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The Ideas of Particle Physics

4th Edition

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  • Publication planned for: October 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108727402

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  • This book is a comprehensive introduction to particle physics, bridging the gap between traditional textbooks on the subject and popular accounts that assume little background knowledge. This fourth edition is fully revised, including the most recent ideas and discoveries, and the latest avenues of research. The development of the subject is traced from the foundations of quantum mechanics and relativity, through the formulation of quantum field theories, to the standard model. Research now continues with the first signs of physics beyond the standard model and with the formulation of modern string theory which aims to include a quantum theory of gravity for the first time. This book is intended for anyone with a background in physical sciences who wishes to learn about particle physics. It is also valuable to students of physics wishing to gain an introductory overview of the subject.

    • Assumes no specialist knowledge other than the basic physical concepts, making it a useful survey of the field for anyone interested in an up-to-date overview of the field of particle physics
    • Provides a comprehensive overview of the ideas of particle physics from the fundamentals to the most modern theories and experiments
    • Is up-to-date, including the most recent discoveries including Higgs boson and gravitational waves
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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Publication planned for: October 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108727402
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 189 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 171 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Matter and light
    2. Special relativity
    3. Quantum mechanics
    4. Relativistic quantum theory
    Part II. Basic Particle Physics:
    5. The fundamental forces
    6. Symmetry in the microworld
    7. Mesons
    8. Strange particles
    Part III. Strong Interaction Physics:
    9. Resonance particles
    10. SU(3) and quarks
    Part IV. Weak Interaction Physics I:
    11. The violation of parity
    12. Fermi's theory of the weak interactions
    13. Two neutrinos
    14. Neutral kaons and CP violation
    Part V. Weak Interaction Physics II:
    15. The current-current theory of the weak interactions
    16. An example leptonic process: electron-neutrino scattering
    17. The weak interactions of hadrons
    18. The W boson
    Part VI. Gauge Theory of the Weak Interactions:
    19. Motivation for the theory
    20. Gauge theory
    21. Spontaneous symmetry breaking
    22. The Glashow–Weinberg–Salam model
    23. Consequences of the model
    24. The hunt for the W±, Z0 bosons
    Part VII. Deep Inelastic Scattering:
    25. Deep inelastic processes
    26. Electron-nucleon scattering
    27. The deep inelastic microscope
    28. Neutrino-nucleon scattering
    29. The quark model of the structure functions
    Part VIII. Quantum Chromodynamics – The Theory of Quarks:
    30. Coloured quarks
    31. Colour gauge theory
    32. Asymptotic freedom
    33. Quark confinement
    Part IX. Electron-Positron Collisions:
    34. Probing the vacuum
    35. Quarks and charm
    36. Another generation
    Part X. The Standard Model:
    37. The model in summary
    38. Precision tests of the model
    39. Flavour Mixing and CP violation
    40. The Large Hadron Collider
    41. Discovery and properties of the Higgs boson
    Part XI. Beyond the Standard Model:
    42. Reasons to go beyond
    43. Neutrino masses and mixing
    44. Grand unification
    45. Supersymmetry
    46. Composite Higgs models
    47. Axions and the Strong CP problem
    Part XII. Particle Physics and Cosmology:
    48. The big bang and inflation
    49. The cosmic microwave background
    50. The matter-anti-matter asymmetry
    51. Dark matter
    52. Dark energy
    Part XIII. Gravity and Gravitational Waves:
    53. From general relativity to gravitational waves
    54. The discovery of gravitational waves
    55. Gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy
    56. The future: Super Ligo and LISA
    Part XIV. String Theory:
    57. Origins – the hadronic string
    58. String theory to M-theory
    59. The AdS-CFT correspondence
    60. Consequences of the theory
    Part XV. The Future – To Boldly Go!:
    61. Accelerators, observatories and other experiments
    62. Known unknowns
    63. Glittering prizes
    64. Unknown unknowns: it must be beautiful
    1. Units and constants
    2. Glossary
    3. List of symbols
    4. Bibliography
    5. Elementary particles data
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    James E. Dodd, St Cross College, Oxford
    James E. Dodd is co-founder of the St Cross College Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics. He has studied Physics at the University of London, the Univsity of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and focused on the production of charmed particles in high energy hadron collisions.

    Ben Gripaios, University of Cambridge
    Ben M. Gripaios is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge; and is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He has previously held research positions at the Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), Geneva, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland and the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the search for physics beyond the Standard Model.

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