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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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    Item Type: Other
    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 14:12
    Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 14:12
    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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