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Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons

Xiao-Gang Wen


For most of the last century, condensed matter physics has been dominated by band theory and Landau's symmetry breaking theory. In the last twenty years, however, there has been an emergence of a new paradigm associated with fractionalization, emergent gauge bosons and fermions, topological order, string-net condensation, and long range entanglements. These new physical concepts are so fundamental that they may even influence our understanding of the origin of light and electrons in the universe. This book is a pedagogical and systematic introduction to the new concepts and quantum field theor ... More

Keywords: condensed matter physics, many-body, quantum field theory, gauge theory, topological order, quantum matter, string-net condensation, quantum Hall effect, path integral, effective field theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xiao-Gang Wen, author
Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA