An Introduction to Particle Physics and the Standard Model / Edition 1

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An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics familiarizes readers with what is considered tested and accepted and in so doing, gives them a grounding in particle physics in general. Whenever possible, Dr. Mann takes an historical approach showing how the model is linked to the physics that most of us have learned in less challenging areas. Dr. Mann reviews special relativity and classical mechanics, symmetries, conservation laws, and particle classification; then working from the tested paradigm of the model itself, he:

  • Describes the Standard Model in terms of its electromagnetic, strong, and weak components
  • Explores the experimental tools and methods of particle physics
  • Introduces Feynman diagrams, wave equations, and gauge invariance, building up to the theory of Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Describes the theories of the Strong and Electroweak interactions
  • Uncovers frontier areas and explores what might lie beyond our current concepts of the subatomic world

Those who work through the material will develop a solid command of the basics of particle physics. The book does require a knowledge of special relativity, quantum mechanics, and electromagnetism, but most importantly it requires a hunger to understand at the most fundamental level: why things exist and how it is that anything happens. This book will prepare students and others for further study, but most importantly it will prepare them to open their minds to the mysteries that lie ahead. Ultimately, the Large Hadron Collider may prove the model correct, helping so many realize their greatest dreams … or it might poke holes in the model, leaving us to wonder an even more exciting possibility: that the answers lie in possibilities so unique that we have not even dreamt of them.

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Editorial Reviews

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… thoroughly recommended for a final-year specialist or first-year postgraduate study level especially for those engaged in experimental high energy physics research. The author has performed an excellent service in making accessible the language and results of field theory applied to elementary particle physics.
—John J. Quenby, Contemporary Physics, 52, 2011

The first chapter shows how clearly the author can write and even though the subject matter gets more complex through the book, the clarity continues. … giv[es] readers greater insights into how the maths and the reality match (or don’t match!) and hopefully exciting them into further consideration of what may be ‘hidden behind the curtain’. … while most of the book is limited to final year and postgraduate students, the first and last chapters of the book should be accessible to any interested reader wanting to understand the present knowledge and future directions of particle physics. The author has intended the book to be used as a course of study … he has used the material himself in this way with success for two decades. … Every chapter ends with … well thought out, relevant questions …
—Jack McArdle, Reviews, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420082982
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 614
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents



Further Reading

Introduction and Overview

Methods of Study


The Standard Model


A Review of Special Relativity

Basic Review of Relativity

Spacetime Structure

Momentum and Energy





Lie Groups


The Rotation Group SO(3)

Appendix: Lie Algebras from Lie Groups


Conservation Laws

The Action Principle

Noether's Theorem

Spacetime Symmetries and their Noether currents

Symmetries and Quantum Mechanics



Particle Classfication

General Considerations

Basic Classfication

Spectroscopic Notation

Adding Angular Momenta


Discrete Symmetries



Charge Conjugation


The CPT Theorem



DC Voltage Machines




The Future of Accelerators



Energy Transfer and Deposition

Detector Types

Modern Collider Detectors





Cross Sections

Matrix Elements

2-body Formulae

Detailed Balance Revisited


A Toy Theory

Feynman Rules


Scattering in the Toy Theory

Higher-order Diagrams

Appendix: n-dimensional integration


Wave Equations for Elementary Particles

Klein-Gordon Equation

Dirac Equation

Physical Interpretation


Appendix: The Lorentz Group and its Representations


Gauge Invariance

Solutions to the Dirac Equation

Conserved Current

The Gauge Principle

The Maxwell-Dirac Equations

The Wavefunction of the Photon


Quantum Electrodynamics

Feynman Rules for QED


Obtaining Cross Sections

Appendix: Mathematical Tools for QED


Testing QED

Basic Features of QED Scattering

Major Tests of QED


From Nuclei to Quarks

Range of the Nuclear Force






The Quark Model



Mass Relations

Magnetic Moments


Testing the Quark Model

Vector-Meson Decay

Hadron Production

Elastic Scattering of Electrons and Protons

Deep Inelastic Scattering

Quark Model Predictions

Quark Structure Functions


Heavy Quarks and QCD





Appendix: QCD and Yang-Mills Theory


From Beta Decay to Weak Interactions

Fermi's Theory of Beta-Decay

Neutrino Properties

Kaon Oscillation


Charged Leptonic Weak Interactions

Neutrino-Electron Scattering

Muon Decay

Appendix: Mathematical Tools for Weak Interactions

Appendix: 3-body phase space decay


Charged Weak Interactions of Quarks and Leptons

Neutron Decay

Pion Decay

Quark and Lepton Vertices

The GIM Mechanism

The CKM Matrix


Electroweak Unfication

Neutral Currents

Electroweak Neutral Scattering Processes

The SU(2) _ U(1) Model


Electroweak Symmetry Breaking

The Higgs Mechanism

Breaking the SU(2) Symmetry

Fermion Masses

Appendix: Feynman Rules for Electroweak Theory


Testing Electroweak Theory

Discovery of the W and Z bosons

Lepton Universality and Running Coupling

The Search for the Higgs


Beyond the Standard Model

Neutrino Oscillation

Neutrino Experiments

Neutrino Masses and Mixing Angles

Axions and the Neutron Electric Dipole Moment


Summing Up


Notation and Conventions

Natural Units

Relativistic Notation

Greek Alphabet

Kronecker Delta and Levi-Civita Symbols

Kronecker Delta

Levi-Civita Symbol

Dirac Delta-Functions

Pauli and Dirac Matrices

Pauli Matrices

Dirac Matrices

Identities and Trace Theorems

Cross-Sections and Decay Rates



Clebsch-Gordon Coefficients

Fundamental Constants

Properties of Elementary Particles

Feynman Rules for the Standard Model

The Large Hadron Rap

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