By Pierre van Baal

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4) In principle a path integral should be independent of the discretisation used in order to define it. For the Euclidean path integral, one particular way that is used quite often is the lattice discretisation, where instead of a momentum cutoff one makes not only time but also space discrete. This means that the field now lives on a lattice and its argument takes the values ja where j ∈ ZZ4 and a is the so-called lattice spacing, which in the end should be taken to zero. By suitably restricting the components of j, with appropriate boundary conditions on the fields, one keeps space and time finite, V = a 3 M3 and T = a N.

8), which is equivalent to the result | (t) >= U(t)|0 >, we find for this matrix element in lowest nontrivial order T < p|U(T)|0 > = −i dt < 0|a ( p)e i(t−T) H0 H1 (t)e −it H0 |0 > 0 T = −i k × dt < 0|a ( p)e i( p0 ( p)+E0 )(t−T) J˜ ( k, t) 0 a (−k) + a † ( k) e −i E0 t |0 > 2k0 ( k) = −i e −i( E 0 + p0 ( p))T √ = −i 2 p0 ( p) T πe −i( E0 + p0 ( p))T p0 ( p) dt J˜ ( p, t)e i p0 ( p)t 0 J˜ ( p). 25) 48 A Course in Field Theory To write down the path integral result, we first express the annihilation operator in terms of the field.

When this derivative acts on terms that have already come down from previous derivatives, one of the sources connected to a propagator is removed and this connects that propagator to the vertex associated to δ/δ J (x). As any derivative is connected q to a vertex, the propagator either runs between a vertex and a source ❍ ✟ ×, q q✟ between two vertices ❍ , or it connects two legs of the same vertex ✟ ❍ q ❥. The possibility of closed loops did not occur in solving the classical equations of motion and is specific to the quantum theory.