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Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur [Paperback]

Tom Lancaster , Stephen J. Blundell
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Table of Contents

  • Overture
  • <b>I: The Universe as a set of harmonic oscillators</b>
  • 1: Lagrangians
  • 2: Simple harmonic oscillators
  • 3: Occupation number representation
  • 4: Making second quantization work
  • <b>II: Writing down Lagrangians</b>
  • 5: Continuous systems
  • 6: A first stab at relativistic quantum mechanics
  • 7: Examples of Lagrangians, or how to write down a theory
  • <b>III: The need for quantum fields</b>
  • 8: The passage of time
  • 9: Quantum mechanical transformations
  • 10: Symmetry
  • 11: Canonical quantization of fields
  • 12: Examples of canonical quantization
  • 13: Fields with many components and massive electromagnetism
  • 14: Gauge fields and gauge theory
  • 15: Discrete transformations
  • <b>IV: Propagators and perturbations</b>
  • 16: Ways of doing quantum mechanics: propagators and Green's functions
  • 17: Propagators and Fields
  • 18: The S-matrix
  • 19: Expanding the S-matrix: Feynman diagrams
  • 20: Scattering theory
  • <b>V: Interlude: wisdom from statistical physics</b>
  • 21: Statistical physics: a crash course
  • 22: The generating functional for fields
  • <b>VI: Path Integrals</b>
  • 23: Path Integrals: I said to him, "You're crazy"
  • 24: Field Integrals
  • 25: Statistical field theory
  • 26: Broken symmetry
  • 27: Coherent states
  • 28: Grassmann numbers: coherent states and the path integral for fermions
  • <b>VII: Topological ideas</b>
  • 29: Topological objects
  • 30: Topological field theory
  • <b>VIII: Renormalization: taming the infinite</b>
  • 31: Renormalization, quasiparticles and the Fermi surface
  • 32: Renormalization: the problem and its solution
  • 33: Renormalization in action: propagators and Feynman diagrams
  • 34: The renormalization group
  • 35: Ferromagnetism: a renormalization group tutorial
  • <b>IX: Putting a spin on QFT</b>
  • 36: The Dirac equation
  • 37: How to transform a spinor
  • 38: The quantum Dirac field
  • 39: A rough guide to quantum electrodynamics
  • 40: QED scattering: three famous cross sections
  • 41: The renormalization of QED and two great results
  • <b>X: Some applications from the world of condensed matter</b>
  • 42: Superfluids
  • 43: The many-body problem and the metal
  • 44: Superconductors
  • 45: The fractional quantum Hall fluid
  • <b>XI: Some applications from the world of particle physics</b>
  • 46: Non-abelian gauge theory
  • 47: The Weinberg-Salam model
  • 48: Majorana fermions
  • 49: Magnetic monopoles
  • 50: Instantons, tunnelling and the end of the world
  • Appendix A: Further reading
  • Appendix B: Useful complex analysis

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