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Quantum Fields in Curved Space (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) Reprint Edition

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A comprehensive review of gravitational effects in quantum field theory. Treatment is general, but special emphasis is given to the Hawking black hole evaporation effect and to particle creation processes in the early universe.
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  • Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (April 27, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521278589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521278584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
At the time of publication of this book, there was growing interest in how to formulate quantum field theory in spactimes with curved metrics with the intent of studying to what extent a non-flat curvature would change the properties and behavior of quantum fields as compared to the Minkowski case.The authors give an introduction to this research and they do a good job in that regard. Due to the influence of superstring and M-theory on high energy physics at the present time, fewer researchers are studying the problems as they are cast in this book. On the other hand, interest in the Casimir effect and the behavior of quantum fields at boundaries is still very much alive. This book could still be use to motivate this research. It is expected that anyone reading this book will have a background in quantum field theory in flat space, but one could still perhaps read it without such a background.
Quantum field theory in flat spacetime is difficult enough, and it is still not entirely understood from a mathematical perspective. Even the physics of interacting quantum fields is still poorly understood in flat spacetime, especially in its ability to predict a bound state. Therefore, it might seem a bit disconcerting to some for researchers to add further complications to quantum field theory by casting them in curved backgrounds. However, cosmological and astrophysical interests drives this research, as well as more practical considerations arising from the Casimir effect.
The renormalization procedures in quantum field theory are further complicated in curved spacetime via the "trace" or "conformal" anomalies. The reader gets a good dose of these in the book in the discussion on the renormalization of the stress.
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One of the better books on quantum fields that I have read so far. An especially good treatment of the Casimir effect and boudary terms is given. The authors have a wonderfully conversive manner of discourse which I enjoyed very much.
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