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Classical Field Theory

On Electrodynamics, Non-Abelian Gauge Theories and Gravitation

Authors: Scheck, Florian

  • Presents a unique combination of the most relevant field theories in one textbook: Electrodynamics, Gauge Theory and Gravitation
  • Provides mathematical background material, making this textbook self-contained
  • Contains detailed discussions for each theory and emphasizes analogies, giving a clear overview of relation between topics
  • New concept behind this edition: fast track for master students plus intensive track for in depth studies
  • New chapters on gravitational waves and relativity theory
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About this Textbook

Scheck’s successful textbook presents a comprehensive treatment, ideally suited for a one-semester course. The textbook describes Maxwell's equations first in their integral, directly testable form, then moves on to their local formulation. The first two chapters cover all essential properties of Maxwell's equations, including their symmetries and their covariance in a modern notation. Chapter 3 is devoted to Maxwell's theory as a classical field theory and to solutions of the wave equation. Chapter 4 deals with important applications of Maxwell's theory. It includes topical subjects such as metamaterials with negative refraction index and solutions of Helmholtz' equation in paraxial approximation relevant for the description of laser beams.
Chapter 5 describes non-Abelian gauge theories from a classical, geometric point of view, in analogy to Maxwell's theory as a prototype, and culminates in an application to the U(2) theory relevant for electroweak interactions. The last chapter 6 gives a concise summary of semi-Riemannian geometry as the framework for the classical field theory of gravitation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the Schwarzschild solution of Einstein's equations and the classical tests of general relativity.
The new concept of this edition presents the content divided into two tracks: the fast track for master's students, providing the essentials, and the intensive track for all wanting to get in depth knowledge of the field.
Cleary labeled material and sections guide students through the preferred level of treatment. Numerous problems and worked examples will provide successful access to Classical Field Theory. 

About the authors

Florian A. Scheck, professor emeritus at University of Mainz, Germany. Born in 1936, diploma degree 1962 , Ph.D. (Dr. rer.nat) 1964, both at U. Freiburg, Germany. Habilitation at U. Heidelberg 1968. Guest scientist at the Weizmann Instituteof Science, Rehovoth, (1964 – 1966), research assistant U. Heidelberg, (1966 – 1968), research fellow at CERN, Geneva, (1968 – 1970), head of theory groupSIN/PSI, lecturer and titular professor at ETH Zurich (1970 – 1976). Professor of theoretical Physics U. Mainz (1976 – 2005). Numerous visits as guest scientist or guest professor, Helsinki, Montpellier, Marseille, San José (Costa Rica), Bogota (Columbia).

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Maxwell’s Equations

    Pages 1-95

    Scheck, Florian

  • Symmetries and Covariance of the Maxwell Equations

    Pages 97-152

    Scheck, Florian

  • Maxwell Theory as a Classical Field Theory

    Pages 153-198

    Scheck, Florian

  • Simple Applications of Maxwell Theory

    Pages 199-258

    Scheck, Florian

  • Local Gauge Theories

    Pages 259-306

    Scheck, Florian

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eBook 71,39 €
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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Softcover 88,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Classical Field Theory
Book Subtitle
On Electrodynamics, Non-Abelian Gauge Theories and Gravitation
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Physics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-55579-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-55579-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-55577-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-58561-0
Series ISSN
1868-4513
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XV, 464
Number of Illustrations
62 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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