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Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics) [Hardcover]

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This book covers a broad range of important topics and recent developments in this field. First, the general language of quantum field theory is developed in a way appropriate for dealing with systems having a large number of degrees of freedom. This paves the way for a description of the basic processes in such systems, the emphasis being on phase transitions. Applications include various aspects of superfluidity and superconductivity, as well as a detailed description of the fractional quantum Hall liquid.This monograph addresses graduate students and researchers working in related disciplines looking for an approachable but thorough introduction to the field of condensed matter physics.

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Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 29, 1999
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540655379  
ISBN13  9783540655374  

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A must for learning the modern approach to many body theory  Mar 1, 2008
First of all, I want to emphasize that my review below is
dedicated to both the "Quantum field theory of condensed matter
physics", and its companion volume "Quantum field of strongly
correlated electron systems".

Condensed matter physics, or more specially, the many body physics
has experienced some revolutionary changes in the past forty
years. Although the classic book by AGD still serves as the best
introduction to the Fermi liquid theory and the diagrammatic
techniques, there indeed exist a gap and a difference in flavors
between the older textbook and the research literature. As far as
I know, the only textbook prior to Nagaosa's two-volume set of
monograph, which stresses the functional integral approach to many
body physics is Negele and Orland's book. However, the latter is
devoted to the discussions of formalism. Only very few specific
condensed matter problems are addressed in this book and many
interesting results are buried in the unsolved problem sets. This
is an annoying feature for people who use this book for self

In the past several years, some textbooks which stress the "modern
approaches" start to appear on the market. These include X.-G.
Wen's book and A. Altland and B. Simon's book. Both of the books
are very good. In my opinion, Nagaosa's two-volume set of little
books stand out from the following distinguishing features: First,
it is short and clear, and most of the calculational details are
clearly presented so that we can really finishing reading these
books. Second, within the limited pages, it does a good job of
introducing as many different topics as possible. For example, the
first volume contains a nice discussion of the classic topics such
as the RPA theory of the Coulomb gas and the Bogoliubov's theory
of superfludity. The discussion of the superconductivity is
completely modern. Nagaosa stresses the RG point of view and
presents a detailed discussions of the phase action and the effect
of dissipation on the Josephson junction. The first volume also
contains a nice discussion of the U(1) lattice gauge theory and
the related confinement problem. The last chapter has a brief but
nice introduction of the Chern-Simon gauge transformation and the
Ginzburg-Landau-Chern-Simons theory of the quantum Hall effect.
The second volume devotes more exclusively to the
"non-perturbative" techniques of field theory. Among them, the low
dimensional field theory techniques are neatly introduced in the
first two chapters. The book then turn into the introductions of
topics such as the t-J model, magnetic instabilities of correlated
electron systems, and the gauge theoretical approach to correlated
electron systems.

Overall, I would say that this two-volume set is a must for anyone
who is eager for learning a modern field theoretical approach to
many body physics. My only complaint about this book is about its
price , concerning it page number-to-price ratio. For this reason,
I give it four stars.

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