Quantum Electrodynamics of Weak Fields

  • Walter Greiner
  • Berndt Müller
  • Johann Rafelski
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)


Two ways of presenting ordinary quantum electrodynamics of weak fields exist. The first, more formal in nature, starts with the quantization of wave fields; the second, more easily dealt with, stems from Stückelberg and Feynman [St 41, Fe 48] and uses propagator techniques. We shall review here in condensed form this second approach and apply it to scattering processes. It is our goal to derive formulas for transition probabilities and scattering processes within the quantized version of Dirac’s hole theory for electrons and positrons. These calculations are in principle exact, but in practice use perturbation theory. Since creation and annihilation processes of electron — positron pairs have to be dealt with in the formalism, it must necessarily be relativistic.


Wave Packet Integration Path Negative Energy Positive Energy Quantum Electrodynamic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Greiner
    • 1
  • Berndt Müller
    • 1
  • Johann Rafelski
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann-Wolfgang-Goethe UniversitätFrankfurt/MainFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical Physics and AstrophysicsUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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