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An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory





ISBN 9780201503975
Published October 2, 1995 by CRC Press
866 Pages

 
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Book Description

An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory is a textbook intended for the graduate physics course covering relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, and Feynman diagrams. The authors make these subjects accessible through carefully worked examples illustrating the technical aspects of the subject, and intuitive explanations of what is going on behind the mathematics.

After presenting the basics of quantum electrodynamics, the authors discuss the theory of renormalization and its relation to statistical mechanics, and introduce the renormalization group. This discussion sets the stage for a discussion of the physical principles that underlie the fundamental interactions of elementary particle physics and their description by gauge field theories.

Table of Contents

Part I: Feyman Diagrams and Quantum Elctrodynamics



Invitation: Pair Production in e * r e ~ Annihilation



The Klein Gordon Field



The Dirac Field



Interacting Fields and Feynman Diagrams



Elementary Processes of Quantum Electrodynamics



Radiative Corrections: Introduction



Radiative Corrections: Some Formal Developments



Part II: Renormalization



Invitation: Ultraviolet Cutoffs and Critical Flucutations



Functional Methods



Systematics of Renormalization



Renormalization and Symmetry



The Renormalization Group



Critical Exponents and Scalar Field Theory



Part III: Non-Abelian Gauge Theories



Invitation: The Parton Model of Hadron Structure



Non-Abelian Gauge Invariance



Quantization of Non-Abelian Gauge Theories



Quantum Chromodynamics



Operator Products and Effective Vertices



Pertubation Theory Anomalies



Gauge Theories with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking



Quantization of Spontaneously Broken Gauge Theories



Quantum Field Theory at the Frontier



 



 

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Author(s)

Biography

Micheal E. Peskin received his doctorate in physics from Cornell University and has held research appointments in theoretical physics at Harvard, Cornell, and CEN Saclay. In 1982, he joined the stafff of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where he is now Professor of Physics.



Daniel V. Schroeder received his doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 1990. He held visiting appointments at Pomona College and Grinnell College before joining the faculty of Weber State University, where he is now Associate Professor of Physics.

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