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Relativistic Quantum Physics
From Advanced Quantum Mechanics to Introductory Quantum Field Theory

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  • Author: Tommy Ohlsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521767262

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  • Quantum physics and special relativity theory were two of the greatest breakthroughs in physics during the twentieth century and contributed to paradigm shifts in physics. This book combines these two discoveries to provide a complete description of the fundamentals of relativistic quantum physics, guiding the reader effortlessly from relativistic quantum mechanics to basic quantum field theory. The book gives a thorough and detailed treatment of the subject, beginning with the classification of particles, the Klein–Gordon equation and the Dirac equation. It then moves on to the canonical quantization procedure of the Klein–Gordon, Dirac and electromagnetic fields. Classical Yang–Mills theory, the LSZ formalism, perturbation theory, elementary processes in QED are introduced, and regularization, renormalization and radiative corrections are explored. With exercises scattered through the text and problems at the end of most chapters, the book is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in theoretical physics.

    • Guides the reader effortlessly from relativistic quantum mechanics to basic quantum field theory
    • Provides useful historical background that puts in context the development of relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory
    • Contains several exercises and worked problems to help readers learn the subject
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    "The book contains a thorough and very detailed mathematical treatment of the subject. I recommend this book for its self-contained technical treatment on relativistic quantum mechanics."
    Aniruddha Chakraborty, Contemporary Physics

    "… a thorough and very detailed mathematical treatment of the subject … is ideal for final year undergraduate students in physics and first year graduate students in physics or theoretical physics. I recommend this book for its self-contained technical treatment on relativistic quantum mechanics, introductory quantum field theory and the step between, i.e. it can fill the gap between advanced quantum mechanics and quantum field theory."
    Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521767262
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 103 b/w illus. 97 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics
    2. The Klein–Gordon equation
    3. The Dirac equation
    4. Quantization of the non-relativistic string
    5. Introduction to relativistic quantum field theory: propagators, interactions, and all that
    6. Quantization of the Klein–Gordon field
    7. Quantization of the Dirac field
    8. Maxwell's equations and quantization of the electromagnetic field
    9. The electromagnetic Lagrangian and introduction to Yang–Mills theory
    10. Asymptotic fields and the LSZ formalism
    11. Perturbation theory
    12. Elementary processes of quantum electrodynamics
    13. Introduction to regularization, renormalization, and radiative corrections

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

    • Quantum Mechanics ll
    • Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    • Relativistic quantum mechanics
  • Author

    Tommy Ohlsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
    Tommy Ohlsson is a Professor in Theoretical Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. His main research field is theoretical particle physics, especially neutrino physics and physics beyond the Standard Model.

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