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1 Jasjeet Singh Bagla (ed.) Gravity and the Quantum: Pedagogical Essays on Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Quantum Gravity 026216 2017 eBook  
2 Jonathan Pearson Generalized perturbations in modified gravity and dark energy I02376 eBook  
3 Gustavo E. Romero Introduction to black hole astrophysics I02365 eBook  
4 Valerio Faraoni Special relativity I02332 eBook  
5 Daniele Faccio (ed.) Analogue gravity phenomenology I02315 eBook  
6 Florian Scheck Classical field theory I01892 2012 eBook  
7 Haixing Miao Exploring macroscopic quantum mechanics in optomechanical devices I01810 2012 eBook  
8 Mauro Carfora Quantum triangulations I01809 2012 eBook  
9 Carl S. Helrich classical theory of fields I01806 2012 eBook  
10 Ulrich Ellwanger From the universe to the elementary particles I01791 2012 eBook  
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TitleGravity and the Quantum: Pedagogical Essays on Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Quantum Gravity
Author(s)Jasjeet Singh Bagla (ed.);Sunu Engineer (ed.)
PublicationSwitzerland, Springer, 2017.
DescriptionXII, 494 p. 54 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book provides a compilation of in-depth articles and reviews on key topics within gravitation, cosmology and related issues. It is a celebratory volume dedicated to Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan ("Paddy"), the renowned relativist and cosmologist from IUCAA, India, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The authors, many of them leaders of their fields, are all colleagues, collaborators and former students of Paddy, who have worked with him over a research career spanning more than four decades. Paddy is a scientist of diverse interests, who attaches great importance to teaching. With this in mind, the aim of this compilation is to provide an accessible pedagogic introduction to, and overview of, various important topics in cosmology, gravitation and astrophysics. As such it will be an invaluable resource for scientists, graduate students and also advanced undergraduates seeking to broaden their horizons
Contents NoteJ. Alcaniz et al. Measuring baryon acoustic oscillations with angular two-point correlation function -- C. M. Boily Resonant disruption of binary stars by a catalytic black hole -- Rong-Gen Cai and Li-Ming Cao Mechanics of Apparent Horizon in Two Dimensional Dilaton Gravity -- Sumanta Chakraborty Boundary Terms of the Einstein-Hilbert Action -- Timothy Clifton and John Barrow Decay of the Cosmic Vacuum Energy -- Naresh Dadhich Understanding General Relativity after 100 years: A matter of perspective -- Tevian Dray Piecewise Conserved Quantities -- Pankaj Joshi Self-Similarity and Criticality in Gravitational Collapse -- Claus Kiefer Notes on semiclassical Weyl gravity -- Dawood Kothawala Accelerated Observers, Thermal Entropy, and Spacetime Curvature -- Donald Lynden-Bell A local stress tensor for gravity Fields -- Michele Maggiore Nonlocal Infrared Modifications of Gravity: A Review -- Ayan Mukhopadhyay Emergence of gravity and RG flow -- S. Modak Modelling non-paradoxical loss of information in black hole evaporation -- J.V. Narlikar Relativistic Paths : A Feynman Problem -- Martin Rees Thoughts on 50 years in astrophysics and cosmology and on what comes next -- Sudipta Sarkar Area Theorem: General Relativity and Beyond -- Shankarnarayanan What Are the Atoms of Space Time? -- Suprit Singh From Quantum to Classical in the Sky -- T.P. Singh Classical and quantum: a conflict of interest -- Lee Smolin Four principles for quantum gravity -- L. Sriramkurar What do detectors detect? -- Urjit A Yajnik Stability longevity and all that : false vacua and topological defects
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Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 2. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 3. DEDICATEE - THANU PADMANABHAN 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Elementary Particles, Quantum Field Theory 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. PADMANABHAN, THANU - DEDICATEE 9. QUANTUM FIELD THEORY
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TitleGeneralized perturbations in modified gravity and dark energy
Author(s)Jonathan Pearson
Description1 online resource (xix, 200 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteWhen predictions of Einstein's theory of General Relativity are compared against observations of our Universe, a huge inconsistency is found. The most popular fix for this inconsistency is to "invent" around 94% of the content of the universe: dark matter and dark energy. The dark energy is some exotic substance responsible for the apparent observed acceleration of the Universe. Another fix is to modify the theory of gravity: it is entirely plausible that Einstein's theory of General Relativity breaks down on cosmological scales, just as Newton's theory of gravity breaks down in the extreme gravitational field of the Sun. There are many alternative theories of gravity, each with the aim of describing observations of our Universe where General Relativity fails. Whether it is dark energy or some modified theory of gravity, it is clear that there is some "dark sector" in the Universe. In this thesis the author constructs a unifying framework for understanding the observational impact of general classes of dark sector theories, by formulating equations of state for the dark sector perturbations
Contents NoteGravitational theories and cosmology -- The effective action formalism for cosmological perturbations -- Metric only and first order scalar field theory -- High derivative theories -- Explicit theories -- Connections to massive gravity -- Generalized fluid description -- Observational signatures of generalized cosmological perturbations -- Discussion and final remarks
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. COSMOLOGY 3. Dark energy (Astronomy) 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GENERAL RELATIVITY (PHYSICS) 7. GRAVITATION 8. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 9. PERTURBATION (ASTRONOMY) 10. PHYSICS 11. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleIntroduction to black hole astrophysics
Author(s)Gustavo E. Romero;Gabriela S. Vila
Description1 online resource (xviii, 318 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThis book is based on the lecture notes of a one-semester course on black hole astrophysics given by the author and is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in astrophysics. The material included goes beyond that found in classic textbooks and presents details on astrophysical manifestations of black holes. In particular, jet physics and detailed accounts of objects like microquasars, active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, and ultra-luminous X-ray sources are covered, as well as advanced topics like black holes in alternative theories of gravity. The author avoids unnecessary technicalities and to some degree the book is self-contained. The reader will find some basic general relativity tools in Chapter 1. The appendices provide some additional mathematical details that will be useful for further study, and a guide to the bibliography on the subject
Contents NoteSpace-time and Gravitation -- Black Holes -- Black Hole Physics -- Accretion onto Black Holes -- Jets -- Evidence for Black Holes -- Wormholes and Exotic Objects -- Black Holes and Cosmology -- Topology and Manifolds
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 2. Black holes (Astronomy) 3. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. PHYSICS
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TitleSpecial relativity
Author(s)Valerio Faraoni
Description1 online resource (xviii, 304 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThis book offers an essential bridge between college-level introductions and advanced graduate-level books on special relativity. It begins at an elementary level, presenting and discussing the basic concepts normally covered in college-level works, including the Lorentz transformation. Subsequent chapters introduce the four-dimensional worldview implied by the Lorentz transformations, mixing time and space coordinates, before continuing on to the formalism of tensors, a topic usually avoided in lower-level courses. The book's second half addresses a number of essential points, including the concept of causality; the equivalence between mass and energy, including applications; relativistic optics; and measurements and matter in Minkowski spacetime. The closing chapters focus on the energy-momentum tensor of a continuous distribution of mass-energy and its covariant conservation; angular momentum; a discussion of the scalar field of perfect fluids and the Maxwell field; and general coordinates. Every chapter is supplemented by a section with numerous exercises, allowing readers to practice the theory. These exercises constitute an essential part of the textbook, and the solutions to approximately half of them are provided in the appendix
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 5. PHYSICS 6. Special relativity (Physics)
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TitleAnalogue gravity phenomenology : analogue spacetimes and horizons, from theory to experiment
Author(s)Daniele Faccio (ed.)
Description1 online resource (xx, 439 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Abstract NoteAnalogue Gravity Phenomenology is a collection of contributions that cover a vast range of areas in physics, ranging from surface wave propagation in fluids to nonlinear optics. The underlying common aspect of all these topics, and hence the main focus and perspective from which they are explained here, is the attempt to develop analogue models for gravitational systems. The original and main motivation of the field is the verification and study of Hawking radiation from a horizon: the enabling feature is the possibility to generate horizons in the laboratory with a wide range of physical systems that involve a flow of one kind or another. The years around 2010 and onwards witnessed a sudden surge of experimental activity in this expanding field of research. However, building an expertise in analogue gravity requires the researcher to be equipped with a rather broad range of knowledge and interests. The aim of this book is to bring the reader up to date with the latest developments and provide the basic background required in order to appreciate the goals, difficulties and success stories in the field of analogue gravity. Each chapter of the book treats a different topic explained in detail by the major experts for each specific discipline. The first chapters give an overview of black hole spacetimes and Hawking radiation before moving on to describe the large variety of analogue spacetimes that have been proposed and are currently under investigation. This introductory part is then followed by an in-depth description of what are currently the three most promising analogue spacetime settings, namely surface waves in flowing fluids, acoustic oscillations in Bose-Einstein condensates and electromagnetic waves in nonlinear optics. Both theory and experimental endeavours are explained in detail. The final chapters refer to other aspects of analogue gravity beyond the study of Hawking radiation, such as Lorentz invariance violations and Brownian motion in curved spacetimes, before concluding with a return to the origins of the field and a description of the available observational evidence for horizons in astrophysical black holes
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. COSMOLOGY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 6. Optics and Electrodynamics 7. PHYSICS 8. Quantum Field Theories, String Theory 9. Quantum Gases and Condensates
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TitleClassical field theory : on electrodynamics, non-abelian gauge theories and gravitation
Author(s)Florian Scheck
PublicationBerlin, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource (xii, 433 p.) : ports
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. ELECTRODYNAMICS 5. Field theory (Physics) 6. Gauge fields (Physics) 7. Mathematical Methods in Physics 8. Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
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TitleExploring macroscopic quantum mechanics in optomechanical devices
Author(s)Haixing Miao
PublicationBerlin, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource (xxi, 205 p.)
Contents Note1 Introduction -- 2 Quantum Theory of Gravitational-Wave Detectors -- 3 Modifying Input Optics: Double Squeezed-input -- 4 Modifying Test-Mass Dynamics: Double Optical Spring -- 5 Measuring a Conserved Quantity: Variational Quadrature Readout -- 6 MQM with Three-Mode Optomechanical Interactions -- 7 Achieving the Ground State and Enhancing Optomechanical Entanglement -- 8 Universal Entanglement Between an Oscillator and Continuous Fields -- 9 Nonlinear Optomechanical System for Probing Mechanical Energy Quantization -- 10 State Preparation: Non-Gaussian Quantum State -- 11 Probing Macroscopic Quantum States -- 12 Conclusions and Future Work -- 13 List of Publications -- Bibliography
Notes"Doctoral thesis accepted by School of Physics, The University of Western Australia."--T.p. -Includes bibliographical references
Keyword(s)1. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 2. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Laser Technology, Photonics 6. Measurement Science and Instrumentation 7. Optics, Optoelectronics, Plasmonics and Optical Devices 8. Optomechanics 9. QUANTUM THEORY 10. SCIENCE / Physics / Quantum Theory
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TitleQuantum triangulations : moduli spaces, strings, and quantum computing
Author(s)Mauro Carfora;Annalisa Marzuoli
PublicationBerlin, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource (xvii, 284 p.)
Contents NoteTriangulated Surfaces and Polyhedral Structures -- Singular Euclidean Structures an Riemann Surfaces -- Polyhedral Surfaces and the Weil-Petersson Form -- The Quantum Geometry of Polyhedral Surfaces -- State Sum Models and Observables -- Combinatorial Framework for Topological Quantum Computing -- A Capsule of Moduli Space Theory -- Spectral Theory on Polyhedral Surfaces -- Index
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Manifolds and Cell Complexes (incl. Diff. Topology) 5. Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences 6. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 7. Physics, general 8. QUANTUM PHYSICS 9. Triangulating manifolds
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Titleclassical theory of fields : electromagnetism
Author(s)Carl S. Helrich
PublicationHeidelberg, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
Description1 online resource (xiii, 446 p.) : ill
Contents NoteOrigins and Concepts -- Mathematical Background -- Electrostatics -- The Scalar Potential -- Magnetostatics -- Applications of Magnetostatics -- Particle Motion -- Green{u0092}s Functions -- Laplace{u0092} Equation -- Time Dependence -- Electromagnetic Waves -- Energy and Momentum -- Special Relativity -- Radiation -- Fields in Matter -- Waves in Dispersive Media -- Appendix
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (p. 435-437) and index
Keyword(s)1. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS 5. ELECTROMAGNETISM 6. Magnetism, Magnetic Materials 7. Optics and Electrodynamics
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TitleFrom the universe to the elementary particles : a first introduction to cosmology and the fundamental interactions
Author(s)Ulrich Ellwanger
PublicationBerlin, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource (xi, 189 p.)
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 2. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Particle and Nuclear Physics 6. PARTICLES (NUCLEAR PHYSICS)
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