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Gravitation, Gauge Theories and the Early Universe

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概要 This book evolved out of some one hundred lectures given by twenty experts at a special instructional conference sponsored by the University Grants Commis sion, India. It is pedagogical in style and s...elf-contained in several interrelated areas of physics which have become extremely important in present-day theoretical research. The articles begin with an introduction to general relativity and cosmology as well as particle physics and quantum field theory. This is followed by reviews of the standard gauge models of high-energy physics, renormalization group and grand unified theories. The concluding parts of the book comprise discussions in current research topics such as problems of the early universe, quantum cosmology and the new directions towards a unification of gravitation with other forces. In addition, special concise treatments of mathematical topics of direct relevance are also included. The content of the book was carefully worked out for the mutual education of students and research workers in general relativity and particle physics. This ambitious programe consequently necessitated the involvement of a number of different authors. However, care has been taken to ensure that the material meshes into a unified, cogent and readable book. We hope that the book will serve to initiate and guide a student in these different areas of investigation starting from first principles and leading to the exciting current research problems of an interdisciplinary nature in the context of the origin and structure of the universe.続きを見る
目次 I: Gravitation and Cosmology
1. Introduction to General Relativity
2. Introduction to Black Holes
3. Black-Hole Thermodynamics and Hawking Radiation
4. Introduction to Relativistic Cosmology
5. Relics of the big Bang
6. An Approach to Anisotropic Cosmologies
7. Topics in Spacetime Structure
8. Differential Forms and Einstein-Cartan Theory
II: Introduction to Particle Physics and Gauge Field Theories
9. Introduction to Classical and Quantum Lagrangian Field Theory
10. Introduction to Particle Physics, Symmetries and Conservation Laws
11. Building up the Standard Gauge Model of High-Energy Physics
12. Introduction to Grand Unification Theories
13. Topology and Homotopy
14. Introduction to Compact Simple Lie Groups
III: Quantum Effects in the Early Universe and Approaches to the Unification of Fundamental Forces
15. Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Canonical Quantization
16. Zeta Function Regularisation and Effective Action in Curved Spacetime
17. Inflationary Cosmology and Quantum Effects in the Early Universe
18. Quantum Cosmology - The Story So Far
19. The Photon, the Graviton and the Gravitino
20. The Vierbein, Vielbeins and Spinors in Higher Dimensions
21. Kaluza-Klein Theories
22. Kaluza-Klein Cosmology
23. An Elementary Introduction to the Gauge Theory Approach to Gravity
24. Graded Lie Algebras
25. Supersymmetry and Supergravity
26. An Overview of Superstring Theory.
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