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Imaginary Time and Path Integrals?

  1. Oct 20, 2009 #1

    referframe

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    Steven Hawking writes in A Brief History of Time that time itself must sometimes have an imaginary component in order for Feynman's Sum-Over-Histories approach to work. Why, in a nutshell, is this so? Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2009 #2

    Avodyne

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    Convergence of the integral.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2009 #3
    It is wick rotation, please google "wick rotation",
    you also can find wick rotation in Wiki
     
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