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Integrating over all possible fields

  1. Nov 14, 2007 #1
    What does it really mean to integrate over all possible fields in the Path integral formulation of quantum field theory,and how does such a formalism goes out to decribe
    field quanta????

    Another question is
    im new to Quantum field theory
    i was wondering whether i should stick to the old second quantization approach of QFT or would it be better to directly jump to path integral method of doing QFT
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  3. Nov 23, 2007 #2
    I suggest you to read the book "field theory" Ashko Das. ther is areal good deduction of path integrals... starting from Q.M. and then discretizing the Minkoskwy space time. before there is an introduction to path untegral approach an then you will get the idea of pertirbation theory and Feynman diagrams. If you want a canonical approach i suggest u QFT Itzykinson Zuber. this Book use the operator algebra not the Feynman Integral..
    Buty show also the connection....
    Quantum and statistical field theorie from LE BELLAC is a really good one also...

    It is not so easy to transmit the power of Feynman view in a post.
    but trust me... he invinted a new area and a new conception of QM. There was another INTERPRETATION (a new explanation). In DAS bookk u can find an euristic equivalence of feynman QM and Heisenberg/Schrodinger one....

    have a good time
  4. Nov 23, 2007 #3


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    Practicing Quantum Field Theorists almost always use path-integral quantization when deriving things. The modern concept of Effective Field Theory and RG analysis, as well as Yang-Mills quantization, are much more natural in this formalism. You should be sure to understand 2nd Quantization, but then you should try to get comfortable with Feynman - his formalism is what you'll most likely be using when doing research.
  5. Nov 25, 2007 #4
    Not "Ashko Das" but "Ashok Das"
  6. Nov 26, 2007 #5


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    A good pedagogic intro to QFT that starts from the path integral approach and explains it in a nice way is
    A. Zee, Quantum field theory in a Nutshell (2003)
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