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Modern Particle Physics


  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034266
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  • Unique in its coverage of all aspects of modern particle physics, this textbook provides a clear connection between the theory and recent experimental results, including the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN. It provides a comprehensive and self-contained description of the Standard Model of particle physics suitable for upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students studying experimental particle physics. Physical theory is introduced in a straightforward manner with full mathematical derivations throughout. Fully-worked examples enable students to link the mathematical theory to results from modern particle physics experiments. End-of-chapter exercises, graded by difficulty, provide students with a deeper understanding of the subject. Online resources available at feature password-protected fully-worked solutions to problems for instructors, numerical solutions and hints to the problems for students and PowerPoint slides and JPEGs of figures from the book.

    • The first textbook to include data from CERN on the discovery of the Higgs boson, giving students the complete picture of the Standard Model of particle physics
    • Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage integrates real recent experimental data to convey the excitement of this vibrant field to upper undergraduates and graduates
    • Concepts are introduced in a straightforward manner with complete mathematical derivations given, allowing students of a wide range of abilities to follow its development
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    'This advanced undergraduate textbook provides an excellent introduction to one of the most exciting areas of modern physics. It combines a pedagogical 'from first principles' approach with a comprehensive survey of the latest developments in particle physics, including the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. Thoroughly recommended for both students and teachers alike.' James Stirling, Imperial College London

    'Professor Thomson has written a great textbook on modern particle physics (including a masterful exposition of the discovery of the Higgs boson) that provides a professional introduction to the field, suitable for upper-division undergraduate as well as graduate courses. His distinctive presentation style combines clarity with [an] admirable level of rigor. The book is richly illustrated with helpful diagrams and tables, and is destined to be a favorite of both students and instructors alike.' Dmitry Budker, University of California, Berkeley

    'Mark Thomson has written a wonderful new introductory textbook on particle physics … [it] is well written … easy to read, with clear pedagogical lines of reasoning, and the layout is pleasing … as I am teaching an introduction to theory this autumn, I will definitely be using this book.' CERN Courier

    '… gem of a book … excellent and highly readable … well structured with useful chapter summaries and many good student exercises with on-line solutions. It is thoroughly recommended.' The Observatory

    '… this book has my highest recommendation. In its effective, clear and comprehensive treatment of so much detailed material, it represents a remarkable achievement on the part of its author, and is likely to become a standard work to put into the hands of new graduate students in particle physics. Their supervisors will do well to buy it too!' Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics

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    21st Mar 2016 by Yeebobhsiung

    Comprehensive including recent and up-to date materials and nicely organized chapters and materials for graduate level courses on particle physics!

    24th Sep 2018 by Api8395

    The perfect book to be introduced in the high energy particle physics

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034266
    • length: 570 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 193 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.37kg
    • contains: 147 b/w illus. 175 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Underlying concepts
    3. Decay rates and cross sections
    4. The Dirac equation
    5. Interaction by particle exchange
    6. Electron-positron annihilation
    7. Electron-proton elastic scattering
    8. Deep inelastic scattering
    9. Symmetries and the quark model
    10. Quantum chromodynamics
    11. The weak interaction
    12. The weak interactions of leptons
    13. Neutrinos and neutrino oscillations
    14. CP violation and weak hadronic interactions
    15. Electroweak unification
    16. Tests of the Standard Model
    17. The Higgs boson
    18. The Standard Model and beyond
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    Mark Thomson, University of Cambridge
    Mark Thomson is Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Cambridge. He has over 700 publications covering a number of major areas in high energy particle physics. His main research interests are in electron-positron collider physics, neutrino physics and the development of novel and powerful reconstruction techniques for cutting edge detector technologies. In addition to his research activities, he has chaired a number of scientific reviews for STFC and until recently was the chair of its main peer-review committee. Mark Thomson's main research activities are centred around three main areas. He is one of the leading figures in the UK working on the physics and detector design for the proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) which may be hosted in Japan. This electron-positron collider would be the next major collider after the LHC, with the main goals of making precision measurements of the properties of the Higgs boson. He is also the world-leading expert on high-granularity particle flow calorimetry, which is driving the design of future collider detectors at the ILC, CLIC and beyond. In addition to his activities in collider physics, Mark Thomson is co-leader of the UK effort in the LBNE experiment, which is the next generation of long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, aiming to discover CP violation in the leptonic sector. In the context of neutrino physics, he is also a member of the MicroBooNE collaboration, where he is leading the development of advanced reconstruction algorithms for large liquid argon neutrino detectors.

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