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The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics
From Confinement to Extreme Environments

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143387

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  • This book discusses the physical phases of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) in ordinary environments, as well as in extreme environments of high temperatures and high baryon number. Under such extreme conditions, new phases are thought to exist: the quark-gluon plasma and colour superconductivity. After introducing lattice-gauge theory, beginning with fundamentals and reaching important developments, this book emphasises the application of QCD to the study of matter in extreme environments through a host of methods, including lattice-gauge theory, lower dimensional model field theories and effective Lagrangians. Suitable for graduate students and researchers entering the field of lattice-gauge theory, heavy ion collisions, nuclear theory or high energy phenomenology, as well as astrophysicists interested in the phases of nuclear matter and its impact on ideas of the interiors of dense stars. It is suitable for use as a textbook on lattice-gauge theory, effective Lagrangians and field theoretic modelling for nonperturbative phenomena in QCD.

    • This is a comprehensive book on QCD in extreme environments
    • Pedagogical text suitable for graduate courses
    • The presentation of the book is informal and includes a wealth of worked model field theories to illustrate fundamental principles in a fashion that readers fresh to the subject should find informative
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    Review of the hardback: 'The line of argument is elegantly presented and should be appealing and useful to students who want to enter the field and learn the basics of the QCD phase diagram … The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics gives a well-structured overview of the phases of QCD under extreme conditions … for scientists working in the field, the book is a must. And for those who want to learn more about the fascinating world of QCD under extreme conditions, it is a very good starting point.' Physics Today

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143387
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Background to spin systems and critical phenomena
    3. Gauge fields on a four-dimensional Euclidean lattice
    4. Fermions and nonperturbative dynamics in QCD
    5. Lattice fermions and chiral symmetry
    6. Hamiltonian version of lattice-gauge theory
    7. Phase transitions in lattice-gauge theory at high temperatures
    8. Physics of QCD at high temperatures and chemical potentials
    9. Large chemical potentials and color superconductivity
    10. Effective Lagrangians and models of QCD at nonzero chemical potential
    11. Lattice-gauge theory at nonzero chemical potential
    12. Epilogue
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    John B. Kogut, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Mikhail A. Stephanov, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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