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Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521760829

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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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "... 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521760829
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 124 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Bosons
    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
    9. Fermions
    10. Quantum transport
    11. Disordered fermionic systems
    12. Mesoscopic effects
    13. Electron-electron interactions in disordered metals
    14. Dynamics of disordered superconductors

  • Author

    Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
    Alex Kamenev is a Professor in the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) and the Department of Physics at the University of Minnesota. Since gaining his Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996, he has held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the assistant professorship at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).

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