### Abstract

The derivative expansion of the one-loop effective action in QED_{3} and QED_{4} (quantum electrodynamics) is considered. The first term in such an expansion is the effective action for a constant electromagnetic field. An explicit expression for the next term containing two derivatives of the field strength F_{μv}, but exact in the magnitude of the field strength, is obtained. The general results for both fermion and scalar electrodynamics are presented. The cases of pure electric and pure magnetic external fields are considered in detail. The Feynman technique for the perturbative expansion of the one-loop effective action in the number of derivatives is developed.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 5406-5439 |

Number of pages | 34 |

Journal | Journal of Mathematical Physics |

Volume | 40 |

Issue number | 11 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Nov 1999 |

Externally published | Yes |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics

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## Cite this

*Journal of Mathematical Physics*,

*40*(11), 5406-5439. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.533037