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The physics of non-equilibrium many-body systems is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of theoretical physics. Traditionally used in the study of laser physics and superconducting kinetics, these techniques have more recently found applications in the study of dynamics of cold atomic gases, mesoscopic and nano-mechanical systems. The book gives a self-contained presentation of the modern functional approach to non-equilibrium field-theoretical methods. They are applied to examples ranging from biophysics to the kinetics of superfluids and superconductors. Its step-by-step treatment gives particular emphasis to the pedagogical aspects, making it ideal as a reference for advanced graduate students and researchers in condensed matter physics.Read more
- Takes readers from first principles to advanced applications, with emphasis on the pedagogical aspects
- Provides a unifying perspective, covering diverse areas of physics within the same formalism
- Uses a modern functional language to bring the reader to the forefront of the current research and literature
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"... a lively pedagogical exposition of the Keldysh technique based on functional integration. At the start, the author uses the simplest possible system - a harmonic oscillator - to provide a detailed description of the method... a welcome introduction to the field and could well become a classic."
Vojkan Jaksic, McGill University for Physics Today
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- Date Published: October 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521760829
- length: 353 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 181 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.86kg
- contains: 124 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
3. Single particle quantum mechanics
4. Classical stochastic systems
5. Bosonic fields
6. Dynamics of collisionless plasma
7. Kinetics of Bose condensates
8. Dynamics of phase transitions
10. Quantum transport
11. Disordered fermionic systems
12. Mesoscopic effects
13. Electron-electron interactions in disordered metals
14. Dynamics of disordered superconductors
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