Preface; 1. From particle to fields; 2. Second quantization; 3. Feynman path integral; 4. Functional field integral; 5. Perturbation theory; 6. Broken symmetry and collective phenomena; 7. Response functions; 8. The renormalization group; 9. Topology; 10. Nonequilibrium (classical); 11. Nonequilibrium (quantum); Index.
A pedagogical introduction to quantum field theory in many-particle physics, this book complements graduate level courses on many-particle theory.
Alexander Altland is Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Koeln. His main areas of research include mesoscopic physics, the physics of interacting many-particle systems, and quantum nonlinear dynamics. Ben Simons is Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His main areas of research include strongly correlated condensed matter systems, mesoscopic and ultracold atom physics.
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