Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems

Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems

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The physics of non-equilibrium many-body systems is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of theoretical physics. Traditionally used in the study of laser physics and superconducting kinetics, these techniques have more recently found applications in the study of dynamics of cold atomic gases, mesoscopic and nano-mechanical systems. The book gives a self-contained presentation of the modern functional approach to non-equilibrium field-theoretical methods. They are applied to examples ranging from biophysics to the kinetics of superfluids and superconductors. Its step-by-step treatment gives particular emphasis to the pedagogical aspects, making it ideal as a reference for advanced graduate students and researchers in condensed matter physics.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 124 b/w illus.
  • 1139003666
  • 9781139003667

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'... a welcome introduction to the field and could well become a classic.' Physics Today
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Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Bosons; 3. Single particle quantum mechanics; 4. Classical stochastic systems; 5. Bosonic fields; 6. Dynamics of collisionless plasma; 7. Kinetics of Bose condensates; 8. Dynamics of phase transitions; 9. Fermions; 10. Quantum transport; 11. Disordered fermionic systems; 12. Mesoscopic effects; 13. Electron-electron interactions in disordered metals; 14. Dynamics of disordered superconductors; References; Index.
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About Alex Kamenev

Alex Kamenev is a Professor in the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) and the Department of Physics at the University of Minnesota. Since gaining his Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996, he has held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the assistant professorship at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).
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