Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

byMichio Kaku

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The rise of quantum electrodynamics (QED) made possible a number of excellent textbooks on quantum field theory in the 1960s. However, the rise of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the Standard Model has made it urgent to have a fully modern textbook for the 1990s and beyond. Building on thefoundation of QED, Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction presents a clear and comprehensive discussion of the gauge revolution and the theoretical and experimental evidence which makes the Standard Model the leading theory of subatomic phenomena. The book is divided into three parts: Part I,Fields and Renormalization, lays a solid foundation by presenting canonical quantization, Feynman rules and scattering matrices, and renormalization theory. Part II, Gauge Theory and the Standard Model, focuses on the Standard Model and discusses path integrals, gauge theory, spontaneous symmetrybreaking, the renormalization group, and BPHZ quantization. Part III, Non-perturbative Methods and Unification, discusses more advanced methods which now form an essential part of field theory, such as critical phenomena, lattice gauge theory, instantons, supersymmetry, quantum gravity,supergravity, and superstrings.

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The rise of quantum electrodynamics (QED) made possible a number of excellent textbooks on quantum field theory in the 1960s. However, the rise of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the Standard Model has made it urgent to have a fully modern textbook for the 1990s and beyond. Building on thefoundation of QED, Quantum Field Theory: A Mod...

Michio Kaku is at City College of CUNY.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:808 pages, 6.5 × 9.57 × 1.65 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Quantum Fields and Renormalization1. Why Quantum Field Theory?2. Symmetries and Group Theory3. Spin O and 1/2 Fields4. Quantum Electrodynamics5. Feynman Rules and LSZ Reduction6. Scattering Processes and the S-Matrix7. RenormalizationPART II: Gauge Theory and the Standard Model8. Path Integrals9. Gauge Theory10. The Weinberg-Salam Model11. The Standard Model12. Ward Identities, BRST, and Anomalies13. Renormalization of Gauge Theories14. QCD and the Renormalization GroupPART III: Non-Perturbative Methods and Unification15. Lattice Gauge Theory16. Solitons, Monopoles, and Instantons17. Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena18. Grand Unified Theories19. Quantum Gravity20. Supersymmetry and Supergravity21. Superstrings

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"This updated and expanded version of many of the standard QFT texts is refreshingly independent. . .an effective introduction to a breathtakingly wide range of topics, and gives an admirable general ordering and emphasis of life material. . .a fascinating resource for a wealth of informationand explanation. What more can one expect between two covers with such a menu?" --Australian and New Zealand Physicist