# Conservation of momentum in QFT

1. Dec 3, 2008

### jdstokes

Can conservation of momentum be directly derived from quantum field theory (e.g. QED).

My feeling is this should be true since the Dirac equation reduces to Schrodinger's wave equation in the nonrelativistic limit which is a reflection of Newton's second law, thereby implying conservation of classical momentum.

Yes. You can actually see it without involving the fields. You just assume that there must exist operators that tell you how a Lorentz transformed observer would describe a state that you describe as $\psi$, and when you examine the mathematical properties of those operators, conservation of 4-momentum is one of the results. See chapter 2 in Weinberg's QFT book if you're interested.