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Nonlinearlity of QFT produces interactions, or so I was told today. Maxwell's eqns, though, are perfectly linear. Does that mean that Maxwell's eqns don't predict interactions?
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Please, can you give an example of an interaction which is linear?mfb said:In addition, "Nonlinearlity of QFT produces interactions" does not mean the reverse ("Interactions in QFT have to come from nonlinearity") has to be true.
gentsagree said:Does that mean that Maxwell's eqns don't predict interactions?
QFT nonlinearity refers to the nonlinearity of quantum field theory, which describes the interactions between particles at a quantum level. Nonlinearity occurs when the interactions between particles cannot be described by a simple linear equation, and instead involve complex and nonlinear equations.
In QFT, interactions are described using Feynman diagrams, which represent the probability amplitudes for particles to interact and exchange energy and momentum. These diagrams take into account the nonlinear nature of interactions and allow for precise calculations of physical quantities.
Maxwell's equations in QFT are the fundamental equations that describe the behavior of electromagnetic fields. They consist of four equations that relate the electric and magnetic fields to their sources, such as charges and currents. These equations are nonlinear and play a crucial role in understanding the behavior of particles and their interactions.
QFT nonlinearity can lead to phenomena such as particle creation and annihilation, where particles can spontaneously appear and disappear due to the interactions between fields. It also affects the scattering and decay of particles, as well as the energy and momentum transfer between them.
Studying QFT nonlinearity has many practical applications, such as in the development of new technologies in quantum computing, particle accelerators, and quantum communication. It also helps us understand the behavior of matter at a fundamental level, and has implications in fields such as cosmology and high-energy physics.