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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Nonlinear refraction index of vacuum above Schwinger limit

This question is more about trying to feel the waters in our current abilities to compute (or roughly estimate) the refraction index of vacuum, specifically when high numbers of electromagnetic quanta ...
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After quantization of electron vibrations, do we need electrons anyway?

The title question is not ment in a general context, but one in which goes to the plasmon theory. In that case, how is are the statistics (boson vs. fermions) of plasmons determined? And is there an ...
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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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What does the magnetic field of the (quantum-mechanical) electron look like?

While a treatment of electron spin can be found in any introductory textbook, I've noticed that the electron's magnetic field seems to be treated classically. Presumably this is because a quantum ...
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Neutrino and electromagnetic forces

I learned from Wikipedia that neutrinos "are not affected by the electromagnetic forces". How was this identified experimentally?
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Spectral series' formula of a given atom (other than hydrogen-like)?

The hydrogen spectral series is given by the Rydberg formula: The energy differences between levels in the Bohr model, and hence the wavelengths of emitted/absorbed photons, is given by the ...
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Lagrangian and hamiltonian of interaction

How to prove that lagrangian of interaction is equal to hamiltonian of interaction with minus sign? For example, I can't prove it for special case - quantum electrodynamics.
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Virtual photons as force mediators in QED - really?

If the photon is the force vector for EM interactions, e.g. electrons, how does each electron 'know' where the other one is so that it can send it a photon? I've thought about this for a while. I ...
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Linear quantization in quantum electrodynamics?

This is a continuation of this question. What would be an example of linear quantization used on quantum electrodynamics? I ask this because QED is a nonlinear theory.
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Field energy of/from virtual Photons

I have a slightly out-of line question: Consider a single electron (or it's current if you please) The STATIC ELECTROMAGNETIC field surrounding it will (no doubt) have a field energy (T) to go with. ...
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What is the 'quantum-developed' or 'relativistic-developed' equation of the electrostatic force?

Quantum electrodynamics (QED) is the relativistic quantum field theory of electrodynamics that is the first theory where full agreement between quantum mechanics, special relativity and ...
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Excitons in metals-do they exist?

Recently I red an article "Surface Enhanced Fluorescence". It is a topical review by Emmanuel Fort and Samuel Gresillon. Here it is: ...
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Photon propagator in terms of creation/annihilation?

As far as I understand it the photon propagator, $P(A\rightarrow B)$, described in Feynman's QED book, gives the amplitude that a photon moves from spacetime point A to spacetime point B. I was ...
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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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Covariance of the Dirac equation and Infinitesimal Lorentz transformation

Okay, I've got really desperate now. I've spend 10 hours of work (for a few days) trying to prove 'trivial' equation in Quantum Electrodynamics. To anybody who want to write an answer for my questions ...
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Two-photon scattering: colours

Is there a particular conservation principle that necessitates that the outcoming photon pair has the same frequencies as the incoming photon pair? I'm thinking in particular of these Feynman-like ...
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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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What's the wavelength of an electron after hitting a potential barrier?

I have this question: An electron with Energy $E = 40 eV$ hits a potential barrier with $E_0 = 30 eV$. What is the wavelength of the electron after hitting the potential barrier? I worked from ...
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Non-invariance of the Interaction term in QED lagrangian

The interaction term in the QED Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}_{int}=e\bar\psi\gamma^\mu A_\mu\psi$$ changes under a gauge transformation $$A_\mu\rightarrow A_\mu+\partial_\mu\chi$$ Doesn’t it affect the ...
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how is an electron able to emit and absorb the same (virtual) photon?

When calculating the lowest order self energy corrections for an electron for example, feynman diagrams involving the emission and re-absorption of a (virtual) photon need to be considered, (as here ...
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Why group velocity represents energy or information transmission? What relation between phase velocity and special relativity

I have two question, why group velocity represents energy or information transmission? what is the relation between phase velocity and Special relativity: why can it exceed C without violation of ...
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Why can we allow the speed of light being infinite in case of Surface Plasmons?

I have a problem with understanding of these sentences: We have indicated in the opening paragraph of the Introduction that surface plasmon polaritons are solutions of Maxwell’s equations in ...
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What does “Information” and Virtual Particles mean?

I've read that attraction and repulsion between particles is caused by the exchange of virtual photons, and that virtual photons carry information. I don't understand how a virtual photon actually ...
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What spin-statistics is a magnetic monopole expected to obey?

What statistics (or spin) is a magnetic monopole expected to have? Does it depend on the theory used?
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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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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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Regularization of infrared divergences

Let's have diagrams in QED when we don't use Feynman gauge. Then the bare photon propagator will look like $$ \tag 1 D_{\mu \nu}(p) = -\frac{g_{\mu \nu} - \frac{p_{\mu}p_{\nu}}{p^{2}}}{p^{2} + ...
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Hamiltonian split into Mass term and Decay Width

I have encountered the following procedure several times now, and none of the sources ever explain the physical reason behind it: The Hamiltonian $H$ is split into $M$ and $\Gamma$. WHY? Where ...
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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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Canonical equal time commutation relations in QED

I understand that to quantize the classical electromagnetic field one needs to impose commutation relations and express the field in terms of creation and annihilation operators. I notice that the ...
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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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Formula for Rabi frequency

I have calculated the dipole transition elements of electronic states $\langle a|D_1^m|b \rangle$ following the book of Cohen-Tannoudji (Complement $E_X$) and tried then to calculate from that the ...
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Does a quadrupole transition mean emission of one photon with spin 2?

If it's true and spin-2 photons do exist, could you please point to some literature that discusses spin-2 photons? If not, then how exactly does a selection rule for quadrupole transition make sense ...
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Local $U(1)$ gauge invariance of QED

The Lagrangian density for QED is $$ \mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}+\bar{\psi}(i\gamma^{\mu}D_{\mu}-m)\psi $$ with $$F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu}-\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu} $$ $$ ...
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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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Could gravity hold electron charge together?

Could the gravitational force be what holds the charge of the electron together? It seems to be the only obvious possibility; what other ideas have been proposed besides side-stepping the issue and ...
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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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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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How do two electrical charged particles know to repel or attract each other?

Now per QED, electrical charges interactions are effected by photons. Suppose you are one of the two charges. How do you know to attract or repel the other charge? In other words, how do you know if ...
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Can a quark irreversibly pass though an event horizon?

This is an attempt to transform a question I asked about a year ago into a binary yes-or-no question: Since a quark has electrical charge, can it irreversibly pass though an event horizon? The ...
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One loop correction to $F^2$ in massless QED, question from Peskin & Schroeder

In Peskin & Schroeder chapter 19, about trace anomaly in massless QED, the trace of $\Theta^{\mu\nu}$ is given by $$ {\Theta^\mu} _\mu =-\frac{4-d}{4} (F_{\lambda\sigma})^2 + (1-d) \bar{\psi} i ...
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Are all positrons electrons traveling back in time?

I have recently read Richard Feynman's "QED" and in it Feynman describes positrons as 'how we view electrons when they are going back in time and we are stuck traveling forwards in time'. I was ...
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Can the diffraction/interference pattern behind the slit (double slit) be calculated with Feynman path integrals (QED)?

I often see Feynman path integrals explained by a graphic which shows the slit and then the electron goes all possible ways behind the slit. Ok that is nice to understand the Feynman path integral, ...