Perturbative Quantum Electrodynamics and Axiomatic Field Theory

  • Othmar Steinmann

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

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  3. What Is Quantum Electrodynamics?

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  4. Perturbation Theory

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  5. Particles and Their Reactions

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-357

About this book


This book demonstrates that fundamental concepts and methods from phenomenological particle physics can be derived rigorously from well-defined general assumptions in a mathematically clean way. Starting with the Wightman formulation of relativistic quantum field theory, the perturbative formulation of quantum electrodynamics is derived avoiding the usual formalism based on the canonical commutation relations. A scattering formalism based on the local-observables approach is developed, directly yielding expressions for the observable inclusive cross-sections without having to introduce the S-matrix. Neither ultraviolet nor infrared regularizations are required in this approach. Although primarily intended for researchers working in this field, anyone with a basic working knowledge of relativistic quantum field theory can benefit from this book.


Abelian Gauge Theory Cross section Field Theory Particle Physics Quantum Electrodynamics Quantum Field Theory Relativistic

Authors and affiliations

  • Othmar Steinmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Fakultät für Physik, Theoretische PhysikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08635-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04297-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series Online ISSN 0172-5998
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