Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction; Volume 1 and 2 (4th Edition)


Download Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction; Volume 1 and 2 (4th Edition) written by Ian J.R. Aitchison, Anthony J. G, Hey in PDF format. This book is under the category Physics and bearing the isbn/isbn13 number 1466512997 / 1466513071/9781466512993 / 9781466513075. You may reffer the table below for additional details of the book.


This purchase contains 2 volumes.

  • Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction Volume 1: From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED 4th edition
  • Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction Volume 2: Non-Abelian Gauge Theories: QCD and The Electroweak Theory 4th Edition

Volume 1 of this revised and updated edition provides an accessible and practical introduction to the first gauge theory included in the Standard Model of particle physics: quantum electrodynamics (QED).

The book includes self-contained presentations of electromagnetism as a gauge theory as well as relativistic quantum mechanics. It provides a unique elementary introduction to quantum field theory; establishing the essentials of the formal and conceptual framework upon which the subsequent development of the three gauge theories is based. The textbook also describes tree-level calculations of physical processes in QED and introduces ideas of renormalization in the context of one-loop radiative corrections for QED.

Volume 2 of this revised and updated edition provides an accessible and practical introduction to the two non-Abelian quantum gauge field theories of the Standard Model of particle physics: quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the Glashow-Salam-Weinberg (GSW) electroweak theory.

This volume covers much of the experimental progress made in the last ten years. 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 in neutrino physics. Exploring a new era in particle physics; this edition discusses one of the most recent and exciting breakthroughs—the 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.

New to the 4th Edition (In Volume I and II)

  • New section on jet algorithms
  • Update of asymptotic freedom
  • iscrete symmetries in quantum field theory
  • Recent lattice QCD calculations with dynamical fermions
  • Discussion of the historic discovery of a Higgs-like boson
  • Updates on nucleon structure functions and the status of QED
  • New section on three-generation quark mixing and the CKM matrix
  • Improved discussion of 2-jet cross section in electron-positron annihilation
  • New chapter on CP violation and oscillations in mesonic and neutrino systems
  • New chapter on Lorentz transformations and discrete symmetries in relativistic quantum mechanics; with physical applications
  • Introduction of Majorana fermions at an early stage; making the material suitable for a first course in relativistic quantum mechanics
  • New section on effective Lagrangians for spontaneously broken chiral symmetry; including the three-flavor extension; meson mass relations; and chiral perturbation theory

The authors discuss the main conceptual points of the theory; detail many practical calculations of physical quantities from first principles; and compare these quantitative predictions with experimental results; helping readers improve both theirphysical insight and calculation skills.


“Aitchison and Hey was the ‘bible’ for me as a young post-doc in the 1980s … The ebook has been revised regularly as the field progressed and I am delighted to see a new edition which brings it up to date to the discovery of a Higgs-like boson at the LHC in July 2012. … Its strength has always been the combination of the theory with discussion of experimental results. The new edition continues this tradition by including … discussion of the related important observations of the last ten years―CP violation and oscillations in the B sector and the now rich phenomenology of neutrino oscillations. This will become a new classic.”
―Amanda Cooper-Sarkar; Oxford University; UK

“This is an indispensable textbook for all particle physicists; experimentalists and theorists alike; providing an accessible exposé of the Standard Model; covering the mathematics used to describe it and some of the most important experimental results which vindicate it. … Volume 2 has been updated with extended discussions on quark and neutrino mixing and inclusion of results on CP violation and neutrino oscillations … these textbooks will remain on the top of a high energy physicist’s reading list for years to come.”
―Matthew Wing; University College London; UK

Additional information


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


CRC Press; 4th edition




438 pages






1466512997 / 1466513071


9781466512993 / 9781466513075

Table of contents

Table of contents :
Content: INTRODUCTORY SURVEY, ELECTROMAGNETISM AS A GAUGE THEORY, AND RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICSThe Particles and Forces of in the Standard ModelElectromagnetism as a Gauge TheoryRelativistic Quantum MechanicsLorentz Transformations and Discrete SymmetriesINTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM FIELD THEORYQuantum Field Theory I: The Free Scalar FieldQuantum Field Theory II: Interacting Scalar FieldsQuantum Field Theory III: Complex Scalar Fields, Dirac and Maxwell Fields
Introduction of Electromagnetic InteractionsTREE-LEVEL APPLICATIONS IN QEDElementary Processes in Scalar and Spinor ElectrodynamicsDeep Inelastic Electron-Nucleon Scattering and the Parton ModelLOOPS AND RENORMALIZATIONLoops and Renormalization I: The ABC TheoryLoops and Renormalization II: QED APPENDIX A: Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics APPENDIX B: Natural Units APPENDIX C: Maxwell’s Equations: Choice of Units APPENDIX D: Special Relativity: Invariance and Covariance APPENDIX E: Dirac Delta-Function APPENDIX F: Contour Integration APPENDIX G: Green Functions APPENDIX H: Elements of Non-Relativistic Scattering Theory APPENDIX I: The Schrodinger and Heisenberg Pictures APPENDIX J: Dirac Algebra and Trace Identities APPENDIX K: Example of a Cross Section Calculation APPENDIX L: Feynman Rules for Tree Graphs in QED ReferencesIndexProblems appear at the end of each chapter.

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