Singularity structure of the two-point function in quantum field theory in curved spacetime, II Academic Article uri icon


  • We prove that, for a massive, scalar, quantum field in a wide class of static spacetimes, the two-point function 0|(x) (y) + (y) (x)|0 has singularity structure of the Hadamard form. In particular, this implies that the point-splitting renormalization prescription is well defined in these spacetimes. As a corollary of this result and a previous result of Fulling. Sweeny, and Wald, we show that in an arbitrary globally hyperbolic spacetime there always exists a large class of states for which the singular part of the two-point function has the Hadamard form. In addition, we prove that, for a closed universe which is both initially and finally static, the S-matrix exists. 1981.

published proceedings

  • Annals of Physics

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Fulling, S. A., Narcowich, F. J., & Wald, R. M.

citation count

  • 126

complete list of authors

  • Fulling, SA||Narcowich, FJ||Wald, Robert M

publication date

  • October 1981