An introduction to quantum field theory
 Author/Creator
 Sterman, George.
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
 Physical description
 xvii, 572 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 551561) and index.
 Contents

 Part I. Scalar Fields: 1. Classical fields and symmetries 2. Canonical quantization 3. Path integrals, perturbation theory and Feynman rules 4. Scattering and cross sections for scalar fields Part II. Fields with Spin: 5. Spinors, vectors and gauge invariance 6. Spin and canonical quantization 7. Path integrals for fermions and gauge fields 8. Gauge theories at lowest order Part III. Renormalization: 9. Loops, regularization and unitarity 10. Introduction to renormalization 11. Renormalization and unitarity of gauge theories Part IV. The Nature of Perturbative Cross Sections: 12. Perturbative corrections and the infrared problem 13. Analytic structure and infrared finiteness 14. Factorization and evolution in high energy scattering 15. Epilogue: bound states and the limitations of perturbation theory Appendices References Index.
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 Publisher's Summary
 This is a systematic presentation of quantum field theory from first principles, emphasizing both theoretical concepts and experimental applications. Starting from introductory quantum and classical mechanics, this book develops the quantum field theories that make up the 'Standard Model' of elementary processes. It derives the basic techniques and theorems that underly theory and experiment, including those that are the subject of theoretical development. Special attention is also given to the derivations of cross sections relevant to current highenergy experiments and to perturbative quantum chromodynamics, with examples drawn from electronpositron annihilation, deeply inelastic scattering and hadronhadron scattering. The first half of the book introduces the basic ideas of field theory. The discussion of mathematical issues is everywhere pedagogical and self contained. Topics include the role of internal symmetry and relativistic invariance, the path integral, gauge theories and spontaneous symmetry breaking, and cross sections in the Standard Model and in the parton model. The material of this half is sufficient for an understanding of the Standard Model and its basic experimental consequences. The second half of the book deals with perturbative field theory beyond the lowestorder approximation. Exercises are included for each chapter, and several appendices complement the text.
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Subjects
 Subject
 Quantum field theory.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 1993
 Responsibility
 George Sterman.
 Related Work
 Quantum field theory.
 ISBN
 0521322588
 0521311322
 9780521322584
 9780521311328