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Path Integrals and Anomalies in Curved Space

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120500

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  • Path integrals provide a powerful method for describing quantum phenomena. This book introduces the quantum mechanics of particles moving in curved space by employing path integrals and then using them to compute anomalies in quantum field theories. These anomalies provide enormous constraints in the search for physical theories such as those of elementary particles, quantum gravity and string theories. An advanced text for researchers and graduate students of quantum field theory and string theory, the first part is also a stand-alone introduction to path integrals in quantum mechanics.

    • Contains very detailed and complete derivations of path integrals in curved space, both for bosonic and fermionic point particles
    • Provides a model to study regularization and renormalization issues
    • Extensive calculations of anomalies in curved spaces and in particular gravitational anomalies
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    "Thanks to the exceptional clarity of the presentation, the meticulous attention to the subtleties of the calculations can be appreciated both by researchers who are experts in the subject and by graduate students who are approaching this field with minimum background knowledge. Anyone who is interested in this subject should read this book carefully."
    Diego N. Pelliccia for Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120500
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Path Integrals for Quantum Mechanics in Curved Space:
    1. Introduction to path integrals
    2. Time slicing
    3. Mode regularization
    4. Dimensional regularization
    Part II. Applications to Anomalies:
    5. Introduction to anomalies
    6. Chiral anomalies from susy quantum fields
    7. Trace anomalies from ordinary and susy quantum mechanics
    8. Conclusions and summary
    Appendices A-F
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Fiorenzo Bastianelli, UniversitĂ  degli Studi, Bologna, Italy

    Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, State University of New York

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