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The Universe in a Helium Droplet

Grigory E. Volovik


There are fundamental relations between three vast areas of physics: particle physics, cosmology, and condensed matter physics. The fundamental links between the first two areas — in other words, between micro- and macro-worlds — have been well established. There is a unified system of laws governing the scales from subatomic particles to the cosmos and this principle is widely exploited in the description of the physics of the early universe. This book aims to establish and define the connection of these two fields with condensed matter physics. According to the modern view, elementary partic ... More

Keywords: particle physics, cosmology, condensed matter physics, subatomic particles, cosmos, elementary particles, quantum vacuum, superfluid, quasiparticles, gravitons

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grigory E. Volovik, author
Low Temperature Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, and Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow, Russia

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Part I Quantum Bose liquid

Part II Quantum fermionic liquids

Part III Topological defects

Part IV Anomalies of chiral vacuum

Part V Fermions on topological objects and brane world

Part VI Nucleation of quasiparticles and topological defects

Part VII Vacuum energy and vacuum in non-trivial gravitational background

End Matter