The Eightfold Way

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This monograph presents thirty research papers dealing with the classification of strongly interacting particles and their interaction according to the eightfold way. In each chapter the authors' commentary introduces the reprints.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738202990
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Advanced Books Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A pioneer in the field of subatomic physics, Murray Gell-Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 for his quark theory of matter. Gell-Mann coined the term "quark" after the discovery of some 100 particles within the atomic nucleus. He is currently Professor and Co-Chairman of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute, where his recent research has focused on complex adaptive systems. He is the author of The Quark and the Jaguar and The Eightfold Way, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Introduction: Remarks on the History of Strong-Interaction Symmetries 1
Pt. I The Broken Symmetry and the Mass Formula
General Comments 7
1 The Eightfold Way: A Theory of Strong Interaction Symmetry 11
2 Derivation of Strong Interactions from a Gauge Invariance 58
3 Note on Unitary Symmetry in Strong Interactions 66
Pt. II The Decimet and the Omega-Minus
4 Strange Particle Physics. Strong Interactions 87
5 Observation of a Hyperon with Strangeness Minus Three 88
Pt. III Further Assignments of Supermultiplets
6 Eightfold-Way Assignments for Y[actual symbol not reproducible] (1660) and Other Baryons 93
7 The Meson [kappa] (725) and the Eightfold Way 98
8 Baryon-Baryon Interactions and the Eightfold Way 104
Pt. IV [phi]-[omega] Mixing
9 Possible Existence of a T=0 Vector Meson at 1020 MeV 108
10 [phi]-[omega] Mixing 112
11 Experimental Consequences of [phi]-[omega] Mixing 114
Pt. V Intensity Rules
12 The Octet Model and its Clebsch-Gordan Co-efficients 120
13 Verification of the Tenfold Assignment of the Baryon Resonances 144
14 Comparison of a New SU[subscript 3] Prediction with Experiment 148
Pt. VI Electromagnetic Interactions of the Hadrons
15 Electrodynamic Properties of Baryons in the Unitary Symmetry Scheme 157
16 Some Consequences of Unitary Symmetry Model 160
Pt. VII Triplets and Triality
17 A Schematic Model of Baryons and Mesons 168
Pt. VIII The Weak Current of the Hadrons
18 The Symmetry Group of Vector and Axial Vector Currents 172
19 Unitary Symmetry and Leptonic Decays 207
20 Conserved and Partially Conserved Currents in the Theory of Weak Interactions 210
21 Symmetries of Baryons and Mesons 216
22 Current-Generated Algebras 234
Pt. IX The Nonleptonic Weak Interaction
23 Octet Enhancement 254
24 Possible Unitary Symmetry Properties of the Intermediate Bosons and Their Interactions 276
25 Nonleptonic Weak Decays and the Eightfold Way 278
Pt. X Broken Symmetry and the Bootstrap Hypothesis
26 A Mechanism for the Induction of Symmetries Among the Strong Interactions 283
27 Spontaneous Breakdown of Octet Symmetry 286
28 Self-Consistent Deviations from Unitary Symmetry 289
29 The Fifth Interaction: Origins of the Mass Breaking Asymmetry 297
Pt. XI The Physical Uniqueness of the Eightfold Way
30 The Symmetry Approach to Particle Physics 302
Pt. XII New Contributions 319
31 Particle Theory from S-Matrix to Quarks 321
32 Hadron Symmetry, Classification and Compositeness 347
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