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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General properties of Matsubara frequency summations

By properties, I mean linearity, shifting, commutativity, etc. I was hoping to evaluate something like $S_\eta = \dfrac{1}{\beta}\displaystyle\sum_{i\omega} g(i\omega)$ where $g(i\omega) = ...
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Path Integral using lagrangian

I am trying to solve the following integration using path integral but unable to solve it. I just want the integration of exponential part. The part marked in red is lagrangian of the equation. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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} dt \langle \Phi(t) | i ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Modern relevance of canonical quantisation [closed]

In some modern field theory texts such as Siegel's Fields it is claimed that canonical quantisation of fields is obsolete as it is not used it modern research papers. Thus, it should be removed from ...
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Is the Path Integral formulation of QM just a mathematical tool? [closed]

Is the Path Integral formulation of QM just a mathematical tool or does it offer deep physical insights on the nature of QM? Is it just an alternate way to describe Quantum Mechanics? Could someone ...
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Feynman Path Integral as a Quantization Scheme

Why isn't the path integral usually discussed as a quantization scheme, like geometric and deformation quantization? Was searching wikipedia for this.
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Time-ordered product vs path integral

Suppose we have the Green function $$ G(k) \equiv \tag 1\int d^4x e^{ikx}\langle 0| T\left(\partial^{x}_{\mu}A^{\mu}(x)B(0)\right)|0\rangle , $$ which in path integral approach is equal to $$ \tag 2 ...
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Transition Amplitude in Field Theory

I am currently reading the "Quantum Field Theory" by Lewis Ryder. In chapter 5 he is talking about path integrals and says that the transition amplitude $ \langle q_f t_f \vert q_i t_i\rangle $ is $$ ...
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Unsolved Potentials in Path Integral

I just started learning on path integral on my own. It seems that the path integral method is not always able to be solved, depending on the potential. On the other hand, these potentials are ...
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Green function of squared chiral pseudoscalar in QCD

I need to compute the Green function $$ G(0) \equiv \int d^{4} x\int D[\text{QCD}]\bar{q}\gamma_{5}Mq(x)\bar{q}M\gamma_{5}q(0)e^{iS_{QCD}} \equiv $$ $$ \tag 1 \equiv \int d^{4}x\langle 0|T( ...
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Is Feynmann gauge reduce always physical gauge?

Is Feynmann gauge reduce always physical gauge? I heard in QCD, Feynmann gauge does not always give correct physics. The lecture says, "Fenymann gauge gives physical gauge, if the theory contains ...
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Doubt in Path integral equation

In Pokorski's "Gauge Field Theories" book, page 108 we find equation (2.87) ...
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Wick rotation in field theory - rigorous justification?

What is the rigorous justification of Wick rotation in QFT? I'm aware that it is very useful when calculating loop integrals and one can very easily justify it there. However, I haven't seen a ...
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Why use coherent state path integral? What is its motivation or goal?

In almost all textbooks of quantum field theory for high energy, they insert the position and momentum eigenstate to formulate the path integral. While in condensed matter field theory, they insert ...
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Theta-parameter vacuum energy

Suppose we have $\theta$-field in QCD (in a special case of constant $\theta$ it reduces to ordinary $\theta$ parameter): $$ \tag 1 Z_{\theta} = \int D[\psi_{QCD}]e^{iS}, $$ where $$ \tag 2 S = \int ...
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How can I understand the tunneling problem by Euclidean path integral where the quadratic fluctuation has a negative eigenvalue?

I came across the S. Coleman's seminal papers 'Fate of the false vacuum' (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.15.2929, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.16.1762) where he describes the tunneling ...
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Topological susceptibility of electroweak theta-term

Suppose EW theory generating functional: $$ Z[\text{sources}] = \int D(A,\psi,\bar{\psi}, H,H^{\dagger})\text{exp}\bigg[i\int d^{4}x\bigg(-\frac{1}{4g_{EW}^2}F_{EW}^2 + \bar{\psi}(D - m)\psi + ...
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Boundary conditions in holomorphic path integral

Consider the holomorphic representation of the path integral (for a single degree of freedom): $$ U(a^{*}, a, t'', t') = \int e^{\alpha^{*}(t'') \alpha(t'')} \exp\left\{\intop_{t'}^{t''} dt \left( ...
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Why are coherent states necessary for defining the fermionic path integral?

I am following the discussion of fermionic path integrals and Grassmann variables in QFT for the Gifted Amateur (ch. 28). It defines a coherent state for fermions $\rvert \eta \rangle$ as ...
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Books on path integral methods [duplicate]

Are there advanced books on applications to physics of the method of path integral? I am aware of some of the standard textbooks on QFT, but looking for more advanced applications of the method.
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Determinant of a propagator

Say I have a path integral $\int D \phi \exp(i S_0)$. $S_0$ is the usual free action $$S_0=\frac{1}{2}\int\phi (-\Box-m^2) \phi=\frac{1}{2}\int \phi G^{-1} \phi,$$ and at the moment I'm not ...
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Lagrangian vs Hamiltonian and symmetry of a theory

It is said that since the path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics/or quantum field theory uses the Lagrangian rather than the Hamiltonian, as the fundamental quantity, it preserves all the ...
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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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Classical mechanics from Quantum mechanics

I'm looking at a way to prove that one recovers, under ad hoc assumptions, classical mechanics from quantum theory. Usually, we can find in textbooks that the propagator $$K(x,x_0;t)=\langle x|e^{-i ...
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Why does Feynman say that Huygens' principle is not correct for optics?

I am reading Feynman's famous paper Space-Time Approach to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, and in section 7 he says: Actually, Huygens' principle is not correct in optics. It is replaced by ...
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Once a quantum partition function is in path integral form, does it contain any operators?

Once a quantum partition function is in path integral form, does it contain any operators? I.e. The quantum partition function is $Z=tr(e^{-\beta H})$ where $H$ is an operator, the Hamiltonian of the ...
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Equivariant cohomology formula

I'm studying equivariant cohomology on three references: Szabo's review about equivariant localization (S); Libine's note on equivariant cohomology (L); Berline, Getzler, Vigne's book "Heat Kernels ...