Representing the vacuum polarization on de Sitter

Leonard, Katie E.; Prokopec, Tomislav; Woodard, Richard P.
March 2013
Journal of Mathematical Physics;Mar2013, Vol. 54 Issue 3, p032301
Academic Journal
Previous studies of the vacuum polarization on de Sitter have demonstrated that there is a simple, noncovariant representation of it in which the physics is transparent. There is also a cumbersome, covariant representation in which the physics is obscure. Despite being unwieldy, the latter form has a powerful appeal for those who are concerned about de Sitter invariance. We show that nothing is lost by employing the simple, noncovariant representation because there is a closed form procedure for converting its structure functions to those of the covariant representation. We also present a vastly improved technique for reading off the noncovariant structure functions from the primitive diagrams. And we discuss the issue of representing the vacuum polarization for a general metric background.


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