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The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics : From Confinement to Extreme Environments - John B. Kogut

The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics

From Confinement to Extreme Environments

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Published: 1st March 2004
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This book discusses the physical phases of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) in ordinary environments, as well as in extreme environments of high temperatures and high baryon number. Under such extreme conditions, new phases are thought to exist: the quark-gluon plasma and colour superconductivity. After introducing lattice gauge theory, beginning with fundamentals and reaching important recent developments, this book emphasizes the application of QCD to the study of matter in extreme environments through a host of methods, including lattice gauge theory, lower dimensional model field theories and effective Lagrangians. Suitable for graduate students and researchers entering the field of lattice gauge theory, heavy ion collisions, nuclear theory or high energy phenomenology, as well as astrophysicists interested in the phases of nuclear matter and its impact on our current ideas of the interiors of dense stars.

'The line of argument is elegantly presented and should be appealing and useful to students who want to enter the field and learn the basics of the QCD phase diagram ... The Phases of Quantum Chromodynamics gives a well-structured overview of the phases of QCD under extreme conditions ... for scientists working in the field, the book is a must. And for those who want to learn more about the fascinating world of QCD under extreme conditions, it is a very good starting point.' Physics Today

Introduction
Background to spin systems and critical phenomena
Gauge fields on a four dimensional Euclidean lattice
Fermions and nonperturbative dynamics in QCD
Lattice fermions and chiral symmetry
Hamiltonian version of lattice gauge theory
Phase transitions in lattice gauge theory at high temperatures
Physics of QCD at high temperatures and chemical potentials
Large chemical potentials and colour superconductivity
Effective Lagrangians and models of QCD at nonzero chemical potential
Lattice gauge theory at nonzero chemical potential
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521804509
ISBN-10: 0521804507
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.1  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.91