Quantum Phase Transitions

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 7, 2011 - Science
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Describing the physical properties of quantum materials near critical points with long-range many-body quantum entanglement, this book introduces readers to the basic theory of quantum phases, their phase transitions and their observable properties. This second edition begins with a new section suitable for an introductory course on quantum phase transitions, assuming no prior knowledge of quantum field theory. It also contains several new chapters to cover important recent advances, such as the Fermi gas near unitarity, Dirac fermions, Fermi liquids and their phase transitions, quantum magnetism, and solvable models obtained from string theory. After introducing the basic theory, it moves on to a detailed description of the canonical quantum-critical phase diagram at non-zero temperatures. Finally, a variety of more complex models are explored. This book is ideal for graduate students and researchers in condensed matter physics and particle and string theory.

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Part II A first course
Part III Nonzero temperatures
Part IV Other models

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Subir Sachdev is Professor of Physics at Harvard University and holds a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research has focused on a variety of quantum materials and especially on their quantum phase transitions.

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