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A Modern Approach to Critical Phenomena

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  • Author: Igor Herbut, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521142380

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  • Critical phenomena is one of the most exciting areas of modern physics. This 2007 book provides a thorough but economic introduction into the principles and techniques of the theory of critical phenomena and the renormalization group, from the perspective of modern condensed matter physics. Assuming basic knowledge of quantum and statistical mechanics, the book discusses phase transitions in magnets, superfluids, superconductors, and gauge field theories. Particular attention is given to topics such as gauge field fluctuations in superconductors, the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, duality transformations, and quantum phase transitions - all of which are at the forefront of physics research. This book contains numerous problems of varying degrees of difficulty, with solutions. These problems provide readers with a wealth of material to test their understanding of the subject. It is ideal for graduate students and more experienced researchers in the fields of condensed matter physics, statistical physics, and many-body physics.

    • Has a straightforward and economic style of presentation allowing readers to quickly get to the essence of the material
    • Includes a selection of topics including several not found in other books
    • Contains fully solved and original problems
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    "All [recent] achievements are described in a clear and simple form... Both teachers and students will find this book very useful."
    George Weiss, Journal of Statistical Physics

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521142380
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson theory
    3. Renormalization group
    4. Superconducting transition
    5. Near lower critical dimension
    6. Kosterlitz-Thouless transition
    7. Duality in higher dimensions
    8. Quantum phase transitions
    Appendix A. Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation
    Appendix B. Linked-cluster theorem
    Appendix C. Gauge fixing for long-range order
    Select bibliography
    Index.

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    • Phase Transitions
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    Igor Herbut, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

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