Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Reinhold Munker
    Pages 1-18
  3. Reinhold Munker, Amanda Sun
    Pages 19-40
  4. John Hiemenz, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 41-61
  5. Reinhold Munker
    Pages 83-99
  6. Reinhold Munker, Ali Mansouri, Snehalata C. Gupte, Vishwas Sakhalkar
    Pages 101-126
  7. Ronald Paquette, Erhard Hiller, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 137-154
  8. Reinhold Munker
    Pages 155-172
  9. Reinhold Munker, Vishwas Sakhalkar
    Pages 173-193
  10. Ronald Paquette, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 195-205
  11. Ronald Paquette, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 207-216
  12. Erhard Hiller, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 225-236
  13. Reinhold Munker, Jay Marion, Gang Ye, Martin H. Dreyling
    Pages 237-270
  14. Jonathan Glass, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 271-294
  15. Vishwas Sakhalkar, Reinhold Munker
    Pages 295-313
  16. Reinhold Munker
    Pages 315-325
  17. Erhard Hiller
    Pages 327-345

About this book

Introduction

Over the past few decades the powerful methods of statistical physics and Euclidean quantum field theory have moved closer together, with common tools based on the use of path integrals. The interpretation of Euclidean field theories as particular systems of statistical physics has opened up new avenues for understanding strongly coupled quantum systems or quantum field theories at zero or finite temperatures.  
 
Accordingly, the first chapters of this book contain a self-contained introduction to path integrals in Euclidean quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. The resulting high-dimensional integrals can be estimated with the help of Monte Carlo simulations based on Markov processes. The most commonly used algorithms are presented in detail so as to prepare the reader for the use of high-performance computers as an “experimental” tool for this burgeoning field of theoretical physics.
 
Several chapters are then devoted to an introduction to simple lattice field theories and a variety of spin systems with discrete and continuous spins, where the ubiquitous Ising model serves as an ideal guide for introducing the fascinating area of phase transitions.  As an alternative to the lattice formulation of quantum field theories, variants of the flexible renormalization group methods are discussed in detail.  Since, according to our present-day knowledge, all fundamental interactions in nature are described by gauge theories, the remaining chapters of the book deal with gauge theories without and with matter.
 
This text is based on course-tested notes for graduate students and, as such, its style is essentially pedagogical, requiring only some basics of mathematics, statistical physics, and quantum field theory. Yet it also contains some more sophisticated concepts which may be useful to active researchers in the field.  Each chapter ends with a number of problems – guiding the reader to a deeper understanding of some of the material presented in the main text – and, in most cases, also features some listings of short, useful computer programs.  

Keywords

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Editors and affiliations

  • Reinhold Munker
    • 1
  • Erhard Hiller
    • 2
  • Jonathan Glass
    • 3
  • Ronald Paquette
    • 4
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityShreveportUSA
  2. 2.Ludwigs-Maximilians UniversitätMunichGermany
  3. 3.Feist Weiller Cancer CenterLouisiana State UniversityShreveportUSA
  4. 4.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-149-9
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-58829-557-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-59745-149-9
  • About this book