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Finite-Temperature Field Theory
Principles and Applications

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173223

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  • 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

    • The authors' clear and pedagogical style will suit graduate courses
    • Contains exercises at the end of each chapter
    • Thoroughly updated, revised and extended
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    "...a wonderfully compact book, filled with useful information and important references."
    Mathematical Reviews

    "Overall, this book contains an excellent beginner's introduction to thermal quantum field theory, which paves the way to more in-depth topics. This book is highly recommendable to anyone entering the field, and very useful to advanced students in general and to researchers in adjacent topics as well."
    Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173223
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    Joseph I. Kapusta, University of Minnesota

    Charles Gale, McGill University, Montréal

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