The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations - Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics (Hardback)Manu Paranjape (author)
Hardback 322 Pages / Published: 16/11/2017
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Instantons, or pseudoparticles, are solutions to the equations of motion in classical field theories on a Euclidean spacetime. Instantons are found everywhere in quantum theories as they have many applications in quantum tunnelling. Diverse physical phenomena may be described through quantum tunnelling, for example: the Josephson effect, the decay of meta-stable nuclear states, band formation in tight binding models of crystalline solids, the structure of the gauge theory vacuum, confinement in 2+1 dimensions, and the decay of superheated or supercooled phases. Drawing inspiration from Sidney Coleman's Erice lectures, this volume provides an accessible, detailed introduction to instanton methods, with many applications, making it a valuable resource for graduate students in many areas of physics, from condensed matter, particle and nuclear physics, to string theory.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 254 x 183 x 23 mm
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