Chapter 7. Quantum Electrodynamics

  1. Prof. Dr. Markus Reiher and
  2. Dr. Alexander Wolf

Published Online: 22 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9783527627486.ch7

Relativistic Quantum Chemistry: The Fundamental Theory of Molecular Science

Relativistic Quantum Chemistry: The Fundamental Theory of Molecular Science

How to Cite

Reiher, M. and Wolf, A. (2009) Quantum Electrodynamics, in Relativistic Quantum Chemistry: The Fundamental Theory of Molecular Science, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527627486.ch7

Author Information

  1. ETH Zuerich, Laboratory for Physical Chemistry, Hoenggerberg Campus, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, 8093 Zuerich, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527312924

Online ISBN: 9783527627486

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Keywords:

  • quantum electrodynamics;
  • elementary quantities;
  • notation;
  • classical Hamiltonian description;
  • second-quantized field-theoretical formulation;
  • atom description;
  • molecule description

Summary

Quantum electrodynamics is the fundamental physical theory which obeys the principles of special relativity and allows us to describe the mutual interactions of electrons and photons. It is intrinsically a many-particle theory, though much too complicated from a numerical point of view to be the basis for the theoretical framework of the molecular sciences. Nonetheless, it is the basic theory of chemistry and its essential concepts, and ingredients are introduced in this chapter.