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Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics By Michael E. Peskin (Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC, Stanford University)

Summary

This particle physics textbook for senior undergraduates and early graduates explains the Standard Model of particle physics, both the theory and its experimental basis. The point of view is thoroughly modern. Theory relevant to the experiments is developed in detail but in a simplified way without needing full knowledge of quantum field theory.

Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics Summary

Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics by Michael E. Peskin (Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC, Stanford University)

The purpose of this textbook is to explain the Standard Model of particle physics to a student with an undergraduate preparation in physics. Today we can claim to have a fundamental picture of the strong and weak subnuclear forces. Through an interplay between theory and experiment, we have learned the basic equations through which these forces operate, and we have tested these equations against observations at particle accelerators. The story is beautiful and full of surprises. Using a simplified presentation that does not assume prior knowledge of quantum field theory, this book begins from basic concepts of special relativity and quantum mechanics, describes the key experiments that have clarified the structure of elementary particle interactions, introduces the crucial theoretical concepts, and builds up to the full description of elementary particle interactions as we know them today.

Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics Reviews

I field tested this new textbook in a senior-level course that introduces advanced undergraduates to elementary particle physics before they have had the formal training in quantum field theory that is usually needed to rigorously present many aspects of the Standard Model. I say usually, because in his new book, Professor Peskin adeptly manages to avoid this prerequisite, in a comprehensive, modern, and unique exposition that is a welcome addition to teachers of the subject at this level. * Christopher S. Hil, Department of Physics, Ohio State University *
Peskin's book provides a perspective on the Standard Model of particle physics driven by observations. He presents just enough mathematical sophistication to connect the theoretical frameworks with their experimental consequences, allowing the reader to focus on the concepts. By recounting essentially every major particle physics discovery - often showcasing the original presentation of the data - he makes a compelling case for why we believe the laws of nature follow the rules of the Standard Model. * Timothy Cohen, Department of Physics, University of Oregon *
Prof. Peskin's Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics provides a concise and up-to-date mixture of theory and experiment that is much appreciated for books at the undergraduate level. In this book, the reader is led to discover the fundamental constituents of matter, from the Standard Model to what may lie beyond. This is done in an accessible way, as the book builds from the foundations up and provides chapter-by-chapter exercises to strengthen the understanding of the concepts and references to go more in detail. * Caterina Doglioni, Department of Physics, Lund University *
A comprehensive, coherent, and thoroughly digestible presentation of the ideas that lie at the heart of modern-day particle physics. This book would be a welcome resource for any University physics student wishing to gain their first insights into the field. * Bruce Schumm, Physics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz *
This is a well written and much needed book that exposes undergraduates to the deep ideas, structure and principles of quantum field theory. It is a solid stepping stone for graduate work on the topic. * Surjeet Rajendran, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley *

About Michael E. Peskin (Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC, Stanford University)

Michael E. Peskin received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1978. He held postdoctoral appointments at Harvard, Cornell, and C.E.N. Saclay. In 1982, he joined the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where he is now a Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics.

Table of Contents

I Preliminaries and Tools 1: Introduction 2: Symmetries of Space-Time 3: Relativistic Wave Equations 4: The Hydrogen Atom and Positronium 5: The Quark Model 6: Detectors of Elementary Particles 7: Tools for Calculation II The Strong Interaction 8: Electron-Positron Annihilation 9: Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering 10: The Gluon 11: Quantum Chromodynamics 12: Partons and Jets 13: QCD at Hadron Colliders 14: Chiral Symmetry III The Weak Interaction 15: The Current-Current Model of the Weak Interaction 16: Gauge Theories with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking 17: The W and Z Bosons 18: Quark Mixing Angles and Weak Decays 19: CP Violation 20: Neutrino Masses and Mixings 21: The Higgs Boson 22: Epilogue

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NGR9780198812197
9780198812197
0198812191
Concepts of Elementary Particle Physics by Michael E. Peskin (Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC, Stanford University)
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Oxford University Press
2019-05-29
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