New Approach to Continuum Path Integrals for Particles and Fields
Abstract
An approach to approximate evaluation of the continuum Feynman path integrals is developed for the study of quantum fluctuations of particles and fields in Euclidean timespace. The paths are described by sum of Gauss functions and are weighted with exp(S) by the Metropolis method. The weighted smooth paths reproduce properties of the ground state of the harmonic oscillator in one dimension with more than about 90 % accuracy, and the accuracy gets higher by using smaller width of the Gauss functions. Our approach is applied to quantum field theories and quantum fluctuations of U(1) and SU(2) gauge fields in four dimensions respectively provide the Coulomb force and confining linear potential at qualitative levels via the Wilson loops. Distributions of large values of gauge fields are found to be suppressed at least exponentially.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 December 2011
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1201.0055
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1201.0055
 Bibcode:
 2012arXiv1201.0055S
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics;
 High Energy Physics  Lattice;
 High Energy Physics  Phenomenology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 6 pages, 5 figures