Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics

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Robert M. Wald
University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1994 - Science - 205 pages
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In this book, Robert Wald provides a coherent, pedagogical introduction to the formulation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. He begins with a treatment of the ordinary one-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator, progresses through the construction of quantum field theory in flat spacetime to possible constructions of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and, ultimately, to an algebraic formulation of the theory. In his presentation, Wald disentangles essential features of the theory from inessential ones (such as a particle interpretation) and clarifies relationships between various approaches to the formulation of the theory. He also provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of the Unruh effect, the Hawking effect, and some of its ramifications. In particular, the subject of black hole thermodynamics, which remains an active area of research, is treated in depth.

This book will be accessible to students and researchers who have had introductory courses in general relativity and quantum field theory, and will be of interest to scientists in general relativity and related fields.
  

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
2
12 Classical Black Hole Thermodynamics
7
13 The Hawking Effect and its Ramifications
9
Quantum Mechanical Preliminaries
11
22 Quantum Mechanics
18
23 Harmonic Oscillators
22
Quantum Fields in Flat Spacetime
32
32 Reformulation
36
The Unruh Effect
106
51 The Unruh Effect in Flat Spacetime
107
52 Killing Horizons
119
53 The Unruh Effect in Curved Spacetime
124
Classical Black Hole Thermodynamics
134
62 The Laws of Black Hole Mechanics
140
The Hawking Effect
152
71 Particle Creation by Black Holes
153

33 Particle Interpretation
47
Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetime
54
41 Curved Spacetimes Global Hyperbolicity
55
42 Construction of Quantum Field Theory in a Curved Spacetime
58
43 Quantum Field Theory in Stationary Spacetimes
62
44 Unitary Equivalence the Smatrix
67
45 The Algebraic Approach
74
46 The StressEnergy Tensor
86
47 Other Linear Fields
101
72 The Generalized Second Law
164
73 Evaporation of Black Holes and Loss of Quantum Coherence
176
Some Basic Definitions and Constructions Pertaining to Hilbert Spaces
189
A2 Some Basic Constructions
191
A3 Index Notation
193
References
196
Notation Index
202
General Index
204
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Robert M. Wald is professor of physics at the University of Chicago and the author of General Relativity and Space, Time, and Gravity, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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