Quantum and Statistical Field Theory

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byMichel Le BellacTranslated byG. Barton

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Quantum field thory is a fundamental branch of theoretical physics, which in the last 20 years, has led to spectacular progress in our understanding of phase transitions and elementary particle physics. This textbook emphasizes the underlying unity of the concepts and methods used in bothdomains, and presents in clear language topics such as the pertubative expansion, Feynman diagrams, renormalization, and the renormalization group. It contains detailed applications of critical phenomena to condensed matter physics, such as the calculation of critical exponents and a discussion ofthe XY model. Applications to particle physics include quantum electrodynamics and chromodynamics, electroweak interactions, and lattice gauge theories. The book is based on courses given over several years on statistical mechanics and field theory, and is written at graduate level. It attemptsto guide the reader through a somewhat difficult and sometimes intricate subject. Further it is intended to lead the student up to the level of more advanced textbooks and research articles. A large number of problems are given to measure the reader's understanding.

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Quantum field thory is a fundamental branch of theoretical physics, which in the last 20 years, has led to spectacular progress in our understanding of phase transitions and elementary particle physics. This textbook emphasizes the underlying unity of the concepts and methods used in bothdomains, and presents in clear language topics ...

Michel Le Bellac is at Laboratoire de Physique Theorique, Parc Valrose, 06034 Nice, Cedex. G. Barton is at University of Sussex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198539649

ISBN - 13:9780198539643

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'Michel Le Bellac's book surveys the whole field, but is particuarly good on the physics of condensed matter. It is written in a very clear way. The book is well planned, carefully written and pedagogically sound.'Times Higher Education Supplement