Graduate Texts in Physics

Quantum Field Theory

The Why, What and How

Authors: Padmanabhan, Thanu

  • A refreshingly new approach to developing and teaching QFT
  • Author is a leading theoretical physicist, known too for his excellent writing and teaching
  • A slim volume but covering all the main concepts and calculational prerequisites
  • Problems interspersed in the text help to give the student a deep understanding in confidence in using QFT
  • Interesting applications beyond standard calculations show the broad range of applicability of these methods
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About this Textbook

This book describes, in clear terms, the Why, What and the How of Quantum Field Theory. The raison d'etre of QFT is explained by starting from the dynamics of a relativistic particle and demonstrating how it leads to the notion of quantum fields. Non-perturbative aspects  and the Wilsonian interpretation of field theory are emphasized  right from the start. Several interesting topics such as the Schwinger effect, Davies-Unruh effect, Casimir effect and spontaneous symmetry breaking introduce the reader to the elegance and breadth of applicability of field theoretical concepts. Complementing the conceptual aspects, the book also develops all the relevant mathematical techniques in detail, leading e.g., to the computation of anomalous magnetic moment of the electron and the two-loop renormalisation of the self-interacting scalar field. It contains nearly a hundred problems, of varying degrees of difficulty, making it suitable for both self-study and classroom use.

  

About the authors

Thanu Padmanabhan, currently Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pune, India, is a theoretical physicist whose research spans a wide variety of topics in gravitation, cosmology and quantum gravity. He has authored 10 books and about 250 papers and reviews, many of which have had significant impact in their fields.  He was a Sackler Distinguished Astronomer of IoA, Cambridge, the President of the Cosmology Commission of the International Astronomical Union and the Chairman of the Astrophysics Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and the recipient of Padma Shri, the Presidential medal which is the fourth highest civilian honor in India.

Reviews

“The readership of this book consists of graduate students and researchers alike. … Full of valuable insight, this modern treatise is sure to become a classic text on a subject of central importance.” (Gert Roepstorff, zbMATH 1338.81002, 2016)


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eBook $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantum Field Theory
Book Subtitle
The Why, What and How
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Physics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-28173-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28173-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-28171-1
Series ISSN
1868-4513
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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