Local Quantum Physics: Fields, Particles, Algebras

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This book gives a comprehensive account of local quantum physics, understood as the synthesis of quantum theory with the principle of locality. Centered on the algebraic approach it describes both the physical concepts and the mathematical structures, and their consequences. These include the emergence of the particle picture, general collision theory covering the cases of massless particles and infraparticles, the analysis of possible charge structures and exchange symmetries, including braid group statistics. ...

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Overview

This book gives a comprehensive account of local quantum physics, understood as the synthesis of quantum theory with the principle of locality. Centered on the algebraic approach it describes both the physical concepts and the mathematical structures, and their consequences. These include the emergence of the particle picture, general collision theory covering the cases of massless particles and infraparticles, the analysis of possible charge structures and exchange symmetries, including braid group statistics. Thermal states of an unbounded medium and local equilibrium are discussed in detail. The author takes care both to describe the ideas and to give a critical assessment of future perspectives. The new edition contains numerous improvements and a new chapter concerning formalism and interpretation of quantum theory.

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"Indeed, both the expert in the field and the novice will enjoy Haags insightful exposition... This (superb) book is bound to occupy a place on a par with other classics in the mathematical physics literature." Physics Today "...enjoyable reading to anybody interested in the development of fundamental physical theories." Zentralblatt f. Mathematik
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  • ISBN-13: 9780387536101
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Series: Texts and Monographs in Physics
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356

Table of Contents

I Background 1
II General Quantum Field Theory 53
III Algebras of Local Observables and Fields 105
IV Charges, Global Gauge Groups and Exchange Symmetry 149
V Thermal States and Modular Automorphisms 199
VI Particles, Completeness of the Particle Picture 271
VII Principles and Lessons of Quantum Physics. A Review of Interpretations, Mathematical Formalism and Perspectives 293
VIII Retrospective and Outlook 323
Bibliography 349
Author Index and References 355
Subject Index 387
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