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From Classical to Quantum Fields

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 839)

Abstract

We have learned how the consistency of quantum mechanics with special relativity forces us to abandon the single-particle interpretation of the wave function. Instead we have to consider quantum fields whose elementary excitations are associated with particle states, as we will see below. In this chapter we study the basics of field quantization using both the canonical formalism and the path integral method.

Keywords

Poisson Bracket Path Integral Vacuum Energy Lorentz Transformation Classical Trajectory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theory Unit, Physics DepartmentCERNGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Departamento de Física FundamentalUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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