The application of field theoretic techniques to problems in condensed matter physics has generated an array of concepts and mathematical techniques to attack a range of problems such as the theory of quantum phase transitions, the quantum Hall effect, and quantum wires. While concepts such as the renormalization group, topology, and bosonization have become necessary tools for the condensed matter physicist, enough open problems and interesting applications remain to drive much activity in this area in the coming years.
Field Theories in Condensed Matter Physics presents a comprehensive survey of the concepts, techniques, and applications of the field. Written by experts and carefully edited, the book provides the necessary background for graduate students entering the area of modern condensed matter physics. It also supplies field theorists with a valuable introduction to the areas in condensed matter physics where field theoretic concepts can be fruitfully applied.
Table of Contents
Quantum Many Particle Physics
Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
Introduction to Bosonization
Quantum Hall Effect
Low-Dimensional Quantum Spin Systems
"The book can be used as an informative text for those who desire to understand principles and ideas of the modern theories in condensed matter physics. The text can also help physicists studying the topics from the textbooks, who need some guide without being lost amidst the tedious lengthy calculations."
-Pavol Kalinay, Acta Physica Slovaca, vol. 52, no. 5, October 2002