From Classical to Quantum Fields

From Classical to Quantum Fields


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From Classical to Quantum Fields by Laurent Baulieu, John Iliopoulos, Roland Seneor

Quantum Field Theory has become the universal language of most modern theoretical physics. This introductory textbook shows how this beautiful theory offers the correct mathematical framework to describe and understand the fundamental interactions of elementary particles. The book begins with a brief reminder of basic classical field theories, electrodynamics and general relativity, as well as their symmetry properties, and proceeds with the principles of quantisation following Feynman's path integral approach. Special care is used at every step to illustrate the correct mathematical formulation of the underlying assumptions. Gauge theories and the problems encountered in their quantisation are discussed in detail. The last chapters contain a full description of the Standard Model of particle physics and the attempts to go beyond it, such as grand unified theories and supersymmetry. Written for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in physics and mathematics, the book could also serve as a reference for active researchers in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198788409
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2017
Pages: 992
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Laurent Baulieu, CNRS Research Director, University of Paris,John Iliopoulos, Director of Research Emeritus, Ecole Normale Superieure,Roland Seneor, Director of Research Emeritus, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique

Laurent Baulieu is currently CNRS Research Director at the University of Paris, where he has long been the head of the Theoretical Physics Department. His main field of research is Quantum Field Theory, the
Theory of Elementary Particles and Symmetries. He has been an organizer of many summer schools and workshops on various aspects of Quantum Field Theory, especially in les Houches and in the Cargese Institute in Corsica.

John Iliopoulos is Director of Research Emeritus at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, where for many years he was the head of the Theoretical Physics Department. His research was centred around theoretical particle physics. In 1970, in collaboration with Sheldon Glashow and Luciano Maiani, he predicted the existence of the charm quark and proposed the GIM mechanism, an important step in the construction of the Standard Model. He has also contributed to the development of supersymmetry (with Bruno Zumino and Pierre Fayet). He has received many awards, such as the Ricard Prize of the French Physical Society, the Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society, the High Energy Physics Prize of the European Physical Society and the Dirac Medal.

Roland Seneor is Director of Research Emeritus at the French CNRS. He spent most of his career at the Ecole Polytechnique, where he established and directed the Graduate School and was the Head of the Department for International Scientific Relations. His research centered on the mathematical foundations of QFT: the axiomatic formulation, the constructive approach, the summability of the perturbation expansion and the study of dynamic stochastic models. He has received various awards, including the Langevin Prize of the French Physical Society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Relativistic Invariance
3. The Electromagnetic Field
4. General relativity: A Field Theory of Gravitation
5. The Physical States
6. Relativistic Wave Equations
7. Towards a Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
8. Functional Integrals and Probabilistic Amplitudes
9. Functional Integrals and Quantum Mechanics: Formal Developments
10. The Euclidean Functional Integrals
11. Fermions and Functional Formalism
12. Relativistic Quantum Fields
13. Applications
14. Geometry and Quantum Dynamics
15. Broken Symmetries
16. Quantum Field Theory at Higher Orders
17. A First Glance at Renormalisation and Symmetry
18. Renormalisation of Yang-Mills Theory and BRST Symmetry
19. Some Consequences of the Renormalisation Group
20. Analyticity Properties of Feynman Diagrams
21. Infrared Singularities
22. Coherent States and Classical Limit of Quantum Electrodynamics
23. Quantum Field Theories with a Large Number of Fields
24. The Existence of Field Theories beyond the Perturbation Expansion
25. Fundamental Interactions
26. Beyond the Standard Model
27. Supersymmetry, or the Defense of Scalars
Appendix A. Tensor Calculus
Appendix B. Differential Calculus
Appendix C. Groups and Lie Algebras
Appendix D. A collection of Useful Formulae
Appendix E. Extract from Maxwell's A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism

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