The connection between statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
Abstract
A four part series of lectures on the connection of statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. The general principles relating statistical mechanics and the path integral formulation of quantum field theory are presented in the first lecture. These principles are then illustrated in lecture 2 by a presentation of the theory of the Ising model for $H=0$, where both the homogeneous and randomly inhomogeneous models are treated and the scaling theory and the relation with Fredholm determinants and Painlev{é} equations is presented. In lecture 3 we consider the Ising model with $H\neq 0$, where the relation with gauge theory is used to discuss the phenomenon of confinement. We conclude in the last lecture with a discussion of quantum spin diffusion in one dimensional chains and a presentation of the chiral Potts model which illustrates the physical effects that can occur when the Euclidean and Minkowski regions are not connected by an analytic continuation. (To be published as part of the Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Theoretical Physics Summer School of the Australian National University which was held in Canberra during Jan. 1994.)
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 March 1994
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/9403084
 Bibcode:
 1994hep.th....3084M
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Condensed Matter
 EPrint:
 94 pages in harvmac with 6 figures appended to the file, ITPSB9407. (Several references have been added to part 2.)