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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Charge in terms of wavefunctions

For a charged quantum particle, say, an electron or a quark, how in the particle's wavefunction is the electric charge represented? Is it truly possible to represent electric charge using the wave ...
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Ontology of the quantum field

I'll use QED as an example, but my question is relevant to any quantum field theory. When we have a particle in QED, where is its charge contained in the field? Is the field itself charged? If so, ...
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How did QED diverge from quantum mechanics mathematically?

We have either Heisenberg or Schrodinger picture of quantum mechanics world. So, how did quantum electrodynamics come from mathematical formulations of quantum mechanics? Also, QED seems to have ...
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EM field quantization

I'm trying to quantize the electromagnetic field by solving the vector potential wave equation, that is: $$\nabla^{2} \mathbf{A} = \dfrac{1}{c^{2}} \dfrac{\partial ^{2} \mathbf{A}}{\partial t^{2}}, $$...
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Neutral Pion Decay

While studying C-symmetry, a question about neutral pion decay came up. The most probable channels in which neutral pion $\pi^0$ decays are: $\pi^0\longrightarrow\gamma+\gamma$ (98%) $\pi^0\...
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Lightning and nuclear fusion

I'm going to be brief, I just saw a Discovery Channel show that showed a lot of interesting phenomena around lightning (like elves, how cool is that(!)), and got me wondering. 1) Thinking of ...
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Photon one (odd) point function in QED

In Peskin's QFT textbook, when discussing the superficial divergence of loops in QED, the book says (page 317): "To analyse the photon one-point function,note that the external photon must be ...
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Explanation for Refraction of light (change of angle) and Reflection

Refraction: I want a qualitative Quantum Mechanical explanation of why do we see light rays -in the classical picture- bend when light goes from one medium to another. I read that it is due to ...
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Can photons move in circles?

A photon can travel between two points A and B in a straight line. However, there is a chance it will go in a slightly curved path. Is there a chance the photon will turn around? Does this mean that ...
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Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? [closed]

Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? (particle-antiparticle pairs popping into and out ...
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How to choose the proper loop correction?

I review my QFT lecture notes and I am having hard times to figure out the significance of Ward identity in vacuum polarization. In class, we calculated one loop correction stated as $$ i\Pi^{\mu\...
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Compton Scattering Feynman diagram integral expression

I'm trying to write down the integral expression according to the feynman-rules for this Diagram of an electron with compton scattering and a one-loop correction: ![Compton Scattering][1] $$(-ie)^4\...
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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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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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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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Free electromagnetic field in Lorenz gauge

To get rid of the extra term in the QED Lagrangian we need to redefine the electromagnetic four-vector: $A^{\mu} \rightarrow A^{\mu} - \frac{1}{c} \partial_{\mu} a(x)$ where $a(x)$ is the function ...
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Fine structure constant definition

The fine structure constant is usually defined using $e$, $h$ ,$c$ ... However, from QED, we know it cannot be derived but only experimentally measured. Does that mean the usual definition we use in ...
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Radiative mass generation in QED?

Does self-energy correction leading to a modification in the mass of the electron can be called radiative mass generation? In Zee model of radiative neutrino mass generation, the helicity of the ...
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Spinor normalizations in Breit-frame: electric and magnetic form factors

We usually have the normalization (see e.g. page 110 in Halzen & Martin "Quarks and Leptons") $$u^{(r)\dagger}u^{(s)} = 2E\delta_{rs}$$ which leads to $${\bar{u}^{(s)}}u^{(s)} = 2m. $$ ...
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How does exciting an electron's surrounding electromagnetic field cause 'electron excitation'?

In more meaningful words than the ones above, how does adding energy to the EM field cause the electron to to change orbitals or oscillate in a different pattern.
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Lorenz gauge in the Gupta-Bleuler Method

Greiner in his book Field Quantization page 180 & 181 wrote: As shown in (7.24) the Lorenz condition cannot be enforced as an operator identity. Instead we will use it as a condition for the ...
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Explanation of photon reflection [duplicate]

What occurs in atomic scale that cause the photon to be reflected? In other words, what is the reason for photons to change its direction and why material can reflect certain wavelengths and absorb ...
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How Lyman transition (to the ground state from higher excited) happens ? The dipole selection rule is +/- 1?

How are the lyman series observed when the dipole selection rule is +/-1 in l change for hydrogen atom ?
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Interaction of matter with EM fields

For the interaction between electromagnetic fields and matter, when do we have to include quantization of the EM field and when we can ignore it? when do we have to include quantization of atomic ...
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thermal energy while calculating Langevin Forces

I have a quick question from thermodynamics. I remember that we take kT/2 as the kinetic energy per degree of freedom in kinetic theory of gases. But when we do langevin forces (for example in ...
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Atom-photon interaction

When we describe interaction of atom with EM field, we consider the interaction term in Hamiltonian as follows $$ W(t) = -\frac{e}{2\mu c} (\hat{A} \hat{p} + \hat{p} \hat{A}) + \frac{e^2}{2\mu c^2} \...
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Does QED have engineering applications?

QED is certainly important for understanding the physical World; I'm wondering though, does it has any practical, engineering applications? For example, is it sufficient for development of lasers to ...
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The singular term in the operator product of two fermion operators

Consider an operator product $\bar{\psi}(x+\epsilon)\psi(x)$ in which $\psi(x)$ is the fermion field operator in QED. We want to compute the singular term in $\bar{\psi}(x+\epsilon)\psi(x)$ in the ...
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How to calculate the resonance peak of a NV center during a ESR/ODMR measurement?

I am thinking of making an magnetometer with ODMR measurement of a NV center in nanodiamond. But before I do the experiment, I want to estimate the sensitivity of my experiment beforehand ...
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Two Loop QED Feynman Diagram

I'm trying to find the momentum space integral representation of the below Feynman Diagram, but am having troubles with the fact that there are two loops within the system. The main question I have ...
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Semileptonic decay amplitude

I'm trying to do past exam papers and I am absolutely failing understand some things. I would very much appreciate any insights/intuition you have. The part I'm struggling is here: In the first ...
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Invariant amplitude in QED in terms of Mandelstam variables [closed]

So I'm having a little trouble with this question: These are my workings thus far: I just can't seem to get certain terms to vanish. I have the 1/4 factor for going between $8e^4$ to $2e^4$. Is ...
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Under what conditions does a beam splitter entangle two input photons?

There is a dispute on PhysicsForums related to what are the conditions necessary for two photons to be entangled by a beam splitter. Lots of references given by the forum users but they never arrive ...
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Crossing Symmetry in Bhabha scattering and Moller scattering

Given the amplitude for a particular process, it may be possible to obtain the amplitude for another similar process by a so called crossing symmetry. I know there is a $s \leftrightarrow u$ crossing ...
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Change in energy eigenvalue of Schrödigner-Pauli equation

If I apply a uniform magnetic field to a paramagnetic material, I will re-orient the quantum spins of the electrons on the atoms to create a net magnetic dipole moment. When the re-orientation occurs ...
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Finding the dependence of dephasing time on flux noise in Transmon Qubits

Before introducing some relevant concepts I'll begin by stating my question. What I am looking for is the connection between the noise the flux through the SQUID in my transmon qubit (related to the ...
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Lamb shift and logarithmic corrections

Radiative corrections (Lamb shift) to the energy level (1S state) of a hydrogen atom can be written as a power series in $Z\alpha$ and $\ln(Z\alpha)$: $$\Delta E = \frac{\alpha}{\pi}(Z\alpha)^4 \left[...
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Implications for measurement of an initially localized free particle's wavefunction spreading out to infinity?

So, I have been attempting to wrap my head around what happens to a free particle that is initially localized to one spot. It seems that due to their different frequencies, the particle's wavefunction ...
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How to calculate the magnetic field due to orbital angular momentum in the fine structure

How to calculate effective magnetic field due to the angular momentum L in an atom like Na(23)? I found an answer that we could imagine the case that the atom was orbiting the electron now and ...
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Electron matrix element in a most simple QFT problem, the e+ e- annihilation

In the beginning of my new QFT book there is this short chapter called Invitation: Pair Production in $e^{+}$ $e^{-}$ Annihilation. An electron and a positron collide and a couple muon & antimuon ...
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Does energy transmission depend on the speed of incoming particle?

Since a few past days , I am struggling with finding an in depth atomic model of force exchange between colliding paricles (originally newtons third law) , because at this point of time i am unable to ...
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What would happen if a monochromatic light falls on an electron?

An electron is not strictly free, but in terms of QFT, we consider scattering events in an asymptotic framework where free particles would arise at $t \rightarrow \pm \infty$. So, I would like to know ...
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Analyzing electron-positron scattering cross section in detail

It can be found in any quantum electrodynamics book that the cross section for electron-positron scattering in the high energy limit is \begin{equation} \dfrac{\mathrm{d} \sigma}{\sin \theta \, \...
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QCD-Process with superposition-particle

I am a total beginner with non-abelian gauges. To write down a process from a neutral pion ($\pi^0 = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(u\overline{u}-d\overline{d})$) I expect to have to write it as this ...
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Threshold voltage for townsend avalanche effect [closed]

I have an assignment to estimate the minimal voltage required for an avalanche effect to occur. All data I am given is electron energy (10eV) and pressure of the ...
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Photon as a mediator of electric field

How can a photon (which has momentum) from one electrically charged particle to an oppositely charged particle cause these particles to be pulled toward each other - or how can a magnetic field cause ...
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Probability of having more than one multiplication per electron collision?

I am studying Gas Electron Multipliers (GEM) where is a common assumption that there is a one primary multiplication per electron collision: Sauli, Nappi and Knoll. However, I am unsure about this ...
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What is the exact meaning that QED perturbative series is only asymptotic and eventually diverges at very high orders?

When I read paper PRB89, 235431 about the effective field theory of graphene, there is a statement that QED perturbative series is only asymptotic and eventually diverges at very high orders (e. g. ...
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Lagrangian for $\mathcal{N}=4$ SQED in 3D

What is the Lagrangian for $3D$ $\mathcal{N}=4$ supersymmetric QED, with $N_f$ hypermultiplets? In particular, which is the form of the Fayet-Iliopulos terms, and the real mass terms?