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The Problems of Physics

Anthony Leggett

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199211241
eISBN:
9780191706837
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211241.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Is the universe infinite, or does it have an edge beyond which there is, quite literally, nothing? Do we live in the only possible universe? Why does it have one time and three space dimensions — or ... More


Introduction

Maciej Lewenstein, Anna Sanpera, and Verònica Ahufinger

in Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices: Simulating quantum many-body systems

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199573127
eISBN:
9780191775048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573127.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This introductory chapter reports on cold atoms from a historical perspective. It relates ultracold atom physics to the challenges of condensed matter physics and presents the plan of the book.


Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems: From the Origin of Sound to an Origin of Light and Electrons

Xiao-Gang Wen

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199227259
eISBN:
9780191713019
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227259.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

For most of the last century, condensed matter physics has been dominated by band theory and Landau's symmetry breaking theory. In the last twenty years, however, there has been an emergence of a new ... More


Conclusion

Serge Haroche and Jean-Michel Raimond

in Exploring the Quantum: Atoms, Cavities, and Photons

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198509141
eISBN:
9780191708626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509141.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the authors. It evokes future prospects and mentions the challenges ahead. It addresses questions such as: How far will the industry of thought ... More


X-Ray Compton Scattering

Malcolm Cooper, Peter Mijnarends, Nobuhiro Shiotani, Nobuhiko Sakai, and Arun Bansil

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198501688
eISBN:
9780191718045
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198501688.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book covers all aspects of the study of ground state electron density in condensed matter through Compton scattering of hard x-rays or gamma rays, i.e., photons with energies between 20 and 500 ... More


Concepts in Thermal Physics

Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199562091
eISBN:
9780191718236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562091.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry, and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal ... More


The Universe in a Helium Droplet

Grigory E. Volovik

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199564842
eISBN:
9780191709906
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564842.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

There are fundamental relations between three vast areas of physics: particle physics, cosmology, and condensed matter physics. The fundamental links between the first two areas — in other words, ... More


Quantum Theory of Solids

R. E. Peierls

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198507819
eISBN:
9780191709913
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507819.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This book develops the quantum theory of solids from the basic principles of quantum mechanics. The emphasis is on a single statement of the ideas underlying the various approximations that have to ... More


Spin Glasses and Complexity

Daniel L. Stein and Charles M. Newman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147338
eISBN:
9781400845637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Spin glasses are disordered magnetic systems that have led to the development of mathematical tools with an array of real-world applications, from airline scheduling to neural networks. This book ... More


Green’s functions and the dynamical action principle

JAGDISH MEHRA and KIMBALL A. MILTON

in Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198527459
eISBN:
9780191709593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In a remarkable lecture Julian Schwinger delivered at the University of Nottingham on July 14, 1993, on the occasion of his receiving an honorary degree, entitled ‘The Greening of quantum field ... More


Stealing the Gold: A celebration of the pioneering physics of Sam Edwards

David Sherrington

Paul Goldbart and Nigel Goldenfeld (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198528531
eISBN:
9780191713415
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528531.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The collection of trails blazed by Sam Edwards during half a century of fundamental research in theoretical physics is truly astonishing. He led theoretical physics into uncharted territories from ... More


Graphene and Its “Family”: The Finest Materials Ever to Exist

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and Adolfo Plasencia

in Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036016
eISBN:
9780262339308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

In this dialogue, the physicist Pablo Jarillo-Herrero outlines his scientific career path, which started out in theoretical high-energy physics on a cosmological scale. Later he was drawn to ... More


Historical outline

Frank H. Herbstein

in Crystalline Molecular Complexes and Compounds: Structures and Principles

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198526605
eISBN:
9780191712142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526605.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography

The history of our subject goes back to the beginning of the 19th century, although the compounds concerned remained curiosities outside the mainstream of the development of chemistry until the first ... More


Helium Three

Roland Dobbs

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198506409
eISBN:
9780191709463
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198506409.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

The condensed phases of helium three provide an exciting laboratory for many fundamental questions in condensed matter physics. Due to its light mass and weak interatomic potential, the condensed ... More


Quantum Statistical Field Theory: An Introduction to Schwinger's Variational Method with Green's Function Nanoapplications, Graphene and Superconductivity

Norman J. Morgenstern Horing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198791942
eISBN:
9780191834165
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791942.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The methods of coupled quantum field theory, which had great initial success in relativistic elementary particle physics and have subsequently played a major role in the extensive development of ... More


Integrability: From Statistical Systems to Gauge Theory: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 106, June 2016

Patrick Dorey, Gregory Korchemsky, Nikita Nekrasov, Volker Schomerus, Didina Serban, and Leticia Cugliandolo (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198828150
eISBN:
9780191866937
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828150.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This volume contains lectures delivered at the Les Houches Summer School ‘Integrability: from statistical systems to gauge theory’ held in June 2016. The School was focussed on applications of ... More


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