Stochastic Quantization, Reflection Positivity, and Quantum Fields
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- Jaffe, A. J Stat Phys (2015) 161: 1. doi:10.1007/s10955-015-1320-z
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We investigate stochastic quantization as a mathematical tool for quantum field theory. We test the method for the free scalar field. We find that the usual method of stochastic quantization is incompatible with establishing a Hilbert-space interpretation for transition probabilities in quantum theory. In particular, we prove that for any finite stochastic time, the standard probability measure violates reflection positivity. As a consequence, if one desires to use stochastic quantization in constructive quantum field theory, one needs to find a more robust procedure than the standard one.