From Classical Field Theory to Perturbative Quantum Field Theory

 
 
Birkhäuser (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 29. April 2019
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XIX, 538 Seiten
978-3-030-04737-5 (ISBN)
 
This book develops a novel approach to perturbative quantum field theory: starting with a perturbative formulation of classical field theory, quantization is achieved by means of deformation quantization of the underlying free theory and by applying the principle that as much of the classical structure as possible should be maintained.
The resulting formulation of perturbative quantum field theory is a version of the Epstein-Glaser renormalization that is conceptually clear, mathematically rigorous and pragmatically useful for physicists. The connection to traditional formulations of perturbative quantum field theory is also elaborated on, and the formalism is illustrated in a wealth of examples and exercises.
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Classical field theory.- Deformation quantization of the free theory.- Perturbative quantum field theory.- Symmetries - the Master Ward Identity.- Quantum electrodynamics.
"This book is a wonderful piece of scholarship, aimed at an audience of serious and correspondingly well-prepared mathematical physicists, or even mathematicians interested in this marvelous material and willing to play the long game." (Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, September 15, 2019)
This book develops a novel approach to perturbative quantum field theory: starting with a perturbative formulation of classical field theory, quantization is achieved by means of deformation quantization of the underlying free theory and by applying the principle that as much of the classical structure as possible should be maintained.

The resulting formulation of perturbative quantum field theory is a version of the Epstein-Glaser renormalization that is conceptually clear, mathematically rigorous and pragmatically useful for physicists. The connection to traditional formulations of perturbative quantum field theory is also elaborated on, and the formalism is illustrated in a wealth of examples and exercises.

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