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Symmetry breaking

Author: F Strocchi
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2008.
Series: Lecture notes in physics, 732.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This new edition of Prof. Strocchi's well received primer on rigorous aspects of symmetry breaking presents a more detailed and thorough discussion of the mechanism of symmetry breaking in classical field theory in relation with the Noether theorem. Moreover, the link between symmetry breaking without massless Goldstone bosons in Coulomb systems and in gauge theories is made more explicit in terms of the delocalized  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Strocchi, F.
Symmetry breaking.
Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2008
(DLC) 2007931621
(OCoLC)183531756
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: F Strocchi
ISBN: 9783540735939 3540735933 9783540735922 3540735925
OCLC Number: 191453889
Description: 1 online resource (x, 216 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Symmetry Breaking in Classical Systems.- Symmetries of a Classical System.- Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking.- Symmetries in Classical Field Theory.- General Properties of Solutions of Classical Field Equations.- Stable Structures, Hilbert Sectors, Phases.- Stability under Space Translations. Positive Energy.- Noether Theorem and Symmetry Breaking.- Examples.- The Goldstone Theorem.- Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Systems.- Quantum Mechanics. Algebraic Structure and States.- Fock Representation.- Non-Fock Representations.- Mathematical Description of Infinitely Extended Quantum Systems.- Physically Relevant Representations.- Cluster Property and Pure Phases.- Examples.- Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Systems.- Examples.- Constructive Symmetry Breaking.- Symmetry Breaking in the Ising Model.- Thermal States.- Fermi and Bose Gas at Non-zero Temperature.- Quantum Fields at Non-zero Temperature.- Breaking of Continuous Symmetries. Goldstone's Theorem.- The Goldstone Theorem at Non-zero Temperature.- The Goldstone Theorem for Relativistic Local Fields.- An Extension of Goldstone Theorem to Non-symmetric Hamiltonians.- Symmetry Breaking in Gauge Theories.- Erratum.- Erratum.
Series Title: Lecture notes in physics, 732.
Responsibility: F. Strocchi.
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