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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Why the Hamiltonian and the Lagrangian are used interchangeably in QFT perturbation calculations

Whenever one needs to calculate correlation functions in QFT using perturbations one encounters the following expression: $\langle 0| some\ operators \times \exp(iS_{(t)}) |0\rangle$ where, ...
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Euler-Lagrange Equation in Quantum Field Theory

The quantum fields are operator valued distributions. In some sloppy books like Peskin and Schroeder the Euler-Lagrange equation are used to get the equations of motion. What does it mean to take a ...
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Vacuum persistance amplitude

E. Fradkin's Field Theories in Condensed Matter Physics formulas 3.57 and 3.58: I feel really sad about it, but all my tries of getting from formula $$ Z = \operatorname{tr} \hat{T} \prod_{j=1}^{...
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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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Feynman's derivation of the Schrödinger equation

I'm reading the following article: Feynman's derivation of the Schrödinger equation In this article, the autor claims that Feynman derivation of the Schrödinger equation was a key aspect of the ...
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Wilsonian Renormalisation — Peskin & Schroder Sect. 12.1

I'm working my way through Peskin & Schroeder, but some of the details of the calculations done in their introduction to the renormalisation group are slipping past me. For concreteness, the ...
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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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Electron - neutrino scattering effective Lagrangian

The electron and neutrino can interact through an intermediary Z boson, via the Lagrangian: $$ L= \frac{1}{2} \partial_\mu \phi_Z \partial^\mu \phi_Z - \frac{1}{2} m_Z ^2 \phi_Z ^2 -g_{\nu} \phi_Z \...
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Gaussian path integrals and convergence

The Hamiltonian path integral in quantum mechanics, for a particle with coordinate $q$ and momentum $p$ and Hamiltonian $H=p^2/2m+V(q)$, is $\int \mathcal{D}q(t)\mathcal{D}p(t)e^{i\int_0^T(p\dot{q}-\...
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Lack of Maslov index in the path integral formalism

Introduction Consider Feynman's famous path integral formula \begin{equation} K(x_a,x_b) = \int \mathcal{D}[x(t)] \exp \left[ \frac{i}{\hbar} \int_{t_a}^{t_b} dt \, \mathcal{L}(x(t),\dot{x}(t),t) \...
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Partition function and coherent state path integral

I have been working through the derivation of the partition function expressed as a path integral in terms of coherent states, following the many-body condensed-matter field theory books of Altland &...
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Feynman propagator for photons and the actual propagation of photons

Reading some books of quantum field theory (c.f. LH Ryder. 'Quantum Field Theory') it seems that the concept of path integrals in quantum mechanics may be extended to the field theory using the ...
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Stratonovich integral in quantum field theory

I'm reading a paper on Wick renormalization and there are a couple of things that are not that clear to me. The paper ends with the following sentence: In Euclidean quantum field theory, the ...
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Exchanging a local operator with a path integral

I am reading a paper by J. Polchinski, called "What is string theory", hep-th/9411028. In eq. 1.1.9, and the line before it, the author seems to have used: $$\langle \partial_z \partial_{\bar{z}} X(z,...
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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) = \frac{1}{(p^0)^2-\left(\left(n\pi/...
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Quantum mechanics: Path integrals vs normal

What are the similarities and differences in the theory for quantum mechanics using path integrals versus the normal method using wave functions?
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Propagator from Path integral

In class we have proved something like: $$ \frac{\partial^2 Z(J,\bar{J})}{\partial J(x) \partial \bar{J}(x')}\frac{1}{Z}|_{J=\bar{J}=0}=\Delta(x-x').$$ That by introducing source terms to path ...
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Analyzing the free-particle kernel [closed]

I recently began studying the theory of path integrals from the book by Feynman and Hibbs. The Problem $3.6$ asks to give an argument to show that $F(t_b,t_a)$ depends only on $t_b-t_a$. ...
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Determinants in path integrals in gauge theories and geometry

I know that in the formalism of path integral it is easy to show how determinants, corresponding to gauge fixing condition and FP ghosts, appear. But there is strict explanation of these determinants ...
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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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Feynman's Path Integral Approach: The Complex Exponentiated Action [duplicate]

I'm working on a project covering Feynman's Path Integral Approach. I'm having trouble intuitively grasping what motivates the introduction of the expression $e^\frac{iS}{\hbar}$, where S is the ...
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Where is the BRST symmetry?

When quantizing YM we start from the gauge fixed path integral (to remove redundancy of integrating over Gauge symmetric configurations) $$\int \mathcal{D}A \delta(G(A)) \text{det} \Delta_{FP}e^{i\int ...
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What's the Propagator in the Free Particle Case? (Path Integrals with Source Term)

If I take the Lagrangian to be, $$L(t)=\frac{1}{2}m \dot q(t)^2$$ The Euclidean Path Integral is supposed to be, $$K=\int D[q(t)] \ e^{-\int L(\dot q) d \tau}$$ If I add a source term $J(\tau)$ we ...
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In path integral of multiply connected manifold, how to prove the partial amplitudes are linear independent? [closed]

In path integral of multiply connected manifold $X$, $$K(b,t_b;a,t_a)=\sum_{\alpha\in \pi_{1}}\chi(\alpha)K^{\alpha}(b,t_b;a,t_a)$$ where $K^\alpha$ is called partial amplitude, $\alpha$ denotes the ...
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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 S}{\...
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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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Path integral (sum over paths where $v>c$) [closed]

The path integral formalism is used to get for example the propagator of particles. In this formalism we integrate over all mathematically possible paths (and weight them with the non-relativistic ...
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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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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]}, \end{...
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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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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\} \exp\left[{\frac{i}{\hslash}...
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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 true?...
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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)\, \delta(-\partial_0\Phi+j)\,\,...
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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 ...