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Finite-Temperature Field Theory Principles and Applications

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ISBN-10: 0521820820

ISBN-13: 9780521820820

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Joseph I. Kapusta, Charles James Gale, P. V. Landshoff, D. R. Nelson, D. W. Sciama

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic field theory at finite temperature and density. It starts with the path-integral representation of the partition function and then proceeds to develop diagrammatic perturbation techniques. The standard model is discussed, along with the nature of the phase transitions in strongly interacting systems and applications to relativistic heavy ion collisions, dense stellar objects, and the early universe. First Edition Hb (1989): 0-521-35155-3 First Edition Pb (1994): 0-521-44945-6
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Book details

List price: $247.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 442
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046

Peter Landshoff qualified for his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1962. He is Professor of Mathematical Physics there and is Vice-Master of Christ's College.

Preface
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Review of quantum statistical mechanics
Ensembles
One bosonic degree of freedom
One fermionic degree of freedom
Noninteracting particles in a box
Bibliography
Exercises
Functional integral representation of the partition function
Transition amplitude for bosons
Partition function for bosons
Neutral scalar field
Bose-Einstein condensation
Fermions
Remarks on functional integrals
Bibliography
Exercises
Interactions and diagrammatic techniques
Perturbative expansion
Diagrammatic rules for [[lambda phis superscript 4]] theory
Propagator
First-order corrections to H and ln Z
Summation of infrared divergences
Yukawa theory
Remarks on real-time perturbation theory
Bibliography
Exercises
Renormalization
Renormalizing [[lambda phis superscript 4]] theory
Renormalization group
Application to the partition function
Bibliography
Exercises
Quantum electrodynamics
Quantizing the electromagnetic field
Blackbody radiation
Diagrammatic expansions
Photon self-energy
Loop corrections to In Z
Two loops
Ring diagrams
Three loops
White dwarf stars
Bibliography
Exercises
Linear response theory
Linear response to an external field
Screening of static electric fields
Exact formula for screening length in QED
Plasma oscillations
Bibliography
Exercises
Spontaneous symmetry breaking and restoration
Charged scalar field with negative mass-squared
Goldstone's theorem
Loop corrections
Higgs model
Bibliography
Exercises
Quantum chromodynamics
Quarks and gluons
Asymptotic freedom
Perturbative evaluation of partition function
Instantons
Gluon propagator and linear response
Infrared problems
Deconfinement phase transition
Ultrarelativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions
Strange quark matter
Bibliography
Exercises
Weak interactions
Weinberg-Salam model
Symmetry restoration
Early universe
Bibliography
Exercises
Nuclear matter
Effective nuclear field theories
Dense nuclear matter
Liquid-gas phase transition
Pion problem
Neutron stars
Bibliography
Exercises
Conclusion
Appendix
Thermodynamic relations
High-temperature expansion
Microcanonical and canonical ensembles
References
Index