Based on his own work, the author synthesizes the most promising approaches and ideals in field theory today. He presents such subjects as statistical mechanics, quantum field theory and their interrelation, continuous global symmetry, non-Abelian gauge fields, instantons and the quantam theory of loops, and quantum strings and random surfaces. This book is aimed at postgraduate students studying field theory and statistical mechanics, and for research workers in continuous global theory.
Statistical mechanics and quantum field theory; asymptotic freedom and the renormalization group; the strong coupling expansion; instantons in Abelian systems; Quark confinement, superfluidity, elasticity; criteria and analogies; topology of gauge fields and related problems; analogies between gauge and chiral fields; loop dynamics; quantum strings and random surfaces; attempt at a synthesis.
Series: Mathematical Reports, : Book 3
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 14th September 1998
Publisher: GORDON & BREACH PUB GROUP
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 15.44
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1