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Conformal Field Theory - Sergei V. Ketov

Conformal Field Theory

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Published: 28th February 1995
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Conformal field theory is an elegant and powerful theory in the field of high energy physics and statistics. In fact, it can be said to be one of the greatest achievements in the development of this field. Presented in two dimensions, this book is designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, field theory and general relativity. The main idea used throughout the book is that conformal symmetry causes both classical and quantum integrability. Instead of concentrating on the numerous applications of the theory, the author puts forward a discussion of the general methods of conformal field theory as a physical theory. Hence the book provides in a self-contained way the necessary knowledge and "conformal" intuition which underline the various applications of conformal field theory. It is aimed to assist students and professionals in the study of the theory from its first principles and in applying the methods in their own research. The first of its kind, this book promises to give a detailed and comprehensive insight into the workings of conformal field theory.

Conformal Symmetry and Fieldsp. 1
Representations of the Virasoro Algebrap. 35
Partition Functions and Bosonizationp. 83
AKM Algebras and WZNW Theoriesp. 113
Superconformal and Super-AKM Symmetriesp. 143
Coset Modelsp. 169
W Algebrasp. 199
Conformal Field Theory and Stringsp. 231
2d Gravity, and Topological Theoriesp. 283
CFT and Matrix Modelsp. 317
CFT and Integrable Modelsp. 351
Commentsp. 383
Bibliographyp. 433
Text Abbreviationsp. 475
Indexp. 477
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ISBN: 9789810216085
ISBN-10: 9810216084
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 28th February 1995
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Country of Publication: SG
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82