nLab electromagnetism




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Electromagnetism or electrodynamics is the gauge theory whose field is the electromagnetic field, see there for more details.

The corresponding quantum field theory is quantum electrodynamics.


Discussion of electromagnetism as quantum field theory on curved spacetimes originates with

and is further developed in (e.g. regarding Hadamard states) in

  • K. Sanders, Claudio Dappiaggi, T.-P. Hack, Electromagnetism, local covariance, the Aharonov-Bohm effect and Gauss’ law, Commun. Math. Phys. 328(2), 625–667 (2014)

  • Claudio Dappiaggi, D. Siemssen, Hadamard states for the vector potential on asymptotically flat spacetimes, Rev. Math. Phys. 25, 1 (2013)

  • Claudio Dappiaggi, B. Lang, Quantization of Maxwell’s equations on curved backgrounds and general local covariance, Lett. Math. Phys. 101(3), 265–287 (2012)

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