Nonequilibrium quantum field theory
 Author/Creator
 Calzetta, Esteban A., 1958
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
 Physical description
 xv, 535 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
 Series
 Cambridge monographs on mathematical physics.
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Available online
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Contributors
 Contributor
 Hu, B. L. (BeiLok)
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. [490]529) and index.
 Contents

 Part I. Fundamentals of Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics: 1. Basic issues in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics 2. Relaxation, dissipation, noise and fluctuations 3. Quantum open systems Part II. Basics of Nonequilibrium Quantum Field Theory: 4. Quantum fields on timedependent backgrounds: particle creation 5. Open systems of interacting quantum fields 6. Functional methods in nonequilibrium QFT Part III. Gauge Invariance, Dissipation, Entropy, Noise and Decoherence: 7. Closed time path effective action for gauge theories 8. Dissipation and noise in mean field dynamics 9. Entropy generation and decoherence of quantum fields Part IV. Thermal, Kinetic and Hydrodynamic Regimes: 10. Thermal field and linear response theory 11. Quantum kinetic field theory 12. Hydrodynamics and thermalization 13. Nonequilibrium BoseEinstein condensates 14. Nonequilibrium issues in RHICs and DCCs 15. Nonequilibrium quantum processes in the early universe References Index.
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 Publisher's Summary
 Bringing together the key ideas from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and powerful methodology from quantum field theory, this book captures the essence of nonequilibrium quantum field theory. Beginning with the foundational aspects of the theory, the book presents important concepts and useful techniques, discusses issues of basic interest, and shows how thermal field, linear response, kinetic theories and hydrodynamics emerge. It also illustrates how these concepts and methodology are applied to current research topics including nonequilibrium phase transitions, thermalization in relativistic heavy ion collisions, the nonequilibrium dynamics of BoseEinstein condensation, and the generation of structures from quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. Divided into five parts, with each part addressing a particular stage in the conceptual and technical development of the subject, this selfcontained book is a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers in particle physics, gravitation, cosmology, atomicoptical and condensed matter physics.
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Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2008
 Responsibility
 Esteban A. Calzetta, Beilok B. Hu.
 Series
 Cambridge monographs on mathematical physics
 ISBN
 9780521641685
 0521641683