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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How does the Gordon Decomposition of Dirac Current give rise to spin angular momentum?

How does the Gordon Decomposition of Dirac Current give rise to spin angular momentum? I used the Gordon Decomposition to split the Probability Current of the Dirac Field into its orbital current and ...
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Time reversal invariance and boundary conditions in electrodynamics

This is really several related questions... The equations of classical electrodynamics are time-reversal invariant. However, when we solve the equations for a particular system of charges it is ...
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The state of Indefinite metric in Quantum Electrodynamics

I faced difficulties to grasp why indefinite metric is introduced from no where in QED, after searching internet I found that this is a problem in QED, because one needs it to preserve theory's ...
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Is there any analogy between electron positron annihilation and brane anti-brane annihilation?

I would like to know if there is any similarity between electron positron annihilation and brane anti-brane annihilation? Is it there then can we use electron positron annihilation knowledge to study ...
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Effects of parallel superconducting plates

Assuming the existence of virtual particle field ( zero point energy field) Casimir force is produced by 2 parallel conducting plates excluding some of the frequencies between the plates, if these 2 ...
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Second order quantum coherence function

I have one question from the course of quantum optics. In general the second order quantum coherence in time is defined as, $$g^{(2)}(\tau)=\frac{\left\langle ...
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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 ...
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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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QED and anomaly

I've just started to learn anomalies in quantum field theories. I have a question. How to show that QED is free from vector current anomaly and what would happen if it were not? In other words, how ...
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Fastest path of light [duplicate]

Fermat's principle of least time says that light always takes the fastest path to any point. So how can light know which is the fastest path without taking all the paths first?
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Maximum Power transmitted using General Relativity waves - cf Schwinger limit

In Electromagnetism, QED says that the linearity of Maxwell's equations comes to an end when field strengths approach the Schwinger limit. Its about 10^18 V/m. What is the corresponding formula for ...
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Thomson scattering on the elections does not produce any circular polarization?

All references on CMB polarization has this statement as if it is a trivial fact. But I have to admit that I completely don't understand what this sentence is telling us.
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What is the phase space for outgoing photons?

For a scattering process for which $n$ fermions are scattered, (by some conventions) the cross section acquires a phase space factor of: $$d\sigma \sim \prod_{i=1}^n\frac{d^3p_i}{(2\pi)^3 2E_i}$$ ...
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Double Slit Experiment with Two Independent Sources

Imagine a variation on the double slit experiment. I'll describe it in 2D using the $x-y$ plane. The $x$-axis is impenetrable other than the two slits, which are positioned at $(-1,0)$ and $(+1,0)$. ...
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Evaluation of QED amplitude with 1 external photon

I'm trying to compute the exact QED amplitude with one external photon. Suppose that the photon has 4-momentum $q$ and polarization $\varepsilon^\mu$. Peskin and Schroeder (p318) claim that ignoring ...
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Transition of electric charge to “magnetic charge” when $\alpha$ gets >> 1 in QED?

I`ve just learned that electrically charged particles and magnetically charged monopoles in QED are S-dual to each other such that it depends on the value of the fine structure constant which of the ...
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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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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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'Validity' of QED/QCD/Electroweak interaction

I am currently attending a course on Quantum Field Theory and I got into thinking how valid these theories are. As the theory attempts to describe reality only far above the Planck (length) scale, ...
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Are electromagnetic “plane” waves measurable or just a virtual concept?

I find plane waves are uncompatible with light cone. Perhaps plane waves are "virtual" and can never be measured in that case, shouldn't we call plane waves as "virtual plane waves"? (other option ...
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Experimental proof of gravitational redshift of light

Has the gravitational red shift been proven for electromagnetic waves only or also for a single photon?
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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 ...
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proof of radius of convergence of perturbation series in quantum electrodynamics zero

Can anyone show detailed proof of why radius of convergence of perturbation series in quantum electrodynamics is zero? And how is perturbation series constructed? So, as this argument requires ...
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Does the wave nature of a particle refer to the wave function?

In quantum mechanics when we talk about the wave nature of particles are we referring in fact to the wave function? Does the wave function describes the probability of finding a particle (ex: ...
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Why does accelerating electron emits photons? [duplicate]

I have read that accelerating or oscillating electron emits photons. But why and how does it so? And why only photons? There are other bosons like gluons, W and Z bosons, so why does electron emit ...
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Why is a transmon a charge qubit?

The classic charge qubit is the cooper pair box which is a capacitor in series with a Josephson junction. In my understanding, by changing the gate voltage at the capacitor, one can create a ...
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Deriving solution of the Renormalization Group Equation

I am trying to follow Matthew Schwartz's renormalization group lectures (pdf or see Chapter 23 of QFT and the SM by Matthew Schwartz), but I am having trouble with Eq. (book 23.31/pdf 29). I ...
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What starts the movement of a photon

Although a photon has no (rest) mass, it does have a measurable speed. Its movement can be altered by gravity. A photon "travels". If I turn on a flashlight, seen by someone at a distance, the photons ...
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Is wave–particle duality considered a valid interpretation of the behavior of photons?

There are a number of questions on this site that explain the many wave-like behaviors of photons by making reference to wave-particle duality. However, I have just finished reading Feynman's book ...
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Hyperfine structure vs Lamb shift in the hydrogen atom

The hyperfine structure of the energy levels of the hydrogen atom refers to the shifts in the evergy levels due to the magnetic moments of the nucleus and of the electron. This is an effect of ...
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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) + ...
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Why photons reflect off glass?

Why photon reflects and refracts through glass? Some photons pass through glass and some reflects.I know this is due to energy levels of electrons of glass, an incoming photon is unable to excite the ...
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What is $Q_p/Q_e$ experimentally? [duplicate]

What is the experimental value of the ratio between the proton and the electron charge? Or more generally, is there a table that lists the ratio of the different nuclei charges to that of the ...
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Is the QED description of an electron/photon complete?

Is it possible that a future theory would add more information and understanding about electrons, photons etc., or is QED the best we can do?
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Christoffel symbols and Dirac matrices mathematical similarities?

Maybe mine is a silly question, but are there mathematical similarities or common roots between the Christoffel symbols: $ \nabla - \partial = \Gamma $ and the Dirac matrices $ ( \gamma^\mu ...
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accelerated charge in QED

Classical electromagnetism says an accelerated charge would radiate. Is this understood in QED? Is there QED derivation of Larmor's formula?
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Understanding the argument that local U(1) leads to coupling of EM and matter

I'm trying to better understand the argument that U(1) local gauge invariance implies a coupling of EM and Dirac fields. I understand the math, but I'm not sure about the chain of logic. You start ...
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Feynman Rules for massive vector boson interactions

I am stuck at the beginning of a problem where I am given an interaction term that modifies the regular QED Lagrangian. It involves the interaction between a photon field and a massive vector boson: ...
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A step in the derivation of the magnetic moment of the electron in Zee's QFT book

In chapter III.6 of his Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, A. Zee sets out to derive the magnetic moment of an electron in quantum electrodynamics. He starts by replacing in the Dirac equation the ...
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Is there a simple explanation for Schwinger's relation $g=2+\frac{\alpha}{\pi}+{\cal O}(\alpha^2)$ for the $g$-factor of the electron?

Schwinger has on his grave (it seems) the relation between the g-factor of the electron and the fine structure constant: $$g~=~2+\frac{\alpha}{\pi}+{\cal O}(\alpha^2)$$ Did Schwinger or somebody ...
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Observing a photon during flight

When I was reading about the double-slit experiment in quantum mechanics, everything seems to make sense in terms of the waves and the interference pattern, but if thinking more about this ...
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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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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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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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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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Isn't the Coulomb interaction a photon interaction between two charges?

Isn't the Coulomb interaction a photon interaction between two charges? if yes then what does the following text mean? (Many-particle Physics by Gerald D. Mahan.)
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Photon polarization sum prescription in $e^-e^+\to{}2\gamma$

In calculating the amplitude for the process $e^-\gamma\to{}e^-\gamma$ the substitution $\sum\epsilon_{\mu}\epsilon^*_{\nu}\to-\eta_{\mu\nu}$ is useful to sum over photon polarizations. If we ...
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Fermion propagator decomposition

I've seen the following decomposition for the fermion propagator for a fermion with momenta $p-k$, and where both $p-k$ and $p$ have a mass of $m$: $$\frac{(\not p-\not k)+m}{(p-k)^2-m^2}\gamma_\mu= ...
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Large wavelength limit of gluons

Does there exist a classical limit of QCD? I mean in the sense of wave particle duality of eg photons. Is there any similar thing for gluons?
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Value of weak force coupling constant

I'm trying to get my head around the weak force coupling constant $\alpha_w$ but getting confused by different resources. Hyperphysics suggests it is tiny compared with the strong force coupling, ...