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From Classical to Quantum Fields

Laurent Baulieu, John Iliopoulos, and Roland Sénéor

February 2017

ISBN: 9780198788409

950 pages

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Price: £59.00

Quantum Field Theory has become the universal language of most modern theoretical physics. This introductory textbook shows how this beautiful theory offers the correct mathematical framework to describe and understand the fundamental interactions of elementary particles.



Quantum Field Theory has become the universal language of most modern theoretical physics. This introductory textbook shows how this beautiful theory offers the correct mathematical framework to describe and understand the fundamental interactions of elementary particles.

  • Basic principles described with precision
  • Particular attention given to correct mathematical formulation of underlying assumptions
  • Presents physical applications in elementary particle physics
  • Presents in detail the quantisation of gauge theories using BRST formalism

About the Author(s)

Laurent Baulieu, CNRS Research Director, University of Paris, John Iliopoulos, Director of Research Emeritus, Ecole Normale Supérieure, and Roland Sénéor, Director of Research Emeritus, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique

Laurent Baulieu is currently CNRS Research Director at the University of Paris, where he has long been the head of the Theoretical Physics Department. His main field of research is Quantum Field Theory, the Theory of Elementary Particles and Symmetries. He has been an organizer of many summer schools and workshops on various aspects of Quantum Field Theory, especially in les Houches and in the Cargèse Institute in Corsica.

John Iliopoulos is Director of Research Emeritus at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where for many years he was the head of the Theoretical Physics Department. His research was centred around theoretical particle physics. In 1970, in collaboration with Sheldon Glashow and Luciano Maiani, he predicted the existence of the charm quark and proposed the GIM mechanism, an important step in the construction of the Standard Model. He has also contributed to the development of supersymmetry (with Bruno Zumino and Pierre Fayet). He has received many awards, such as the Ricard Prize of the French Physical Society, the Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society, the High Energy Physics Prize of the European Physical Society and the Dirac Medal.

Roland Sénéor is Director of Research Emeritus at the French CNRS. He spent most of his career at the Ecole Polytechnique, where he established and directed the Graduate School and was the Head of the Department for International Scientific Relations. His research centered on the mathematical foundations of QFT: the axiomatic formulation, the constructive approach, the summability of the perturbation expansion and the study of dynamic stochastic models. He has received various awards, including the Langevin Prize of the French Physical Society.

Table of Contents

    2:Relativistic Invariance
    3:The Electromagnetic Field
    4:General relativity: A Field Theory of Gravitation
    5:The Physical States
    6:Relativistic Wave Equations
    7:Towards a Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
    8:Functional Integrals and Probabilistic Amplitudes
    9:Functional Integrals and Quantum Mechanics: Formal Developments
    10:The Euclidean Functional Integrals
    11:Fermions and Functional Formalism
    12:Relativistic Quantum Fields
    14:Geometry and Quantum Dynamics
    15:Broken Symmetries
    16:Quantum Field Theory at Higher Orders
    17:A First Glance at Renormalisation and Symmetry
    18:Renormalisation of Yang-Mills Theory and BRST Symmetry
    19:Some Consequences of the Renormalisation Group
    20:Analyticity Properties of Feynman Diagrams
    21:Infrared Singularities
    22:Coherent States and Classical Limit of Quantum Electrodynamics
    23:Quantum Field Theories with a Large Number of Fields
    24:The Existence of Field Theories beyond the Perturbation Expansion
    25:Fundamental Interactions
    26:Beyond the Standard Model
    27:Supersymmetry, or the Defense of Scalars
    Appendix A:Tensor Calculus
    Appendix B:Differential Calculus
    Appendix C:Groups and Lie Algebras
    Appendix D:A collection of Useful Formulae
    Appendix E:Extract from Maxwell's A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism


"From Classical to Quantum Fields makes for a fine companion for students and an excellent general reference for researchers in theoretical physics." - Francesca Vidotto, Physics Today

"This monograph constitutes useful material for readers interested in updating their understanding of quantum theory. The presentation is very pleasant." - Francisco Marcell´an, Mathematical Reviews Clippings

"I found this book to be unusually well-written and well-organised. There is a lot of material covered, and I expect to keep this book within easy reach to peruse as desired. This book is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning QFT." - Andrew Resnick, Contemporary Physics

"The presentation is at a level appropriate for graduate students and can be a resource for professionals...Recommended." - CHOICE

"Everything is done in great detail, and the reader who stays with the discussion from beginning to end will obtain a fabulous education in modern physics, as well as a load of very solid ancillary mathematics. What a book!" - Michael Berg, Mathematical Association of America

"This is a book on field theory, carefully written by the top experts in the field (no pun intended). It will be very useful for students studying this fundamental and complicated subject." - A. Polyakov, Department of Physics, Princeton University

"This is a major contribution to the literature. Starting out with very elementary considerations, it proceeds to reach some of the frontiers in the field. From Classical to Quantum Fields is a fantastic resource to learn quantum field theory. It was a pleasure to read." - Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Theoretical Physics Department, CERN, Switzerland

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