Physics & Astronomy

Quantum Field Theory: An Integrated Approach

The only graduate-level textbook on quantum field theory that fully integrates perspectives from high-energy, condensed-matter, and statistical physics

Hardcover

Price:
$85.00 / £66.00
ISBN:
Published (US):
Mar 23, 2021
Published (UK):
Apr 13, 2021
2019
Pages:
760
Size:
8 x 10 in.
Illus:
161 b/w illus.
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Quantum field theory was originally developed to describe quantum electrodynamics and other fundamental problems in high-energy physics, but today has become an invaluable conceptual and mathematical framework for addressing problems across physics, including in condensed-matter and statistical physics. With this expansion of applications has come a new and deeper understanding of quantum field theory—yet this perspective is still rarely reflected in teaching and textbooks on the subject. Developed from a year-long graduate course Eduardo Fradkin has taught for years to students of high-energy, condensed-matter, and statistical physics, this comprehensive textbook provides a fully “multicultural” approach to quantum field theory, covering the full breadth of its applications in one volume.

  • Brings together perspectives from high-energy, condensed-matter, and statistical physics in both the main text and exercises
  • Takes students from basic techniques to the frontiers of physics
  • Pays special attention to the relation between measurements and propagators and the computation of cross sections and response functions
  • Focuses on renormalization and the renormalization group, with an emphasis on fixed points, scale invariance, and their role in quantum field theory and phase transitions
  • Other topics include non-perturbative phenomena, anomalies, and conformal invariance
  • Features numerous examples and extensive problem sets
  • Also serves as an invaluable resource for researchers