Path integral formulation (Due to Feynman) is a major formulation of Quantum Mechanics along with Matrix mechanics (Due to Heisenberg and Pauli), Wave Mechanics (Due to Schrodinger), and Variational Mechanics (Due to Dirac). DO NOT USE THIS TAG for line/contour integrals.

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Are the path integral formalism and the operator formalism inequivalent?

Abstract The definition of the propagator $\Delta(x)$ in the path integral formalism (PI) is different from the definition in the operator formalism (OF). In general the definitions agree, but it is ...
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Calculating $\mathrm{Tr}[\log \Delta_F]$

I am stuck with this problem for quite sometime. I have a propagator in the momentum representation (from this question), which looks like $$ \widetilde\Delta_F(p) = ...
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Propagator in AdS

Can someone explain me why I can write, in some limit, the two point function in a field theory, as a path integral representation over the geodesics?
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Path integral quantization of bosonic string theory

I was reading through my notes on the path integral quantization of bosonic string theory when a general question about path integral quantization arised to me. The widely used intuitive explanation ...
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Equivalence of canonical quantization and path integral quantization

Consider the real scalar field $\phi(x,t)$ on 1+1 dimensional space-time with some action, for instance $$ S[\phi] = \frac{1}{4\pi\nu} \int dx\,dt\, (v(\partial_x \phi)^2 - \partial_x\phi\partial_t ...
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Is it possible to do a path integral between two boundaries analytically on a quantum lattice?

I have been trying to perform some path integral between two boundaries for a massless scalar field $$\int_{\varphi(t_a, \vec{x})}^{\varphi(t_b, \vec{x})} \mathcal{D}\varphi(x)e^{iS[\varphi(x)]}$$ ...
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Global anomaly for discrete groups

We know that: a global anomaly is a type of anomaly: in this particular case, it is a quantum effect that invalidates a large gauge transformations that would otherwise be preserved in the ...
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Linear Response And path integral

I'm following Wen's book on Quantum field theory, and I'm struggling with section 2.2.1 on linear response and response functions. Specifically I'm unable to reproduce equation 2.2.7 in which the ...
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Classical limit of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics

It is well-known that if $S \gg \hbar$, then the classical path dominates the Feynman path integral. But is there some to show that if $S\gg\hbar$, then the particle's trajectory will approach the ...
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Physical meaning of partition function in QFT

When we have the generating functional $Z$ for a scalar field \begin{equation} Z(J,J^{\dagger}) = \int{D\phi^{\dagger}D\phi \; \exp\Big[{\int L+\phi^{\dagger}J(x)+J^{\dagger}(x)}\phi\Big]}, ...
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Casimir forces and its associated Feynman propagator

This is a continuation to my previous question, in which I began an attempt solve the Casimir Force problem using path integrals. As one of the answers there suggest I solve the Feynman propagator ...
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General formula for expanding wave function in terms of orthogonal states?

Given a wave function $\psi(x) = \langle \psi | x \rangle$. It can be expanded in terms of orthogonal states: $$ \langle \psi | x \rangle = \sum_n \langle \psi | n \rangle \langle n |x \rangle $$ ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta ...
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Estimation of an Entropic Path Integral

I'm trying to reproduce some results from a paper (http://www.alexwg.org/publications/PhysRevLett_110-168702.pdf for reference) and basically I need a way of estimating a particular path integral ...
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Itô or Stratonovich calculus: which one is more relevant from the point of view of physics?

Langevin equation provides an example of a physical model which involves a differential equation with a stochastic term. Now, I wonder, how should one treat this? When I studied stochastic processes, ...
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How to deal with boundary conditions for path integrals?

For non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the boundary conditions are rather simple to deal with, they are just \begin{equation} \langle x_1, t_1 \vert x_2, t_2\rangle = \int_{x_1(t_1)}^{x_2(t_2)} ...
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Who developed the phase space path integral?

The original path integral introducted by Feynman is $$ \lim_{N\to +\infty} \int \left\{\prod_{n=1}^{N-1} \frac{\mathrm{d}q_n}{\sqrt{2 \pi i \hslash \varepsilon}} \right\} ...
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Time-dependent Schrodinger equation from variational principle

In the paper, "Density-functional theory for time-dependent systems" Physical Review Letters 52 (12): 997 the authors mentioned that the action $$ A= \int_{t_0}^{t_1} \mathrm dt \langle \Phi(t) | i ...
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Path Integral Quantization in General Relativity

In Ref. 1 I have seen that the action must contain only the first derivative of the metric as required by the path integral approach. I don't understand why. I mean why the path integral approach of ...
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Propagators, Green’s functions, path integrals and transition amplitudes in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory

I’m trying to make a simple conceptual map regarding the things in the title, and I'm finding that I’m a little perplexed about a couple of items. Let me summarize a few things I regard as being true, ...
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Differential equation (Greens function) satisfied by the kernel using path integrals

I'm reading Feynman and Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals. How do I show that the kernel $$\tag{2-25} K(x_2 t_2;x_1 t_1)=\int e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}S[2,1]}\mathcal{D}x$$ satisfies the ...
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The central limit theorem from a path integral?

On https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_integral_formulation it is noted that the central limit theorem can be interpreted as the first historical evaluation of a statistical path integral. Is this ...
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Derivation of Aharonov Bohm effect for Quasiparticles

I've noticed the following: Observation: Central results in the condensed matter physics rely on Aharonov Bohm-type arguments involving quasiparticles with fractional charge. However, I can't ...
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Addtional QFT Book synergetic to Srednicki. Differences $\phi^4$ and $\phi^3$ [duplicate]

I currently hear a course to basic QFT in path integral formulation. Focus is on few and elementary particles, not on many body systems. The lecturer follows the book of Srednicki, which therefore ...
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Divergent path integral

What does it mean to have a divergent path integral in a QFT? More specifically, if $$\int e^{i S[\phi]/\hbar} D\phi (t)=\infty $$ What does this mean for the QFT of the field $\phi $? The field ...
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Feynman path integral course online [duplicate]

There are a lot of books dealing with Feynman path integrals. Are there any online courses introducing Feynman path integrals and their applications?
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Delta functional in path integrals

In a few articles dealing with path integral quantization I came across some calculations where apparently identities of the form \begin{equation} \int (\mathcal{D}\Phi)\, ...
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Are path integrals integrals with countable or uncountable infinite dimensions?

Path integrals are integrals with infinite dimensions. But I recently became confused about if the number of dimensions are discrete/countable or continuous/uncountable. I always thought it should be ...
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How to get anti-commuting rule from the view of field?

I was reading the 1951 Lectures on Advanced Quantum Mechanics and I found something really disturbing. That's the anti-commuting rule mentioned on Page 40 at last. Though it was named as Quantum ...
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Least Action Principle (Classical and Quantum Theory)

I) My first question would be "why should classical systems obey the principle of least action ?" When we find out the propagator in quantum physics, we find the amplitude to be equal to the sum over ...
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Geometric derivation of quantum mechanics from Lagrangian mechanics

I have used classical Lagrangian mechanics for quite a while, and what I like about it is that everything can be derived from a very small number of geometric principles. There are just three things ...
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General properties of Matsubara frequency summations

By properties such as linearity, shifting, commutativity, etc. I was hoping to evaluate something like, $$S_\eta = \dfrac{1}{\beta}\displaystyle\sum_{i\omega} ...
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Motivation for integrals over scalar field

I'm looking for good examples of physical motivation for integrals over scalar field. Here is an example I've seen: If you want to know the final temperature of an object that travels through a ...
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Zeta regularization of Infinite product

I was trying to compute the product $$ P_{a,b} = \prod_{n=1}^\infty(an + b), $$ after I computed $$ P_{1,b} = \prod_{n=1}^\infty(n + b) = \frac{\sqrt{2\pi}}{\Gamma(b+1)}, $$ and the well-known ...
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Good resources for learning/reviewing complex time propagator formalism

I studied this at the beginning of my graduate degree but have to review it for my graduate exam. If it's not clear I'm talking about the $\beta = \frac{it}{\hbar} $ turning the integral of your ...
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Kraus operators + path integrals = Lindblad equation?

The other day our professor was talking about Kraus representation of density operator and the derivation of Lindblad equation. He told that this was related to the Feynman path integrals and that we ...
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Evaluating path integral

I am having some trouble remembering how to evaluate path integrals involving multiple particles. Suppose that I have two interacting particles with Lagrangian $$L= \frac{1}{2}m \dot y^2-\frac{1}{2}m ...
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Anomalous Slavnov-Taylor identity

I will be happy if someone could clarify the mystery here. Consider the following derivation of the anomalous Slavnov-Identity. It's based on lecture notes by Adel Bilal. Suppose we have an action ...
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free energy in the path integral equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model: Shankar

In chapter 21 (eqtn 21.2.90) Shankar gives the free energy (of the PI problem equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model), $$ f=-E_0 = K^* $$ I dont understand how he arrives at this considering in ...
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Quantum Anomalies and Quantum Symmetries

In Quantum Field Theories (QFT) there is a well known phenomenon of anomalies, where a classical symmetry is broken in the quantum theory due to a so called anomaly. This symmetry breaking can be ...
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What is the connection between Hilbert Space and path integrals?

Given a space of states $|\rangle$, $|x\rangle$, $|x,y\rangle$, with the creation operators such as $\hat{\phi}(x)|y,z\rangle=|x,y,z\rangle$ for creating a particle at position $x$ and so on. How ...
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Chern Simons Theory over S^3 as integral - what is domain of integration?

I found these nice lecture notes Lectures on localization and matrix models in supersymmetric Chern-Simons-matter theories so I am hoping to understand some parts of the Chern Simons theory better. ...
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Coherent state path integral - derivation

I divided the time interval $[t_0=:t_i,t_f:=t_N]$ into $N$ steps $[t_{k-1},t_{k}],\, k=1,\dots, N$ and applied the resolution of unity for coherent states \begin{equation} ...
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Free Particle Path Integral Matsubara Frequency

I am trying to calculate $$Z = \int\limits_{\phi(\beta) = \phi(0) =0} D \phi\ e^{-\frac{1}{2} \int_0^{\beta} d\tau \dot{\phi}^2}$$ without transforming it to the Matsubara frequency space, I can ...
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Free space propagator: reconciling two results

In quantum mechanics, the free space propagator $G(q_f=0,q_i=0;\tau)$ can be easily calculated to be $$\sqrt{\frac{m}{2\pi i \hbar \tau}}$$ by inserting an identity operator. However if we use ...
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Making mathematical sense on a Feynman's path integral equation

Usually we find this relation in the context of Feynman's path integral (see, for example, Maggiore's book on QFT, pg 223): $ \int_{q_i}^{q_f}[dq] = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}d\bar{q}\int_{q_i}^{\bar ...
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How does satisfying the Euler-Lagrange equation put a Classical Path on-shell?

I am thinking of what the Euler-Lagrange equation, $$ \frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{x}}\right) - \frac{\partial L}{\partial x} = 0 $$ specifically represents in satisfying the ...
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Path Integral Formulation [duplicate]

The contribution to the propagator from a particular trajectory is $e^{\frac{iS[x(t)]}{ћ}}$. Does anyone knows how to get to this $e^{\frac{iS[x(t)]}{ћ}}$? As in showing me any reliable source ...
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Is the Symmetry factor different in Path integral Formalism?

Is the Symmetry factor different in Path integral Formalism and the Perturbation theory (canonical) formalism? For example, the order-1 4-point cross X diagram in the $\phi^4$ theory has symmetry ...
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Principle of least action: $\frac{d S_{cl}}{dt_b} = \frac{\partial S_{cl}}{\partial t_b} + \frac{\partial S_{cl}}{\partial x_b}\dot{x}_b$

Question I cannot see how I can obtain the yellow highlighted section on the RHS from that of the LHS. The following equation can be found in both my lecture notes(*1) (page 9, equation 2.7) and is ...