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GAUGE FIELDS IN CONDENSED MATTER
STRESSES AND DEFECTS
Differential Geometry, Crystal Melting
This book is the first to develop a unified
gauge theory of condensed matter sytems dominated by
vortices or defects and their long-range interactions.
Gauge fields provide the only means of describing
these interactions in terms of local fields,
rendering them accessible to standard field theoretic
techniques. Two particularly important examples, superfluid
systems and crystals, are treated in great detail.
The theory is developed in close contact with physical
phenomena and evolves naturally from conventional
descriptions of the systems.
In addition to gauge fields, the book introduces the important
new concept of disorder fields for ensembles of line-like
The combined field theory allows for a
new undertanding of the important phase
transitions superfluid - normal and solid -
Apart from the above, the book presents the general
differential geometry of defects in spaces with curvature
and torsion and establishes contact with the modern
theory of gravity with torsion.
This book is written for condensed matter physicists
and field theorists. It can be used
as a textbook for a second-year graduate course
or as supplementary reading for courses in the
areas of condensed matter and solid state
physics, statistical mechanics, and field theory.
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Tue Jun 13 08:27:21 MET DST 1995