Finite-Temperature Field Theory

Finite-Temperature Field Theory

by Joseph I. Kapusta, Cmmp Kapusta
     
 

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Professor Kapusta develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic quantum field theory at high temperature and density. Topics covered include functional integral representation of the partition function, diagrammatic expansions, linear response theory, screening and collective oscillations, equations of state, phase transitions,

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Professor Kapusta develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic quantum field theory at high temperature and density. Topics covered include functional integral representation of the partition function, diagrammatic expansions, linear response theory, screening and collective oscillations, equations of state, phase transitions, restoration of spontaneously broken symmetries, the Goldstone theorem, and infrared problems. Specific physical theories treated include QED, QCD, the Weinberg-Salam model, and effective nuclear field theories. Applications to white dwarfs, neutron stars, ultrarelativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions, and the early universe are discussed. Problems are provided at the end of each chapter, and numerous references to the literature are included.

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"...a wonderfully compact book, filled with useful information and important references." R. Delbourgo, Mathematical Reviews
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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 (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521449458
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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