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An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics


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Preface; Notation; 1. The particle physicist's view of nature; 2. Lorentz transformations; 3. The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics; 4. Classical electromagnetism; 5. The Dirac equation and the Dirac field; 6. Free space solutions of the Dirac equation; 7. Electrodynamics; 8. Quantising fields: QED; 9. The weak interaction: low energy phenomenology; 10. Symmetry breaking in model theories; 11. Massive gauge fields; 12. The Weinberg-Salam electroweak theory for leptons; 13. Experimental tests of the Weinberg-Salam theory; 14. The electromagnetic and weak interactions of quarks; 15. The hadronic decays of the Z and W bosons; 16. The theory of strong interactions: quantum chromodynamics; 17. Quantum chromodynamics: calculations; 18. The Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix; 19. Neutrino masses and mixing; 20. Neutrino masses and mixing: experimental results; 21. Majorana neutrinos; 22. Anomalies; Epilogue; Appendix A. An aide-memoire on matrices; Appendix B. The groups of the Standard Model; Appendix C. Annihilation and creation operators; Appendix D. The parton model; Appendix E. Mass matrices and mixing; References; Hints to selected problems; Index.

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The second edition of an introductory graduate textbook on the Standard Model of particle physics.

About the Author

Noel Cottingham is a theoretician working in the H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol. Derek Greenwood is a theoretician working in the H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol.


Reviews from the first edition 'I am very impressed with this book. It is a beautifully clear and concise introductory text ... for a first course in the basic physics of the standard model this book would be an excellent choice. Both experimental and theoretical students would benefit from it.' Neil Turok, The Observatory 'It is fun to read this book!' Evelyn Weimar-Woods, Zentralblatt fur Mathematik '... a very clearly written and recommendable introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics.' The Observatory

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