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The Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521521475

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  • Our current understanding of elementary particles and their interactions emerged from break-through experiments. This book presents these experiments, beginning with the discoveries of the neutron and positron, and following them through mesons, strange particles, antiparticles, and quarks and gluons. This second edition contains new chapters on the W and Z bosons, the top quark, B-meson mixing and CP violation, and neutrino oscillations. This book provides an insight into particle physics for researchers, advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Throughout the book, the fundamental equations required to understand the experiments are derived clearly and simply. Each chapter is accompanied by reprinted articles and a collection of problems with a broad range of difficulty.

    • A unique, historical presentation of our current understanding of particle physics through an examination of break-through experiments
    • Now covers the W and Z bosons, the top quark discovery, B-meson mixing and CP violation, and neutrino oscillations
    • Each chapter is complemented by reprints of many of the basic discovery papers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From reviews of the first edition: 'I believe this text to represent a major achievement in collecting, analysing and distilling for the reader, material forming an intensely exciting chapter in modern science.' D. H. Perkins, Nature

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521521475
    • length: 566 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.24kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The atom completed and a new particle
    2. The Muon and the Pion
    3. Strangeness
    4. Antibaryons
    5. The resonances
    6. Weak interactions
    7. The Neutral Kaon System
    8. The Structure of the Nucleon
    9. The J/Ψ, the Γ, and charm
    10. Quarks, Gluons, and Jets
    11. The Fifth Quark
    12. From Neutral Currents to Weak Vector Bosons
    13. Testing the Standard Model
    14. The top quark
    15. Mixing and CP violation in heavy quark mesons
    16. Neutrino masses and oscillations
    17. Epilogue

  • Authors

    Robert N. Cahn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Robert Cahn is a Senior Physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His theoretical work has focused on the Standard Model, and, together with his collaborators, he developed one of the most promising methods for discovering the Higgs boson. As a member of the BaBar Collaboration, he participated in the measurement of CP violation in B mesons.

    Gerson Goldhaber, University of California, Berkeley
    Gerson Goldhaber is a Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is co-discoverer of the antiproton annihilation process, the Bose–Einstein nature of pions, the J/Psi particle and psion spectroscopy, charmed mesons, and dark energy.

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