Perturbative Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

An Introduction for Mathematicians

  • Kasia Rejzner

Part of the Mathematical Physics Studies book series (MPST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 1-2
  3. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 3-37
  4. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 39-58
  5. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 59-81
  6. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 83-93
  7. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 137-156
  8. Kasia Rejzner
    Pages 157-171
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-180

About this book

Introduction

Perturbative Algebraic Quantum Field Theory (pAQFT), the subject of this book, is a complete and mathematically rigorous treatment of perturbative quantum field theory (pQFT) that doesn’t require the use of divergent quantities. We discuss in detail the examples of scalar fields and gauge theories and generalize them to QFT on curved spacetimes.

pQFT models describe a wide range of physical phenomena and have remarkable agreement with experimental results. Despite this success, the theory suffers from many conceptual problems. pAQFT is a good candidate to solve many, if not all of these conceptual problems.

Chapters 1-3 provide some background in mathematics and physics. Chapter 4 concerns classical theory of the scalar field, which is subsequently quantized in chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 7 covers gauge theory and chapter 8 discusses QFT on curved spacetimes and effective quantum gravity.

The book aims to be accessible researchers and graduate students interested in the mathematical foundations of pQFT are the intended audience.

Keywords

Batalin-Vilkoviski Formalism Epstein-Glaser Method Locally Covariant Quantum Field Theory Algebraic Quantum Field Theory Perturbative Quantum Field Theory Gauge Theory Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory Theory of Scalar field Quantum Field Theory on curved spacetimes Effective quantum gravity

Authors and affiliations

  • Kasia Rejzner
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25901-7
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25899-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25901-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-3767
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-3905
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