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Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena: Fifth Edition

Jean Zinn-Justin

Abstract

Introduced as a quantum extension of Maxwell's classical theory, quantum electrodynamic (QED) has been the first example of a quantum field theory (QFT). Eventually, QFT has become the framework for the discussion of all fundamental interactions at the microscopic scale except, possibly, gravity. More surprisingly, it has also provided a framework for the understanding of second order phase transitions in statistical mechanics. In fact, as hopefully this work illustrates, QFT is the natural framework for the discussion of most systems involving an infinite number of degrees of freedom with loc ... More

Keywords: quantum field theory (QFT), critical phenomena, phase transitions, renormalization group (RG), particle physics, gauge theories, critical exponents, field integrals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834625.001.0001

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Jean Zinn-Justin, author
Scientific adviser at CEA and Academy member, IRFU/CEA, Paris-Saclay University

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