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Introduction to Quantum Effects in Gravity

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  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139785945

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  • This book, first published in 2007, is an introductory textbook on quantum field theory in gravitational backgrounds intended for undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the fields of theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, and string theory. The book covers the basic (but essential) material of quantization of fields in an expanding universe and quantum fluctuations in inflationary spacetime. It also contains a detailed explanation of the Casimir, Unruh, and Hawking effects, and introduces the method of effective action used for calculating the back-reaction of quantum systems on a classical external gravitational field. The broad scope of the material covered will provide the reader with a thorough perspective of the subject. Every major result is derived from first principles and thoroughly explained. The book is self-contained and assumes only a basic knowledge of general relativity. Exercises with detailed solutions are provided throughout the book.

    • The first introductory textbook on quantum field theory in gravitational backgrounds for undergraduate and beginning graduate students
    • Contains exercises with detailed solutions
    • Self-contained, covering a broad scope of material
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    "... A groundbreaker in being an introductory text on quantum field theory in gravitational backgrounds, intended for undergraduate and beginning graduate students."
    Lewis H. Ryder, Mathematical Reviews

    "The treatment is clear throughout and the mathematical manipulations straightforward. This book is to be greatly recommended to anyone with an interest in contemporary theoretical cosmology; it is a most valuable contribution to the literature on the early universe."
    Contemporary Physics

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139785945
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 52 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Canonical Quantization and Particle Production:
    1. Overview: a taste of quantum fields
    2. Reminder: Classical and quantum theory
    3. Driven harmonic oscillator
    4. From harmonic oscillators to fields
    5. Reminder: Classical fields
    6. Quantum fields in expanding universe
    7. Quantum fields in the de Sitter universe
    8. Unruh effect
    9. Hawking effect. Thermodynamics of black holes
    10. The Casimir effect
    Part II. Path Integrals and Vacuum Polarization:
    11. Path integrals
    12. Effective action
    13. Calculation of heat kernel
    14. Results from effective action
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Authors

    Viatcheslav Mukhanov, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    VIATCHESLAV MUKHANOV is Professor of Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. His main result is the theory of inflationary cosmological perturbations. Professor Mukhanov is author of Physical Foundations of Cosmology (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He also serves on the editorial boards of leading research journals and is Scientific Director of the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP).

    Sergei Winitzki, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    SERGEI WINITZKI is Research Associate in the Department of Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. His main areas of research include quantum cosmology, the theory of dark energy, the global structure of spacetime, and quantum gravity.

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