March 7, 2017

Functional Integration: Action and Symmetries by Pierre Cartier, Cecile DeWitt-Morette

By Pierre Cartier, Cecile DeWitt-Morette

Useful integration effectively entered physics as course integrals within the 1942 Ph.D. dissertation of Richard P. Feynman, however it made no feel in any respect as a mathematical definition. Cartier and DeWitt-Morette have created, during this e-book, a clean method of practical integration. The e-book is self-contained: mathematical principles are brought, built, generalised and utilized. within the authors' palms, useful integration is proven to be a strong, undemanding and multi-purpose software that may be utilized to a superb number of occasions, for instance: platforms of indistinguishable debris; Aharonov-Bohm platforms; supersymmetry; non-gaussian integrals. difficulties in quantum box idea also are thought of. within the ultimate half the authors define subject matters that may be profitably pursued utilizing fabric already offered.

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87) ˆ is the quantum hamiltonian. If H ˆ has a discrete spectrum {En }, where H −βE n allows one to calculate the energy levels the formula Z(β) = n e En from the partition function Z(β). For a particle of mass m moving under the influence of a potential V , the hamiltonian operator is ˆ =− H 2 2m ∆x + V (x). 88) ˆ The operator e−β H is given by a kernel Kβ (xb ; xa ), hence the partition function is the integral Z(β) = d3 x Kβ (x; x). 90) 0 (in the normalized case = m = 1). The integral Ea,b is taken over the sample paths of a brownian motion q = (q(τ ))0≤τ ≤β with boundary 31 We denote by Ea the mean value with respect to the Wiener measure for paths beginning at a = (xa , ta ).

The previous definition defines the so-called positive measures. A complex measure µ assigns to any Borel set B a complex number, such that µ(B) = ∞ n=1 µ(Bn ) for a disjoint union B of B1 , B2 , . . (the series is then absolutely convergent). Such a complex measure is of the form µ(B) = c1 µ1 (B) + · · · + cp µp (B) where c1 , . , cp are complex constants, and µ1 , . , µp are bounded (positive) measures. The variation of µ is the bounded (positive) measure |µ| defined by q |µ(Bi )| : B = B1 ∪ . .

76) Fig. 5 The domain of existence of F (z) From these relations, it is easy to derive the so-called KMS relation, named after Kubo, Martin, and Schwinger. Suppose given two observables, A(t) evolving in time, and B fixed. There exists a function F (z) 28 The physical and mathematical environment holomorphic in the strip − β ≤ Im z ≤ 0 with limiting values F (t) = A(t)B β , F (t + tB ) = BA(t) β . This is the best illustration of the following principle: inverse temperature = imaginary time. 77) where µ2 = /m.

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