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Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model

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  • Date Published: December 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034730

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  • Providing a comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory, this textbook covers the development of particle physics from its foundations to the discovery of the Higgs boson. Its combination of clear physical explanations, with direct connections to experimental data, and mathematical rigor make the subject accessible to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Assuming only an undergraduate-level understanding of quantum mechanics, the book steadily develops the Standard Model and state-of-the art calculation techniques. It includes multiple derivations of many important results, with modern methods such as effective field theory and the renormalization group playing a prominent role. Numerous worked examples and end-of-chapter problems enable students to reproduce classic results and to master quantum field theory as it is used today. Based on a course taught by the author over many years, this book is ideal for an introductory to advanced quantum field theory sequence or for independent study.

    • Theoretical methods are motivated and validated with concrete physical questions and experimental data
    • Mathematically rigorous results are proven and explained, with real-world examples illustrating their importance
    • Builds from undergraduate-level quantum mechanics to modern research topics
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    "This is an excellent graduate-level relativistic quantum field theory text, covering an impressive amount of material often with a very novel presentation. It would be ideal either for courses on relativistic quantum field theory or for courses on the Standard Model of elementary particle interactions. The book provides interesting insights and covers many modern topics not usually presented in current texts such as spinor-helicity methods and on-shell recursion relations, heavy quark effective theory and soft-collinear effective field theory. It is nice to see the modern point of view on the predictive power of non-renormalizable theories discussed. Once in a generation particle physicists elevate a quantum field theory text to the rank of classic. Two such classics are the texts by Bjorken and Drell and Peskin and Schroeder; it wouldn't surprise me if this new book by Schwartz joins this illustrious group."
    Mark Wise, California Institute of Technology

    "A wonderful tour of quantum field theory from the modern perspective, filled with insights on both the conceptual underpinnings and the concrete, elegant calculational tools of the subject."
    Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

    "Schwartz has produced a new and valuable introduction to quantum field theory. He has rethought the whole presentation of the subject, from the introductory and foundational concepts to new developments such as effective field theory descriptions of quark dynamics. Students will enjoy viewing quantum field theory from his perspective."
    Michael E. Peskin, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University

    "Schwartz's book grew out of a popular year long course in quantum field theory at Harvard. Designed primarily for graduate students, this course also attracts and inspires a number of undergraduates each year. The book is unique in its combination of breadth, depth and readability. Schwartz starts at the beginning of the subject and brings us right up to the present. That the book is neither superficial nor impossibly dense is rather remarkable and makes it easy to understand the course's success."
    Howard Georgi, Harvard University

    "In this book, Schwartz gives a thoughtful and modern treatment of many classical and contemporary topics. Students and experienced researchers will find much here of value."
    Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

    "Every single one of these pages is packed with information. … this book grew out of lectures Schwartz has given to graduate students at Harvard, and it becomes very clear that he is well aware of possible pitfalls and problems of understanding that students may have. … The first part of the book should be accessible for beginning graduate students who have mastered quantum mechanics, special relativity and electrodynamics. The second part of the book will also be useful for advanced students and researchers who want to learn how to perform calculations in the standard model. … Schwartz has done a great job in presenting his view on this complex matter, and I wish this book had already existed when I learned the subject! I recommend it to anyone dedicated to learning quantum field theory and the physics of the standard model."
    Thomas Peters, Contemporary Physics

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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034730
    • length: 863 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 194 x 37 mm
    • weight: 2.04kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 191 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Field Theory:
    1. Microscopic theory of radiation
    2. Lorentz invariance and second quantization
    3. Classical Field Theory
    4. Old-fashioned perturbation theory
    5. Cross sections and decay rates
    6. The S-matrix and time-ordered products
    7. Feynman rules
    Part II. Quantum Electrodynamics:
    8. Spin 1 and gauge invariance
    9. Scalar QED
    10. Spinors
    11. Spinor solutions and CPT
    12. Spin and statistics
    13. Quantum electrodynamics
    14. Path integrals
    Part III. Renormalization:
    15. The Casimir effect
    16. Vacuum polarization
    17. The anomalous magnetic moment
    18. Mass renormalization
    19. Renormalized perturbation theory
    20. Infrared divergences
    21. Renormalizability
    22. Non-renormalizable theories
    23. The renormalization group
    24. Implications of Unitarity
    Part IV. The Standard Model:
    25. Yang–Mills theory
    26. Quantum Yang-Mills theory
    27. Gluon scattering and the spinor-helicity formalism
    28. Spontaneous symmetry breaking
    29. Weak interactions
    30. Anomalies
    31. Precision tests of the standard model
    32. QCD and the parton model
    Part V. Advanced Topics:
    33. Effective actions and Schwinger proper time
    34. Background fields
    35. Heavy-quark physics
    36. Jets and effective field theory
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

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    Matthew D. Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is one of the world's leading experts on quantum field theory and its applications to the Standard Model.

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