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Joseph Kapusta

''Finite Temperature Field Theory''
Joseph Kapusta and Charles Gale, Cambridge University Press

Abstract

''Finite Temperature Field Theory'' develops the basic formalism and theoretical techniques for studying relativistic quantum field theory at high temperature and density. Specific physical theories treated are QED, QCD, electroweak theory, and effective field theories of hadronic and nuclear matter. Topics include functional integral representation of the partition function for bosons and fermions, diagrammatic expansions, linear response theory, screening and plasma oscillations, transport coefficients, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone Theorem, resummation and hard thermal loops, lattice gauge theory, phase transitions, nucleation theory, quark-gluon plasma, and color superconductivity. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology include white dwarf and neutron stars, neutrino emissivity, baryon number violation in the early universe, and cosmological phase transitions. Applications to relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions are also included.