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Introduction to classical and quantum field theory /
Tai-Kai Ng.
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Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, c2009.
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xiv, 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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352740726X (pbk. : alk. paper), 9783527407262 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, c2009.
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352740726X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9783527407262 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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7141059
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This is the first introductory textbook on quantum field theory to be written from the point of view of condensed matter physics. As such, it presents the basic concepts and techniques of statistical field theory, clearly explaining how and why they are integrated into modern (and classical) field theory, and includes the latest developments. Written by an expert in the field, with a broad experience in teaching and training, it manages to present such substantial topics as phases and phase transitions or solitons and instantons in an accessible and concise way. Divided into two parts, the first covers fundamental physics and the mathematics background needed by students in order to enter the field, while the second part discusses applications of quantum field theory to a few basic problems. The emphasis here lies on how modern concepts of quantum field theory are embedded in these approaches, and also on the limitations of standard quantum field theory techniques in facing 'real' physics problems. Throughout, there are numerous end-of-chapter problems, and a free solutions manual is available for lecturers.
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This is the first introductory textbook on quantum field theory to be written from the point of view of condensed matter physics. As such, it presents the basic concepts and techniques of statistical field theory, clearly explaining how and why they are integrated into modern (and classical) field theory.
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This is the first introductory textbook on quantum field theory to be written from the point of view of condensed matter physics. As such, it presents the basic concepts and techniques of statistical field theory, clearly explaining how and why they are integrated into modern quantum (and classical) field theory, and includes the latest developments. Written by an expert in the field, with a broad experience in teaching and training, it manages to present such substantial topics as phases and phase transitions or solitons and instantons in an accessible and concise way. Divided into two parts, the first covers fundamental physics and the mathematics background needed by students in order to enter the field, while the second part discusses applications of quantum field theory to a few basic problems. The emphasis here lies on how modern concepts of quantum field theory are embedded in these approaches, and also on the limitations of standard quantum field theory techniques in facing 'real' physics problems. Throughout, there are numerous end-of-chapter problems, and a free solutions manual is available for lecturers.
Table of Contents
Preface
List of Contributors
Nonlinear Dynamics of Nanomechanical and Micromechanical Resonators
Nonlinearities in NEMS and MEMS Resonators
the Directly-driven Damped Duffing Resonator
Parametric Excitation of a Damped Duffing Resonator
Parametric Excitation of Arrays of Coupled Duffing Resonators
Amplitude Equation Description for Large Arrays
Delay Stabilization of Rotating Waves Without Odd Number Limitation
Introduction
Mechanism of Stabilization
S 1 -Symmetry and Stability of Rotating Waves
Conditions on the Feedback Gain
Tori
Conclusion
Random Boolean Networks
Introduction
Model
Annealed Approximation and Phase Diagrams
Networks with K=1
Critical Networks with K=2
Networks with Larger K
Outlook
Return Intervals and Extreme Events in Persistent Time Series with Applications to Climate and Seismic Records
Introduction
Statistics of Return Intervals
Statistics of Maxima
Long-Term Memory in Earthquakes
Conclusions
Factorizable Language: From Dynamics to Biology
Coarse-Graining and Symbolic Description
A Brief Introduction to Language Theory
Symbolic Dynamics
Sequences Generated from Cellular Automata
Avoidance Signature of Bacterial Complete Genomes
Decomposition and Reconstruction of Protein Sequences.
Controlling Collective Synchrony by Feedback
What is Collective Synchrony?
Why to Control?
Controlling Neural Synchrony
Delayed Feedback Control
Suppression with a Non-delayed Feedback Loop
Determination of Stimulation Parameters by a Test Stimulation
Discussion and Outlook
Index.
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