By Pierre van Baal

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31), √ −i E0 T πe i d4 xd4 y J (x)G(x − y) J ( y) . 34) Apart from the trivial difference of the factor exp(−i p0 T), we see that the amplitude for the annihilation of a one-particle state is proportional to J˜ ( p) whereas it is proportional (exactly with the same factor) to J˜ (− p) for the creation of a one-particle state in both cases p0 = p0 ( p) . 1) will play the role of a generating functional for calculating expectation values of products of field operators, which will now be studied in more detail.

It is customary to write the quadratic term in the fields (the mass term) explicitly, such that the potential V(ϕ) only contains the interaction terms. If we like, we could split the Fourier modes in their real and imaginary components the cos( x · k) and sin( x · k) modes . , ϕ(x) = 0 at the boundaries of the volume, such that the Fourier modes are given by j sin(π n j x j /L) (with n j > 0), with real coefficients. In either case, for V(ϕ) = 0 the Hamiltonian simply describes an infinite set of decoupled harmonic oscillators, which can be truncated to a finite set by introducing a so-called momentum cutoff |k| ≤ .

If we like, we could split the Fourier modes in their real and imaginary components the cos( x · k) and sin( x · k) modes . , ϕ(x) = 0 at the boundaries of the volume, such that the Fourier modes are given by j sin(π n j x j /L) (with n j > 0), with real coefficients. In either case, for V(ϕ) = 0 the Hamiltonian simply describes an infinite set of decoupled harmonic oscillators, which can be truncated to a finite set by introducing a so-called momentum cutoff |k| ≤ . In this case we know how to write the path integral, even in the presence of interactions.