Neutrino Physics, Second Edition / Edition 2

Neutrino Physics, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Kai Zuber, K. Zuber
     
 

When Kai Zuber’s pioneering text on neutrinos was published in 2003, the author correctly predicted that the field would see tremendous growth in the immediate future. In that book, Professor Zuber provided a comprehensive self-contained examination of neutrinos, covering their research history and theory, as well as their application to particle physics,

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When Kai Zuber’s pioneering text on neutrinos was published in 2003, the author correctly predicted that the field would see tremendous growth in the immediate future. In that book, Professor Zuber provided a comprehensive self-contained examination of neutrinos, covering their research history and theory, as well as their application to particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, and the broad reach of cosmology; but now to be truly comprehensive and accurate, the field’s seminal reference needs to be revised and expanded to include the latest research, conclusions, and implications.

Revised as needed to be equal to the research of today, Neutrino Physics, Second Edition delves into neutrino cross sections, mass measurements, double beta decay, solar neutrinos, neutrinos from supernovae, and high energy neutrinos, as well as new experimental results in the context of theoretical models. It also provides entirely new discussion on:

  • Resolution of the solar neutrino problem
  • The first real-time measurement of solar neutrinos below 1 MeV
  • Geoneutrinos
  • Long baseline accelerator experiments

Written to be accessible to readers from diverse backgrounds, this edition, like the first, provides both an introduction to the field as well as the information needed by those looking to make their own contribution to it. And like the first edition, it whets the researcher’s appetite, going beyond certainty to pose those questions that still need answers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420064711
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/24/2011
Series:
Series in High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation Series, #2
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EXPERIMENTS
‘The birth of the neutrino’
Nuclear recoil experiment by Rodeback and Allen
Discovery of the neutrino by Cowan and Reines
Difference between νe and .νe and solar neutrino detection
Discovery of parity violation in weak interactions
Direct measurement of the helicity of the neutrino
Experimental proof that νμ is different from νe
Discovery of weak neutral currents
Discovery of the weak gauge bosonsW and Z
Observation of neutrinos from SN 1987A
Number of neutrino flavours from the width of the Z

PROPERTIES OF NEUTRINOS
Helicity and chirality
Charge conjugation
Parity transformation
Dirac and Majorana mass terms
Lepton number

THE STANDARD MODEL OF PARTICLE PHYSICS
The V–A theory of the weak interaction
Gauge theories
The Glashow–Weinberg–Salam model
Experimental determination of fundamental parameters

NEUTRINOS AS A PROBE OF NUCLEAR STRUCTURE
Neutrino beams
Neutrino detectors
Total cross section for neutrino–nucleon scattering
Kinematics of deep inelastic scattering
Quasi-elastic neutrino–nucleon scattering
Coherent, resonant and diffractive production
Structure function of nucleons
The quark–parton model, parton distribution functions
y distributions and quark content from total cross sections
Charm physics
Neutral current reactions
Neutrino cross section on nuclei

NEUTRINO MASSES AND PHYSICS BEYOND THE STANDARD MODEL
Running coupling constants
The minimal SU(5) model
The SO(10) model
Supersymmetry
Neutrino masses
Neutrino mixing

DIRECT NEUTRINO MASS SEARCHES
Fundamentals of β-decay
Searches for m ̄νe
Searches for mνe
mνμ determination from pion-decay
Mass of the ντ from tau-decay
Electromagnetic properties of neutrinos
Neutrino decay

DOUBLE Β-DECAY
Introduction
Decay rates
Nuclear structure effects on matrix elements
Experiments
Interpretation of the obtained results
Future plans and activities
β+β+-decay
CP phases and double β-decay
Generalization to three flavours

NEUTRINO OSCILLATIONS
General formalism
CP and T violation in neutrino oscillations
Oscillations with two neutrino flavours
The case for three flavours
Experimental considerations
Nuclear reactor experiments
Accelerator-based oscillation experiments
Searches at higher neutrino energy
Neutrino oscillations in matter
Future activities - Determination of the PMNS matrix elements
Possible future beams

ATMOSPHERIC NEUTRINOS
Cosmic rays
Interactions within the atmosphere
Experimental status
Accelerator based searches—long-baseline experiments

SOLAR NEUTRINOS
The standard solar model
Solar neutrino experiments
Theoretical solutions - matter effects
Future potential experiments

NEUTRINOS FROM SUPERNOVAE
Supernovae
Neutrino emission in supernova explosions
Detection methods for supernova neutrinos
Supernova 1987A
Supernova rates and future experiments
Neutrino oscillations and supernova signals

ULTRA-HIGH ENERGETIC COSMIC NEUTRINOS
Sources of high-energy cosmic neutrinos
Detection

NEUTRINOS IN COSMOLOGY
Cosmological models
The cosmic microwave background (CMB)
Neutrinos as dark matter
Candidates for dark matter
Neutrinos and large-scale structure
The cosmic neutrino background
Primordial nucleosynthesis
Baryogenesis via leptogenesis

SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK

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