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There is a complex relationship between the architecture of a computer, the software it needs to run, and the tasks it performs. The most difficult aspect of building a brain-like computer may not be in its construction, but in its use: How can it be programmed? What can it do well? What does it do poorly? In the history of computers, software development… (More)
Quantum field theories and Matrix models have a far richer solution set than is normally considered, due to the many boundary conditions which must be set to specify a solution of the Schwinger-Dyson equations. The complete set of solutions of these equations is obtained by generalizing the path integral to include sums over various inequivalent contours of… (More)
Stationary distributions of complex Langevin equations are shown to be the com-plexified path integral solutions of the Schwinger-Dyson equations of the associated quantum field theory. Specific examples in zero dimensions and on a lattice are given. Relevance to the study of quantum field theory phase space is discussed.
This work develops and applies the concept of mollification in order to smooth out highly oscillatory exponentials. This idea, known for quite a while in the mathematical community (mollifiers are a means to smooth distributions), is new to numerical Quantum Field Theory. It is potentially very useful for calculating phase transitions (highly oscillatory… (More)
The Source Galerkin Method is a new numerical technique that is being developed to solve Quantum Field Theories on the continuum. It is not based on Monte Carlo techniques and has a measure to evaluate relative errors. It promises to increase the accuracy and speed of calculations, and takes full advantage of symmetries of the theory. The application of… (More)
In this note we present a new numerical method for solving Lattice Quantum Field Theory. This Source Galerkin Method is fundamentally different in concept and application from Monte Carlo based methods which have been the primary mode of numerical solution in Quantum Field Theory. Source Galerkin is not probabilistic and treats fermions and bosons in an… (More)
By means of an analogy with Classical Mechanics and Geometrical Optics, we are able to reduce Lagrangians to a kinetic term only. This form enables us to examine the extended solution set of field theories by finding the geodesics of this kinetic term's metric. This new geometrical standpoint sheds light on some foundational issues of QFT and brings to the… (More)
I discuss historical material about the beginning of the ideas of spontaneous symmetry breaking and particularly the role of the Guralnik, Hagen Kibble paper in this development. I do so adding a touch of some more modern ideas about the extended solution-space of quantum field theory resulting from the intrinsic nonlinearity of non-trivial interactions.
We outline two alternative schemes to perform numerical calculations in quantum field theory. In principle, both of these approaches are better suited to study phase structure than conventional Monte Carlo. The first method, Source Galerkin, is based on a numerical analysis of the Schwinger-Dyson equations using modern computer techniques. The nature of… (More)