Structure of light front vacuum sector diagrams

10 Apr 2019  ·  Mannheim Philip D., Lowdon Peter, Brodsky Stanley J. ·

We study the structure of scalar field light front quantization vacuum graphs. In instant time quantization both non-vacuum and vacuum graphs can equivalently be described by either the off-shell four-dimensional Feynman diagram approach or the on-shell three-dimensional Fock space approach, with this being the case since the relevant Feynman diagrams are given entirely by pole terms... This is also the case for light front quantization non-vacuum graphs. However this is the not the case for light front vacuum sector diagrams, since then there are also circle at infinity contributions to Feynman diagrams. These non-pole contributions cause vacuum diagrams to be nonzero and to not be given by a light-front Hamiltonian Fock space analysis. The three-dimensional approach thus fails in the light front vacuum sector. In consequence, the closely related infinite momentum frame approach also fails in the light front vacuum sector. read more

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