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Changing to polar coordinates in an exponential

  1. Jul 6, 2015 #1
    Hello :)
    I dont get this integral (Peskin & Schroeder P. 27 )

    ##\int {{{{d^3}p} \over {{{\left( {2\pi } \right)}^3}}}{1 \over {{E_{\bf{p}}}}}{e^{i{\bf{p}} \cdot {\bf{r}}}}} = {{2\pi } \over {{{\left( {2\pi } \right)}^3}}}\int\limits_0^\infty {dp{{{p^2}} \over {2{E_{\bf{p}}}}}{{{e^{ipr}} - {e^{ - ipr}}} \over {ipr}}} ##.

    Actualy I dont get the next stage iethr :(

    ## = {{ - i} \over {2{{\left( {2\pi } \right)}^2}r}}\int\limits_{ - \infty }^\infty {dp{{p{e^{ipr}}} \over {\sqrt {{p^2} + {m^2}} }}} ##.

    Thanx in advence :)
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  3. Jul 6, 2015 #2
    Between the first two, it appears as if they have integrated over the angular coordinates in a spherical coordinate sytem, leaving only the radial integral. There needs to be some justification about spherical symmetry to simply yield a factor of 2 pi by integrating over the angular coordinates.

    Between the second and third expressions, they seem to be using E = p^2/2m and simplifying.
  4. Jul 6, 2015 #3
    where do the other exponential and the ##ipr## denominator come from?
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