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Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: August 2017
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  • Providing a broad review of many techniques and their application to condensed matter systems, this book begins with a review of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, before moving onto real and imaginary time path integrals and the link between Euclidean quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. A detailed study of the Ising, gauge-Ising and XY models is included. The renormalization group is developed and applied to critical phenomena, Fermi liquid theory and the renormalization of field theories. Next, the book explores bosonization and its applications to one-dimensional fermionic systems and the correlation functions of homogeneous and random-bond Ising models. It concludes with Bohm–Pines and Chern–Simons theories applied to the quantum Hall effect.  Introducing the reader to a variety of techniques, it opens up vast areas of condensed matter theory for both graduate students and researchers in theoretical, statistical and condensed matter physics.

    • Each topic is introduced at a basic level, making the book accessible to a wide audience
    • Chapters can be read as stand alone introductions to different techniques, allowing students to focus on their own particular interests
    • Covers topics seldom discussed, such as the relationship between renormalization in field theory versus post-Wilsonian approach based on fixed points of the renormalization group
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    • Honourable mention, 2018 PROSE Award for Chemistry and Physics

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    'The study of minimally complicated models is … central to the field of condensed-matter physics. Those models, and the tools needed to understand them, are the subject of Ramamurti Shankar's new book, Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter: An Introduction. What is different about Shankar's text? For one thing, it is shorter [than his competitors]. Accordingly, Shankar's book is less ambitious in its aim and more selective in its content. That makes it both a more introductory text and a friendlier read. It will be a good textbook for a one-semester first-year graduate course.' Mike Stone, Physics Today

    '[The book] provides a broad review of many different techniques and models used daily in the theoretical condensed matter community. The presentation is done in a quite individual and elegant way … the book can be used self-consistently as a source for an advanced statistical mechanics course at the master degree level … Shankar covers a wide variety of models ranging from the celebrated classical two-dimensional Ising model … to the XY model and Zq gauge theories, and finally to models developed for the quantum Hall effect such as the Bohm–Pines or Chern–Simons theories. In the middle of the book, there are six chapters giving an extensive survey on the renormalization group theory (a book within a book, as Daniel Arovas wrote) and two self-contained chapters dealing with bosonization. Again, here, these chapters may be used self-consistently in order to teach the material.' Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations Advances

    'Since the Nobel Prize-winning work of Ken Wilson in the 1970s, quantum field theory has been a fundamental tool in condensed matter theory … Shankar presents more than enough material for a one- or two-semester course, and the book could be used to teach at a variety of levels. There is a substantial amount of classic material: the Ising model and critical phenomena, the relation of the Feynman path integral to statistical mechanics, and the renormalization group. The text ventures beyond these, with treatments of coherent state path integrals, gauge theories, duality, and bosonization. Topics of great modern importance include Majorana fermions and the quantum Hall effect. It is notable that both the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian forms of lattice models are treated. This clear, authoritative text should be available at any institution where modern condensed matter physics is studied.' M. C. Ogilvie, Choice

    '… the first few chapters are about techniques one has to learn before learning the real techniques. The book starts with a review of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. The Ising model is discussed next. … [Other] topics covered are Statistical to Quantum Mechanics … Quantum to Statistical Mechanics … Feynman Path Integral, Coherent State Path Integrals, Two dimensional Ising model and its exact solution and Majorana Fermions. Further Gauge Theories, The Renormalization Group and Critical Phenomena, different views of Renormalization, Bosonization and Duality and Triality are described. The final Chapter covers Techniques for Quantum Hall Effect. Each chapter ends with a list of references for further reading. Overall, a very useful book for researchers.' T. C. Mohan, zbMATH

    'The next best analogy to relativistic quantum field theory is the concept of quasi-particles like phonons, excitons, plasmons and the like which emerge in solid state physics. … Shankar's book goes much deeper than this simple analogy. It examines topics like Majorana fermions, gauge theory, the renormalization group equation, bosonization and triviality. These topics are well known to anybody familiar with the relativistic version of quantum field theory. They … [also] play a role … in condensed matter physics, as the author skillfully explains, touching hereby standard themes of solid state physics like superconductivity, the Ising and Hubbard model and the Hall effect … Every chapter is accompanied by a brief introduction … This is interlaced with remarks on personal experiences of the author. … [the] personal style … is a pedagogical highlight. … The book is perfect …' Marek Nowakowski, Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108365024
    • contains: 56 b/w illus. 3 tables 66 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics review
    2. Ising model in d = 0 and d = 1
    3. Statistical to quantum mechanics
    4. Quantum to statistical mechanics
    5. Feynman path integral
    6. Coherent state path integrals for spins, bosons and fermions
    7. The two-dimensional Ising model
    8. Exact solution of the two-dimensional Ising model
    9. Majorana fermions
    10. Gauge theories
    11. The renormalization group
    12. Critical phenomena: the puzzle and resolution
    13. RG for the ϕ4 model
    14. Two views of renormalization
    15. RG for non-relativistic fermions: I
    16. RG for non-relativistic fermions: II
    17. Bosonization I: the fermion-boson dictionary
    18. Bosonization II: selected applications
    19. Duality and triality
    20. Techniques for the QHE

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    Ramamurti Shankar, Yale University, Connecticut
    Ramamurti Shankar is the John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics at Yale University, Connecticut, with a research focus in theoretical condensed matter physics. He has held positions at the Aspen Center for Physics, the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, New Jersey, University of California, Berkeley and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Recipient of both the Harwood Byrnes and Richard Sewell Teaching Prize at Yale University (2005) and the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society (2009), he has also authored several books: Principles of Quantum Mechanics (1994), Basic Training in Mathematics (2008), and Fundamentals of Physics Volume I and Volume II (2014 and 2016).


    • Honourable mention, 2018 PROSE Award for Chemistry and Physics

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