Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

Nuclear and Particle Physics is an accessible, balanced introduction to the subject and provides a readable and up-to-date overview of both the theoretical and experimental aspects of nuclear and particle physics. The emphasis is on the phenomenological approach to understanding experimental phenomena. The text opens with an introduction to the basic concepts used in nuclear and particle physics and then moves on to describe their respective phenomenologies and experimental methods. Later chapters explore the interpretation of data via models and theories, including the standard model of particle physics and the liquid drop model and shell model of nuclear physics. Several applications of nuclear physics are discussed, including nuclear medicine and the production of power from nuclear fission and fusion. The book closes with a chapter on outstanding problems, including extensions to the standard model, implications for particle astrophysics, improvements in medical imaging and the prospects for power production. To consolidate, learning problems are included at the end of each chapter, with a full set of solutions provided.

Accessible overview of nuclear and particle physics suitable for a first course in the subject, Chapters are supplemented by an extensive set of problems with full solutions, Includes Appendices on some topics in quantum mechanics and relativistic kinematics An invaluable text for all physics and astronomy students.

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"Enthusiastically recommended as a useful addition to any college or university library." (CHOICE, December 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470742754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 454
  • Sales rank: 1,352,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Brian R Martin, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London
Professor Martin is a highly respected academic in his field and has already co-authored a successful book for Wiley (Particle Physics 2/E) that is part of the Manchester Physics Series. He has recently stepped down as Head of Department at UCL after 10 years in the post.
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Table of Contents

1 Basic Concepts 1

2 Nuclear Phenomenology 31

3 Particle Phenomenology 71

4 Experimental Methods 109

5 Quark Dynamics: The Strong Interaction 147

6 Weak Interactions and Electroweak Unification 177

7 Models and Theories of Nuclear Physics 217

8 Applications of Nuclear Physics 253

9 Outstanding Questions and Future Prospects 297

Appendix A Some Results in Quantum Mechanics 339

Appendix B Relativistic Kinematics 351

Appendix C Rutherford Scattering 361

Appendix D Gauge Theories 367

Appendix E Data 377

Appendix F Solutions to Problems 393

References 437

Bibliography 441

Index 443

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