Generating functionals for harmonic expectation values of paths with fixed end points: Feynman diagrams for nonpolynomial interactions
We introduce a general class of generating functionals for the calculation of quantum-mechanical expectation values of arbitrary functionals of fluctuating paths with fixed end points in configuration or momentum space. The generating functionals are calculated explicitly for the harmonic oscillator with time-dependent frequency, and used to derive a smearing formula for correlation functions of polynomial and nonpolynomial functions of time-dependent positions and momenta. This formula summarizes the effect of quantum fluctuations, and serves to derive generalized Wick rules and Feynman diagrams for perturbation expansions of nonpolynomial interactions.
Physical Review E
- Pub Date:
- September 1999
- Quantum mechanics;
- Quantum Physics
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