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By Michel Le Bellac
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:1996
Online Publication Date:May 2010
Online ISBN:9780511721700
Hardback ISBN:9780521460408
Paperback ISBN:9780521654777
Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511721700
Subjects: Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics , Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics
This text introduces the theoretical framework for describing the quark-gluon plasma, an important new state of matter. The first part of the book is a self-contained introduction to relativistic thermal field theory. Topics include the path integral approach, the real and imaginary time formalisms, fermion fields and gauge fields at finite temperature. The author illustrates useful techniques such as the evaluation of frequency sums and the use of cutting rules. The second part of the book is devoted to recent developments, and gives a detailed account of collective excitations (bosonic and fermionic), showing how they give rise to energy scales that imply a reorganization of perturbation theory. The author also explains the relation with kinetic theory. He works out in detail applications to processes that occur in heavy ion collisions and in astrophysics. Each chapter ends with exercises and a guide to the literature. Graduate students and researchers in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics will benefit from this book.
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2 - Quantum statistical mechanics: Read PDF
pp. 18-34
3 - The scalar field at finite temperature: Read PDF
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4 - Simple applications of perturbation theory: Read PDF
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5 - Dirac and gauge fields at finite temperature: Read PDF
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6 - Collective excitations in a plasma: Read PDF
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7 - Hard thermal loops and resummation: Read PDF
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9 - Neutrino emission from stars: Read PDF
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10 - Infrared problems at finite temperature: Read PDF
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B - Operator formalism: Read PDF
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