|Author||: Ivan G. Avramidi|
|Publisher||: Springer Science & Business Media|
|Total Pages||: 152|
|ISBN 10||: 9783540465232|
|ISBN 13||: 3540465235|
|Language||: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL|
This book tackles quantum gravity via the so-called background field method and its effective action functional. The author presents an explicitly covariant and effective technique to calculate the de Witt coefficients and to analyze the Schwinger-de Wit asymptotic expansion of the effective action. He also investigates the ultraviolet behaviour of higher-derivative quantum gravity. The book addresses theoretical physicists, graduate students as well as researchers, but should also be of interest to physicists working in mathematical or elementary particle physics.