Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory

Author(s): Franz Gross

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780471353867

Online ISBN: 9783527617333

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617333

About this Book

An accessible, comprehensive reference to modern quantum mechanics and field theory.

In surveying available books on advanced quantum mechanics and field theory, Franz Gross determined that while established books were outdated, newer titles tended to focus on recent developments and disregard the basics. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory fills this striking gap in the field. With a strong emphasis on applications to practical problems as well as calculations, Dr. Gross provides complete, up-to-date coverage of both elementary and advanced topics essential for a well-rounded understanding of the field.

Developing the material at a level accessible even to newcomers to quantum mechanics, the book begins with topics that every physicist should know-quantization of the electromagnetic field, relativistic one body wave equations, and the theoretical explanation of atomic decay. Subsequent chapters prepare readers for advanced work, covering such major topics as gauge theories, path integral techniques, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and an introduction to QCD, chiral symmetry, and the Standard Model. A special chapter is devoted to relativistic bound state wave equations-an important topic that is often overlooked in other books.

Clear and concise throughout, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory boasts examples from atomic and nuclear physics as well as particle physics, and includes appendices with background material. It is an essential reference for anyone working in quantum mechanics today.

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  1. Part 1: Quantum Theory of Radiation

  2. Part 2: Relativistic Equations

  3. Part 3: Elements of Quantum Field Theory

  4. Part 4: Symmetries and Gauge Theories

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