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Quantum field theory in a nutshell

Author: A Zee
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Series: In a nutshell (Princeton, N.J.)
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"Since it was first published, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell has quickly established itself as the most accessible and comprehensive introduction to this profound and deeply fascinating area of theoretical physics. Now in this fully revised and expanded edition, A. Zee covers the latest advances while providing a solid conceptual foundation for students to build on, making this the most up-to-date and modern  Read more...
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Zee, A.
Quantum field theory in a nutshell.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009015469
(OCoLC)318585662
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A Zee
ISBN: 9781400835324 1400835321
OCLC Number: 659549695
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 576 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Convention, notation, and units --
Motivation and foundation. Who needs it? --
Path integral formulation of quantum physics --
From mattress to field --
From field to particle to force --
Coulomb and Newton : repulsion and attraction --
Inverse square law and the floating 3-brane --
Feynman diagrams --
Quantizing canonically and disturbing the vacuum --
Symmetry --
Field theory in curved spacetime --
Field theory redux --
Dirac and the spinor. The Dirac equation --
Quantizing the Dirac field --
Lorentz group and Weyl spinors --
Spin-statistics connection --
Vacuum energy, Grassmann integrals, and Feynman diagrams for fermions --
Electron scattering and gauge invariance --
Diagrammatic proof of gauge invariance --
Renormalization and gauge invariance. Cutting off our ignorance --
Renormalizable versus nonrenormalizable --
Counterterms and physical perturbation theory --
Gauge invariance : a photon can find no rest --
Field theory without relativity --
The magnetic moment of the electron --
Polarizing the vacuum and renormalizing the charge --
Symmetry and symmetry breaking. Symmetry breaking --
The pion as a Nambu-Goldstone boson --
Effective potential --
Magnetic monopole --
Nonabelian gauge theory --
The Anderson-Higgs mechanism --
Chiral anomaly --
Field theory and collective phenomena. Superfluids --
Euclid, Boltzmann, Hawking, and field theory at finite temperature --
Landau-Ginzburg theory of critical phenomena --
Superconductivity --
Peierls instability --
Solitons --
Vortices, monopoles, and instantons --
Field theory and condensed matter. Fractional statistics, Chern-Simons term, and topological field theory --
Quantum hall fluids --
Duality --
The [Sigma] models as effective field theories --
Ferromagnets and antiferromagnets --
Surface growth and field theory --
Disorder : replicas and Grassmannian symmetry --
Renormalization group flow as a natural concept in high energy and condensed matter physics --
Grand unification. Quantizing Yang-Mills theory and lattice gauge theory --
Electroweak unification --
Quantum chromodynamics --
Large N expansion --
Grand unification --
Protons are not forever --
SO (10) unification --
Gravity and beyond. Gravity as a field theory and the Kaluza-Klein picture --
The cosmological constant problem and the cosmic coincidence problem --
Effective field theory approach to understanding nature --
Supersymmetry : a very brief introduction --
A glimpse of string theory as a 2-dimensional field theory --
Closing words --
Gravitational Waves and Effective Field Theory --
Gluon Scattering in Pure Yang-Mills Theory --
Subterranean Connections in Guage Theories --
Is Einstein Gravity Secretely the Square of Yang-Mills Theory? --
More Closing words.
Series Title: In a nutshell (Princeton, N.J.)
Responsibility: A. Zee.

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