CP Violation

CP Violation

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A. I. Sanda I. I. Bigi
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 10/6/2016
EAN 9781107424302, ISBN10: 1107424305

Paperback, 506 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2.6 cm
Language: English

Why didn't the matter in our Universe annihilate with antimatter immediately after its creation? The study of CP violation may help to answer this fundamental question. This book presents theoretical tools necessary to understand this phenomenon. Reflecting the explosion of new results over the last decade, this second edition has been substantially expanded. It introduces charge conjugation, parity and time reversal, before describing the Kobayashi-Maskawa (KM) theory for CP violation and our understanding of CP violation in kaon decays. It reveals how the discovery of B mesons has provided a new laboratory to study CP violation with KM theory predicting large asymmetries, and discusses how these predictions have been confirmed since the first edition of this book. Later chapters describe the search for a new theory of nature's fundamental dynamics. This book is suitable for researchers in high energy, atomic and nuclear physics, and the history and philosophy of science.

Part I. Basics of CP Violation
1. Prologue
2. Prelude
C, P and T in classical dynamics
3. C, P and T in non-relativistic quantum mechanics
4. C, P and T in relativistic quantum theories
5. The arrival of strange particles
6. Quantum mechanics of neutral particles
Part II. Theory and Experiments
7. The quest for CP violation in K decays - a marathon
8. The KM implementation of CP violation
9. The theory of KL → ππ decays
10. Paradigmatic discoveries in B physics
11. Let the drama unfold - B CP phenomenology
12. Rare K and B decays - almost perfect laboratories
13. CPT violation - could it be in K and B decays?
14. CP violation in charm decays - the dark horse
15. The strong CP problem
Part III. Looking Beyond the Standard Model
16. Quest for CP violation in the neutrino sector
17. Possible corrections to the KM ansatz
right-handed currents and non-minimal Higgs dynamics
18. CP violation without nonperturbative dynamics - top quarks and charged leptons
19. SUSY - providing shelter for Higgs dynamics
20. Minimal flavour violation and extra dimensions
21. Baryogenesis in the universe
Part IV. Summary
22. Summary and perspectives