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Finite-Temperature Field Theoryby Joseph I. Kapusta
Synopses & Reviews
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
Thoroughly updated and extended, this new edition develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic field theory at finite temperature and density. It covers renormalization, linear response theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking, lattice gauge theory, and nucleation theory. Applications to astrophysics, cosmology, and relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions are also included.
Develops techniques for studying relativistic field theory in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.
About the Author
Joseph I. Kapusta is Professor of Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.Charles Gale is Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal.
Table of Contents
1. Review of quantum statistical mechanics; 2. Functional integral representation of the partition function; 3. Interactions and diagrammatic techniques; 4. Renormalisation; 5. Quantum electrodynamics; 6. Linear response theory; 7. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and restoration; 8. Quantum chromodynamics; 9. Resummation and hard thermal loops; 10. Lattice gauge theory; 11. Dense nuclear matter; 12. Hot hadronic matter; 13. Nucleation theory; 14. Heavy ion collisions; 15. Weak interactions; 16. Astrophysics and cosmology; Conclusion; Appendix.
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