The purpose of this article is twofold. First, we attempt to give a brief overview of the different application areas of quantum electrodynamics (QED). These include fundamental physics (prediction of atomic energy levels), where the atom may be exposed to additional external fields (hyperfine splitting and g factor). We also mention QED processes in highly intense laser fields and more applied areas like Casimir and Casimir-Polder interactions. Both the unifying aspects as well as the differences in the the theoretical treatment required by these application areas (such as the treatment of infinities) are highlighted. Second, we discuss an application of the formalism in the fundamentally interesting area of the prediction of energy levels, namely, the hyperfine structure of P states of muonic hydrogen.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)