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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What is spin in QFT, non-relativistic QM, and classical physics? When can we ignore spin? [closed]

In section 4.1.1 of quantum field theory book by M. Schwartz, the author wants to calculate electron scattering by photons and writes the following interaction: $$ V= \frac{1}{2}e\int dx \psi_e(x)\phi(...
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By what mechanism is a photon emitted or absorbed in atomic electron state transitions?

I understand atomic emission and absorption spectra well - photons of a specific energy can be emitted or absorbed by atoms, if that energy corresponds perfectly to the energy difference between two ...
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What is the effective (quantum) lagrangian of a fermion field for fixed electromagnetic field?

... or, put it another way, what are the loop corrections to the dirac equation in the presence of a fixed (external) electromagnetic field?. Background Let $\mathcal L=\frac{1}{2}(\partial\phi^2+m^...
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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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Which elementary particles are behind magnetic field, similar as photons behind radio waves?

I see, there are photons behind radio waves. As Wave–particle duality said: the radio waves are waves and at the same time are fluxes of particles called Photons. I'm wondering, what is behind ...
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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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Doubt in Dyson's argument about the divergent nature of the perturbative expansion in QED

I am trying to understand Dyson's argument about the divergent nature of the perturbative expansion in QED. Quoting his own words [...] let $$F(e^2)=a_0+a_1e^2+a_2e^4+\ldots$$ be a physical ...
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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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Why not 2, 3, 4, or more photons can be absorbed by single electron? [duplicate]

During Photoelectric effect and other such phenomenon, when light is made to fall on metal surface, single photon is absorbed by the single electron present in metal atom. Why not 2, 3, 4, or more ...
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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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Why Conserved Current Should Not Need Renormalization?

May be this is trivial but I need to understand why the renormalization of conserved current is not necessary ? As for example, in this paper, they demand (2$^{nd}$ paragraph of the 2$^{nd}$ column in ...
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Electro-mangetic duality, Quantum electro dynamics and N=4 SYM

This question is extension of Electro magnetic duality, Strong weak duality and N=4 super Yangmils which i asked before. Here what i want to know is compare of QED and N=4 SYM in terms of electro-...
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About quantization of EM energy for amplitude-modulated wave

Consider an electromagnetic monochromatic plane wave at frequency $f$ and E-field amplitude $E_0$ in vacuum. From the quantum electrodynamics point of view, we could say that the energy that EM wave ...
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Electro magnetic duality, Strong weak duality and N=4 super Yangmils

How we can interpret this self-dual, or duality in terms of generalized version of electro magneitc duality, or Strong weak duality. Let me address some basic information. First, electro magnetic ...
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Looking for a reference for $\gamma_a e^{a}_{\mu} D^\mu \gamma_b e^{b}_{\nu} D^\nu =D^\mu D_\mu - \tfrac{1}{4}R$

I am having trouble finding references for the following identities: Dirac Operator: $$ \gamma_a e^{a}_{\mu} D^\mu \gamma_b e^{b}_{\nu} D^\nu =D^\mu D_\mu - \tfrac{1}{4}R \tag{1} $$ QED Operator: $$ ...
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Feynman diagrams with ghosts and symmetry breaking

Let us think of an abelian gauge theory, precisely a scalar QED with 3 complex components of the scalar field and a 4-degree auto-interaction mixing components. Let us consider a spontaneously ...
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Are atoms unstable in 4+1 dimensions when quantum mechanics is taken into account?

I understand that in 3+1 dimensions according to classical physics atoms should be unstable however atoms are stable in 3+1 dimensions because the behavior of atoms is governed by quantum physics ...
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Why the QED coupling constant is a continuous function? [closed]

In page 316 of 'Student friendly quantum field theory', when discussing Figure 12-4, it says that the QED coupling constant is a continuous function of $\ln(p)$. But I think it's disconnected at $p=...
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Why does number of photons fluctuate?

When counting photons (with, e.g., a CCD), there is the so-called ''photon noise'' (important at low photon numbers). What is the explanation in the framework of QED, QFT? Is it the Heisenberg ...
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The size of an electron

Considering that an electron is a quantized excitation of the Dirac field, why are there still discussions regarding the "size" of an electron? Isn't the "size" of an electron simply defined as the ...
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Measuring the Dirac field

If the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ is to the electron as the Electromagnetic field is to the photon, why is it that we can measure the Electromagnetic field, whereas the Dirac field we cannot?
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Scalar QED, are there any scalar-fermion vertices in this theory?

Consider QED with an additional charged (complex) scalar field, $\phi$:$$\require{cancel} \mathcal{L} = -{1\over4} F^{\mu\nu} F_{\mu\nu} + (D^\mu \phi)^*(D_\mu \phi) - \mu^2 \phi^* \phi - \overline{\...
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Interpretation of QED gauge freedom

In quantum (or classical) electrodynamics we are free to make gauge transformations, which change the form of terms in the Feynman diagrams (or the potentials) without affecting any physical ...
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Where did the gamma matricies disappear to?

In the discussion of external bremsstrahlung, the following amplitude is used: $$M=i\bar{u}_e(k')e \left(\gamma^\nu\epsilon_\nu \left[ \frac{i \gamma^\nu(k'_\nu+\omega_\nu) + m}{(k'+\omega)^2-m^2}\...
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Tadpole diagram in QED

In $\phi^4$ theory with the $\lambda \phi^4 / 4!$ interaction term gives rise to “tadpole” diagrams like this: If I have a standard QED interaction with $e \bar\psi \gamma^\mu \psi A_\mu$, can I ...
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How are bound states handled in QFT?

QFT seems very well suited to handle scattering amplitudes between particles represented by the fields in the Lagrangian. But what if you want to know something about a bound state without including ...
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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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Feynman diagram for attractive forces

I’m looking at Feynman diagrams for attractive forces and I'm thoroughly confused. Below are three diagrams from HyperPhysics: These all illustrate instances where the forces are attractive. ...
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u-Channel Matrix element for electron-positron annihilation

This one is a quantum related question. The calculation relates to the Matrix element for the annhilation of a electron-positron into two photons: $$ e^-e^+\rightarrow\gamma\gamma $$ I've recently ...
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Can an electron jump to a higher energy level if the energy is insufficient or exceeds the ΔE

Lets say we have an atom of hydrogen. It has one electron on E1 = -13.6 eV (E2 = -3.4 eV) energy level. I know that if we fire a photon with 10.2 eV energy the hydrogen atom will absorb it and the ...
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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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How to understand photons in terms of EM force carrier? [duplicate]

Say, there are 2 stationary electrons placed at a distance. The result of observation would be both flying apart with the same speed and the opposite direction, which would obey laws of conservation ...
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How to Calculate Anomalous Dimensions in (Effective) QED

I am following the conventions here. Consider the (effective) QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}Z_3F_{\mu\nu}^2+Z_2\bar{\psi}i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}\psi-Z_2Z_mm\bar{\psi}\psi+Z_eZ_2\sqrt{...
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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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Is filming 25 micrometer from opposite sides possible QM event? [closed]

I have a Gaussian process where the mean is 0.381 and the standard deviation is 0.524. The process is simplifically the difference of diameters $d_1$ and $d_2$ where $d_1$ is taken from one side, ...
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Why is the term $m\delta_2\delta_m\bar{\psi}\psi$ ignored in the QED Lagrangian?

Consider the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=\bar{\psi}_0(i\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}-e_0\gamma^{\mu}A_{0\mu}-m_0)\psi_0-\frac{1}{4}(\partial_{\mu}A_{0\nu}-\partial_{\nu}A_{0\mu})^2$$ where the 0 ...
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Which problem is Oppenheimer working on in this picture? [closed]

Does anybody recognize the equations on the blackboard? Above his hand, with the $\gamma_k$ term and its complex conjugate, it looks like a written out matrix representation of a Hamiltonian $U$, ...
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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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What is the exact mechanism in line broadening of transition frequencies?

I've been having trouble understanding why transition lines in unperturbed states are not infinitely narrow. I'll run through my reasoning and hopefully that helps find the flaw. I imagine that if we ...
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Quadratic terms in QED lagrangian density

I recently learned that when we speak about a "free lagrangian", this actually means that the lagrangian is quadratic in the fields. When considering the Lagrangian density describing the coupling to ...
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spin direction of the electromagnetic field tensor

I guess the electromagnetic field strength tensor $F_{\mu\nu}$ can be considered as a spin-1 field. So, is it possible to derive $F_{\mu\nu}$'s spin direction based on the elements in the tensor (the $...
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Equal-time commutation relations, Feynman propagator for gauge parameter $\lambda = 1$, physical meaning

Classical electromagnetism (with no sources) follows from the actions$$S = \int d^4x\left(-{1\over4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}\right),\text{ where }F_{\mu\nu} = \partial_\mu A_\nu - \partial_\nu A_\mu.$$The ...
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Maxwell equations and quantized electromagnetic field

When the electromagnetic field is quatized for a single mode, we first take Maxwell equations and proceed to write the electric and magnetic field as a stationary wave, since we consider the ...
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Would the detection of advanced waves be possible in curved space-time?

In the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics reference 1, inspired by the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory, a transaction is formed between the emitter and absorber by a superposition of ...
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Does orbital angular mometum has no meaning for single photons?

In the quantization of free electromagnetic field, it is found that the left-circularly polarised photons corrsponds to helicity $\vec{S}\cdot\hat p=+\hbar$ and right-circularly polarised photons ...
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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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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?
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What are skeleton diagrams and what is their use in qft and many-body physics?

How does one construct skeleton diagrams from specific Feynman diagrams (e.g. for the electronic Green function in QED and in many-body gases, for the polarization function, for the vertex function, ...
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Interpretation of the electromagnetic field strength tensor as a spin-1 field

If I understand correctly the electromagnetic field strength tensor $ F_{\mu\nu}$ could be considered as a spin-1 field. In that case, what can one say about the total spin and the $z$-component of ...
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Does a Description with Photons as Force Carriers Apply for Non-Radiative Systems?

What is the full quantum mechanical description of the statement from classical electromagnetism "the electric field of a uniformly charged infinite flat plane is constant"? By "full" I mean that I'm ...