Synopses & Reviews
Over the past few decades the powerful methods of statistical physics and Euclidean quantum field theory have moved closer together, with common tools based on the use of path integrals. The interpretation of Euclidean field theories as particular systems of statistical physics has opened up new avenues for understanding strongly coupled quantum systems or quantum field theories at zero or finite temperatures.
This book opens with a self-contained introduction to path integrals in Euclidean quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, and moves on to cover lattice field theory, spin systems, gauge theories and more. Each chapter ends with illustrative problems.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Path Integrals in Quantum and Statistical Mechanics.- High-Dimensional Integrals.- Monte-Carlo Simulations in Quantum Mechanics.- Scalar Fields at Zero and Finite Temperature.- Classical Spin Models: An Introduction.- Mean Field Approximation.- Transfer Matrices, Correlation Inequalities and Roots of Partition Functions.- High-Temperature and Low-Temperature Expansions.- Peierls Argument and Duality Transformations.- Renormalization Group on the Lattice.- Functional Renormalization Group.- Lattice Gauge Theories.- Two-dimensional Lattice Gauge Theories and Group Integrals.- Fermions on a Lattice.- Index.