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Modern Quantum Field Theory
A Concise Introduction

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  • Author: Tom Banks, University of California, Santa Cruz and Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521850827

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  • This comprehensive and progressive new text presents a variety of topics that are only briefly touched on in other books; this text provides a thorough introduction to the techniques of quantum field theory, which is the theoretical framework for constructing quantum mechanical models of field-like systems or, equivalently, of many-body systems. Covering topics such as Feynman diagrams and path integrals, the author emphasizes the path integral approach, the Wilsonian approach to renormalization, and the physics of non-abelian gauge theory. Banks provides a thorough treatment of groundbreaking topics such as quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking, topics not typically covered in other introductory texts. The Standard Model of particle physics is also discussed in detail. Connections with condensed matter physics are explored, and there is a brief, but detailed, treatment of non-perturbative semi-classical methods. Ideal for graduate students in high-energy physics and condensed matter physics, the book contains many problems, which help students practice the key techniques of quantum field theory.

    • Contains a thorough treatment of quark confinement and chiral symmetry breaking - important topics not covered in many introductory texts
    • Includes the Wilsonian approach to renormalization and effective field theory, providing a conceptual understanding of this crucial part of the subject
    • Enables students to gain hands-on acquaintance with the key techniques of QFT through problem sets
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    "… an excellent textbook for a first encounter with quantum field theory and an essential reference for senior physicists. It presents the topic from a modern and streamlined perspective with beautiful and fresh explanations and clarifies many common misconceptions … Thomas Banks is one of the deepest theoretical physicists and one of the best teachers in the field."
    Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study

    "After reading this book, I’ll never teach field theory in the same way again. Banks provides a modern, insightful treatment of the basic structure of quantum field theory, including anomalies, solitons and instantons. Perhaps most remarkable is his treatment of renormalization and the renormalization group, which … succeeds in presenting the conceptual framework … while providing the reader with the tools necessary for practical calculations."
    Michael Dine, University of California, Santa Cruz

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521850827
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 193 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 80 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Quantum theory of free scalar fields
    3. Interacting field theory
    4. Particles of spin one, and gauge invariance
    5. Spin 1/2 particles and Fermi statistics
    6. Massive quantum electrodynamics
    7. Symmetries, Ward identities and Nambu Goldstone bosons
    8. Non-abelian gauge theory
    9. Renormalization and effective field theory
    10. Instantons and solitons
    11. Concluding remarks
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Mathematical Physics
    • Nuclear and Particle Physics
    • Quantum Field Theory
    • Quantum Field Theory -ll
    • Quantum Field Theory 2
    • Quantum Theory Fields
    • Quantum electrodynamics
    • Relativistic Quantum Mechanics I
  • Author

    Tom Banks, University of California, Santa Cruz and Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Thomas Banks is Professor of Physics at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), University of California, and NHETC, Rutgers University. He is considered one of the leaders in high energy particle theory and string theory, and was co-discoverer of the Matrix Theory approach to non-perturbative string theory.

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