# How to tell local and non-local in QFT?

I'm taking QFT course in this term. I'm quite curious that in QFT by which part of the mathematical expression can we tell a quantity or a theory is local or non-local?

• Nov 8, 2012 at 17:46
• This provide additional information contributing to this subject. Thanks very much! Jan 19, 2013 at 4:03

A quantity is local if it is a finite linear combination $\sum_k g_k P_k(x)~~$ of products $P_k(x)$ (or other pointwise functions, such as $\sin \Phi(x)~$ for sine-Gordon theory) of field operators or their derivatives at the same point $x$.