Patterns of Symmetry Breaking

  • Henryk Arodz
  • Jacek Dziarmaga
  • Wojciech Hubert Zurek

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 127)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. T. W. B. Kibble
    Pages 3-36
  3. O. J. Griffiths, P. C. Hendry, P. V. E. McClintock, H. A. Nichol
    Pages 37-82
  4. M. Sakellariadou
    Pages 83-110
  5. Henryk Arodz
    Pages 287-311
  6. J. Dziarmaga, A. Smerzi, W. H. Zurek, A. R. Bishop
    Pages 313-333
  7. Maciej A. Nowak
    Pages 335-365
  8. Tanmay Vachaspati
    Pages 367-379
  9. G. E. Volovik
    Pages 381-404

About these proceedings


The conceptofspontaneous symmetry breaking plays a fundamental role in contemporary physics. It is essential for the description of degenerate ground states, massless modes, and topological defects. Examples are abundant in condensed matter physics, atomic and particle physics, as well as in astro­ physics and cosmology. In fact, spontaneous symmetry breaking can be re­ garded as a cornerstone ofa whole branch ofphysics which intersects the above mentioned traditionally distinct fields. In the year 2000 the European Science Foundation (ESF) started the Pro­ gramme "Cosmology in the Laboratory" (COSLAB), with the goal to search for and to develop analogies betweencondensed matterphysics, particle physics, and cosmology. Not surprisingly, spontaneous symmetry breaking is among the most useful notions in that endeavour. It has been decided that in the sec­ ond year of the Programme a School should be held in order to work out and deliver to a wide audience of students synthetic overviews of achievements and of current research topics of COSLAB. This idea has been supported by the Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division of NATO by including the School in the renowned series of its Advanced Study Institutes. The School, entitled" Patterns of Symmetry Breaking", was held in Cracow during 16-28 September 2002. It gathered 17 lecturers and about 60 students. The present volume contains notes ofmost of the lectures from that School. We hope that of the physics of spon­ it will convey to the reader the breadth and the beauty taneous symmetry breaking.


Cosmology EFE Gravity Renormalization group Theoretical physics Universe energy and momentum

Editors and affiliations

  • Henryk Arodz
    • 1
  • Jacek Dziarmaga
    • 1
  • Wojciech Hubert Zurek
    • 2
  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland
  2. 2.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1745-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1029-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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