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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The true dimension of Dirac field

In natural units with $\hbar=1$ and $c=1$, as we know, the energy dimension of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ in QED is $\frac{3}{2}$. But in cgs units, what is the true dimension of the Dirac field $\psi(...
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Why are there e.m. vacuüm fluctuations?

According to the rules of qft there are virtual photons in the vacuüm. But how can this be if for the production of photons you need an electric charge?
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Plasmon quenching vs plasmon decay. What is the difference?

I'm reading an article "Quenching, Plasmonic, and Radiative Decays in Nanogap Emitting Devices" (pubs.acs.org/journal/apchd5). I don't understand the following: Counterintuitively, we evidence ...
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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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What does it mean physically to set $\exp(ikr)=1$ in the dipole approximation?

In the dipole approximation one sets the $exp(ikr)=1+ik.r+...=1$. ($|<f|exp(ikr)\epsilon.r|i>|^2$). Which makes $k.r=0$. What does it mean physically? Is the plane transverse wave converted to ...
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Does an electromagnetic wave necessarily contain many photons? [duplicate]

I've often come across people saying from a quantum physics standpoint that an electromagnetic wave necessarily contains many photons. But doesn't the double-slit experiment conducted one photon at-a-...
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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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Deep Inelastic Scattering - electromagnetic current

When one tries to compute the deep inelastic scattering for the process: where $l$ is a lepton with incoming momentum $k$ and outgoing $k'$, $h$ is an hadron with momentum $P$, $q$ denotes some ...
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Why can't a real scalar couple to the electromagnetic field?

If we have a complex scalar $\phi$ we know that the gauge-invariant interaction with $A$ is given by $A^\mu J_\mu$, where $J$ is the Noether current of the $U(1)$ symmetry of the Lagrangian $$ J_\mu\...
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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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How can my window not scramble the image of my yard?

How can an image pass through a window if the atoms in the glass randomly emit photons in any direction? I've read that glass is transparent because the atoms don't readily adsorb visible light, so it ...
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Connection between statistical and quantum mechanics

I am aware of Gibbs measures, given the energy (Hamiltonian) of an arrangement, one can determine the frequency of the arrangement. Plug the energy level in the Boltzman equation and there you go. I ...
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Are there negative energy states in QED?

I was reading Weinberg I, when I came upon the following statement$^1$ (slightly edited by me): \begin{align} (\not p+m)u=ie\not A\\ (\not p-m)v=ie\not A \tag{1} \end{align} The minus sign on ...
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Why have our eyes not evolved to see “gluons”? [closed]

Bit of a random question...photons are the propagators for QED, and we rely on photons to see the world around us. The gluon is the propagator in QCD. Why have our eyes not evolved to see gluons (...
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Is Huygens's Wave Theory still correct?

We have to study on details about Huygens's Wave Theory though we have Electromagnetic theory, quantum theory today. Is it still correct or not?
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What is the QED model about half wave plate?

Surely classical electrodynamics (CED) has a good and well-known answer about the change of light polarization in a HWP (or Quarter wave plate). I tried to find how does this look like from point of ...
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Conservation of BRST current in QED

I am trying to understand the conservation of the BRST current in QED but am having some trouble. This is what I have so far, QED lagrangian density in Lorenz gauge is, $$L = \frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\...
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Preference of Chirality

I was interested to see that , $$ \gamma^5 \psi = \psi_R - \psi_L $$ By the definition of chirality projection operator and that $\psi = \psi_R + \psi_L$. since $\gamma^5 \psi$ pops up a lot in QED,...
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How could we describe the electric bound state like hydrogen by QED? [duplicate]

We can solve the Schrodinger equation for the Hamiltonian operator from the classical Hamiltonian of hydrogen bound state, consisting of proton and electron attracting each other electrodynamically, ...
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1-loop integration for self-energy

I am trying to calculate the following integral that corresponds to 1-loop contribution to electron self-energy for a specific component of the momentum: $$ \Delta_i(q) = \int \frac{dp_1 dp_2 \ldots ...
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Stimulated Emission in QED

The explanations of stimulated emission which I have found all describe the phenomenon in terms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. How might you describe it in a field theory such as QED? In ...
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One particle infinite manifestation universe [closed]

I know how non-intuitive everything related to quantum physics is and I was thinking on some very unintuitive things like John Wheeler one electron universe theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-...
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What force prevents particles from penetrating other particles?

I understand that what prevents objects from penetrating each other is the electromagnetic force between the electrons in the respective objects. But if we don't have electrons, for example a proton. ...
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Divergent diagrams in QED

I was reading about how to choose divergent diagrams in QED by using the concept of Superficial degree of divergence. We have an empirical relation $$ D= 4-E_b -\frac{3}{2}E_f $$ where $E_b$ is number ...
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How does QED explain reflection? [duplicate]

By reflection of photons from a mirror, the mirror must get an impulse of 2p=h/pi.l for every photon. This means that the mirror receives kinetic energy. But the photon has the energy it has before ...
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Tree Level Feynman Diagrams of Electron Positron Interaction

Consider the interaction $$e^-+e^- \rightarrow e^-+e^-$$ The following is a tree level Feynman diagram for this: We can also make the paths of the two electrons on the right hand side cross over and ...
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Confusion over trying to understand spinor components

I've been reading about the quantisation of the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ and it is stated that the general solution to the Dirac equation $(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-m)\psi(x)=0$ is given by the ...
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How do the mode expansion of the $A_\mu$ field satisfy Maxwell's equations?

I want to show that the mode expansion $$A^\mu(x)=\int\frac{d^3\vec{p}}{(2\pi)^32E_\vec{p}}\sum_r\left[\epsilon^\mu_r(\vec{p})a_r(\vec{p})e^{-ip\cdot{x}}+\epsilon^{\mu*}_r(\vec{p})a^\dagger_r(\vec{p})...
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Resonance Fluorescence spectrum of a symmetric state of two atoms

So recently I've learned about the fluorescence spectrum of an atom (say a two level system) driven by a laser close to its resonance frequency. You get a dressing of the atom states with the laser, ...
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the probability amplitude of a photon

In one of Richard Feynman's lecture, he says that the angle of amplitude of a given path depends on what time the photon is emitted from the source. How does the angle of amplitude depend on time ...
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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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Wave-like description of Compton scattering and photoelectric effect

I have found in the wikipedia page for QFT the following statement: ... Although the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering strongly suggest the existence of the photon, it is now understood ...
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Schwinger metals?

Consider an electromagnetic field that does reach values above the Schwinger limit inside a region of space $R$, on each oscillation. Once the field exceeds the Schwinger intensity, the field causes ...
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Problem understanding electromagnetic interaction with matter (non-relativistic QED)

I'm having trouble understanding the interaction of radiation with matter in (elementary non-relativistic QED) in Coulomb gauge ($\nabla\cdot\boldsymbol{A}=0$). We saw how to quantize the free ...
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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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How to describe time evolution in relativistic QFT?

I must confess that I'm still confused about the question of time evolution in relativistic quantum field theory (RQFT). From symmetry arguments, from the representation of the Poincare group through ...
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Exchange of virtual photons [duplicate]

How does the exchange of virtual photons as per QED explain the electrostatic attraction of particles of opposite charge?
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Why do we require local gauge invariance

My thought on this are somewhat scattered so I apologise in advance. Maxwell's equations are gauge invariant. The physical Electric and Magnetic fields don't depend on whether we use $A_\mu$ or $A_\...
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How does the introduction of a new ground affect a circuit?

I was talking today at lunch with a friend about getting shocked by a light socket while changing a light bulb the other day. The glass got separated from the metal threads where the positive and ...
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How light splits up into different colours when passed through prism using QED?

I want to know how light gets splits up into different colours when it is passed through prism? How light interacts with atoms and electrons of the prism? Can someone explain this to me using Quantum ...
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Does light with opposite spins cancel out the probability of an event?

I'm an A level student and as i was reading QED by Richard Feynman, I came across something really interesting, that light can be reflected from all parts of the mirror according to the quantum theory....
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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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Probability of photon to photon collision

2 photons having sufficient energy can collide and form an electron positron pair (which then annihilate and form a new photon pair - with lower energy?). I assume this means that they can't collide (...
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Proof of Furry's theorem

i was wondering if anyone could give an explicit calculation or show a link that shows the proof to Furry's theorem. showing how the vacuum expectation value of any odd number of electromagnetic ...
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Revisiting the microscopic concept of Touching with some more questions

This question is regarding the amazing answer given by Terry Bollinger at this Phys.SE post. I think this answer is very helpful but i do have some standing questions. He says Once the bonding ...
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Does this vertex equal 0?

If I have an interaction term in my Lagrangian that looks like: $\mathcal{L}_{int} = (\partial_\mu B_\nu)(A^\mu B^\nu - A^\nu B^\mu)$ where B is a massive spin-1 field. Am I correct in thinking that ...
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Do EM waves transmit spin polarization?

Suppose you have a normal dipole antennae (transmitter and receiver) . Spin polarized current (as opposed to normal current) is sent into the transmitter, it emits an EM wave and the Receiver receives ...
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How does absorption of light by atoms and molecules work?

I found this question on a hobby science forum (mainly about chemistry) and found embarrassingly that I couldn't answer the question. A few searches along the lines of 'photons absorption' here on Ph....
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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 ...