Finite-Temperature Field Theory: Principles and Applications / Edition 2

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic field theory at finite temperature and density. It starts with the path-integral representation of the partition function and then proceeds to develop diagrammatic perturbation techniques. The standard model is discussed, along with the nature of the phase transitions in strongly interacting systems and applications to relativistic heavy ion collisions, dense stellar objects, and the early universe. First Edition Hb (1989):
0-521-35155-3 First Edition Pb (1994):

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Editorial Reviews

Derived from a course on relativistic many-body theory presented at the University of Minnesota (1984/86), this demanding text provides advanced graduate students and professionals (particle theorists, astrophysicists) with a careful account of the theory presently available to the study of matter under extreme conditions of energy and density. Ten chapters (with bibliographic notes and exercises), attractively typeset, printed and bound. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"...a wonderfully compact book, filled with useful information and important references."
Mathematical Reviews

"Overall, this book contains an excellent beginner's introduction to thermal quantum field theory, which paves the way to more in-depth topics. This book is highly recommendable to anyone entering the field, and very useful to advanced students in general and to researchers in adjacent topics as well."
Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews

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Meet the Author

Joseph I. Kapusta is Professor of Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Charles Gale is Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal.

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Table of Contents

1. Review of quantum statistical mechanics;
2. Functional integral representation of the partition function;
3. Interactions and diagrammatic techniques;
4. Renormalisation;
5. Quantum electrodynamics;
6. Linear response theory;
7. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and restoration;
8. Quantum chromodynamics;
9. Resummation and hard thermal loops;
10. Lattice gauge theory;
11. Dense nuclear matter;
12. Hot hadronic matter;
13. Nucleation theory;
14. Heavy ion collisions;
15. Weak interactions;
16. Astrophysics and cosmology; Conclusion; Appendix.
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