Field Theory (Google eBook)

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Westview Press, Mar 25, 1997 - Science - 350 pages
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Presents recent advances of perturbative relativistic field theory in a pedagogical and straightforward way. For graduate students who intend to specialize in high-energy physics.

  

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A very good and concise introduction to the path integral formulation of QFT with emphasis on the techniques rather than phenomenology.

Contents

How to Build an Action Functional
1
The Action Functional in Quantum Mechanics
45
The Feynman Path Integral in Field Theory
63
THEORY
101
Path Integral Formulation with Ferraions
161
YangMilk and Gravity
183
Path Integral Formulation of Gauge Theories
223
Perturbative Evaluation of Gauge Theories
241
Gaussian Integration
311
Index
327
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Pierre Ramond is the Director of the Institute for Fundamental Theory at the University of Florida. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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