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Electroweak Interactions : An Introduction to the Physics of Quarks and Leptons - Peter Renton

Electroweak Interactions

An Introduction to the Physics of Quarks and Leptons

Paperback Published: 23rd April 1990
ISBN: 9780521366922
Number Of Pages: 612

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This book describes the theory of electroweak interactions, starting from a level understandable to students with only a first degree in physics.

This theory, the Glashow -- Salam -- Weinberg (GSW) model, unifies the weak and electromagnetic forces of nature and gives a detailed description of the interactions between quarks and leptons, the basic building blocks of matter. The various experimental tests of the model that have been made and that are planned are described in detail, with reference to the fact that all results obtained so far are in agreement with the model. The interactions of quarks by the strong force, the theory of quantum chromodynamics, are also discussed. The GSW model, together with quantum chromodynamics, constitute the so-called 'standard model'. Theories proposing further unification of the forces of nature are outlined.

This is a rapidly moving subject, and this up-to-date book will be of great value to researchers and beginning graduate students in high energy physics.

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"...an extremely valuable compendium of standard-model results and is strongly recommended as a reference to active researchers and to students and teachers of high-energy physics at the graduate level." Physics Today

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Strong, electromagnetic and weak interactionsp. 1
The light leptonsp. 6
The light quarksp. 8
Heavy quarks and leptonsp. 12
Forces and particle exchangep. 15
The electroweak gauge bosonsp. 17
The strong gauge bosonsp. 23
Summary on interactions and symmetriesp. 31
Towards a quantum field theoryp. 41
The building blocks of quantum field theoryp. 41
Non-relativistic quantum mechanicsp. 41
Special relativityp. 66
Angular momentump. 76
Group theoryp. 83
Wave equations, propagators and fieldsp. 104
Spin 0 particlesp. 105
Spin 1/2 particlesp. 121
Spin 1 particlesp. 142
Quantum electrodynamicsp. 146
Scattering of an electron in a Coulomb fieldp. 146
Electron-proton scatteringp. 150
Electron-electron and electron-positron interactionsp. 157
Compton scattering, [small gamma] + e[superscript -] [right arrow] [small gamma] + e[superscript -]p. 162
Bremsstrahlung and pair productionp. 169
Electron polarisation effectsp. 172
Lagrangian for electromagnetic interactionsp. 175
Interactions of scalar particlesp. 180
Higher orders, divergences and renormalisationp. 186
From Fermi theory to the standard modelp. 202
Beta decay and the V -- A interactionp. 202
Charm and the Glashow, Iliopoulos and Maiani (GIM) mechanismp. 228
Incorporating neutral currentsp. 230
Local gauge symmetriesp. 234
Spontaneous symmetry breakingp. 240
Purely leptonic interactionsp. 259
Muon decay and related processesp. 259
Neutrino and antineutrino electron scatteringp. 276
The electroweak reaction e[superscript +]e[subscript -][right arrow]ffp. 284
Deep inelastic scattering and quantum chromodynamicsp. 292
Elastic charged lepton-nucleon scatteringp. 292
Deep inelastic charged lepton-nucleon scatteringp. 298
The quark-parton modelp. 306
Polarisation effects in deep inelastic scatteringp. 318
Deep inelastic neutrino-nucleon scatteringp. 324
Quantum chromodynamics (QCD)p. 332
QCD and deep inelastic scatteringp. 342
Total cross-section for e[superscript +]e[superscript -] [right arrow] hadronsp. 357
Hadronisationp. 361
Fragmentation functionsp. 366
Hadron-hadron scatteringp. 370
Structure function of the photonp. 380
Determination of [alpha][subscript s]p. 384
Weak hadronic currents, electroweak interference effectsp. 386
Decays of mesons containing light quarksp. 386
Semileptonic decays of light baryonsp. 393
Cabibbo theoryp. 398
Further properties of the currents of light quarksp. 405
Hadronic weak decaysp. 409
Decays of hadrons containing heavy quarksp. 413
Hadronic decays of [tau]-leptonsp. 429
Neutral currents in deep inelastic scatteringp. 433
Electroweak interference effects for quarksp. 440
Summary of NC couplings of leptons and quarksp. 449
Quark and lepton oscillationsp. 451
The neutral kaon systemp. 451
Mixing and CP violation in heavy quark systemsp. 471
Neutrino mass and oscillationsp. 475
The standard model and beyondp. 487
Decay of W[superscript [plusminus]]p. 488
Decay of Z[superscript 0]p. 491
Production of W[superscript [plusminus]] and Z[superscript 0]p. 492
Testing the standard modelp. 522
The missing ingredientsp. 527
Left-right symmetric modelsp. 542
Grand Unified Theoriesp. 544
Compositenessp. 553
SUSYp. 555
Superstringsp. 560
Unitsp. 565
Properties of [gamma]-matricesp. 567
Cross-sections, decay rates and Feynman rulesp. 570
Dirac [delta]-functionp. 577
Fierz transformationp. 578
Creation and annihilation operators for a Dirac fieldp. 580
Referencesp. 581
Indexp. 591
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ISBN: 9780521366922
ISBN-10: 0521366925
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 23rd April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.98

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