© 2003

Quantum Electrodynamics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 1-41
  3. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 43-82
  4. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 83-257
  5. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 259-269
  6. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 271-345
  7. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 347-379
  8. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 381-448
  9. Walter Greiner, Joachim Reinhardt
    Pages 449-466
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 467-475

About this book


Since the need for a third edition of this book has arisen, we have endeavoured to improve and extend it in several ways. At many places small changes were made, misprints have been corrected, and references have been added. In Chap. 5 new theoretical and experimental results on the Lamb shift in heavy atoms and on the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon are reported. We have also added a number of new topics in Chaps. 3, 5, and 7 in the form of examples and exercises. Example 3. 19 contains a detailed treatment of electron-positron pair production in the collision of a high-energy photon with a laser beam. This is supplemented by Exercise 3. 20 where a closed solution of the Dirac equation in the field of a plane wave is derived. Furthermore, Example 5. 4 on the running coupling constant in QED and Example 7. 6 on the supercritial point charge prob­ lem have been added. Finally, Example 7. 8 treats the birefringence of the QED vacuum in a strong magnetic field. We thank all colleagues and readers who have informed us about misprints in the book and are grateful to the team at Springer-Verlag for expertly handling the preparation of this new edition. Frankfurt am Main, Walter Greiner August 2002 Joachim Reinhardt Preface to the Second Edition The need for a second edition of our text on Quantum Electrodynamics has given us the opportunity to implement some corrections and amendments.


Boson electrodynamics electron quantum electrodynamics renormalization scattering scattering theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Frankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the third edition:

"Quantum electrodynamics (QED) nowadays is considered to be physics’ most precise theory beneath the theory of general relativity. … Greiner’s and Reinhardt’s book provides both teachers and students with all that is necessary to understand QED from its origin. And to the best of my knowledge, it is one of the few books that really do so. … as a reference book, it forms a good companion to any other book on the shelf to show exactly how things are done." (T. Beier, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 45 (3), 2004)

"This completely revised and corrected new edition provides several new examples and exercises to enable deeper insight to formalism and application of Quantum electrodynamics. It is a thorough introductory text providing all necessary mathematical tools together with many examples and worked problems." (Revista Espanola de Fisica, Vol. 17 (6), 2003)

"The particular volume on quantum electrodynamics was first published in 1992, with a second edition in 1994 and now a third one at the end of 2002. … I have used the former edition(s) of this particular volume in a course on QED and it is a very good source to find all the details. … The books of Greiner … have owned their specific place in the literature on theoretical physics and this volume fits fully in that scheme." (Kris Heyde, Physicalia, Vol. 25 (4), 2003)