Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anthony Duncan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573264.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 August 2018

Dynamics II: Quantum mechanical preliminaries

Dynamics II: Quantum mechanical preliminaries

Chapter:
(p.69) 4 Dynamics II: Quantum mechanical preliminaries
Source:
The Conceptual Framework of Quantum Field Theory
Author(s):

Anthony Duncan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573264.003.0004

This chapter focuses on parts of the basic underlying quantum-mechanical structure which are critical to realizing the relativity and locality constraints discussed in the subsequent chapters. It begins with a review of the basic operator formalism underlying standard quantum mechanics, paying particular attention to dynamics (time evolution) and symmetries. The chapter then turns to the reformulation of quantum dynamics as a sum over histories (the ‘path-integral’ approach) due to Feynman and Dirac, which has enormous conceptual and technical utility in quantum field theory. Finally, the chapter considers those aspects of quantum scattering theory which are central in teasing out the intricate physical content of field theory.

Keywords:   relativity, locality, quantum field theory, operator formalism, quantum dynamics, symmetries, path-integral approach, quantum scattering theory

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .