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Locally covariant quantum field theory and the spin–statistics connection

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JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics D
DateSubmitted - 6 Feb 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 11 Feb 2016
DatePublished (current) - 22 Mar 2016
Issue number6
Number of pages18
Original languageEnglish


The framework of locally covariant quantum field theory (QFT), an axiomatic approach to QFT in curved spacetime (CST), is reviewed. As a specific focus, the connection between spin and statistics is examined in this context. A new approach is given, which allows for a more operational description of theories with spin and for the derivation of a more general version of the spin–statistics connection in CSTs than previously available. This part of the text is based on [C. J. Fewster, arXiv:1503.05797.] and a forthcoming publication; the emphasis here is on the fundamental ideas and motivation.

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