Ian J.R. Aitchison, Anthony J. G, Hey
CRC Press; 4th edition
B00B3W5YDW / B00BC9MYXY
1466512997 / 1466513071
9781466512993 / 9781466513075
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