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Genre/Form: | Electronic books |
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Additional Physical Format: | Print version: 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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"Every theoretical physicist and every university library should own this book."--Choice "This is quantum field theory taught at the knee of ... one who loves the grandeur of his subject, has a keen eye for a slick argument, and is eager to share his repertoire of anecdotes about Feynman, Fermi, and all of his heroes... Zee misses no opportunity to point out that an argument he gives opens the door to some deeper subject that he encourages the reader to explore... [Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell] helps them love the subject and race to its frontier."--Michael E. Peskin, Classical and Quantum Gravity "[T]his is an excellent and unique introduction to quantum field theory. It takes a lot of work, and capable but less confident students would need a great deal of guidance, but it is a beautiful text written with infectious enthusiasm, and I thoroughly recommend it."--S. Virmani, Contemporary Physics "[This] is an excellent invitation to the wide area of modern quantum field theory, and even provides the mature field theoretician with interesting insights and connections. To the curious student, it is a near-perfect companion to spice up the world of quantum field theory, especially particle physics, beyond the standard presentations... It is definitely highly recommendable to anyone who wants to have a book with a non-standard view on quantum field theory, or who just wants to have an entertaining and insightful reprise of the topic."--Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews Clippings Read more...

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