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Path Integral Quantization

Mark S Swanson


This book is a self-contained and concise introduction to the techniques and applications of path integral quantization and functional techniques, aimed at students and practitioners. The first half of the text focuses on quantum mechanics, including a review of the action formulation of classical mechanics and quantum mechanics in the Dirac operator and state formalism, and further examination of the path integral. The second part examines relativistic field theories, reviewing special relativity, as well as derivation of the path integral representation of the vacuum transition element for quantized scalar, spinor, and vector fields from the coherent state representation of the respective field theories.

Key Features

  • Concise introduction to the derivation and methods of path integral approaches to quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.
  • Self-contained guide for students and practitioners

About Editors

Mark Swanson received his PhD in physics from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1976 under the supervision of Justin Huang. After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Alberta and the University of Connecticut he held a faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut at Stamford from 1983 to 2014, during which time he spent six years in university administrative roles. He is the author of 25 research articles and three other monographs with an emphasis on field theory and path integral techniques. He is currently an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Connecticut.

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Hardback ISBN: 9780750335454

Ebook ISBN: 9780750335478

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3547-8

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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