By Pierre van Baal

Extensively classroom-tested, **A direction in box Theory** presents fabric for an introductory path for complicated undergraduate and graduate scholars in physics. in line with the author’s path that he has been educating for greater than twenty years, the textual content provides entire and unique insurance of the middle principles and theories in quantum box thought. it's excellent for particle physics classes in addition to a supplementary textual content for classes at the ordinary version and utilized quantum physics.

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We will quantise the theory in a finite volume V = [0, L]3 with periodic boundary conditions, such that the momenta are discrete, k = 2π n/L. 1 ϕ(x, t = 0) = a ( k)e i k·x + a † ( k)e −i k·x , 2Vko ( k) k π(x, t = 0) = −i k ko ( k) a ( k)e i k·x − a † ( k)e −i k·x . 3) The Hamiltonian is now given by H(t) = H0 + ε¯ H1 (t), and we work out the perturbation theory in the Schrodinger ¨ representation. 4) 2k0 ( k) 25 26 A Course in Field Theory here J˜ ( k, t) is the Fourier coefficient of J (x, t), or 1 J (x, t) = √ V J˜ ( k, t)e i k·x .

Writing t = T/N, xN = x and x0 = x we find < x |e −i HT/¯h |x > = lim N→∞ N−1 × N−1 ··· N−1 d xi i=1 dp j j=0 < xi+1 | pi >< pi |e −i H t/¯h |xi > i=0 = lim N→∞ × exp d p0 2π¯h N−1 i t h¯ N−1 i=1 i=0 d xi dpi 2π¯h p2 pi (xi+1 − xi ) − i − V(xi ) t 2m . 10) It is important to observe that there is one more p integration than the number of x integrations. The integrals in the path integral are strongly oscillating and can only be defined by analytic continuation. As parameter for this analytic continuation, one chooses the time t.

In that case one has for the Hamiltonian ˆ ˆ 2 ˆ ˆ x) ˆ = ( p − e A( x)) + V( x). 51) Now, however, the matrix element < pi | exp(−i H t/¯h )|xi > will depend on the specific ordering for the position and momentum operators in H. Different orderings differ by terms linear in h¯ , or ˆ ˆ · pˆ = pˆ · A( x) ˆ + i¯h ∂i Ai ( x). 52) 38 A Course in Field Theory So, by choosing the so-called Coulomb gauge ∂i Ai (x) = 0, the problem of operator ordering disappears. We leave it as an exercise to verify that the action, obtained from the Legendre transform, is given by T S= dt 1 2 0 mx˙ 2 − V(x) + e x˙ · A(x) .