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Finite-Temperature Field Theory

Finite-Temperature Field Theory
Principles and Applications

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: August 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521820820

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  • The 2006 second edition of this book develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic quantum field theory at high temperature and density. Specific physical theories treated include QED, QCD, electroweak theory, and effective nuclear field theories of hadronic and nuclear matter. Topics include: functional integral representation of the partition function, diagrammatic expansions, linear response theory, screening and plasma oscillations, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone theorem, resummation and hard thermal loops, lattice gauge theory, phase transitions, nucleation theory, quark-gluon plasma, and color superconductivity. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology cover white dwarf and neutron stars, neutrino emissivity, baryon number violation in the early universe, and cosmological phase transitions. Applications to relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions are also included. The book is written for theorists in elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Problems are given at the end of each chapter, and numerous references to the literature are included.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: Praise for the first edition: '… an excellent introduction to the subject … Overall, this is still the only modern work in this area and it is the best place to start from.' T. S. Evans, Contemporary Physics

    Review of the hardback: 'The material in this book is a well balanced introduction to the current literature on this subject. … This book … has already been a valuable resource to many workers in the field. With the advent of relativistic heavy-ion colliders this publication could not have come at a better time. Both graduate students and more experienced workers in this field should have a copy of this book on their shelves!' Journal of Physics

    Review of the hardback: '… a wonderfully compact book, filled with useful information and important references.' R. Delbourgo, Mathematical Reviews

    Review of the hardback: '… an excellent instrument for researchers; also, it could be used as a course in a PhD program.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521820820
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • 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

  • Authors

    Joseph I. Kapusta, University of Minnesota

    Charles Gale, McGill University, Montréal

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