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Author Veltman, Martinus.

Title Facts and mysteries in elementary particle physics / Martinus J.G. Veltman.

Published River Edge, NJ : World Scientific Pub., 2003.

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 UniM Bund  539.72 VELT {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents Thumbnail Sketches 6 -- Equations 7 -- 1.1 Atoms, Nuclei and Particles 8 -- 1.2 Photons 15 -- 1.3 Antiparticles 19 -- 1.4 Mass and Energy 21 -- 1.5 Events 24 -- 1.6 Electron-Volts and Other Units 30 -- 1.7 Particle Names and the Greek Alphabet 32 -- 1.8 Scientific Notation 33 -- 2 Standard Model 35 -- 2.2 Conservation of Energy and Charge 40 -- 2.3 Quantum Numbers 43 -- 2.4 Color 45 -- 2.5 Electron-Neutrino, Electron Number and Crossing 49 -- 2.6 First Family 53 -- 2.7 Families and Forces 55 -- 2.8 Spin 1/2 Particles 62 -- 2.9 Spin 1 and 2 Particles 68 -- 2.10 Forces and Interactions 69 -- 2.11 Classification of Interactions 71 -- 2.12 Electromagnetic, Weak, Strong, Higgs and Gravitational Interactions 75 -- 2.13 Representing Interactions 77 -- 2.14 Origin of Quantum Numbers 83 -- 3 Quantum Mechanics. Mixing 85 -- 3.2 Two-Slit Experiment 88 -- 3.3 Amplitude and Probability 92 -- 3.4 Cabibbo and CKM Mixing 99 -- 3.5 Neutrino Mixing 108 -- 3.6 Particle Mixing 109 -- 4 Energy, Momentum and Mass-Shell 115 -- 4.2 Conservation Laws 118 -- 4.3 Relativity 126 -- 4.4 Relativistic Invariance 131 -- 4.5 Relation E = mc[superscript 2] 136 -- 5 Detection 140 -- 5.2 Photoelectric Effect 146 -- 5.3 Bubble Chambers 152 -- 5.4 Spark Chambers 157 -- 5.5 Proportional Wire Chambers 159 -- 6 Accelerators and Storage Rings 161 -- 6.1 Energy Bubbles 161 -- 6.2 Accelerators 165 -- 6.3 Secondary Beams 178 -- 6.4 Machine Builders 181 -- 7 CERN Neutrino Experiment 189 -- 7.2 Experimental Set-up 195 -- 7.3 Neutrino Physics 200 -- 7.4 First Neutrino Experiments 205 -- 7.5 Vector Bosons 208 -- 7.6 Missed Opportunities 213 -- 8 Particle Zoo 219 -- 8.2 Bound States 222 -- 8.3 Structure of Quark Bound States 225 -- 8.4 Spin of a Bound State 229 -- 8.5 Mesons 230 -- 8.6 Baryons 234 -- 8.7 Exotics 236 -- 8.8 Discovering Quarks 237 -- 8.9 Triplets versus Doublets and Lepton-Quark Symmetry 241 -- 9 Particle Theory 244 -- 9.2 Feynman Rules 246 -- 9.3 Infinities 255 -- 9.4 Perturbation Theory 258 -- 9.5 Renormalizability 264 -- 9.6 Weak Interactions 267 -- 9.7 Compton Scattering 270 -- 9.8 Neutral Vector Bosons 273 -- 9.9 Charmed Quarks 276 -- 9.10 Higgs Particle 279 -- 9.11 General Higgs Couplings 281 -- 9.12 Speculations 282 -- 9.13 [rho]-Parameter 283 -- 10 Finding the Higgs 285 -- 11 Quantum Chromodynamics 293 -- 11.2 Confinement 295 -- 11.3 Asymptotic Freedom 297 -- 11.4 Scaling 300.
Summary This book provides a comprehensive overview of modern particle physics accessible to anyone with a true passion for wanting to know how the universe works. We are introduced to the known particles of the world we live in. An elegant explanation of quantum mechanics and relativity paves the way for an understanding of the laws that govern particle physics. These laws are put into action in the world of accelerators, colliders and detectors found at institutions such as CERN and Fermilab that are in the forefront of technical innovation. Real world and theory meet using Feynman diagrams to solve the problems of infinities and deduce the need for the Higgs boson.
Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics offers an incredible insight from an eyewitness and participant in some of the greatest discoveries in 20th century science. From Einstein's theory of relativity to the elusive Higgs particle, this book will fascinate and educate anyone interested in the world of quarks, leptons and gauge theories.
This book also contains many thumbnail sketches of particle physics personalities, including contemporaries as seen through the eyes of the author. Illustrated with pictures, these candid sketches present rare, perceptive views of the characters that populate the field.
The Chapter on Particle Theory, in a pre-publication, was termed "superbly lucid" by David Miller in Nature (Vol. 396, 17 Dec. 1998, p. 642).
Subject Particles (Nuclear physics)
ISBN 9812381481
981238149X (paperback)