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Electroweak processes in external electromagnetic fields. (English) Zbl 1058.81734
Springer Tracts in Modern Physics 197. New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 0-387-40074-5/hbk). xi, 120 p. (2004).
Publisher’s description: An exploration of the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology known as astroparticle physics. Extreme electromagnetic conditions present in pulsars and other stars allow for investigations of the role of quantum processes in the dynamics of astrophysical objects and in the early Universe. Based in part on the authors’ own work, this book systematically describes several methods of calculation of the effects of strong electromagnetic fields in quantum processes using analytical solutions of the Dirac equation and Feynman diagrams at both the loop and tree levels. The consideration is emphasized at the two limiting cases: the case of a very strong magnetic field, and the case of a crossed field. The presentation will appeal to graduate students of theoretical physics with prior understanding of Quantum Field Theory (QFT) and the Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions, as well as specialists in QFT wishing to know more about the problems of quantum phenomena in external electromagnetic fields.

MSC:
81T99 Quantum field theory; related classical field theories
81-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to quantum theory
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