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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory Paperback – May 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0471353867 ISBN-10: 0471353868 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; Revised edition (May 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471353868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471353867
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,850,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers a broader perspective by including numerous examples from atomic and nuclear physics as well as particle physics. Covers gauge theories, path-integral techniques and bound states. Considerable emphasis is placed upon applications to practical problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In teaching advanced quantum mechanics and field theory, Professor Franz Gross found that the texts which had dominated the field since the 1960s had become out of date. Newer texts presented recent developments well but tended to ignore basic material essential to a complete understanding of the subject. To prepare young physicists for research, a new modern text, with a broad coverage of both elementary and advanced topics was needed. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory was designed to address that need. A textbook for a second-year, graduate-level course in physics, it offers an original, modern approach designed for students learning advanced quantum mechanics for the first time. To that end, it begins with a presentation of subjects every PhD physicist should know: quantization of the electromagnetic field; relativistic one body wave equations; and the theoretical explanation for atomic decay. Once the foundation is laid, subsequent chapters introduce major topics needed to prepare the student for advanced work. These include: gauge symmetry; functional methods (path integrals); spontaneous symmetry breaking; and an introduction to QCD, chiral symmetry, and the Standard Model. Even these advanced topics are developed in such a way that the information is easily accessible and that questions frequently asked by beginning students are addressed. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory contains examples from atomic and nuclear physics as well as particle physics. In addition, this volume includes an original chapter on relativistic bound state wave equations, an important topic omitted from most textbooks in the field. Throughout, considerable emphasis is placed on applications to practical problems and calculations. Four appendices include important material in a convenient place for ready reference. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a fine one, and it emphasizes the practical aspects of quantum field theory rather than the abstract formalism. The author has written a book that would be of use to the graduate student in physics who is intending to specialize in quantum field theory or experimental particle physics.
The book is divided into four parts. The author begins in part one with an overview of the quantization of the vibrating string via canonical quantization. This method involves finding the normal modes of the string, and then replacing the canonical variables with operators that satisfy particular non-commutation relations. The resulting structure is interpreted as a phonon field (in the particle picture). The author gives an interesting and detailed discussion of field-particle duality by taking the classical limit, and one can see clearly the origin of the famous coherent states.
Part one is also an introduction to quantum electrodynamics. The author discusses the quantization of the electromagnetic field as a quantization problem with constraints, the latter being gauge and Lorentz invariance. The conflict between these two requirements is illustrated by the choice of different gauges, such as the Coulomb gauge (which is not manifestly covariant). The interaction picture also makes its appearance, wherein the S-matrix is derived, and the Lamb shift is calculated and compared with experiment. The famous mass renormalization problem is discussed, and the cross section for deuteron photodisintegration is calculated. This calculation is interesting in that detailed knowledge of the strong interaction is not necessary to obtain the correct answer.
Part two of the book is an overview, with historical emphasis, of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Potter on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Things I liked about the book:
- The first half of the book was very readable, and provides a lot of physical insight
- Very good coverage of 2nd Quantization, provides a lot of intuition for the subject: the idea of Fock spaces and particles as excitations of fields really clicked for me after reading the first couple of sections
- The book is fairly accessible for a first book in QFT (at least the first half), it makes a good connection between QFT and non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

Things I didn't like about the book:
- The more advanced topics (basically the entire second half of the book, but especially the sections on renormalization and spontaneous symmetry breaking) were very unsystematically presented. For example, renormalization was presented merely as a way to remove infinities from loop diagrams, the dimensional regularization methods were not justified or motivated.

Overall - I would recommend the first half of this book as an introduction to QFT, but there are much better introductory books out there (see Srednicki, or Zee, or Ryder).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sabas G. Abuabara on July 12, 2000
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Excellent as an introduction (independent, even!) to QFT. The choice of topics is extensive and the presentation is logical, concise, and clear. Pleasantly surprising is the amount of physical insight accompanying calculations. The problems are well-chosen and helpful.
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