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Elementary Particle Physics
An Intuitive Introduction

  • Date Published: June 2019
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  • This modern introduction to particle physics equips students with the skills needed to develop a deep and intuitive understanding of the physical theory underpinning contemporary experimental results. The fundamental tools of particle physics are introduced and accompanied by historical profiles charting the development of the field. Theory and experiment are closely linked, with descriptions of experimental techniques used at CERN accompanied by detail on the physics of the Large Hadron Collider and the strong and weak forces that dominate proton collisions. Recent experimental results are featured, including the discovery of the Higgs boson. Equations are supported by physical interpretations, and end-of-chapter problems are based on datasets from a range of particle physics experiments including dark matter, neutrino, and collider experiments. A solutions manual for instructors is available online. Additional features include worked examples throughout, a detailed glossary of key terms, appendices covering essential background material, and extensive references and further reading to aid self-study, making this an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduates in physics.

    • Takes a uniquely intuitive and concept-driven approach
    • Fully up-to-date, covering contemporary experiments and recent results including the discovery of the Higgs boson
    • Includes real-life examples and data drawn from CERN and particularly the Large Hadron Collider
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    'Larkoski's Elementary Particle Physics has a unique blend of purely theoretical calculations and experimental analyses that are both accessible to undergraduates. The history of the field is not forgotten but instead blended throughout the text to allow for 'breaks' for the reader from the often (and unavoidably) complex subject matter. Given the highly changing field, using the very recent results will be beneficial to the students of the subject.' Christopher A. Aubin, Fordham University, New York

    'This is a much-needed textbook for an advanced physics major course with a modern yet accessible introduction to and explanation of the guiding principles of particle physics and current experimental methods.' Ann Nelson, University of Washington

    'In Elementary Particle Physics, Larkoski has succeeded at creating a welcome and spectacular modern learning resource that takes a practical approach to the essential experimental and theoretical tools of the field while capturing the excitement and essence of its most relevant discoveries.' Andreas Warburton, McGill University, Montreal

    'Larkoski's book will interest a large audience because it starts from basic principles and covers a wide range of topics all the way to discussions on research at the frontiers of particle physics. The book will be very useful to students and researchers working in phenomenological particle physics.' Alakabha Datta, University of Mississippi

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108579407
    • contains: 92 b/w illus. 7 tables 127 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Special relativity
    3. A little group theory
    4. Fermi's golden rule and Feynman diagrams
    5. Particle collider experiment
    6. Quantum electrodynamics in e+e- collisions
    7. Quarks and gluons
    8. Quantum chromodynamics
    9. Parton evolution and jets
    10. Parity violation
    11. The mass scales of the weak force
    12. Consequences of weak interactions
    13. The Higgs boson
    14. Particle physics at the frontier
    Appendix A. Useful identities
    Appendix B. Review of quantum mechanics
    Appendix C. Particle physics jargon glossary
    Appendix D. Bibliography.

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    Andrew J. Larkoski, Reed College, Oregon
    Andrew J. Larkoski is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Reed College, Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and has held postdoctoral research appointments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Andrew is a leading expert on the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and has won the LHC Theory Initiative Fellowship and the Wu-Ki Tung Award for Early-Career Research on QCD.

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