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Aspects of Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime : London Mathematical Society Student Texts - Stephen A. Fulling

Aspects of Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime

London Mathematical Society Student Texts

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Published: 23rd October 1989
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This introduction to the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, intended for mathematicians, arose from a course taught to graduate students and is designed for self-study or advanced courses in relativity and quantum field theory. The style is informal and some knowledge of general relativity and differential geometry is assumed, yet the author does supply background material on function analysis and quantum field theory as required. Physicists should also gain a sound grasp of various aspects of the theory, some of which have not been particularly emphasized in the existing review literature.

"...an excellent introduction to the research of the past two decades bearing on this test problem." American Scientist "It provides for the mathematician an introduction to this field of physics in a language and from a point of view which we quickly find familiar. The physicist will gain the conviction that this quantum field theory has a very sound mathematical basis." Sorin Marculescu, Mathematical Reviews

Preface
A quick course in quantum mechanics
Self-adjoint, elliptic differential operators and eigen-function expansions
Quantisation of a static, scalar field theory
Two-point functions
The stress tensor and the Casimir effect
Quantum field theory in general space-times
Quantum field theory in an expanding universe
Some geometrical apparatus
Renormalisation of the stress tensor
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521377683
ISBN-10: 0521377684
Series: London Mathematical Society Student Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 23rd October 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 16.76  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.49