Classical And Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths To Path Integrals by Walter DittrichClassical And Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths To Path Integrals by Walter Dittrich

Classical And Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths To Path Integrals

byWalter Dittrich, Martin Reuter

Paperback | October 8, 2015

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Graduate students who want to become familiar with advanced computational strategies in classical and quantum dynamics will find here both the fundamentals of a standard course and a detailed treatment of the time-dependent oscillator, Chern-Simons mechanics, the Maslov anomaly and the Berry phase, to name a few. Well-chosen and detailed examples illustrate the perturbation theory, canonical transformations, the action principle and demonstrate the usage of path integrals.
This new edition has been revised and enlarged with chapters on quantum electrodynamics, high energy physics, Green's functions and strong interaction.
"This book is a brilliant exposition of dynamical systems covering the essential aspects and written in an elegant manner. The book is written in modern language of mathematics and will ideally cater to the requirements of graduate and first year Ph.D. students...a wonderful introduction to any student who wants to do research in any branch of theoretical Physics." (Indian Journal of Physics)
Prof. Dr. Walter Dittrich had been head of the quantum electrodynamics group at the University of Tübingen. He started his work on gauge theories and QED in collaboration with Julian Schwinger.  Walter Dittrich has worked for more than 20 years in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton and the National Acceler...
Title:Classical And Quantum Dynamics: From Classical Paths To Path IntegralsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:461 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inShipping dimensions:23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:October 8, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:331930755X

ISBN - 13:9783319307558


Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Action Principles in Mechanics.- The Action Principle in Classical Electrodynamics.- Application of the Action Principles.- Jacobi Fields, Conjugate Points.-Canonical Transformations.- The Hamilton-Jacobi Equation.- Action-Angle Variables.- The Adiabatic Invariance of the Action Variables.- Time-Independent Canonical Perturbation Theory .- Canonical Perturbation Theory with Several Degrees of Freedom.- Canonical Adiabatic Theory.- Removal of Resonances.- Superconvergent Perturbation Theory, KAM Theorem.- Poincaré Surface of Sections, Mappings.- The KAM Theorem.- Fundamental Principles of Quantum Mechanics.- Functional Derivative Approach.- Examples for Calculating Path Integrals.- Direct Evaluation of Path Integrals.- Linear Oscillator with Time-Dependent Frequency.- Propagators for Particles in an External Magnetic Field.- Simple Applications of Propagator Functions.- The WKB Approximation.- Computing the trace.- Partition Function for the Harmonic Oscillator.- Introduction to Homotopy Theory.- Classical Chern-Simons Mechanics.- Semiclassical Quantization.- The "Maslov Anomaly" for the Harmonic Oscillator.-Maslov Anomaly and the Morse Index Theorem.- Berry's Phase.- Classical Analogues to Berry's Phase.- Berry Phase and Parametric Harmonic Oscillator.- Topological Phases in Planar Electrodynamics.- Appendix.- Solutions.- Index.