We present a systematic examination of finite temperature effects in quantum electrodynamics at one loop order. We calculate mass, charge, and wavefunction renormalization, demonstrate the running of the coupling constant at high temperatures, and study the renormalized vertex function and the energy momentum tensor. The confusion in the literature concerning the finite temperature corrections to the electron's magnetic moment is resolved. We also present the finite temperature effects in scalar electrodynamics. Throughout we stress the need to provide a well-defined method to observe a given quantity when interpreting the results of a calculation, and we suggest new techniques which incorporate the novel features of finite temperature theories.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)