Monday, July 8, 2013

1109.5846 (Andrew Briggs et al.)

Equivalence of the Path Integral for Fermions in Cartesian and Spherical

Andrew Briggs, Horacio E. Camblong, Carlos R. Ordonez
The path-integral calculation for the free energy of a spin-1/2 Dirac-fermion gas is performed in spherical polar coordinates for a flat spacetime geometry. Its equivalence with the Cartesian-coordinate representation is explicitly established. This evaluation involves a relevant limiting case of the fermionic path integral in a Schwarzschild background, whose near-horizon limit has been shown to be related to black hole thermodynamics.
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