3-10 August 2016
Chicago IL USA
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Open Effective Field Theories from Integrating Out High Momenta from Inelastic Reactions (15' + 5')

6 Aug 2016, 11:35
Superior A

Superior A

Oral Presentation Formal Theory Developments Formal Theory Developments


Eric Braaten (Ohio State University)


Effective field theories have often been applied to systems with inelastic reactions that produce particles with large momenta outside the domain of validity of the effective theory. The effects of the inelastic reactions have been taken into account in previous work by adding local anti-Hermitian terms to the effective Hamiltonian density. Here we show that an additional modification is required in equations governing the density matrix when multi-particle states are considered. We define an effective density matrix by tracing out states containing high-momentum particles, and show that it satisfies a Lindblad equation, with Lindblad operators determined by the anti-Hermitian terms in the effective Hamiltonian density.

Primary author

Eric Braaten (Ohio State University)


G. Peter Lepage (Cornell University) Hans-Werner Hammer (Technische Universitat Darmstadt)

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