## Quantum ElectrodynamicsThis classic work presents the main results and calculational procedures of quantum electrodynamics in a simple and straightforward way. Designed for the student of experimental physics who does not intend to take more advanced graduate courses in theoretical physics, the material consists of notes on the third of a three-semester course given at the California Institute of Technology. |

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Résumé of the Principles and Results of Special Relativity | 23 |

Relativistic Wave Equation | 34 |

Solution of the Dirac Equation for a Free Particle | 56 |

Potential Problems in Quantum Electrodynamics | 71 |

Relativistic Treatment of the Interaction of Particles with Light | 91 |

Interaction of Several Electron | 118 |

Discussion and Interpretation of Various Correction Terms | 128 |

Pauli Principle and the Dirac Equation | 162 |

Reprints | 171 |

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