Quantum Field Theory / Edition 2

Quantum Field Theory / Edition 2

by Franz Mandl, Graham Shaw
     
 

Following on from the successful first (1984) and revised (1993) editions, this extended and revised text is designed as a short and simple introduction to quantum field theory for final year physics students and for postgraduate students beginning research in theoretical and experimental particle physics.

The three main objectives of the book are

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Overview

Following on from the successful first (1984) and revised (1993) editions, this extended and revised text is designed as a short and simple introduction to quantum field theory for final year physics students and for postgraduate students beginning research in theoretical and experimental particle physics.

The three main objectives of the book are to:

  • Explain the basic physics and formalism of quantum field theory
  • To make the reader proficient in theory calculations using Feynman diagrams
  • To introduce the reader to gauge theories, which play a central role in elementary particle physics.

Thus, the first ten chapters deal with QED in the canonical formalism, and are little changed from the first edition. A brief introduction to gauge theories (Chapter 11) is then followed by two sections, which may be read independently of each other. They cover QCD and related topics (Chapters 12-15) and the unified electroweak theory (Chapters 16 – 19) respectively. Problems are provided at the end of each chapter.

New to this edition:

  • Five new chapters, giving an introduction to quantum chromodynamics and the methods used to understand it: in particular, path integrals and the renormalization group.
  • The treatment of electroweak interactions has been revised and updated to take account of more recent experiments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471496830
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the revised edition
Preface
1Photons and the Electromagnetic Field1
2Lagrangian Field Theory27
3The Klein-Gordon Field43
4The Dirac Field61
5Photons: Covariant Theory81
6The S-Matrix Expansion95
7Feynman Diagrams and Rules in QED107
8QED Processes in Lowest Order137
9Radiative Corrections175
10Regularization221
11Weak Interactions235
12A Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions261
13Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking279
14The Standard Electro-Weak Theory297
Appendix A The Dirac Equation331
Appendix B Feynman Rules and Formulae for Perturbation Theory345
Index355

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