Quantum-ElectroDynamics (QED) is the quantum field theory believed to describe the electromagnetic interaction (and with some extension the weak nuclear force).

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Aharonov-Bohm experiment: A possible way to understand potentials?

I'm posting this question as a function of an another question I found here: What is potential energy truly? The answer of WetSavannaAnimal aka Rod Vance. As I understand the hole point is to see ...
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First-order EM Feynman diagram?

Is there any 1st order electromagnetic Feynman diagram? I.e. a process whose probability is just $\propto \alpha_{EM}$? If not, is there any physical reason why? We always need at least two particles ...
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Why can't Compton scattering happen in leading order of perturbation theory?

Why is the matrix element of Compton scattering in leading order of perturbation theory equal to zero? Why can this process only be described in second order of perturbation theory, i.e. with exchange ...
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How do logarithms show up in the one loop calculation of the vacuum polarization in QED?

I am following Peskin with the computation of the vacuum polarization in QED and there is one thing I do not see. Equation (7.90) reads ...
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The Schwinger Limit and the Breit-Wheeler Process

The Breit-Wheeler process requires a two photon system to have a total energy of at least twice the rest mass of an electron, which is determined by the frequencies of the photons. The Schwinger ...
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Why do Lorentz invariance and Ward identities imply the structure $\Pi(k^2)(k^2\eta^{\mu\nu}-k^{\mu}k^{\nu})$ for the photon self energy?

In the first page of this link we can read that Ward identities and Lorentz invariance make the form if the photon self-energy be $$\Sigma^{\mu\nu}=\Pi(k^2)(k^2\eta^{\mu\nu}-k^{\mu}k^{\nu}).$$ Why?
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Vacuum has zero spin in Dirac theory

I have troubles trying to prove a statement made by Peskin-Schroeder in page 61, section 3.5 where he says that the "spin" operator $J_z$ given by the non numbered equation $$ J_z= \int d^3 x ...
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Propagation speed of photons when taking higher-order QFT corrections into account

In our group of experimental physicist who have nothing to do with and know very little about quantum field theory, we recently had a question concerning the propagation speed of photons in vacuum: ...
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In an electron-positron annihilation, in what direction are the photons released?

I read that, in an electron-positron annihilation, at least 2 photons are produced, because of the law of conservation of momentum. my question is: in what direction are those photons released? and ...
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Why is tree-level interaction between neutral scalar and photons non-renormalizable?

I've read that the decay of a neutral scalar particle into two photons, i.e., $$ S(p+q) \to \gamma(p) + \gamma(q) $$ can't happen via tree diagrams and instead is caused by loop diagrams (such as a ...
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Feynman Diagram in QED non relativistic limit

I am following Peskin to read Feynman diagram. But in this image given, he used the non-relativistic limit to write the incoming fermion gamma mu product. How did he get it? Any explanations in ...
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Photon propagator inverse

If i have the operator $D^{\mu\nu}=\partial^{\mu}\partial^{\nu}+m\epsilon^{\mu\alpha\nu}\partial_{\alpha}$. What's your inverse $(D^{\mu\nu})^{-1}$?
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How to count the number of modes/polarizations of a Gaussian field theory?

A Gaussian (free) field theory is described by a quadratic action of the field, e.g. $S=\int\psi^\dagger K\psi$ (or $S=\frac{1}{2}\int\phi^\intercal K\phi$ for real fields). Usually one just need to ...
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How are (semi-) static fields treated quantum-mechanically?

I am trying to understand a seemingly paradoxical assertion in this answer which argues that the magnetic field of an inductor corresponds to virtual photons because there is no net momentum ...
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Models of light

As far as I'm aware, there are two different (and almost contradictory) models that describe the behavior of light: light as a wave (EM), and light as a particle (QM). From what I've heard, depending ...
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Why most of physics is somehow related to light? [closed]

It seems that for the past 200 years, every physicist is concerned about light. For example : Newton's particle model, Young experiment, Photo-Electrict effect and Einstein's formula, Special ...
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How does the electric field operator change inside an optical cavity

In the free field, transverse electric field operator is given by the below expression; $$d^{\bot}(R)=i \sum_{p,\lambda}\Big( \frac{\hbar cq}{2V\epsilon_{0}}\Big)^{1/2} ...
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Which of the following produces more current? [closed]

In (1) photoelectric effect, (2) Compton effect, and (3) pair production, a beam of electrons are released. Out of Three Which produces More current? And How?
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How wrong are the classical Maxwell's equations (as compared to QED)?

Now, I don't really mean to say that Maxwell's equations are wrong. I know Maxwell's equations are very accurate when it comes to predicting physical phenomena, but going through high school and now ...
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Electric current $j^{\mu}$ in standard QED vs. scalar QED

The expression for the 4-current $j^{\mu}$ in standard QED is $$ e\bar{\Psi}\gamma^\mu\Psi $$ and $$ \frac{e}{2 i}(\psi^\dagger D^\mu \psi - (D^\mu \psi)^\dagger \psi) $$ in scalar QED. I ...
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What do the tensors here equal to?

In the process $$e^+e^- \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$$ for which the amplitude can be written as: $M= \epsilon^*_{1\nu}\epsilon^*_{2\mu}(A^{\mu\nu}+\tilde{A}^{\mu\nu})$, where $\epsilon_i$ is the ...
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Gauge invariance (QED)

In his book, the author says that according to the Feynman diagrams of this process in QED $$e^+ e^- \rightarrow \gamma \gamma,$$ gauge invariance requires that $$k_{1\nu}(A^{\mu\nu} + ...
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How do you visualize a quantized electromagnetic field?

Quantizing the EM field gives you the standard sum of all quantum harmonic oscillators as given by this hamiltonian: $$ \hat{H} = \sum_k \hbar\omega_k( \hat{a}^\dagger_k \hat{a}_k + 1/2) $$ ...
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Electron-positron scattering: why is this the only diagram?

This is probably a very basic question, but I've been going through all my course materials and looking through various books to find a simple way of figuring this out. But consider the following ...
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Can an electron which is a bound in an atom absorb more than one photon at the same time? [duplicate]

Can an electron which is a bound in an atom absorb more than one photon at the same time ? In specific during photo-electric emission can an electron take in more than one photon if one photon doesn't ...
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Is it possible to give photons an electric charge?

I know that photons have no electric charge and that they are stable, but is it possible to give them a positive or negative charge? If so how?
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Is there an expression for field charge analogous to field mass?

In electrodynamics, it is possible to derive an expression for the field momentum for a given moving charge distribution (e.g. a sphere with uniform velocity) and from that infer an "electromagnetic ...
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Could future experiments on “Gravitational Casimir Effect” confirm the existence of gravitons?

From Casimir effect, we know that when two plates are placed very close to each other in vacuum, they attract each other because the quantum fluctuations that press on the two plates' outer surfaces ...
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Is the elementary charge really a constant of nature? - Accuracy of QED

There are a couple of natural constants; examples are Planck's constant or the Speed of light in vacuum. The elementary Charge is the coupling factor to all Kind of electromagnetic interactions; this ...
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Are electron fields and photon fields part of the same field in QED?

I know in classical field theory we have the electromagnetic field. And Maxwell's equations show how electromagnetic radiation can propagate through empty space. I also have been reading about QED ...
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Physical meaning of the coupling matrix in Fermi golden rule

I am calculating the energy transfer rate using Fermi golden rule where the coupling matrix $M$ is obtained using second order pertubation method. $$ \Gamma_{tran}=\frac{2\pi}{\hslash}|M|^{2}\rho$$ ...
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How do photons mediate (or create) a force?

Is there a somewhat intuitive explanation as to why the exchange of a photon between two particles causes a force between those particles? Is there a difference in the way massless and massive ...
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Positronium energy level in QED

I'd like to know if it is possible to compute positronium mass and lifetime from a QED approach. I'm searching for some literature on how to treat resonances in QED (or general QFT) ; most of the ...
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Energy conservation if photon absorbed below resonance

Suppose I have some quantum system (like atom) with excitation energy $E_{exc}$ which is homogeneously broadened due to finite lifetime. I shine light with narrow spectrum centred around energy ...
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Correction of arrow of particle direction

I have seen a stamp of Richard Feynman where Feynman hold the famous Feynman diagram. But is there any problem of the direction of arrow?
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Invariance of the QED Lagrangian under charge conjugation

Is it true that the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \bar{\psi}(i\gamma^\mu D_\mu-m) \psi $$ is invariant under charge conjugation? $$\begin{align} \psi &\mapsto -i(\gamma^0 \gamma^2 \psi)^T\\ ...
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What are some practical things one can do with classical electrodynamics and QED?

Many basic types of physics have ready and obvious everyday applications. For instance, basic electromagnetism vector calculus can give great insights into how something as simple as a bar magnate ...
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Basic QED - How are conserved charges expressions throught ladder operators derived?

I can't find this in similar questions, and I must be missing something very basilar since I can't find this in any textbook or online note: they just skip the passage. So, from my course's notes, we ...
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Why quantum electrodynamics? [duplicate]

Most of the people seem pretty much content with classical electromagnetic theory .And most of the applications use classical EM theory .However, in such situations I would like to know what was the ...
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How the experimental charge $e=1.60217657 × 10^{-19} C$ has precisely this value?

The coupling constant that we measured in "arbitrarily" low energy is $e=1.60217657 × 10^{-19} C$. How this is presented in Renormalization Group flow in charge coupling space? Why the action of the ...
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In the context of quantum field theory, what does it mean to “couple” something?

Suppose I have the following Lagrangian density \begin{equation} \mathcal{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} \end{equation} The lecture notes I an reading suggest if I want to "couple to ...
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Converting mode expansion to an integral in an Cavity

Assuming the cavity length is large, can we convert the summation over cavity EM modes to an integral form? In that case is it reasonable to do below conversion? p is the mode number.
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What are the electromagnetic fields of a photon?

I'm looking for expressions for the electromagnetic fields (preferably $E$ and $B$) of a typical photon which is localised in space to some extent (i.e. I'm not interested in the infinite plane wave ...
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How do I calculate a Feynman diagram with one loop?

I'm following Peskin & Schroeder and I'm trying to calculate the momentum space representation for the following diagram, Q4 in this link. Paper The loop is what's causing me problems. I'm not ...
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Can we measure the electron spin independently of its magnetic moment?

What experimental evidence do we have for the intrinsic angular momentum of the electron (its spin)? I am specifically interested in whether we have a value for this that is independent of the ...
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Conservation of energy and momentum in photoelectric effect

Sometimes it is shown that in a Compton scattering it is not possible that the photon transfers all it's momentum and energy to the electron, see for example here: If one assumes complete energy and ...
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Why is the frequency bandwidth of the environment important for Markovianity?

In the derivation of Spontaneous Emission in two level systems in Quantum Optics (be it Wigner Weisskopf or a different approach, such as density operators to find the master equation), one makes ...
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If 2 photons collided head on, what would happen? [duplicate]

If 2 photons, in perfect synch (frequency, amplitude, etc. were all equal) and they collided head on, what would happen? Would they pass right through each other? Would they interfere, then go back to ...
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Is colour a purely quantum effect?

If the colour of an object is determined by the wave-lengths of light that is absorbs and reflects (?) then can colour be described as a purely quantum effect (i.e. without quantum effects an objects ...
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Mølller scattering

I came across Mølller scattering today (which is just a fancy name for electron-electron scattering. I'm confused as to why there are two tree level Feynman diagrams for this process: Check out the ...