Kinks and domain walls : an introduction to classical and quantum solitons
 Author/Creator
 Vachaspati, T. (Tanmay)
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
 Physical description
 xiii, 176 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 165173) and index.
 Contents

 Preface 1. Classical kinks 2. Kinks in more complicated models 3. Interactions 4. Kinks in quantum field theory 5. Condensates and zero modes on kinks 6. Formation of kinks 7. Dynamics of domain walls 8. Gravity and cosmology of domain walls 9. Kinks in the lab Appendix A. Units, numbers and conventions Appendix B. SU(N) generators Appendix C. Solution to a common differential equation Appendix D. Useful operator identities Appendix E. Variation of the determinant Appendix F. Summary of cosmological equations Reference Index.
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 Publisher's Summary
 Kinks and domain walls are the simplest kind of solitons and are invaluable for testing various ideas and for learning about nonperturbative aspects of field theories. They are the subject of research in essentially every branch of physics, ranging from condensed matter to cosmology. This 2006 book is an introduction to kinks and domain walls and their principal classical and quantum properties. The book examines classical solitons, building from examples in elementary systems to more complicated settings. The formation of solitons in phase transitions, their dynamics and their cosmological consequences are further discussed. The book closes with an explicit description of a few laboratory systems containing solitons. Kinks and Domain Walls includes several stateoftheart results, some previously unpublished. Each chapter closes with open questions and research problems and will be of great interest to both graduate students and academic researchers in theoretical physics, particle physics, cosmology and condensed matter physics.
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Subjects
 Subject
 Solitons.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2006
 Responsibility
 Tanmay Vachaspati.
 ISBN
 0521836050
 9780521836050
 0511244401
 9780511244407
 0511245157
 9780511245152