Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Vacuum diagrams vs. tree diagrams vs. loop diagrams

  1. Nov 24, 2015 #1
    Could someone please tell me the difference between tree diagrams and loop diagrams? If I'm thinking correctly tree diagrams are before contracting? Also how do vacuum diagrams fit into the picture?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 24, 2015 #2

    Orodruin

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    A tree diagram is a diagram which does not contain loops. A diagram contains (at least) a loop if it is possible to go along edges and return to the same point without backtracking along the same edges. If you are topologically inclined, a diagram ##T## is a tree diagram if it has a trivial first homotopy group ##\pi_1(T)##. An ##n## loop diagram ##D_n## has the first homotopy group ##\pi_1(D_n) = \mathbb Z_2^n##.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2015 #3
    And vacuum diagrams are just diagrams without vertices?
     
  5. Nov 24, 2015 #4

    Orodruin

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    No, vacuum diagrams are diagrams without external legs.
     
  6. Nov 24, 2015 #5
    Oh right of course. Sorry it's getting late... thanks!
     
  7. Nov 24, 2015 #6
    Isn't the only way it can detected by by the external legs? How could it's presence could be in any detected without external legs? For example, it's the Casimir Effect a closed loop effect, with external legs, in the same way the Lamb Shift is a closed loop effect with external legs?
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: Vacuum diagrams vs. tree diagrams vs. loop diagrams
  1. Feynman Diagrams (Replies: 2)

Loading...