The Resource Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur, Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur, Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
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 Summary
 Quantum field theory is arguably the most farreaching and beautiful physical theory ever constructed, with aspects more stringently tested and verified to greater precision than any other theory in physics. Unfortunately, the subject has gained a notorious reputation for difficulty, with forbidding looking mathematics and a peculiar diagrammatic language described in an array of unforgiving, weighty textbooks aimed firmly at aspiring professionals. However, quantum field theory is too important, too beautiful, and too engaging to be restricted to the professionals. This book on quantum field theory is designed to be different. It is written by experimental physicists and aims to provide the interested amateur with a bridge from undergraduate physics to quantum field theory. The imagined reader is a gifted amateur, possessing a curious and adaptable mind, looking to be told an entertaining and intellectually stimulating story, but who will not feel patronised if a few mathematical niceties are spelled out in detail. Using numerous worked examples, diagrams, and careful physically motivated explanations, this book will smooth the path towards understanding the radically different and revolutionary view of the physical world that quantum field theory provides, and which all physicists should have the opportunity to experience
 Language
 eng
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 xvii, 485 pages
 Contents

 Lagrangians
 Simple harmonic oscillators
 Occupation number representation
 Making second quantization work
 Continuous systems
 A first stab at relativistic quantum mechanics
 Examples of Lagrangians, or how to write down a theory
 The passage of time
 Quantum mechanical transformations
 Symmetry
 Canonical quantization of fields
 Examples of canonical quantization
 Fields with many components and massive electromagnetism
 Gauge fields and gauge theory
 Discrete transformations
 Propagators and Green's functions
 Propagators and fields
 The Smatrix
 Expanding the Smatrix : Feynman diagrams
 Scattering theory
 Statistical physics : a crash course
 The generating functional for fields
 Path integrals : I said to him, "You're crazy"
 Field integrals
 Statistical field theory
 Broken symmetry
 Coherent states
 Grassmann numbers : coherent states and the path integral for fermions
 Topological objects
 Topological field theory
 Renormalization, quasiparticles and the Fermi surface
 Renormalization : the problem and its solution
 Renormalization in action : propagators and Feynman diagrams
 The renormalization group
 Ferromagnetism : a renormalization group tutorial
 The Dirac equation
 How to transform a spinor
 The quantum Dirac field
 A rough guide to quantum electrodynamics
 QED scattering : three famous crosssections
 The renormalization of QED and two great results
 Superfluids
 The manybody problem and the metal
 Superconductors
 The fractional quantum Hall fluid
 Nonabelian gauge theory
 The WeinbergSalam model
 Majorana fermions
 Magnetic monopoles
 Instantons, tunnelling and the end of the world
 Isbn
 9780199699322
 Label
 Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur
 Title
 Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur
 Statement of responsibility
 Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 Quantum field theory is arguably the most farreaching and beautiful physical theory ever constructed, with aspects more stringently tested and verified to greater precision than any other theory in physics. Unfortunately, the subject has gained a notorious reputation for difficulty, with forbidding looking mathematics and a peculiar diagrammatic language described in an array of unforgiving, weighty textbooks aimed firmly at aspiring professionals. However, quantum field theory is too important, too beautiful, and too engaging to be restricted to the professionals. This book on quantum field theory is designed to be different. It is written by experimental physicists and aims to provide the interested amateur with a bridge from undergraduate physics to quantum field theory. The imagined reader is a gifted amateur, possessing a curious and adaptable mind, looking to be told an entertaining and intellectually stimulating story, but who will not feel patronised if a few mathematical niceties are spelled out in detail. Using numerous worked examples, diagrams, and careful physically motivated explanations, this book will smooth the path towards understanding the radically different and revolutionary view of the physical world that quantum field theory provides, and which all physicists should have the opportunity to experience
 Cataloging source
 YDXCP
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Lancaster, Tom
 Dewey number
 530.143
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QC174.45
 LC item number
 .L36 2014
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents

 bibliography
 handbooks
 http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
 1967
 http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
 Blundell, Stephen
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 Quantum field theory
 Quantum field theory
 Quantum field theory
 Quantum field theory
 Quantenfeldtheorie
 Label
 Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur, Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 467472) and index
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 volume
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 nc
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 rdacarrier.
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 Contents
 Lagrangians  Simple harmonic oscillators  Occupation number representation  Making second quantization work  Continuous systems  A first stab at relativistic quantum mechanics  Examples of Lagrangians, or how to write down a theory  The passage of time  Quantum mechanical transformations  Symmetry  Canonical quantization of fields  Examples of canonical quantization  Fields with many components and massive electromagnetism  Gauge fields and gauge theory  Discrete transformations  Propagators and Green's functions  Propagators and fields  The Smatrix  Expanding the Smatrix : Feynman diagrams  Scattering theory  Statistical physics : a crash course  The generating functional for fields  Path integrals : I said to him, "You're crazy"  Field integrals  Statistical field theory  Broken symmetry  Coherent states  Grassmann numbers : coherent states and the path integral for fermions  Topological objects  Topological field theory  Renormalization, quasiparticles and the Fermi surface  Renormalization : the problem and its solution  Renormalization in action : propagators and Feynman diagrams  The renormalization group  Ferromagnetism : a renormalization group tutorial  The Dirac equation  How to transform a spinor  The quantum Dirac field  A rough guide to quantum electrodynamics  QED scattering : three famous crosssections  The renormalization of QED and two great results  Superfluids  The manybody problem and the metal  Superconductors  The fractional quantum Hall fluid  Nonabelian gauge theory  The WeinbergSalam model  Majorana fermions  Magnetic monopoles  Instantons, tunnelling and the end of the world
 Control code
 859651399
 Dimensions
 25 cm
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 xvii, 485 pages
 Isbn
 9780199699322
 Lccn
 2013950755
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia.
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number
 (OCoLC)859651399
 Label
 Quantum field theory for the gifted amateur, Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 467472) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code

 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier.
 Content category
 text
 Content type code

 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent.
 Contents
 Lagrangians  Simple harmonic oscillators  Occupation number representation  Making second quantization work  Continuous systems  A first stab at relativistic quantum mechanics  Examples of Lagrangians, or how to write down a theory  The passage of time  Quantum mechanical transformations  Symmetry  Canonical quantization of fields  Examples of canonical quantization  Fields with many components and massive electromagnetism  Gauge fields and gauge theory  Discrete transformations  Propagators and Green's functions  Propagators and fields  The Smatrix  Expanding the Smatrix : Feynman diagrams  Scattering theory  Statistical physics : a crash course  The generating functional for fields  Path integrals : I said to him, "You're crazy"  Field integrals  Statistical field theory  Broken symmetry  Coherent states  Grassmann numbers : coherent states and the path integral for fermions  Topological objects  Topological field theory  Renormalization, quasiparticles and the Fermi surface  Renormalization : the problem and its solution  Renormalization in action : propagators and Feynman diagrams  The renormalization group  Ferromagnetism : a renormalization group tutorial  The Dirac equation  How to transform a spinor  The quantum Dirac field  A rough guide to quantum electrodynamics  QED scattering : three famous crosssections  The renormalization of QED and two great results  Superfluids  The manybody problem and the metal  Superconductors  The fractional quantum Hall fluid  Nonabelian gauge theory  The WeinbergSalam model  Majorana fermions  Magnetic monopoles  Instantons, tunnelling and the end of the world
 Control code
 859651399
 Dimensions
 25 cm
 Edition
 First edition.
 Extent
 xvii, 485 pages
 Isbn
 9780199699322
 Lccn
 2013950755
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia.
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number
 (OCoLC)859651399
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