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Nonequilibrium Quantum Field Theory

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  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521641685

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  • Bringing together the key ideas from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and powerful methodology from quantum field theory, this book captures the essence of nonequilibrium quantum field theory. Beginning with the foundational aspects of the theory, the book presents important concepts and useful techniques, discusses issues of basic interest, and shows how thermal field, linear response, kinetic theories and hydrodynamics emerge. It also illustrates how these concepts and methodology are applied to current research topics including nonequilibrium phase transitions, thermalization in relativistic heavy ion collisions, the nonequilibrium dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensation, and the generation of structures from quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. Divided into five parts, each part addresses a particular stage in the conceptual and technical development of the subject.

    • The self-supporting nature of the book enables students to get started and removes the need to buy additional texts
    • Material is divided into sections that address the different stages in the conceptual and technical development of the subject at graded levels of difficulty
    • Novel presentation of the intersection of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and quantum field theory cannot be found in much of the existing literature
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    "Nonequilibrium Quantum Field Theory by Calzetta and Hu is a very well written book which covers thoroughly various formalisms for studying nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and nonequilibrium.quantum field theory. It then uses these methodologies to address various important philosophical questions such as entropy generation, and quantum decoherence. Finally the authors show the relevance of these formalisms for addressing very current problems such as the dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensates, phase transitions following relativistic heavy ion collisions and nonequilibrium quantum processes in the time evolution of the early universe. The authors have written many of the seminal papers and the book is a masterpiece of pedagogy, explaining and resolving very clearly many of the technical issues that had to be overcome in the development of this subject. It should prove essential reading to anyone venturing to work in this important new field."
    Fred Cooper, Program Director Theoretical Physics, National Science Foundation

    "A valuable reference for graduate students and researchers in particle physics, gravitation, cosmology, atomic optical and condensed matter physics."
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    "This book is an exhaustive and up-to-date treatment of non-equilibrium quantum field theory, also considering its quite extensive lists of references. The coverage is excellent. The presentation is very detailed."
    Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521641685
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Fundamentals of Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics:
    1. Basic issues in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
    2. Relaxation, dissipation, noise and fluctuations
    3. Quantum open systems
    Part II. Basics of Nonequilibrium Quantum Field Theory: 4. Quantum fields on time-dependent backgrounds: particle creation
    5. Open systems of interacting quantum fields
    6. Functional methods in nonequilibrium QFT
    Part III. Gauge Invariance, Dissipation, Entropy, Noise and Decoherence:
    7. Closed time path effective action for gauge theories
    8. Dissipation and noise in mean field dynamics
    9. Entropy generation and decoherence of quantum fields
    Part IV. Thermal, Kinetic and Hydrodynamic Regimes:
    10. Thermal field and linear response theory
    11. Quantum kinetic field theory
    12. Hydrodynamics and thermalization
    13. Nonequilibrium Bose-Einstein condensates
    14. Nonequilibrium issues in RHICs and DCCs
    15. Nonequilibrium quantum processes in the early universe
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Esteban A. Calzetta, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Esteban Calzetta is a Professor in the Departamento de Fisica at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Researcher at CONICET, Argentina.

    Bei-Lok B. Hu, University of Maryland, College Park
    Bei-Lok Hu is a Professor in the Department of Physics and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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