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The Quantum Vacuum : An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics.

Author: Peter W Milonni
Publisher: San Diego Elsevier Science, 2013. 2013.
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Milonni, Peter W.
The Quantum Vacuum : An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics
San Diego : Elsevier Science,c2013
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter W Milonni
ISBN: 9780080571492 0080571492
OCLC Number: 974634164
Description: 1 online resource (539 pages)
Contents: Front Cover --
The Quantum Vacuum: An Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics --
Copyright Page --
Table of Contents --
Dedication --
Preface --
Chapter 1. Zero-Point Energy in Early Quantum Theory --
1.1 Introduction --
1.2 The Blackbody Problem --
1.3 Planck's First Theory --
1.4 Planck's Zero-Point Energy --
1.5 The Einstein-Hopf Model --
1.6 Einstein and Stern's Zero-Point Energy --
1.7 Einstein's Fluctuation Formula --
1.8 Einstein's A and B Coefficients --
1.9 Discussion --
1.10 Specific Heats --
1.11 X-Ray Diffraction --
1.12 Molecular Vibrations --
1.13 Summary --
1.14 Bibliography --
Chapter 2. The Electromagnetic Vacuum --
2.1 Introduction --
2.2 The Harmonic Oscillator --
2.3 A Field Mode Is a Harmonic Oscillator --
2.4 Quantization of a Field Mode --
2.5 The Field in Free Space --
2.6 Necessity of the Vacuum Field --
2.7 The Casimir Effect --
2.8 Field Commutators --
2.9 Zero-Point Spectrum Invariance . . --
2.10 The Unruh-Davies Effect --
2.11 Thermal Radiation --
2.12 Thermal Equilibrium --
2.13 Summary --
2.14 Bibliography --
Chapter 3. Some QED Vacuum Effects --
3.1 Introduction --
3.2 Spontaneous Emission --
3.3 Atomic Stability --
3.4 The Lamb Shift --
3.5 Bethe's Mass Renormalization --
3.6 Welton's Interpretation --
3.7 A Feynman Interpretation of the Lamb Shift --
3.8 The Lamb Shift as a Stark Shift --
3.9 Retardation --
3.10 Another Look at the Casimir Force --
3.11 Van der Waals Forces --
3.12 Force on an Atom near a Conducting Wall --
3.13 The Magnetic Moment of the Electron --
3.14 Summary --
3.15 Bibliography --
Chapter 4. Nonrelativistic Theory of Atoms in a Vacuum --
4.1" Introduction --
4.2 The Hamiltonian --
4.3 Dipole Approximation --
4.4 Quantization --
4.5 Heisenberg Equations --
4.6 Classical-Quantum Correspondence --
4.7 Two-State Model for an Atom --
4.8 Operator Orderings. 4.9 Spontaneous Emission and the Lamb Shift --
4.10 Normal Ordering and Source Field --
4.11 Nonnormal Ordering and Vacuum --
4.12 Symmetric Ordering --
4.13 Remarks --
4.14 Weisskopf-Wigner Theory --
4.15 Neoclassical Theory --
4.16 Discussion --
4.17 Bibliography --
Chapter 5. Interlude: Radiation Reaction --
5.1 Introduction --
5.2 The Abraham-Lorentz Equation --
5.3 Electromagnetic Mass --
5.4 Does a Uniformly Accelerated Charge Radiate? --
5.5 Remarks --
5.6 Extended-Charge Theories --
5.7 The Moniz-Sharp Theory --
5.8 Van Kampen's Thesis --
5.9 Bibliography --
Chapter 6. The Vacuum in Quantum Optics --
6.1 Introduction --
6.2 Spontaneous Emission near Mirrors --
6.3 Cavity QED --
6.4 Single-Mode Interaction --
6.5 Laser Linewidth --
6.6 Amplified Spontaneous Emission --
6.7 Geonium --
6.8 Quantum Jumps --
6.9 Remarks --
6.10 Bibliography --
Chapter 7. Casimir and van der Waals Forces: Prelude --
7.1 Introduction --
7.2 Force Between Dielectrics --
7.3 Lifshitz and Barash-Ginzburg Theories --
7.4 Source Theory --
7.5 Vacuum and Source Theories --
7.6 Discussion --
7.7 Bibliography --
Chapter 8. Casimir and van der Waals Forces: Elaborations --
8.1 Introduction --
8.2 Nonadditivity of Dispersion Forces --
8.3 Extinction Theorem --
8.4 Latent Heat: Macroscopic Theory --
8.5 Simple Microscopic Theory --
8.6 Casimir Forces at Finite Temperature --
8.7 Experiments --
8.8 The Casimir-Polder Force: Experiments --
8.9 Casimir Effects in Atomic Spectroscopy --
8.10 Casimirs Electron Model --
8.11 Remarks --
8.12 Stochastic Electrodynamics --
8.13 Concluding Remarks --
8.14 Bibliography --
Chapter 9. The Dirac Equation --
9.1 Introduction --
9.2 The Dirac Equation --
9.3 Hole Theory: The Dirac Sea --
9.4 Pair Creation in a Uniform Electric Field --
9.5 Vacuum Polarization --
9.6 The Klein Paradox --
9.7 Spin and the Nonrelativistic Limit. 9.8 Zitterbewegung --
9.9 Hydrogen --
9.10 The Dirac Vacuum --
9.11 Bibliography --
Chapter 10. Introduction to Quantum Field Theory --
10.1 Introduction --
10.2 Second Quantization: Nonrelativistic --
10.3 The Klein-Gordon Field --
10.4 Charged Scalar Field --
10.5 The Dirac Field --
10.6 Dirac Vacuum in Field Theory --
10.7 Casimir Effect for the Dirac Field --
10.8 Maxwell Field Quantization Again --
10.9 Propagators --
10.10 Remarks --
10.11 Bibliography --
Chapter 11. S elf-Energies and Renornialization --
11.1 Introduction --
11.2 Coupled Dirac and Maxwell Fields --
11.3 Self-Energy: The Old-Fashioned Way --
11.4 Self-Energy of a Free Electron --
11.5 How Big Is an Electron? --
11.6 Mass Renormalization --
11.7 The Lamb Shift --
11.8 Vacuum Polarization --
11.9 Radiation Reaction and the Vacuum Field --
11.10 Discussion --
11.11 Bibliography --
Chapter 12. Feynman Diagrams --
12.1 Introduction --
12.2 The Interaction Picture --
12.3 The S Matrix: Perturbation Theory --
12.4 Second Order --
12.5 Example: Compton Scattering --
12.6 Electron Self-Energy --
12.7 Remarks --
12.8 Wick's Theorem --
12.9 Diagrams --
12.10 Feynman's Way --
12.11 Discussion --
12.12 Bibliography --
Appendices --
Appendix A: Oscillator Equation and Absorption Rate --
Appendix B: Force on an Atom in a Thermal Field --
Appendix C: Derivation of Equation (2.28) --
Appendix D: Electric Field of Radiation Reaction --
Appendix E: Photodetection and Normal Ordering --
Appendix F: Transverse and Longitudinal Delta Functions --
Appendix G: Lorentz-Invariant Measure --
Index.

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