Finitetemperature field theory : principles and applications
 Author/Creator
 Kapusta, Joseph I.
 Language
 English.
 Edition
 2nd ed. / Joseph I. Kapusta, Charles Gale.
 Imprint
 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
 Physical description
 xii, 428 p. : ill.
 Series
 Cambridge monographs on mathematical physics.
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 Contributor
 Gale, Charles.
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references and index.
 Contents

 1. Review of quantum statistical mechanics 2. Functional integral representation of the partition function 3. Interactions and diagrammatic techniques 4. Renormalisation 5. Quantum electrodynamics 6. Linear response theory 7. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and restoration 8. Quantum chromodynamics 9. Resummation and hard thermal loops 10. Lattice gauge theory 11. Dense nuclear matter 12. Hot hadronic matter 13. Nucleation theory 14. Heavy ion collisions 15. Weak interactions 16. Astrophysics and cosmology Conclusion Appendix.
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 Publisher's Summary
 Thoroughly revised, updated, and extended, this new edition develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic quantum field theory at high temperature and density. Specific physical theories treated include QED, QCD, electroweak theory, and effective nuclear field theories of hadronic and nuclear matter. Topics include: functional integral representation of the partition function, diagrammatic expansions, linear response theory, screening and plasma oscillations, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone theorem, resummation and hard thermal loops, lattice gauge theory, phase transitions, nucleation theory, quarkgluon plasma, and color superconductivity. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology cover white dwarf and neutron stars, neutrino emissivity, baryon number violation in the early universe, and cosmological phase transitions. Applications to relativistic nucleusnucleus collisions are also included. The book is written for theorists in elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Problems are given at the end of each chapter, and numerous references to the literature are included.
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 Publication date
 2006
 Series
 Cambridge monographs on mathematical physics
 Note
 Previous ed.: 1989.
 ISBN
 0521820820
 9780521820820