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Quasiclassical propagator of a relativistic particle via the path-dependent gauge potential

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Yakaboylu,  Enderalp
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society,;

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Hatsagortsyan,  K. Z.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society,;

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Keitel,  Christoph H.
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society,;

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Yakaboylu, E., Hatsagortsyan, K. Z., & Keitel, C. H. (2014). Quasiclassical propagator of a relativistic particle via the path-dependent gauge potential. Physical Review A, 89(3): 032115. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.89.032115.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-001A-0325-7
Abstract
The proper time formalism for a particle propagator in an external electromagnetic field is combined with the path-dependent formulation of gauge theory to simplify the quasiclassical propagator of a relativistic particle. The latter is achieved due to a specific choice of gauge corresponding to the use of the classical path in the path-dependent formulation of gauge theory, which leads to cancellation of the interaction part of the classical action in the Feynman path integral. A simple expression for the quasiclassical propagator is obtained in all cases of the external field when the classical equations of motion in this field are integrable. As an example, simple expressions for the propagators are derived for a spinless charged particle interacting with the following fields: an arbitrary constant and uniform electromagnetic field, an arbitrary plane wave, and finally an arbitrary plane wave combined with an arbitrary constant and uniform electromagnetic field. In all these cases the quasiclassical propagator coincides with the exact result.