Many-Particle Physics / Edition 3

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This comprehensive textbook utilizes Green's functions and the equations derived from them to solve real physical problems in solid-state theoretical physics. Green's functions are used to describe processes in solids and quantum fluids and to address problems in areas such as electron gas, polarons, electron transport, optical response, superconductivity and superfluidity.
The updated third edition features several new chapters on different mean-free paths, Hubbard model, Coulomb blockade, and the quantum Hall effect. New sections have been added, while original sections have been modified to include recent applications.
This text is ideal for third- or fourth-year graduate students and includes numerous study problems and an extensive bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

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About the First Edition:
'This is a worthy newcomer and will make an excellent teaching text.'
Physics Bulletin
'The book should serve as a valuable contribution to the library of students and researchers in solid state and theoretical physics.'
Philosophical Magazine

About the Second Edition:
'Since its first edition, this book has become one of the most popular textbooks in quantum many-body theory, thus guaranteeing the interest of the scientific community in this second edition.'
Mathematical Reviews

Teaches techniques of many-body theory and applies techniques to specific problems. After a chapter on introductory material, coverage includes Green's functions at zero temperature, nonzero temperatures, exactly solvable models, homogeneous electron gas, strong correlations, electron-phonon interaction, dc conductivities, optical properties of solids, superconductivity, and superfluids. This third edition covers more applications, and offers new material on Bethe lattice, different mean-free-paths, Hubbard model, Coulomb blockade, and the Quantum Hall effect. Mahan is affiliated with the University of Tennessee, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441933393
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Physics of Solids and Liquids Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 3rd ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 785
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1: Introductory Material. 1.1. Harmonic Oscillators and Phonons. 1.2. Second Quantization for Particles. 1.3. Electron-Phonon Interactions. 1.4. Spin Hamiltonians. 1.5. Photons. 1.6. Pair Distribution Function. 2: Green's Functions at Zero Temperature. 2.1. Interaction Representation. 2.2. S Matrix. 2.3. Green's Functions. 2.4. Wick's Theorem. 2.5. Feynman Diagrams. 2.6. Vacuum Polarization Graphs. 2.7. Dyson's Equation. 2.8. Rules for Constructing Diagrams. 2.9. Time-Loop S Matrix. 2.10. Photon Green's Functions. 3: Nonzero Temperatures. 3.1. Introduction. 3.2. Matsubara Green's Functions. 3.3. Retarded and Advanced Green's Functions. 3.4. Dyson's Equation. 3.5. Frequency Summations. 3.6. Linked Cluster Expansions. 3.7. Real Time Green's Functions. 3.8. Kubo Formula for Electrical Conductivity. 3.9. Other Kubo Formulas. 4: Exactly Solvable Models. 4.1. Potential Scattering. 4.2. Localized State in the Continuum. 4.3. Independent Boson Models. 4.4. Bethe Lattice. 4.5. Tomonaga Model. 4.6. Polaritons. 5: Homogeneous Electron Gas. 5.1. Exchange and Correlation. 5.2. Wigner Lattice. 5.3. Metallic Hydrogen. 5.4. Linear Screening. 5.5. Model Dielectric Functions. 5.6. Properties of the Electron Gas. 5.7. Sum Rules. 5.8. One-Electron Properties. 6: Strong Correlations. 6.1. Kondo Model. 6.2. Single-Site Anderson Model. 6.3. Hubbard Model. 6.4. Hubbard Model: Magnetic Phases. 7: Electron-Phonon Interaction. 7.1. Fröhlich Hamiltonian. 7.2. Small Polaron Theory. 7.3. Heavily Doped Semiconductors. 7.4. Metals. 8: dc Conductivities. 8.1. Electron Scattering by Impurities. 8.2. Mobility of Frölich Polarons. 8.3. Electron-Phonon Relaxation Times. 8.4. Electron-Phonon Interactions in Metals. 8.5. Quantum Boltzmann Equation. 8.6. Quantum Dot Tunneling. 9: Optical Properties of Solids. 9.1. Nearly Free-Electron Systems. 9.2. Wannier Excitons. 9.3. X-Ray Spectra in Metals. 10: Superconductivity. 10.1. Cooper Instability. 10.2. Superconducting Tunneling. 10.3. Strong Coupling Theory. 10.4. Transition Temperature. 11: Superfluids. 11.1. Liquid 4He. 11.2. Liquid 3He. 11.3. Quantum Hall Effects.

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