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Introduction to Quantum Effects in Gravity Hardcover – June 25, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0521868341 ISBN-10: 0521868343 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521868343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521868341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... A groundbreaker in being an introductory text on quantum field theory in gravitational backgrounds, intended for undergraduate and beginning graduate students."
Lewis H. Ryder, Mathematical Reviews


"The treatment is clear throughout and the mathematical manipulations straightforward. This book is to be greatly recommended to anyone with an interest in contemporary theoretical cosmology; it is a most valuable contribution to the literature on the early universe."
Contemporary Physics

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This book, first published in 2007, is an introductory textbook on quantum field theory in gravitational backgrounds for undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the fields of theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, and string theory. It is self-contained and assumes only a basic knowledge of general relativity, and includes exercises with detailed solutions.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By math-tutorchicago-org on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The standard reference for quantum fields in curved spacetimes is Birrell & Davies which is totally incomprehensible for beginners at both conceptual and computational levels - just my 6 months experience with it. The present book is the only one I know that takes beginners to a level no other book can. It is conceptually clear and tailored to beginners in the field which already had courses in Complex analysis (you will need to have some idea what analytic continuation is), Quantum Mechanics, General Relativity and a little Quantum Field Theory (only free fields).

The first part of the book is devoted to specifying a relevant ground/vacuum state of a scalar field and calculations using Bogoljubov coefficients. The usual Unruh effect is given a detailed carefull consideration, Hawking radiation is derived by analogy and Casimir effect is briefly considered too. Most importantly, the book gives a very clear treatment of quantization of a scalar field in expanding universe. Later that is applied to the inflationary spacetime (de Sitter). The vaccum state of the scalar field is specified (Bunch-Davies) and the spectrum of the primordial field fluctuations calculated - that is a hot topic in Cosmology since a derivative of that spectrum is observed in CMB and Large scale structure.

The second part of the book deals with actions and path integral quantization of a system. The effective action of a quantum sub-system interacting with a classical sub-system (the background) is defined and shown how to use it to calculate matrix elements of operators. The effective action of a quantum scalar field in a gravitational classical background is considered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juice on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! Anybody interested in QFT should read at least the first part. The transition from quantum mechanics to quantum field theory is impeccable, it finally gave me the feeling that I had understood what quantum field theory was all about, although I've read several introductions to the subject. Moreover, the chapters are full of very useful remarks, and there is a great emphasis on physical meaning. There are many good examples and exercices (with corrections at the end). The physical models are simple, but there are almost no missing steps in the calculations.

The authors have obviously tested their textbook on many students before publishing anything, and this is all for the best!

If you want to go further, you can complement this book with Birrel and Davies, or read the many good reviews published in the litterature.
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It's clear, concise and has an easy flow. All the basic ingredients are there - and some topics that are very popular such as the Unruh effect, Hawking radiation, and the Casimir effect.
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