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Preface to the second edition | |

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Preface to the first edition | |

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Notation | |

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The particle physicist's view of Nature | |

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Introduction | |

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The construction of the Standard Model | |

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Leptons | |

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Quarks and systems of quarks | |

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Spectroscopy of systems of light quarks | |

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More quarks | |

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Quark colour | |

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Electron scattering from nucleons | |

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Particle accelerators | |

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Units | |

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Lorentz transformations | |

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Rotations, boosts and proper Lorentz transformations | |

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Scalars, contravariant and covariant four-vectors | |

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Fields | |

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The Levi-Civita tensor | |

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Time reversal and space inversion | |

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The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics | |

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Hamilton's principle | |

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Conservation of energy | |

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Continuous systems | |

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A Lorentz covariant field theory | |

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The Klein-Gordon equation | |

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The energy-momentum tensor | |

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Complex scalar fields | |

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Classical electromagnetism | |

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Maxwell's equations | |

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A Lagrangian density for electromagnetism | |

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Gauge transformations | |

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Solutions of Maxwell's equations | |

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Space inversion | |

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Charge conjugation | |

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Intrinsic angular momentum of the photon | |

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The energy density of the electromagnetic field | |

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Massive vector fields | |

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The Dirac equation and the Dirac field | |

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The Dirac equation | |

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Lorentz transformations and Lorentz invariance | |

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The parity transformation | |

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Spinors | |

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The matrices [gamma][superscript mu] | |

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Making the Lagrangian density real | |

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Free space solutions of the Dirac equation | |

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A Dirac particle at rest | |

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The intrinsic spin of a Dirac particle | |

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Plane waves and helicity | |

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Negative energy solutions | |

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The energy and momentum of the Dirac field | |

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Dirac and Majorana fields | |

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The E >> m limit, neutrinos | |

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Electrodynamics | |

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Probability density and probability current | |

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The Dirac equation with an electromagnetic field | |

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Gauge transformations and symmetry | |

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Charge conjugation | |

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The electrodynamics of a charged scalar field | |

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Particles at low energies and the Dirac magnetic moment | |

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Quantising fields: QED | |

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Boson and fermion field quantisation | |

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Time dependence | |

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Perturbation theory | |

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Renornmalisation and renormalisable field theories | |

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The magnetic moment of the electron | |

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Quantisation in the Standard Model | |

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The weak interaction: low energy phenomenology | |

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Nuclear beta decay | |

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Pion decay | |

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Conservation of lepton number | |

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Muon decay | |

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The interactions of muon neutrinos with electrons | |

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Symmetry breaking in model theories | |

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Global symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons | |

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Local symmetry breaking and the Higgs boson | |

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Massive gauge fields | |

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SU(2) symmetry | |

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The gauge fields | |

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Breaking the SU(2) symmetry | |

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Identification of the fields | |

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The Weinberg-Salam electroweak theory for leptons | |

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Lepton doublets and the Weinberg-Salam theory | |

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Lepton coupling to the W[superscript plusminus] | |

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Lepton coupling to the Z | |

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Conservation of lepton number and conservation of charge | |

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CP symmetry | |

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Mass terms in L: an attempted generalisation | |

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Experimental tests of the Weinberg-Salam theory | |

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The search for the gauge bosons | |

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The W[superscript plusminus] bosons | |

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The Z boson | |

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The number of lepton families | |

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The measurement of partial widths | |

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Left-right production cross-section asymmetry and lepton decay asymmetry of the Z boson | |

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The electromagnetic and weak interactions of quarks | |

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Construction of the Lagrangian density | |

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Quark masses and the Kobayashi-Maskawa mixing matrix | |

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The parameterisation of the KM matrix | |

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CP symmetry and the KM matrix | |

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The weak interaction in the low energy limit | |

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The hadronic decays of the Z and W bosons | |

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Hadronic decays of the Z | |

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Asymmetry in quark production | |

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Hadronic decays of the W[superscript plusminus] | |

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The theory of strong interactions: quantum chromodynamics | |

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A local SU(3) gauge theory | |

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Colour gauge transformations on baryons and raesons | |

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Lattice QCD and asymptotic freedom | |

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The quark-antiquark interaction at short distances | |

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The conservation of quarks | |

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Isospin symmetry | |

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Chiral symmetry | |

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Quantum chromodynamics: calculations | |

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Lattice QCD and confinement | |

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Lattice QCD and hadrons | |

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Perturbative QCD and deep inelastic scattering | |

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Perturbative QCD and e[superscript +]e[superscript -] collider physics | |

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The Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix | |

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Leptonic weak decays of hadrons | |

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V[subscript ud] and nuclear [beta] decay | |

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More leptonic decays | |

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CP symmetry violation in neutral kaon decays | |

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B meson decays and B[Degree], B[Degree] mixing | |

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The CPT theorem | |

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Neutrino masses and mixing | |

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Neutrino masses | |

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The weak currents | |

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Neutrino oscillations | |

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The MSW effect | |

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Neutrino masses and the Standard Moael | |

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Parameterisation of U | |

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Lepton number conservation | |

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Sterile neutrinos | |

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Neutrino masses and mixing: experimental results | |

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Introduction | |

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K2K | |

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Chooz | |

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KamLAND | |

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Atmospheric neutrinos | |

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Solar neutrinos | |

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Solar MSW effects | |

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Future prospects | |

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Majorana neutrinos | |

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Majorana neutrino fields | |

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Majorana Lagrangian density | |

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Majorana field equations | |

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Majorana neutrinos: mixing and oscillations | |

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Parameterisation of U | |

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Majorana neutrinos in the Standard Model | |

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The seesaw mechanism | |

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Are neutrinos Dirac or Majorana? | |

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Anomalies | |

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The Adler-Bell-Jackiw anomaly | |

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Cancellation of anomalies in electroweak currents | |

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Lepton and baryon anomalies | |

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Gauge transformations and the topological number | |

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The instability of matter, and matter genesis | |

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Epilogue | |

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Reductionism complete? | |

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An aide-memoire on matrices | |

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Definitions and notation | |

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Properties of n x n matrices | |

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Hermitian and unitary matrices | |

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A Fierz transformation | |

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The groups of the Standard Model | |

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Definition of a group | |

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Rotations of the coordinate axes, and the group SO(3) | |

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The group SU(2) | |

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The group SL (2,C) and the proper Lorentz group | |

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Transformations of the Pauli matrices | |

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Spinors | |

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The group SU(3) | |

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Annihilation and creation operators | |

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The simple harmonic oscillator | |

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An assembly of bosons | |

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An assembly of fermions | |

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The parton model | |

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Elastic electron scattering from nucleons | |

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Inelastic electron scattering from nucleons: the parton model | |

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Hadronic states | |

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Mass matrices and mixing | |

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K[Degree] and K[Degree] | |

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B[Degree] and B[Degree] | |

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References | |

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Hints to selected problems | |

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Index | |