Letters in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 373–377 | Cite as

On the physical interpretation of effective actions using Schwinger's formula

  • Luiz C. De Albuquerque
  • Carlos Farina
  • Silvio J. Rabello
  • Arvind N. Vaidya
Article

Abstract

We show explicitly that Schwinger's formula for one-loop effective actions corresponds to the summation of energies associated with the zero-point oscillations of the fields. We begin with a formal proof and after that we confirm it using a regularization prescription.

Mathematics Subject Classifications (1991)

81V10 33D10 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luiz C. De Albuquerque
    • 1
  • Carlos Farina
    • 1
  • Silvio J. Rabello
    • 1
  • Arvind N. Vaidya
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrasil

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