The authors consider a number of explicitly soluble models of a massless, non-conformally-coupled scalar quantum field propagating in certain special Robertson-Walker background space-times. Regularisation is effected using covariant point-splitting, and renormalised stress tensors are constructed according to the ansatz, described in a companion paper (ibid., vol.11, p.603 (1978)) based on the DeWitt-Schwinger expansion. The results are all finite, conserved and free of regularisation ambiguities. From these special cases a great deal is deduced about the structure of renormalised stress tensors in more general models in which computation-approximation techniques will be necessary.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)