Mathematical Aspects of Quantum Field Theory

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August 2010



Over the last century quantum field theory has made a significant impact on the formulation and solution of mathematical problems and inspired powerful advances in pure mathematics. However, most accounts are written by physicists, and mathematicians struggle to find clear definitions and statements of the concepts involved. This graduate-level introduction presents the basic ideas and tools from quantum field theory to a mathematical audience. Topics include classical and quantum mechanics, classical field theory, quantization of classical fields, perturbative quantum field theory, renormalization, and the standard model. The material is also accessible to physicists seeking a better understanding of the mathematical background, providing the necessary tools from differential geometry on such topics as connections and gauge fields, vector and spinor bundles, symmetries and group representations.


Foreword Dennis Sullivan; Preface; 1. Classical mechanics; 2. Quantum mechanics; 3. Relativity, the Lorentz group and Dirac's equation; 4. Fiber bundles, connections and representations; 5. Classical field theory; 6. Quantization of classical fields; 7. Perturbative quantum field theory; 8. Renormalization; 9. The standard model; Appendix A. Hilbert spaces and operators; Appendix B. C* algebras and spectral theory; Bibliography; Index.


Edson de Faria is a Professor in the Instituto de Matematica e Estatistica at the Universidade de Sao Paulo. Welington de Melo is a Professor in the Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada in Rio de Janeiro.


"The authors do quite a good job of giving a complete, yet concise treatment of this field theory that is crucial in our understanding of the world of particle physics." Walter D. van Suijlekom, Mathematical Reviews
EAN: 9780521115773
ISBN: 0521115779
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Advanced'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2010
Seitenanzahl: 314 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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