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The origins of Schwinger's Euclidean Green's functions

Miller, Michael (2015) The origins of Schwinger's Euclidean Green's functions. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 50. pp. 5-12.

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Abstract

This paper places Julian Schwinger's development of the Euclidean Green's function formalism for quantum field theory in historical context. It traces the techniques employed in the formalism back to Schwinger's work on waveguides during World War II, and his subsequent formulation of the Minkowski space Green's function formalism for quantum field theory in 1951. Particular attention is dedicated to understanding Schwinger's physical motivation for pursuing the Euclidean extension of this formalism in 1958.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Miller, Michaelmichael.earl.miller@gmail.com
Keywords: Julian Schwinger, Quantum field theory, Eulidean field theory, Green's functions
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mr. Michael E. Miller
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2015 23:44
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 14:53
Item ID: 11672
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 12 September 2015
Page Range: pp. 5-12
Volume: 50
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11672

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