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Conceptual problems in quantum electrodynamics: a contemporary historical-philosophical approach

Bacelar Valente, Mario Conceptual problems in quantum electrodynamics: a contemporary historical-philosophical approach. University of Sevilla.

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Abstract

PhD dissertation addressing what can be called conceptual-mathematical anomalies in quantum electrodynamics.
This work can be seen as following the line of philosophy of physics studies of quantum field theory that started to emerge in a systematic way in the early eighties of last century. One example is Teller’s (1995) work on standard quantum electrodynamics.In this work, by following a historical approach, I will return to the standard version
of quantum electrodynamics, which is the only one available when we want to get numbers out to compare with experimental results.
This work spins around two main vectors. One is the divergence of the S-matrix series expansion, the other is the spatio-temporal description of physical processes in
the theory.


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Bacelar Valente, Mario
Keywords: quantum electrodynamics; S-matrix series divergence; vacuum state; virtual quanta; renormalization; space-time; theory reduction; Haag theorem; Schrödinger equation; Dirac equation; Casimir effect; balanced homodyne detection; Howard’s reconstruction of Bohr’s interpretation of the quantum formalism.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: mario bacelar valente
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2011 18:12
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 18:12
Item ID: 8764
Journal or Publication Title: PhD dissertation
Publisher: University of Sevilla
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8764

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