Classical and Quantum Dynamics (inbunden)
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6th ed. 2020
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Reuter, Martin
307 Illustrations, black and white; X, 563 p. 307 illus.
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Classical and Quantum Dynamics (inbunden)

Classical and Quantum Dynamics

From Classical Paths to Path Integrals

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Graduate students seeking to become familiar with advanced computational strategies in classical and quantum dynamics will find in this book both the fundamentals of a standard course and a detailed treatment of the time-dependent oscillator, Chern-Simons mechanics, the Maslov anomaly and the Berry phase, to name just a few topics. Well-chosen and detailed examples illustrate perturbation theory, canonical transformations and the action principle, and demonstrate the usage of path integrals. The sixth edition has been enlarged to include the Heisenberg-Euler Lagrangian, Schwinger's source theory treatment of the low-energy - -N physics and general relativity, where Riemann's (Einstein's) ideas on space and time and their philosophical implications are discussed.
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Prof. Dr. Walter Dittrich was head of the quantum electrodynamics group at Tubingen University. His main research activities centered on gauge theories, in particular, on QED, stimulated in part by collaboration with Julian Schwinger. Walter Dittrich has worked for more than 20 years at centers like MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford (SLAC). He has over 30 years of teaching experience and is one of the key scientists in developing the theoretical framework of quantum electrodynamics. Prof. Dr. Martin Reuter is head of the quantum Einstein gravity group at the Institute for High Energy Physics at Mainz University. His research focuses on particle physics, quantum field theory and quantum Einstein gravity. He worked at the synchrotron facility DESY and the large hadron collider at CERN. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience in theoretical physics.


Introduction.- The Action Principles in Mechanics.- The Action Principle in Classical Electrodynamics.- Application of the Action Principles.- Jacobi Fields, Conjugate Points.-Canonical Transformations.- The Hamilton-Jacobi Equation.- Action-Angle Variables.- The Adiabatic Invariance of the Action Variables.- Time-Independent Canonical Perturbation Theory .- Canonical Perturbation Theory with Several Degrees of Freedom.- Canonical Adiabatic Theory.- Removal of Resonances.- Superconvergent Perturbation Theory, KAM Theorem.- Poincare Surface of Sections, Mappings.- The KAM Theorem.- Fundamental Principles of Quantum Mechanics.- Functional Derivative Approach.- Examples for Calculating Path Integrals.- Direct Evaluation of Path Integrals.- Linear Oscillator with Time-Dependent Frequency.- Propagators for Particles in an External Magnetic Field.- Simple Applications of Propagator Functions.- The WKB Approximation.- Computing the trace.- Partition Function for the Harmonic Oscillator.- Introduction to Homotopy Theory.- Classical Chern-Simons Mechanics.- Semiclassical Quantization.- The "Maslov Anomaly" for the Harmonic Oscillator.-Maslov Anomaly and the Morse Index Theorem.- Berry's Phase.- Classical Geometric Phases: Foucault and Euler.- Berry Phase and Parametric Harmonic Oscillator.- Topological Phases in Planar Electrodynamics.- Path Integral Formulation of Quantum Electrodynamics.- Particle in Harmonic E-Field E(t) = Esinw0t; Schwinger-Fock Proper-Time Method.- The Usefulness of Lie Brackets: From Classical and Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Electrodynamics.- Green's Function of a Spin-1/2 Particle in a Constant External Magnetic Field.- One-Loop Effective Lagrangian in QED.- On Riemann's Ideas on Space and Schwinger's Treatment of Low-Energy Pion-Nucleon Physics.- The Non-Abelian Vector Gauge Particle p .- Riemann's Result and Consequences for Physics and Philosophy.