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Supersymmetry Unveiling the Ultimate Laws of Nature

ISBN-10: 0738204897

ISBN-13: 9780738204895

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Gordon Kane, Edward Witten

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In this text, the author explains the theory of supersymmetry, which implies that fundamental particles have a 'superpartner', detected at energies and intensities being achieved in the accelerators which may solve the puzzles of modern physics.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
To understand nature we need to know about particles, forces, and rules
Research in progress (RIP)
Equations?
Prediction, postdiction, and testing
Where are the superpartners?
The boundaries of science have moved
The standard model of Particle Physics
The forces
Mass, decays, and quanta
The particles: Do we really know the fundamental constituents of matter?
Particles and fields
There are more particles
New ideas and remarkable predictions of the Standard Model
Experimental foundations of the Standard Model
Picturing Standard Model processes: Feynman diagrams
Spin, fermions, and bosons
Beyond the Standard Model
Why physics is the easiest science--Effective theories
Organizing effective theories by distance scales
Supersymmetry is an effective theory too
The physics of the Planck scale
Effective theories replace renormalization
The human scales
Supersymmetry and sparticles
What is supersymmetry?
Some mysteries supersymmetry would solve
The superpartners
Supersymmetry as a spacetime symmetry: superspace
Hidden or "broken" supersymmetry
Testing supersymmetry experimentally
Detectors and colliders
Recognizing superpartners
Sparticles: their personalities, backgrounds, and signatures at LEP and Fermilab
Visit Fermilab
Future colliders
Can we do the experiments we need to do?
What is the universe made of?
What particles are there in the universe?
Is the lightest superpartner the cold dark matter of the universe?
Higgs physics
Finding Higgs bosons
Current evidence
LEP, Fermilab, and LHC
Studying Higgs bosons at Fermilab
Some additional help from supersymmetry, and some challenges
Matter and antimatter asymmetry
Proton decay?
Rare decays
CP violation
Inflation
Perspectives and concerns
Supersymmetry, string theory, and the primary theory
String theory and M-theory
Broken or hidden supersymmetry
The role of data
Effective theories and the primary theory
Can we really understand the origin of the universe and its natural law(s)?
Testing string theory and the primary theory
Practical limits?
Anthropic questions and supersymmetry
The end of science?
Appendices
The Standard Model Higgs mechanism
The supersymmetry explanation of the Higgs mechanism
Charginos and neutralinos
Extra dimensions--large extra dimensions?
Some Recommended Reading
Glossary
Symbols
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Terms
Index