Lecture Notes in Physics

An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory

Authors: Alvarez-Gaumé, Luis, Vázquez-Mozo, Miguel A.

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  • Concentrates on principles and ideas, rather than on mathematical details
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This book provides an introduction to Quantum Field Theory (QFT) at an elementary level—with only special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics as prerequisites. For this fresh approach to teaching QFT, based on numerous lectures and courses given by the authors, a representative sample of topics has been selected containing some of the more innovative, challenging or subtle concepts. They are presented with a minimum of technical details, the discussion of the main ideas being more important than the presentation of the typically very technical mathematical details necessary to obtain the final results.

 Special attention is given to the realization of symmetries in particle physics: global and local symmetries, explicit, spontaneously broken, and anomalous continuous symmetries, as well as discrete symmetries. Beyond providing an overview of the standard model of the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions and the current understanding of the origin of mass, the text enumerates the general features of renormalization theory as well as providing a cursory description of effective field theories and the problem of naturalness in physics. Among the more advanced topics the reader will find are an outline of the first principles derivation of the CPT theorem and the spin-statistics connection.

 As indicated by the title, the main aim of this text is to motivate the reader to study QFT by providing a self-contained and approachable introduction to the most exciting and challenging aspects of this successful theoretical framework.

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“The new work by Álvarez-Gaumé and Vázquez-Mozo looks like a good and concise introduction for the particle physics phenomenologist. … The book is very compact … and well written. … The reader who takes it seriously can definitely learn a lot from this nice new book.” (Ilya Shapiro, Mathematical Reviews, September, 2013)

“This book provides an introduction to Quantum Field Theory at an elementary level. … Students will like this fresh approach to QFT based on lectures and courses given by the authors. … readers whose acquaintance with mathematics is at an elementary … level are likely to be the main beneficiaries of this book.” (Gert Roepstorff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1232, 2012)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Why Do We Need Quantum Field Theory After All?

    Álvarez-Gaumé, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • From Classical to Quantum Fields

    Álvarez-Gaumé, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 11-32

  • Theories and Lagrangians I: Matter Fields

    Álvarez-Gaumé, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 33-45

  • Theories and Lagrangians II: Introducing Gauge Fields

    Álvarez-Gaumé, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 47-79

  • Theories and Lagrangians III: The Standard Model

    Álvarez-Gaumé, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 81-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
839
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-23728-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-23728-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-23727-0
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 294
Number of Illustrations and Tables
91 b/w illustrations
Topics