The Standard Model: A Primer

The Standard Model: A Primer

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Cliff Burgess
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 3/6/2012
EAN 9781107404267, ISBN10: 1107404266

Paperback, 560 pages, 24.6 x 18.9 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

This book was first published in 2006. The standard model brings together two theories of particle physics in order to describe the interactions of subatomic particles, except those due to gravity. This book uses the standard model as a vehicle for introducing quantum field theory. In doing this the book also introduces much of the phenomenology on which this model is based. The book uses a modern approach, emphasizing effective field theory techniques, and contains brief discussions of some of the main proposals for going beyond the standard model, such as seesaw neutrino masses, supersymmetry, and grand unification. Requiring only a minimum of background material, this book is ideal for graduate students in theoretical and experimental particle physics. It concentrates on getting students to the level of being able to use this theory by doing real calculations with the minimum of formal development, and contains several problems.

List of illustrations
List of tables
Part I. Theoretical Framework
1. Field theory review
2. The standard model
general features
3. Cross sections and lifetimes
Part II. Applications
4. Elementary boson decays
5. Leptonic weak interactions
6. Leptonic weak interactions
7. Effective Lagrangians
Part III. Applications
8. Hadrons and QCD
9. Hadronic interactions
Part IV. Beyond the Standard Model
10. Neutrino masses
11. Open questions, proposed solutions
Appendix A. Experimental values for the parameters
Appendix B. Symmetries and group theory review
Appendix C. Lorentz group and the Dirac algebra
Appendix D. ξ-gauge Feynman rules
Appendix E. Metric convention conversion table
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