Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 1-38
  3. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 39-76
  4. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 77-241
  5. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 243-253
  6. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 255-328
  7. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 329-359
  8. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 361-424
  9. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 425-440
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 441-447

About this book

Introduction

We are pleased by the positive resonance of our book which now necessitates a fourth edition. We have used this opportunity to implement corrections of misprints and amendments at several places, and to extend and improve the discussion of many of the exercises and examples. We hope that our presentation of the method of equivalent photons (Example 3. 17), the form factor of the electron (Example 5. 7), the infrared catastrophe (Example 5. 8) and the energy shift of atomic levels (Example 5. 9)arenow even better to understand. The new Exercise 5. 10 shows in detail how to arrive at the non-relativistic limit for the calculation of form factors. Moreover, we have brought up-to-date the Biographical Notes about physicists who have contributed to the dev- opment of quantum electrodynamics, and references to experimental tests of the t- ory. For example, there has been recent progress in the determination of the electric and magnetic form factors of the proton (discussed in Exercise 3. 5 on the Rosenbluth formula) and the Lamb shift of high-Z atoms (discussed in Example 5. 9 on the energy shift of atomic levels), while the experimental veri cation of the birefringence of the QED vacuum in a strong magnetic eld (Example 7. 8) remains unsettled and is a topic of active ongoing research.

Keywords

Boson electrodynamics electron quantum electrodynamics renormalization scattering

Authors and affiliations

  • Walter Greiner
    • 1
  • Joachim Reinhardt
    • 2
  1. 1.Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)Johann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-87561-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-87560-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-87561-1
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