Local degrees of freedom and correlator

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Main Question or Discussion Point

In quantum field theory, the degrees of freedom ##\phi({\bf{x}},t)## are local. This means that the the dynamics of the field in a given region of spacetime is not governed by events outside its lightcone.


Is the local/non-local nature of degrees of freedom in a quantum field theory independent of the second quantisation of the classical fields in the theory to quantum fields?

Is the local/non-local nature of degrees of freedom in a quantum field theory independent of the transition from, for example, the time-ordered vacuum expectation value

##\langle \Omega | T\{q(t_{1})\cdots q(t_{n})\}|\Omega\rangle = \frac{\int\mathcal{D}q(t)\ e^{iS[q]}q(t_{1})\cdots q(t_{n})}{\int \mathcal{D}q(t)\ e^{iS[q]}}##

in quantum mechanics to

##\langle \Omega | T\{\phi(x_{1})\cdots q(x_{n})\}|\Omega\rangle = \frac{\int\mathcal{D}\phi(x)\ e^{iS[\phi]}\phi(x_{1})\cdots \phi(x_{n})}{\int \mathcal{D}\phi(x)\ e^{iS[x]}}##

in quantum field theory?

Does the local nature of a field theory manifest itself only in the action of the theory?
 

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