Application of the Proper-Time Method to Non-Perturbative Effects in QED

  • Alan Chodos
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 255)


This article is based on lectures given at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Vacuum Structure in Intense Fields. Originally, the lectures also included a discussion of the production of scalar and pseudoscalar particles by a background field. Since this is very nearly textbook material, I have decided in this written version to concentrate on the topic of Schwinger’s proper time representation for the electron’s Green function and its possible application to the understanding of the GSI experiments. I have, however, attempted to retain the pedagogical flavor of the lectures as they were originally given.


Supersymmetry Breaking Background Field Extended Object NATO Advance Study Institute Spontaneous Chiral Symmetry Breaking 
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  • Alan Chodos
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  1. 1.Center for Theoretical PhysicsYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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