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Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Anton Rebhan

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Contents

TEACHING

Ende November 2014 ist das Lehrbuch Theoretische Physik von M. Bartelmann, B. Feuerbacher, T. Krüger, D. Lüst, A. Rebhan & A. Wipf (hardcover, 1315 Seiten, durchgehend in Farbe) bei Springer Spektrum erschienen.

Dieses Buch ist die Grundlage für die von mir abgehaltenen Vorlesungen Elektrodynamik_I und Elektrodynamik II.

2018: Korrigierte und leicht erweiterte Neuauflage als vier separate Taschenbücher (1 2 3 4, zusammen 1404 Seiten). Im Netz der TU Wien über SpringerLink als e-books oder PDF files kostenlos verfügbar:

   

NB: Spezielle Relativitätstheorie ist Teil von Band 1, Kapitel 9 und 10


Auf dieser Seite zu finden:

(Wie die Vorlesungen selbst, in einem bunten Gemisch aus Englisch und Deutsch:)

For the Doctoral Program Particles & Interactions for which I am the speaker, see http://dkpi.at


WS 2018/19

Quantum Field Theory: My usual 4-semester series of quantum field theory courses will be resumed in the academic year 2019/20, because this year I shall teach Introduction to QED in the summer term 2019, which also includes an introduction to relativistic QFT. This winter term I shall offer instead an introduction to quantum field theory at finite temperature and density:

Thermal Quantum Field Theory

Termin 
Thursdays 10:15-11:45, Seminar room FH 10th floor (Sem.R. DB gelb 10)
Literatur
Lecture notes of Andreas Schmitt from W2013/14 continuously updated during the course
Lecture notes by M. Laine and A. Vuorinen: Basics of Thermal Field Theory

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für fundamentale Wechselwirkungen 1

PR (132.071) - w/ Timm Wrase

Vorbesprechung 
Donnerstag 4.10.2018, 14:15 Uhr, SEM 136, FH 10.OG


Topic 2018/19: Introduction to supersymmetry (and supergravity)

Literatur 
D. Freedman and A. Van Proeyen: Supergravity

Professor Antoine Van Proeyen (U. Leuven, Belgium) will be at the ESI for one month next spring semester and he will offer a course (with ECTS points) on 4d, N=1 supergravity. Our Arbeitsgemeinschaft this semester serves as a preparation for this, starting with a review of relativistic scalar, spinor, and gauge field theory in flat Minkowski space.


SS 2018

Quantenfeldtheorie und Symmetrien II

VO (136.041), wird (sofern nicht einstimming Deutsch bevorzugt wird) in Englisch gehalten

Termin 
Dienstags, 16:00-17:30, Seminarraum FH 10.OG gelb
Topic 
Non-Abelian gauge theories, quantum anomalies
Prerequisites 
Introduction to QED oder QFTI, QFT&S I

Empfohlene Literatur:


Arbeitsgemeinschaft für fundamentale Wechselwirkungen 2

PR (132.074)

Topic 2017/18 
String theory (Advanced topics from Zwiebach's text book)

WS 2017/18

Quantenfeldtheorie und Symmetrien I

VO (136.014), wird (sofern nicht einstimming Deutsch bevorzugt wird) in Englisch gehalten

Diese Vorlesung ist Teil 3 eines im 2-Jahreszyklus gehaltenen 4-semestrigen QFT-Kurses. Die Vorlesungen 'QFTI' und 'QFTII' werden das nächste Mal im Studienjahr 2016/17 angeboten. Um in 'QFT&Symm.' einzusteigen, reicht es aber z.B. auch, die Vorlesung 'Introduction to QED' gehört zu haben.

Beginn/Vorbesprechung 
Donnerstag 5.10.2017 10:15-11:45, Seminarraum FH 10.OG gelb
Vorlesung vom 30.11.2017 wird vorverlegt auf Mittwoch, den 29.11.2017, 10:15-11:45, Seminarraum FH 10.OG gelb
Topic 
Introduction to non-Abelian gauge theories
Prerequisites 
Introduction to QED oder QFTI

Empfohlene Literatur:



Arbeitsgemeinschaft für fundamentale Wechselwirkungen 1

PR (132.071)

Vorbesprechung 
Donnerstag 5.10.2017, 14:15 Uhr, SEM 136, FH 10.OG



SS 2017

Thermal Quantum Field Theory

Together with main lecturer Dr. Ayan Mukhopadhyay (e-mail)

Begins 
Monday March 6, 2017, 10:30-12:00 Seminar room 10th floor

For credits, working out of the following homework assignments is required:

Supplemental material:

Einführung in die Quantenfeldtheorie/Introduction to QFT II

Lecture will be held in English

Begin 
Tuesday March 7, Seminar room (10th floor)
Date and Time 
Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30, Seminar room (10th floor)
Tuesday, June 27: 14:00-15:30

Literature:

The lecture will follow closely the text book by Srednicki, but with the same conventions used in Introduction to QED (which coincide with those of Peskin/Schröder)!

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für fundamentale Wechselwirkungen 2

PR (132.074)

Termin 
Donnerstags 14:15 Uhr, SEM 136, FH 10.OG, Vorbesprechung 6. Oktober
Topic 2016/17 
Konforme Feldtheorie

WS 2016/17

Elektrodynamik II

diese Vorlesung hat eine eigene Webpage

Einführung in die Quantenfeldtheorie/Introduction to QFT I

Lecture will be held in English

Begin 
Monday, October 10, 12:15-13:45, Seminar room (10th floor)
Date and Time 
Tuesdays, 14:15-15:45, Seminar room (10th floor)
Exam
Tue Feb 28, 14:00-16:00, Seminar room (10th floor) - please register through TISS

Literature:

The lecture will follow closely the text book by Srednicki, but with the same conventions used in Introduction to QED (which coincide with those of Peskin/Schröder)!

Material covered in QFT I: ch. 1-14


Arbeitsgemeinschaft für fundamentale Wechselwirkungen 1

PR (132.071)

Termin 
Donnerstag 14:15 Uhr, SEM 136, FH 10.OG, Vorbesprechung 6. Oktober
Topic 2016/17 
Konforme Feldtheorie


Projektarbeiten

135.027 PrA Teilchenphysik 
Spezielle Probleme der theoretischen Teilchenphysik (gemeinsam mit Doz. Andreas Ipp)
136.023 PrA Thermal Field Theory 
Quark-Gluon-Plasmaphysik, Materie unter extremen Bedingungen, frühes Universum (gemeinsam mit Doz. Andreas Ipp und Dr. Timm Wrase)
136.025 PrA Black Hole Physics 
inkl. Gauge/gravity (AdS/CFT) duality (gemeinsam mit Doz. Daniel Grumiller, Dr. Timm Wrase)

Previous semesters

Below you can find information on and material for lectures of past semesters. Some material pertaining to much older lectures can still be found at my (now obsoleted) old official home page.



Antrittsvorlesung

Öffentliche Antrittsvorlesung "Quark-Gluon-Plasmaphysik": Mo., 2. Juni 2008, 17:00 Freihaus HS 5 (2. Stock, grüner Bereich)


Elektrodynamik und Relativitätstheorie 4h VO (SS 2007)

Vorlesungsfolien (kapitelweise als PDF-files)

I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIV, XV.

Vorlesungsskriptum

7. Aufl. erhältlich im Sekretariat E136 (10.OG) zum Preis von 10 €; oder on-line als PDF files
Nicht vorgetragen und daher auch nicht Prüfungsstoff: Kap. IV.2.C, VI.2.D, VI.4, X.1.A, XIII, XIV.4, XVI [NB: (XVI.29) schon in Kap. XI]

Ergänzende Literaturempfehlungen etc.

Prüfungen

Modus und Termine: unter Exams#Prof._A._Rebhan

Thermische Quantenfeldtheorie (SS 2007)

Geänderter Vorlesungstermin: Mittwoch SEM 136 (10.OG) 16:00-17:30

Ausnahme: Die Vorlesung vom Mi., den 20.6. wird auf Di., den 19.6. vorverlegt.

(Bits of) Lecture Notes (postscript files):

  1. Orders of magnitude in ultrarelativistic plasma physics (28K)
  2. Basic formulae of statistical quantum mechanics (28 K)
  3. Elementary modelling of the QCD phase transition (1.7M)
  4. Many-particle propagators (96K)
  5. Many-particle propagators for a scalar field theory (34K)
  6. Perturbation theory at zero vs. nonzero temperature (36K)
  7. Imaginary-time (Matsubara) formalism (34K)
  8. Real-time (Keldysh) formalism (38K)
  9. Decay and creation rates (21K)
  10. Gauge theories at finite T (50K)
  11. Linear response in gauge theories at finite T (53K)
  12. Fermionic quasi-particles (42K)
  13. Hard-thermal-loop resummation (26K)
  14. Symmetry restoration in spontaneously broken theories (29K)

(More advanced) Lecture Notes from courses I gave at International Summer Schools:

September-October 2005 I held a series of lectures as "James H. Simons lecturer" at the YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook on Thermal Field Theory. Scanned lecture notes are available here.


RESEARCH

Research positions held

Research Interests and Projects

My research interests comprise theoretical particle physics and its ramifications, in particular quantum field theory, gauge theories, supersymmetry, thermal field theory, and cosmology.

My main current research activities involve

Quantum field theory at finite temperature and density 
which is the theoretical tool to analytically study quantum matter under extreme conditions, e.g. ultrarelativistic temperatures and densities that existed in the early universe in the first second after the Big Bang. Of particular interest is the high-temperature regime of quantum chromodynamics which is supposed to describe the quark-gluon plasma that filled the universe during the first 10 μsec's. This form of matter is now believed to be produced fleetingly in "Little Bangs" in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collider experiments such as RHIC and also expected to exist in the interior of (some) neutron stars.
Nonabelian plasma instabilities 
An open problem in quark-gluon plasma physics is to understand the very fast apparent thermalization observed at RHIC and also the extremely low viscosity of the quark-gluon plasma. For both phenomena it has been suggested that nonabelian plasma instabilities may play a crucial role. Together with my former student Paul Romatschke (now at the University of Washington, Seattle) and former post-doc Mike Strickland (now at FIAS, Frankfurt) we were the first group to carry out numerical simulations of nonabelian plasma instabilities in Yang-Mills theories, which are now being studied by several groups in the US and Europe. Recently we have published the first numerical study of nonabelian plasma instabilities in an anisotropically expanding system.
Quantum theory of (supersymmetric) solitons 
In recent years, major progress in the understanding of non-perturbative aspects of (supersymmetric) field (and string) theories has been achieved by exploiting dualities in which quantized (supersymmetric) solitons play a central role. Initially it was thought that supersymmetric solitons saturating the so-called BPS bound are protected from quantum corrections, but in collaboration with Peter van Nieuwenhuizen from the State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, we have found, and are still working out, a number of subtleties and nontrivial results, in particular for 1+1-dimensional supersymmetric kinks (domain walls) and 3+1-dimensional monopoles. Other objects of interest are supersymmetric "confined monopoles" which permit analytical studies with relevance to the outstanding confinement problem of nonabelian gauge theories.

Publications

Since 1984 (the start of my doctoral studies), I have written or co-authored over 150 scientific publications, most of which are available on-line (freely accessible as arXiv.org e-prints) through:

LINKS

Public outreach

TU News involving members of my group:

For more information and news on nuclear and particle physics written for the public visit:

Image:whatsnew.gif teilchen.at

This contains the public outreach web pages of the Fachausschuss für Kern- und Teilchenphysik (FAKT) of the ÖPG (Austrian Physical Society), which I was involved in creating and where I am a regular author.

It also hosted the coordinated efforts of Austrian scientists to appeal for a reversal of the recent decision by the ministry of science to cancel Austria's membership of CERN

My collaborators

List of collaborators with joint scientific publications and links to their present home institutions/home pages (where available)

  1. Maximilian Attems (joint papers) TU Wien → Frankfurt → Barcelona → Santiago de Compostela
  2. Rolf Baier (joint papers) Univ. Bielefeld
  3. Carl M. Bender (joint papers) Washington Univ., St. Louis (US)
  4. Jean-Paul Blaizot (joint papers) Service de Physique Théorique, CEA Saclay (F)
  5. Dietrich Bödeker (joint papers) Univ. Bielefeld (D)
  6. Frederic Brünner (joint papers) TU Wien
  7. Margaret E. Carrington (joint papers) Brandon University, Manitoba (Canada)
  8. Rosanne Di Stefano (joint papers) YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US)
  9. Ian Drummond (joint papers) DAMTP, University of Cambridge (UK)
  10. Christian Ecker (joint papers) TU Wien
  11. Fritjof Flechsig (joint papers) Univ. Hannover (D)
  12. Kazuo Fujikawa (joint papers) Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
  13. Peter Gaigg (joint papers) TU Wien (now: Siemens Austria)
  14. Andreas Gerhold (joint papers) TU Wien → Univ. of North Carolina, Raleigh (US)
  15. Alfred S. Goldhaber (joint papers) YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US)
  16. Antti Gynther (joint papers) Univ. Helsinki (Finland) (HP) → Brandon University, Canada → TU Wien
  17. Ron Horgan (joint papers) DAMTP, University of Cambridge (UK)
  18. Edmond Iancu (joint papers) Service de Physique Théorique, CEA Saclay (F)
  19. Andreas Ipp (joint papers) TU Wien (HP) → ECT*, Trento (I) → MPI für Kernphysik, Heidelberg (D)
  20. Keijo Kajantie (joint papers) University of Helsinki (Finland)
  21. Robert Knienider (joing papers) TU Wien
  22. Randy Kobes (joint papers) University of Winnipeg (Canada)
  23. Ulrike Kraemmer (joint papers) TU Wien
  24. Thomas Kreuzberger (joint papers) TU Wien
  25. Maximilian Kreuzer (joint papers) Staff, TU Wien
  26. Wolfgang Kummer (joint papers) Staff, TU Wien
  27. Gabor Kunstatter (joint papers) University of Winnipeg (Canada)
  28. Aleksi Kurkela (joint papers) CERN
  29. Peter Landshoff (joint papers) DAMTP, University of Cambridge (UK)
  30. Karl Landsteiner (joint papers) Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (HP)
  31. Martin Leblanc (joint papers) University of Waterloo (Canada)
  32. Josef Leutgeb (joint papers) TU Wien
  33. Dietrich Liko (joint papers) TU Wien → HEPHY, Wien
  34. Christoph Mayrhofer (joint papers) Munich
  35. Gerry McKeon (joint papers) University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  36. Guy D. Moore (joint papers) McGill University, Montreal (Canada)
  37. Stanisław Mrówczyński (joint papers) Sołtan Inst., Warsaw (PL)
  38. Ayan Mukhopadhyay (joint papers) TU Wien
  39. Herbert Nachbagauer (joint papers) TU Wien → LAPP, Annecy-le-Vieux (F) → Univ. Heidelberg (D)
  40. Otto Nachtmann (joint papers) Univ. Heidelberg (D)
  41. Horatiu Nastase (joint papers) YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US) → Brown Univ. (US) → Tokyo Institute of Technology
  42. Denis Parganlija (joint papers) TU Wien
  43. Francisco Peña-Benitez (joint papers) Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  44. Olivier Piguet (joint papers) Univ. Geneva (CH) → Espirito Santo Univ., Vitoria (Brazil)
  45. Florian Preis (joint papers) TU Wien
  46. Urko Reinosa (joint papers) Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (F) → TU Wien → Univ. Heidelberg (D)
  47. Paul Romatschke (joint papers) U.o.Colorado
  48. Andreas Schmitt (joint papers) Univ. Frankfurt → MIT → Washington U. St.Louis → TU Wien → U. Southampton
  49. Robert Schöfbeck (joint papers) TU Wien → HEPHY, Wien
  50. Hermann Schulz (joint papers) Univ. Hannover (D)
  51. Dominik J. Schwarz (joint papers) TU Wien → Univ. Bielefeld (D)
  52. Manfred Schweda (joint papers) Staff, TU Wien
  53. Tom Sherry (joint papers) University Coll., Galway (Ireland)
  54. Alexander Soloviev (joint papers) TU Wien
  55. Dominik Steineder (joint papers) TU Wien
  56. Misha Stephanov (joint papers) YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US) → Univ. of Chicago (US)
  57. Stefan Stricker (joint papers) TU Wien
  58. Mike Strickland (joint papers) Duke Univ. (US) → TU Wien → U. Helsinki → FIAS Frankfurt (D) → Gettysburg College → Kent U.
  59. Günther Turk (joint papers) TU Wien → U. Cambridge
  60. Peter van Nieuwenhuizen (joint papers) YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US)
  61. Dmitri V. Vassilevich (joint papers) Univ. Leipzig (D) → Univ. Sao Paolo, Brazil
  62. Aleksi Vuorinen (joint papers) Univ. Helsinki (Finland) (HP) → Washington University, Seattle (US) → TU Wien → CERN → Univ. Bielefeld (D) → Helsinki
  63. Robert Wimmer (joint papers) TU Wien → Univ. Hannover → YITP, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (US) → ENS Lyon
  64. Gunter Wirthumer (joint papers) TU Wien (now: Alcatel)
  65. Matthias Wödlinger (joint papers) TU Wien

(Co-)organized Workshops and Conferences

Research workshops and conferences where I am/was organizer or on the advisory board: