The Physics of Ettore Majorana: Theoretical, Mathematical, and Phenomenological

The Physics of Ettore Majorana: Theoretical, Mathematical, and Phenomenological

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Salvatore Esposito
Cambridge University Press, 12/11/2014
EAN 9781107044029, ISBN10: 1107044022

Hardcover, 393 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2 cm
Language: English

Through just a handful of papers, Ettore Majorana left an indelible mark in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and even economics before his mysterious disappearance in 1938. It is only now that the importance of Majorana's work is being realised: Majorana fermions are intensely studied today, and his work on neutrino physics has provided possible explanations for the existence of dark matter. In this unique volume, Salvatore Esposito explores not only Majorana's known papers but, even more interestingly, unveils his unpublished works as well. These include powerful methods and results, ranging from the atomic two-centre problem, the Thomas–Fermi model and ferromagnetism to quasi-stationary states, n-component relativistic wave equations and quantum scalar electrodynamics. Featuring biographical notes and contributions from leading experts Evgeny Akhmedov and Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, this fascinating book will captivate graduate students and researchers interested in frontier science as well as in the history of science.

Part I. Introducing the Character
1. Life and myth
2. The visible side
Part II. Atomic Physics
3. Two-electron problem
4. Thomas–Fermi model
Part III. Nuclear and Statistical Physics
5. Quasi-stationary nuclear states
6. Theory of ferromagnetism
Part IV. Relativistic Fields and Group Theory
7. Groups and their applications to quantum mechanics
8. Dirac equations and some alternatives
Part V. Quantum Field Theory
9. Scalar electrodynamics
10. Photons and electrons
Part VI. Fundamental Theories and Other Topics
11. A 'path integral' approach to quantum mechanics
12. Fundamental lengths and times
13. Some more
Part VII. Beyond Majorana
14. Majorana and condensed matter physics
15. Majorana neutrinos and other Majorana particles