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QED effective action at finite temperature and density

Research paper by Per Elmfors, Bo-Sture Skagerstam, David Persson

Indexed on: 03 May '93Published on: 03 May '93Published in: High Energy Physics - Theory



Abstract

The QED effective action at finite temperature and density is calculated to all orders in an external homogeneous and time-independent magnetic field in the weak coupling limit. The free energy, obtained explicitly, exhibit the expected de\ Haas -- van\ Alphen oscillations. An effective coupling at finite temperature and density is derived in a closed form and is compared with renormalization group results.