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Journal | Physical Review D |
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Date | Published - 15 Oct 1998 |

Issue number | 8 |

Volume | 5808 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Pages (from-to) | - |

Original language | English |

We generalize results of Ford and Roman which place lower bounds-known as quantum inequalities-on the renormalized energy density of a quantum held averaged against a choice of sampling function. Ford and Roman derived their results for a specific non-compactly supported sampling function; here we use a different argument to obtain quantum inequalities for a class of smooth, even and non-negative sampling functions which are either compactly supported or decay rapidly at infinity. Our results hold in d-dimensional Minkowski space (d greater than or equal to 2) for the free real scalar field of mass m greater than or equal to 0. We discuss various features of our bounds in 2 and 4 dimensions. In particular, for massless field theory in two-dimensional Minkowski space, we show that our quantum inequality is weaker than Flanagan's optimal bound by a factor of [S0556-2821(98)03318-9].

- QUANTUM INEQUALITIES

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