Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions

ISBN-10: 0691135487
ISBN-13: 9780691135489
Edition: 2nd (Revised)
Authors: Chris Quigg
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List price: $52.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

This completely revised and updated graduate-level textbook is an ideal introduction to gauge theories and their applications to high-energy particle physics, and takes an in-depth look at two new laws of nature--quantum chromodynamics and the electroweak theory. From quantum electrodynamics through unified theories of the interactions among leptons and quarks, Chris Quigg examines the logic and structure behind gauge theories and the experimental underpinnings of today's theories. Quigg emphasizes how we know what we know, and in the era of the Large Hadron Collider, his insightful survey of the standard model and the next great questions for particle physics makes for compelling reading.The brand-new edition shows how the electroweak theory developed in conversation with experiment. Featuring a wide-ranging treatment of electroweak symmetry breaking, the physics of the Higgs boson, and the importance of the 1-TeV scale, the book moves beyond established knowledge and investigates the path toward unified theories of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions. Explicit calculations and diverse exercises allow readers to derive the consequences of these theories. Extensive annotated bibliographies accompany each chapter, amplify points of conceptual or technical interest, introduce further applications, and lead readers to the research literature. Students and seasoned practitioners will profit from the text's current insights, and specialists wishing to understand gauge theories will find the book an ideal reference for self-study.Brand-new edition of a landmark text introducing gauge theoriesConsistent attention to how we know what we knowExplicit calculations develop concepts and engage with experimentInteresting and diverse problems sharpen skills and ideasExtensive annotated bibliographies

Preface
Introduction
Elements of the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Leptons
Quarks
The Fundamental Interactions
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Lagrangian Formalism and Conservation Laws
Hamilton's Principle
Free Field Theory Examples
Symmetries and Conservation Laws
Problems
For Further Reading
References
The Idea of Gauge Invariance
Historical Preliminaries
Gauge Invariance in Classical Electrodynamics
Phase Invariance in Quantum Mechanics
Significance of Potentials in Quantum Theory
Phase Invariance in Field Theory
Feynman Rules for Electromagnetism
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Non-Abelian Gauge Theories
Motivation
Construction
Some Physical Consequences
Assessment
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Hidden Symmetries
The Idea of Spontaneously Broken Symmetries
Spontaneous Breaking of Continuous Symmetries
Spontaneous Breaking of a Gauge Symmetry
The Sigma Model
Spontaneous Breaking of a Non-Abelian Symmetry
Prospects
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Electroweak Interactions of Leptons
An Effective Lagrangian for the Weak Interactions
Intermediate Vector Bosons: A First Look
The Standard Electroweak Theory of Leptons
Neutral-Current Interactions among Leptons
The Higgs Boson: A First Look
The Higgs Boson, Asymptotic Behavior, and the 1-TeV Scale
Neutrino Mixing and Neutrino Mass
Renormalizability of the Theory
Interim Assessment
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Electroweak Interactions of Quarks
The Standard Electroweak Theory: Preliminaries
Electroweak Gauge Bosons
Electron-Positron Annihilations
Deeply Inelastic Lepton-Hadron Scattering
Hadron-Hadron Interactions
Further Tests of the Electroweak Theory
A Brief Look at Quantum Corrections
The Scale of Fermion Masses
Search for the Higgs Boson
Incompleteness of the Electroweak Theory
The Hierarchy Problem
The Vacuum Energy Problem
Reflections
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Strong Interactions among Quarks
A Color Gauge Theory
Charge Renormalization in Electrodynamics
The Running Coupling Constant in QCD
Perturbative QCD: A First Example
QCD Corrections to Deeply Inelastic Scattering
Jets in Hadron-Hadron Collisions
Two-Photon Processes and the Photon-Structure Function
Color Confinement
QCD-induced Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
The 1/N Expansion
Strong-Interaction Symmetries
Assessment
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Unified Theories
Why Unify?
The SU(5) Model
Coupling-Constant Unification
Nucleon Decay
The Baryon Number of the Universe
The Problem of Fermion Masses
Assessment
Problems
For Further Reading
References
Epilogue
Notations and Conventions
Four-Vectors and Scalar Product
Dirac Matrices
Trace Theorems and Tensor Contractions
Dirac Equation and Dirac Spinors
Color Algebra
Weyl-van der Waerden Spinors
References
Observables and Feynman Rules
Phase-Space Formulas: Decay Rates and Cross Sections
Feynman Rules: Generalities
Feynman Integrals
Regularization Procedures
Feynman Rules: Electrodynamics
For Further Reading
References
Physical Constants
For Further Reading
Author Index
Subject Index

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