Quantum Fields

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In classical physics, a field is described by one or more space-time functions which satisfy certain partial differential equations. Several important examples were noted in Chap. 1: the vector potential A cl(x,t) of the electromagnetic field and the elastic displacement field u cl(x,t). One imagines a classical field as an infinite and continuous ensemble of degrees of freedom: a pair of dynamical variables is attached to each point x in space R 3, the amplitude u cl(x,t) of the field at time t and its time derivative (/∂t)u cl(x, t). The coupled evolution of this ensemble of degrees of freedom is governed by the differential equation of the field.


Scalar Field Coherent State Gauge Field Canonical Variable Free Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsSwiss Federal Institute for TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Condensed Matter PhysicsUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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