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The path integral formulation of quantum mechanics is a description of quantum theory that generalizes the action principle of classical mechanics. It replaces the classical notion of a single, unique classical trajectory for a system with a sum, or functional integral, over an infinity of quantum-mechanically possible trajectories to compute a quantum amplitude. This formulation has proven crucial to the subsequent development of theoretical physics.

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Double integral in a polygon domain

I want to compute a integral of a polynomial $f(x, y)$ over a polygon domain $D$ of $n$ sides. $$ I(f) = \int_{D} f(x, \ y) \ dx \ dy $$ The vertex of this polygon are $$\vec{p}_{i} = (x_i, \ y_i) \ \ ...
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Reference request: path integral approach to Gaussian processes

Are there any good, rigorous and preferably modern books or papers on path integral approach to Gaussian processes? I am interested in both introductory level and deeper monographs on the subject. I ...
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Looking for some interesting complex integration contours

I am currently working on some tools to make contour integration in a proof assistant less painful and I'm looking for interesting examples of contours in the complex plane used in the literature. I ...
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Condensed/liquid vector spaces and path integrals

[Edited to take into account comments.] Background One approach to the problem of making rigorous various measures on spaces of paths (for example, the Wiener or Feynman measure) is the time-slicing ...
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Peter Freyd on path Integral?

In the issue Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science Volume 29, 1999, Page 79 there is a very intriguing abstract by Peter Freyd. Path Integrals, Bayesian Vision, and Is Gaussian Quadrature ...
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Ratios of Gaussian integrals with a positive semidefinite matrix

Cross-post from MSE https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4118128/ratios-of-gaussian-integrals-with-a-positive-semidefinite-matrix Generally speaking, I’m wondering what the usual identities for ...
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References for computing $n$-point correlations in Chern-Simons theory

I am interested in learning how to compute $n$-point correlation functions in Chern-Simons theory, thought of as a TQFT (similar to Witten's work linking that theory to knot theory). I am mostly ...
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Path integral as quantum mechanics on the tangent bundle

Let $X$ be a configuration space, a finite-dimensional manifold. By "quantum mechanics on $X$" I mean a linear evolution equation on complex-valued functions on $X$, determined by a ...
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Yang-Mills theory with non-compact gauge groups G

Physicists are familiar working with Yang-Mills theory with compact and semi-simple gauge groups $G$ (Lie groups). However, it is not entirely clear the formulation of Yang-Mills theory with non-...
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Mathematics of path integral: state of the art

I was told that one of the most efficient tools (e.g. in terms of computations relevant to physics, but also in terms of guessing heuristically mathematical facts) that physicists use is the so called ...