Quantum Electrodynamics of Strong Fields

With an Introduction into Modern Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

  • Walter Greiner
  • Berndt Müller
  • Johann Rafelski

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 1-25
  3. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 26-58
  4. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 59-91
  5. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 92-111
  6. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 112-121
  7. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 122-173
  8. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 174-193
  9. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 212-256
  10. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 257-299
  11. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 300-312
  12. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 313-344
  13. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 345-388
  14. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 389-414
  15. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 415-430
  16. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 431-469
  17. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 470-483
  18. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 484-498
  19. Walter Greiner, Berndt Müller, Johann Rafelski
    Pages 499-519

About this book

Introduction

The fundamental goal of physics is an understanding of the forces of nature in their simplest and most general terms. Yet there is much more involved than just a basic set of equations which eventually has to be solved when applied to specific problems. We have learned in recent years that the structure of the ground state of field theories (with which we are generally concerned) plays an equally funda­ mental role as the equations of motion themselves. Heisenberg was probably the first to recognize that the ground state, the vacuum, could acquire certain prop­ erties (quantum numbers) when he devised a theory of ferromagnetism. Since then, many more such examples are known in solid state physics, e. g. supercon­ ductivity, superfluidity, in fact all problems concerned with phase transitions of many-body systems, which are often summarized under the name synergetics. Inspired by the experimental observation that also fundamental symmetries, such as parity or chiral symmetry, may be violated in nature, it has become wide­ ly accepted that the same field theory may be based on different vacua. Practical­ ly all these different field phases have the status of more or less hypothetical models, not (yet) directly accessible to experiments. There is one magnificent ex­ ception and this is the change of the ground state (vacuum) of the electron-posi­ tron field in superstrong electric fields.

Keywords

Dynamics Fields chiral symmetry electrodynamics field theory magnetism phase transition quantum electrodynamics synergetics

Authors and affiliations

  • Walter Greiner
    • 1
  • Berndt Müller
    • 1
  • Johann Rafelski
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikJohann-Wolfgang-Goethe UniversitätFrankfurt/MainFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical Physics and AstrophysicsUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82272-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82274-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82272-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series Online ISSN 1864-5887
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