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Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons (Oxford Graduate Texts)

 
 
 
 
Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons (Oxford Graduate Texts)
Author: Xiao-Gang Wen
ISBN 13: 9780199227259
ISBN 10: 19922725
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2007-10-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 520
List Price: $49.95
 
 

Wen (physics, MIT) states that the two main themes of the quantum theory of condensed matter (the band and perturbation theories, and Landau's symmetry-breaking theory and the renormalization group theory, which he collectively calls "traditional condensed matter theory") are only the beginning. He devotes the first half of this volume to his examination of the traditional condensed matter theory, and follows with his description of "modern condensed matter theories." He begins with the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, and continues with interacting boson systems, free fermion systems, interacting fermion systems, quantum gauge theories, the theory of quantum Hall states, topological and quantum order, the main-field theory of spin liquids and quantum order, and string condensation as a unification of light and fermions. He includes section and chapter problems and references where needed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR