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Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

ISBN-10: 0521880211

ISBN-13: 9780521880213

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alessandro Bettini

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The Standard Model is the most comprehensive physical theory ever developed. This textbook conveys the basic elements of the Standard Model using elementary concepts, without the theoretical rigor found in most other texts on this subject. It contains examples of basic experiments, allowing readers to see how measurements and theory interplay in the development of physics. The author examines leptons, hadrons and quarks, before presenting the dynamics and the surprising properties of the charges of the different forces. The textbook concludes with a brief discussion on the recent discoveries of physics beyond the Standard Model, and its connections with cosmology. Quantitative examples are given, and the reader is guided through the necessary calculations. Each chapter ends in the exercises, and solutions to some problems are included in the book. Complete solutions are available to instructors at This textbook is suitable for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students.
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 442
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Alessandro Bettini is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Padua, Italy, where he has been teaching experimental, general and particle physics for forty years. An experimentalist in subnuclear physics for the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), he is presently the Director of the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in Spain.

Preliminary notions
Mass, energy, linear momentum
The law of motion of a particle
The mass of a system of particles, kinematic invariants
Systems of interacting particles
Natural units
Collisions and decays
Hadrons, leptons and quarks
The fundamental interactions
The passage of radiation through matter
Sources of high-energy particles
Particle detectors
Further reading
Nucleons, leptons and bosons
The muon and the pion
Strange mesons and hyperons
The quantum numbers of the charged pion
Charged leptons and neutrinos
The Dirac equation
The positron
The antiproton
Further reading
Particle-antiparticle conjugation
Time reversal and CPT
The parity of the pion
Pion decay
Quark flavours and baryonic number
Leptonic flavours and lepton number
The sum of two isospins: the product of two representations
Further reading
The 3/2[superscript +] baryons
The Dalitz plot
Spin, parity, isospin analysis of three-pion systems
Pseudoscalar and vector mesons
The quark model
The third family
The elements of the Standard Model
Further reading
Quantum electrodynamics
Charge conservation and gauge symmetry
The Lamb and Retherford experiment
Quantum field theory
The interaction as an exchange of quanta
The Feynman diagrams and QED
Analyticity and the need for antiparticles
Electron-positron annihilation into a muon pair
The evolution of a
Further reading
Hadron production at electron-positron colliders
Scattering experiments
Nucleon structure
The colour charges
Colour bound states
The evolution of a[subscript s]
The origin of hadron mass
The quantum vacuum
Further reading
Weak interactions
Classification of weak interactions
Low-energy lepton processes and the Fermi constant
Parity violation
Helicity and chirality
Measurement of the helicity of leptons
Violation of the particle-antiparticle conjugation
Cabibbo mixing
The Glashow, Iliopoulos and Maiani mechanism
The quark mixing matrix
Weak neutral currents
Further reading
The neutral K and B mesons and CP violation
The states of the neutral K system
Strangeness oscillations
CP violation
Oscillation and CP violation in the neutral B system
CP violation in meson decays
Further reading
The Standard Model
The electroweak interaction
Structure of the weak neutral currents
Electroweak unification
Determination of the electroweak angle
The intermediate vector bosons
The UA1 experiment
The discovery of W and Z
The evolution of sin[subscript 2 theta subscript w]
Precision tests at LEP
The interaction between intermediate bosons
The search for the Higgs boson
Further reading
Beyond the Standard Model
Neutrino mixing
Neutrino oscillation
Flavour transition in matter
The experiments
Limits on neutrino mass
Further reading
Greek alphabet
Fundamental constants
Properties of elementary particles
Clebsch-Gordan coefficients
Spherical harmonics and d-functions
Experimental and theoretical discoveries in particle physics