Leonard E Parker

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UWM Physics Professor Leonard Parker releases new book on Quantum field theory

Posted by Sara Gil Casanova on August 1, 2009

UWM Distinguished Professor Leonard Parker has recently released 'Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime', a book which develops quantum field theory in curved spacetime in a pedagogical style.

Suitable for graduate students, this book presents detailed derivations of cosmological and black hole processes in which curved spacetime plays a key role. It explains how such processes in the early universe leave observable consequences today, and how these processes uncover deep connections between gravitation and elementary particles.

'Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime' was published in August 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

About the authors

Leonard Parker is a Distinguished Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a founding member of the Center for Gravitation and Cosmology. In the 1960s, he was the first to use quantum field theory to show that the gravitational field of the expanding universe creates elementary particles from the vacuum.

The book is coauthored by David J. Toms, a Reader in Mathematical Physics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University. His research interests include the formalism of quantum field theory and its applications, and his most recent interests involve the use of quantum field theory methods in low energy quantum gravity.

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