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By Igor Herbut

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Severe phenomena is likely one of the most fun parts of contemporary physics. This 2007 publication presents a radical yet fiscal advent into the rules and methods of the speculation of severe phenomena and the renormalization team, from the viewpoint of recent condensed subject physics. Assuming easy wisdom of quantum and statistical mechanics, the booklet discusses part transitions in magnets, superfluids, superconductors, and gauge box theories. specific awareness is given to issues similar to gauge box fluctuations in superconductors, the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition, duality ameliorations, and quantum part transitions - all of that are on the leading edge of physics study. This ebook includes a variety of difficulties of various levels of trouble, with strategies. those difficulties offer readers with a wealth of fabric to check their figuring out of the topic. it really is perfect for graduate scholars and more matured researchers within the fields of condensed subject physics, statistical physics, and many-body physics.

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1 Partition function for interacting bosons As a prototypical system with a continuous phase transition we will consider the system of interacting bosons. A well studied physical realization is provided by helium (4 He) with the pressure–temperature phase diagram as depicted in Fig. 1. Since the atoms of helium are light and interact via weak dipole–dipole interactions, due to quantum zero-point motion helium stays liquid down to the lowest temperatures, at not too high pressures. Instead of solidifying it suffers a continuous normal liquid–superfluid liquid transition at Tc ≈ 2K , also called the λ-transition due to the characteristic form of the specific heat in Fig.

21), on the other hand, the quartic term would be “diagonal”, but the quadratic term would couple different points in space and imaginary time, and the factorization would again be impossible. With the interaction term present one in general cannot find the quantum numbers which would factorize the path integral. This is a consequence of the quantum mechanical uncertainty relation between the position and the momentum operators. This is exactly why the many-body problems, exemplified by the action in Eq.

N α N |n α1 , . . , n α N . 1 Partition function for interacting bosons where i = 1, 2, . . ,n α N are complex. For such a state, αi αi ) n αi , n αi ! 4) and therefore | = ∞ ∞ ··· n α1 =0 ( ˆ α† i )n αi αi a n αi ! n α N =0 i |0 = e αi † ˆ αi αi a |0 . 5) The last expression for the coherent state can easily be seen to satisfy the definition in Eq. 3) by applying the annihilation operator and by using the commutation relation [aˆ αi , (aˆ α† j )n ] = n(aˆ α† i )n−1 δαi ,α j . Note that the coherent state is then a linear combination of states with different numbers of particles.

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