Electromagnetic potential in pre-metric electrodynamics: Causal structure, propagators and quantization

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/2067
dc.identifier.uri http://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/2092
dc.contributor.author Pfeifer, Christian
dc.contributor.author Siemssen, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-20T13:13:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-20T13:13:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Pfeifer, C.; Siemssen, D.: Electromagnetic potential in pre-metric electrodynamics: Causal structure, propagators and quantization. In: Physical Review D 93 (2016), Nr. 10, No. 105046. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.93.105046
dc.description.abstract An axiomatic approach to electrodynamics reveals that Maxwell electrodynamics is just one instance of a variety of theories for which the name electrodynamics is justified. They all have in common that their fundamental input are Maxwell's equations dF=0 (or F=dA) and dH=J and a constitutive law H=#F which relates the field strength two-form F and the excitation two-form H. A local and linear constitutive law defines what is called local and linear pre-metric electrodynamics whose best known application is the effective description of electrodynamics inside media including, e.g., birefringence. We analyze the classical theory of the electromagnetic potential A before we use methods familiar from mathematical quantum field theory in curved spacetimes to quantize it in a locally covariant way. Our analysis of the classical theory contains the derivation of retarded and advanced propagators, the analysis of the causal structure on the basis of the constitutive law (instead of a metric) and a discussion of the classical phase space. This classical analysis sets the stage for the construction of the quantum field algebra and quantum states. Here one sees, among other things, that a microlocal spectrum condition can be formulated in this more general setting. © 2016 American Physical Society. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher College Park, MD : American Physical Society
dc.relation.ispartofseries Physical Review D 93 (2016), Nr. 10
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dc.subject.ddc 530 | Physik ger
dc.title Electromagnetic potential in pre-metric electrodynamics: Causal structure, propagators and quantization eng
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 24700010
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.93.105046
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 10
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 93
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 105046
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