} a_{n} (t)t^{n} $ instead of just using the ...
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functional determinant evaluaton

given a Hamiltonian and the semiclassical WKB partition function in units $ \hbar =2m=1 $ $ \Theta (t) = \frac{1}{2\pi} \iint dx dp exp(-tp^{2}-tV(x)) $ can i use this Theta function to evaluate the ...
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Functional determinant approximation

Let the Hamiltonian in one dimension be $H+z$, then I would like to evaluate $\det(H+z)$. I have thought that if I know the function $Z(t) = \sum_{n>0}\exp(-tE_{n})$ I can use $$\sum_{n} ...
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How are functional determinants of Laplace-type operators used in physics?

Many mathematical papers concerning the $\zeta$-regularized Determinant of Laplace-type operators refer for motivation to the broad use of such determinants in mathematical physics, especially in ...