A Story Of Light: A Short Introduction To Quantum Field by M. Y. Han

By M. Y. Han

This ebook offers the basic points of relativistic quantum box conception, with minimum use of arithmetic. It covers the improvement of quantum box thought from the unique quantization of electromagnetic box to the gauge box thought of interactions between quarks and leptons.Aimed at either scientists and non-specialists, it calls for just some rudimentary wisdom of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formula of Newtonian mechanics and a uncomplicated figuring out of the detailed conception of relativity and quantum mechanics.

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The positive 47 September 23, 2004 48 10:10 WSPC/SPI-B241: A Story of Light chap09 A Story of Light frequency part corresponds to raising the energy of an electromagnetic system by one unit of quantum and this corresponds to the creation operator of a photon. Likewise, the negative energy frequency part corresponds to lowering the energy of an electromagnetic system by one unit of quantum and this is the annihilation operator of a photon. The successful incorporation of photons, the zero-mass particles of light, into the fold of quantized electromagnetic fourpotential was in fact the catalyst, as discussed in previous chapters, for the reinterpretation of relativistic wave equations of particles as “imitation” matter fields which started the whole ball rolling toward today’s quantum field theory of particles.

The choice, however, is not unique since the Euler–Lagrange equations involve only the derivatives of the Lagrangian densities. A Lagrangian density is chosen to be the simplest choice possible that meets the requirement of reproducing the field equations when substituted into the Euler–Lagrange September 23, 2004 10:12 WSPC/SPI-B241: A Story of Light Road Map for Field Quantization chap08 45 equations. The Lagrangian densities are: 1 L = (∂µ φ ∂ µ φ − m2 φ2 ) for the Klein–Gordon field, 2 1 L = − Fµν F µν for the electromagnetic field, and 4 ¯ µ ∂µ − m)ψ for the Dirac-field L = ψ(iγ where ψ is the four-component Dirac field (column) and ψ¯ is defined as ψ¯ = ψ ∗ γ 0 , an adjoint (row) multiplied by γ 0 , referred to as the Dirac adjoint, which is simply a matter of notational convenience that became a standard notation.

The case of Klein–Gordon field is specified by, as discussed in Chapter 8: Field: Field equation: φ(x) (∂ µ ∂µ + m2 )φ(x) = 0 1 Lagrangian density: L = (∂µ φ∂ µ φ − m2 φ2 ) 2 ∂L ∂φ Momenta field: π(x, t) ≡ = . ∂(∂φ/∂t) ∂t The field equation, that is, the Klein–Gordon equation, allows planewave solutions for the field φ(x) and it can be written as φ(x) = 1 (2π)3/2 b(k)eikx dk where kx = k 0 x0 − kr, dk = dk 0 dk and b(k) is the Fourier transform that specifies particular weight distribution of plane-waves with different k’s.

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