Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction, Fourth Edition - 2 Volume set

Ian J.R. Aitchison, Anthony J.G. Hey

December 17, 2012 by CRC Press
Textbook - 960 Pages - 7 Color & 246 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466513174 - CAT# K14937


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  • Reflects progress in experimental particle physics throughout the past decade
  • Offers a unique pedagogical introduction to quantum field theory
  • Describes transformations of Dirac spinors under Lorentz transformations and discrete symmetries
  • Covers Majorana fermions
  • Presents extensive discussions of the renormalization group and spontaneous symmetry breaking, with examples from both particle physics and condensed-matter physics
  • Includes up-to-date coverage of CP violation and neutrino oscillations
  • Contains full problem sets at the end of each chapter

Solutions manual and figure slides available upon qualifying course adoption


The fourth edition of this well-established, highly regarded two-volume set continues to provide a fundamental introduction to advanced particle physics while incorporating substantial new experimental results, especially in the areas of CP violation and neutrino oscillations. It offers an accessible and practical introduction to the three gauge theories included in the Standard Model of particle physics: quantum electrodynamics (QED), quantum chromodynamics (QCD), and the Glashow-Salam-Weinberg (GSW) electroweak theory.

In the first volume, a new chapter on Lorentz transformations and discrete symmetries presents a simple treatment of Lorentz transformations of Dirac spinors. Along with updating experimental results, this edition also introduces Majorana fermions at an early stage, making the material suitable for a first course in relativistic quantum mechanics.

Covering much of the experimental progress made in the last ten years, the second volume remains focused on the two non-Abelian quantum gauge field theories of the Standard Model: QCD and the GSW electroweak theory. A new chapter on CP violation and oscillation phenomena describes CP violation in B-meson decays as well as the main experiments that have led to our current knowledge of mass-squared differences and mixing angles for neutrinos. Exploring a new era in particle physics, this edition discusses the exciting discovery of a boson with properties consistent with those of the Standard Model Higgs boson. It also updates many other topics, including jet algorithms, lattice QCD, effective Lagrangians, and three-generation quark mixing and the CKM matrix.

This revised and updated edition provides a self-contained pedagogical treatment of the subject, from relativistic quantum mechanics to the frontiers of the Standard Model. For each theory, the authors discuss the main conceptual points, detail many practical calculations of physical quantities from first principles, and compare these quantitative predictions with experimental results, helping readers improve both their calculation skills and physical insight.


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