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41. Particle Accelerator Physics
42. Experimental Techniques in Nuclear
43. An Introduction to Particle Accelerators
44. Quantum Electrodynamics: Gribov
45. Newton to Einstein: The Trail
46. The Charm of Strange Quarks :
47. Electromagnetic Fields and Relativistic
48. Electromechanics of Particles
49. Schaum's Outline of Applied Physics,
50. Invariance principles and elementary
51. Spin in Particle Physics (Cambridge
52. The Experimental Foundations of
53. The Physics of Particle Accelerators:
54. Collider Physics: Revised Edition
55. Gauge Theories in Particle Physics,
56. The Relations of Particles (World
57. Pixel Detectors: From Fundamentals
58. Lie Algebras In Particle Physics:
59. Advanced Particle Physics Volume
60. A Modern Introduction to Particle

41. Particle Accelerator Physics
by Helmut Wiedemann
Hardcover: 948 Pages (2007-06-12)
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Asin: 3540490434
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This book provides an in-depth and comprehensive introduction to the field of high-energy particle acceleration and beam dynamics. This is the first modern and comprehensive textbook in the field. It begins by gathering the basic tools, recalling the essentials of electrostatics and electrodynamics as well as of particle dynamics in electromagnetic fields. It includes coverage of advanced topics of coupled beam dynamics. There is an exhaustive treatment of radiation from accelerated charges. Appendices gather useful mathematical and physical formulae, parameters and units, and solutions to the many end-of-chapter problems are given.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Particle Accelerator Physics-Review
This text is the announced reading requirement for the United States Particle Accelerator School introduction (undergraduate) course, Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulation and Measurements Lab. The course is sponsored and scheduled to be held this year at Vanderbilt University in January 2009.I purchased the text to determine if I might gain from attending the course.As a technical school graduate, RF technician at an accelerator facility, and a non math-engineering-physics undergraduate degree holder, I found the text to be quite readable and informative.The author provides both the theoretical and the application of the material presented. This kept me comfortable with the sometimes exotic application of wave theory and particle dynamics.A number of end of chapter problems are provided as well as the solutions.However, not all problem solutions are provided and the author assumes the reader has obtained mastery of significant mathematics. This is no surprise since the target audience is engineering and physics majors.So, if the reader has taken calculus at a technical school and or a college of business in the United States then he or she should be prepared to learn many advanced concepts.As an electronics instructor from 1982 - 2003, I believe the book should include many more diagrams and photographs if it is intended to be used as an effective textbook in a modern US classroom.At this point, it has the look and feel of an updated 1980s text.I would suggest the publisher, editor and author (if living, I didn't find Professor Wiedemann listed as an active faculty member or researcher with a quick Google search- no slight intended) develop supporting multimedia and flesh out the solutions to the end of chapter problems.At 948 pages, the book is quite an undertaking for independent study.However, with a little inspiration and perspiration someone with a technology background will gain from reading the book.I highly recommend the book.

Michael E. Clemmer AOS, BS, CET, GROL
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42. Experimental Techniques in Nuclear and Particle Physics
by Stefaan Tavernier
Hardcover: 300 Pages (2010-02-19)
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The book is based on a course in nuclear and particle physics that the author has taught over many years to physics students, students in nuclear engineering and students in biomedical engineering. It provides the basic understanding that any student or researcher using such instruments and techniques should have about the subject.

After an introduction to the structure of matter at the subatomic scale, it covers the experimental aspects of nuclear and particle physics. Ideally complementing a theoretically-oriented textbook on nuclear physics and/or particle physics, it introduces the reader to the different techniques used in nuclear and particle physics to accelerate particles and to measurement techniques (detectors) in nuclear and particle physics.

The main subjects treated are: interactions of subatomic particles in matter; particle accelerators; basics of different types of detectors; and nuclear electronics. The book will be of interest to undergraduates, graduates and researchers in both particle and nuclear physics. For the physicists it is a good introduction to all experimental aspects of nuclear and particle physics. Nuclear engineers will appreciate the nuclear measurement techniques, while biomedical engineers can learn about measuring ionising radiation, the use of accelerators for radiotherapy. What’s more, worked examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and appendices with key constants, properties and relationships supplement the textual material.

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43. An Introduction to Particle Accelerators
by E. J. N. Wilson
Paperback: 272 Pages (2001-08-09)
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Asin: 0198508298
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There are more than ten thousand particle accelerators in the world from the linear accelerators used for cancer therapy in modern hospitals to the giant 'atom-smashers' at international particle physics laboratories used to unlock the secrets of creation. Many scientists and engineers spend their lives designing, constructing, and operating these machines - yet few universities include the subject of particle accelerators in their curricula. The few courses that do exist and the summer schools run by the big accelerator laboratories lack a simple introduction which covers the essentials of the subject for the many who need to learn how these machines work. This book fills that gap and takes the reader through each of the aspects of a modern accelerator giving enough information to unlock the door to the subject but does not overload the understanding with mathematics. Anyone with a general interest in modern technology based on a fascinating variety of physics and engineering will find much of interest in this book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars European efforts predominating
Very specialised book. Written mostly for engineers involved in designing accelerators, and graduate students in physics who might have experiments at an accelerator.

No abstruse theory here. A book for experimentalists. Wilson describes clearly the differences between cyclotrons and linear accelerators and synchrotrons. The advantages and disadvantages of each. With real life examples, like those at CERN (of course), and at SLAC and Fermilab.

It does seem that the baton is passing from the US in this field. The European scientists have somehow managed to keep their funding together, which Wilson praises. He undoubtedly help bring this about. Certainly, an impression from this book is that if you are starting out in experimental particle physics, you might do best to direct your efforts at CERN. ... Read more

44. Quantum Electrodynamics: Gribov Lectures on Theoretical Physics (Cambridge Monographs on Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology)
by V. N. Gribov, J. Nyiri
Paperback: 284 Pages (2005-07-14)
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Based on lectures given by the highly original and distinguished physicist V.N. Gribov, this book provides an accessible introduction to quantum electrodynamics. It presents the theory of quantum electrodynamics in the shortest and clearest way for applied use. A distinctive feature of Gribov's approach is the systematic use of the Green function method, which allows a straightforward generalization to the cases of strong and weak interactions. The book starts with an introduction that uses the basics of quantum mechanics to gently introduce the reader into the world of propagation functions and particle interactions. The following chapter then focuses on spin 1/2 particles. The text goes on to discuss symmetries, the CPT theorem, causality, and unitarity followed by a detailed presentation of renormalization theory. A final chapter looks at difficulties with the theory and possible routes to their resolution.This book should become an indispensable part of any physical library, graduate students will value it as a helpful companion and experts will find in it many original ideas and deep insights. ... Read more

45. Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light: An Excursion to the Wave-Particle Duality and the Special Theory of Relativity
by Ralph Baierlein
Paperback: 348 Pages (2001-09-17)
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Asin: 0521423236
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This engaging text takes the reader along the trail of light from Newton's particles to Einstein's relativity. Like the best detective stories, it presents clues and encourages the reader to draw conclusions before the answers are revealed. The first seven chapters cover the behavior of light, Newton's particle theory, waves and an electromagnetic wave theory of light, the photon, and wave-particle duality. Baierlein goes on to develop the special theory of relativity, showing how time dilation and length contraction are consequences of the two simple principles underlying the theory.An extensive chapter derives the equation E = mc2 clearly from first principles and then explores its consequences. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book on modern physics for the layman
This book is clear and very interesting.It teaches the general idea of light and modern physics.It can be too simplistic at times for technically minded people. ... Read more

46. The Charm of Strange Quarks : Mysteries and Revolutions of Particle Physics
by R. Michael Barnett, Henry Muehry, Helen R. Quinn
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2000-06-16)
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Asin: 0387988971
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A primer on the evolution of particle physics and the search for the fundamental building blocks of matter. The book presents the full current body of understanding of particle physics in way accessible to a reader with some basic principles of physics (energy, momentum, electrical charge). This concise book tells the fascinating story of how 20th century physicists revealed layer upon layer of structure within the atom to reach the basic particles of matter, and then culminates in descriptions of current theories which form the Standard Model and the discovery of the top quark. Includes chapters on cosmology.The book includes many illustrations and photographs, and integrates the stories of the individual scientists throughout. Includes 4 color photographs, and the famous "Particle Chart". The book is a collaboration among eminent physicists (including J.D. Jackson and G. Goldhaber) at LBL, CERN andhigh school teachers in the Contemporary Physics Education Projectto develop a novel book to teach particle physics to students.Book can thus be used as a supplement for courses in advanced high school and physics courses.


"...Recommended as a supplementary text for introductory college courses or for advanced high-school courses; science teachers will find it useful for updating their knowledge in an ever-expanding field of physics research."-PHYSICS TODAY ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Missing colored pages from the book!
The book that I have received does not contain the colored pages that the book back cover advertized and that the book text references at several places. Thus, my low rating!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple.Very simple.
Simple is both good and bad here.I've had a lingering interest in partticle phyics for years and bought this book when the university bookstore was clearing shelves.It is not the first book I've read on this stuff, but perhaps the most comprehensive attempt to cover a large subject.My frustrations came from knowing, on very few occasions, more than the book would tell.Too often fascinating subject matter is shown to you just long enough to pique your curiosity before they switch gears.Thus you are frequently left with an incomplete picture of processes that are, in ways, less complicated that they seem from the text with its lack of clarifying details.With some more thorough explanations this book could be fantastic.

For an overview and a primer this book stil beats the subatmoic snot out of all the other books I've read, and would be the only one I'd recommend to a novice "layperson."

Be careful about where you read this book, though.On a few occasions I was approached by a young lady at a local coffee shop to "what are you reading?"Yeah, particle physics textbooks don't always impress people in the most favorable ways.I still love it though.

Buy this book and learn something new and massively intriguing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to concepts of particle physics
I found this book easy to read and fun. Ive gone back to it several times and still enjoy it each time I open the pages.
With only a highschool backround but an interest in science, I would recommend this book for those who are curious about the world around us but dont have the time or the math skills to grind through a deeper introduction.

4-0 out of 5 stars Information a wannabe physicist can use
I wanted a book that would provide me a readable introduction to the world of particle physics.My days at university are a distant memory and I didn't want to wade through reams of notes or a modern text book just so I could satisfy my mild interest in knowing a little more about the subject.The Charm of Strange Quarks was just what I needed.Not only did it provide me with the theory, but also stimulated my interest by giving some historical background.The theory is presented in a simple structured manner, but is also sufficiently challenging to keep me humble in any desire I may have to become an instant particle physicist.

My only two minor irritations: Firstly I did not find the sequence of presenting the theory and the use of Appendices helpful.It made me feel that I was being shown one thing then before I got really familiar with it I would be whisked off to be shown something else and expected to put it all together myself.Secondly I would have liked a couple of new side bar type boxes to be included headed "... and in plain English!" and "This is what it means to you".The side bars and boxes that are included are very interesting and helpful.

I have no idea what a true particle physicist would think of the book, but for me it is exactly what I was looking for and will remain on my bookshelf for further exploration when I feel like taking my brain out for some exercise. ... Read more

47. Electromagnetic Fields and Relativistic Particles (International Series in Pure and Applied Physics)
by Emil Jan Konopinski
 Hardcover: 626 Pages (1981-01)
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Isbn: 007035264X
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48. Electromechanics of Particles
by Thomas B. Jones
Paperback: 288 Pages (2005-09-08)
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Asin: 0521019109
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The focus of this book is on the interactions of small particles, in the size range of microns to millimeters, with electric or magnetic fields.This field has particularly useful practical applications, for instance in photocopier technology and lately in the characterization and manipulation of cells and DNA molecules. The author's objective is to bring together diverse examples of field-particle interactions from many areas of science and technology and then to provide a framework for understanding their common electromechanical phenomena.Using examples from dielectrophoresis, magnetic brush xerography, electrorheology, cell electrorotation, and particle chain rotation, Professor Jones introduces a general model--the effective dipole method--to build a set of predictive models for the forces and torques responsible for the important electromechanical effects.In the last part of the book, the author covers the ubiquitous phenomenon of particle chaining.This book will be highly useful to material engineers and scientists, chemists, and biologists who work with particles, powders, or granular materials. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Behavior of polarizable particles in electric/magnetic field
Professor Jones, renowned author of numerous scientific papers on this topic and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Electrostatics, presents us with the monograph on the interaction of the electric or magnetic fieldwith non-charged small, but nevertheless macroscopic particles. The forceor torque exerted on particles by the field can result in migratorymovement in a non-homogeneous field (dielectrophoresis), rotation ofparticles in a rotating electric field, orientational change ofnon-spherical particles, and formation of aggregates of particles known aspearl chains. The tome is a collection of important results in this field,many of them are direct results of Professor Jones and hiscoworkers.

Throughout the book, only classical electrostatics andmagnetostatics are employed, i.e. particles are modelled as bodies andshells with given (complex) dielectric permittivity (magnetic permeabilityin the magnetostatic case), immersed in a homogeneous medium with differentelectric (or magnetic) properties. This is not a particular drawback, sincethere is an abundance of literature catering for readers interested inmezzoscopic phenomena.

It is clear that Professor Jones' intention wasto make the book accessible not only to physicists, but first and foremostto the intended audience of engineers and scienctists from differentbranches of science. Thus, for instance, Chapter 2 introduces the effectivemoment model, which is used throughout the book rather than mathematicallymore complex the Maxwell tensor formalism. Even though the book is ascientific monograph, mathematics used as a rule does not exceed thestandard repertoire of any textbook on electromagnetism, such as multipolarexpansion. In addition, experimental scientists will probably appreciatenumerous results presented as simple formulas, suitable for comparing withexperimentally obtained values.

Investigation of the interaction ofelectric and magnetic field with particles is gaining importance, inparticular in biotechnology. As standard textbooks on electromagnetismrarely proceed beyond Clausius-Mossotti law, it is difficult for someonenew to this field to find where to start. This monograph could thereforeserve as a valuable introduction and reference to this field for a workingresearcher or a graduate student. ... Read more

49. Schaum's Outline of Applied Physics, 4ed (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Arthur Beiser
Paperback: 480 Pages (2009-06-05)
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Confusing Textbooks? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?

Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's Outlines. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

This Schaum's Outline gives you

  • Practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge
  • Coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field
  • In-depth review of practices and applications

Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time-and get your best test scores!

Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition
The book looked brand new, like it was taken right off the shelf at a physical book store.

1-0 out of 5 stars Even includes the theory of electricity as a Drain-Pipe :-)
Neither calculus nor linear algebra are employed.Not really all that useful to a serious student of physics.All the same, it can be comforting at times.It's fun to read it.

My ranting against less-than useful treatments on DSP (Digital Signal Processing) is one thing, but if the student in the classroom can't at least deal with the symbols of Calculus, symbols of Differential Equations, and symbols of Vector fields, there's either an intellectual weakness in the student or something wacko in the personalities of the instructors.It would be valuable to learn the percentage of wacko personality in the instructor versus intellectual weakness in the student.

Ultimately, a deep understanding of the different aspects of rates of change (calculus: quanitity y over quantity x) and being able to simulate with paper and pen interactions of mass and engery in time and space (Linear Differential Equations and Vector Fields) are basically what physics is all about.Such an understanding might not be necessary for the first few years of college-level thinking and learning (intentionally avoiding the word education), but a path towards such a goal and incremental progress along such a path are.If a deeper understanding of these things aren't present at least a few years out of school, then I wouldn't classify such a person as an engineer or scientist.

As a dictionary of concepts, this Applied Physics is more than ok.In fact, as a reference, it's clear and pleasant.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for high school and technical college students
This book is excellent for high school students and technical college physics students that are just getting their feet wet in physics mainly via applications and labs. It has more low-level details and tutorial than you would normally expect, and spends some time in elementary math. This is ABSOLUTELY NOT a book for college students taking the two semester sequence in engineering physics usually taken at the college freshman level. Those students need to buy the Schaum's Outline of College Physics, now in its 10th edition, ISBN 0071448144. I would normally give this outline five stars, but I feel that the front cover may be somewhat misleading and cause engineering students to believe that this book will help them through freshman college physics. For that reason only do I subtract a single star from its rating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Schaum's Outline for Applied Physics
This book did not help me out. I am in general physics 1. I am so lost in physics right now and when I bought Schaum's outline it confused me even more!It was a waste of money. It may look helpful but it's not.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything
About every topic you had in physics are here in this book.The topics range from a review of mathematics and vectors to nuclear physics, and from simple machines (like the lever and inclined plane) to thermodynamics (engine efficiency and refrigeration).Each is explained and demonstrated before you test your knowledge.

In this book, the author gives you the supplementary problems, then gives you the answers on the next page.I found this very helpful

I would recommend this book if you are taking a physics class and need some additional practice. ... Read more

50. Invariance principles and elementary particles, (Investigations in physics)
by J. J Sakurai
 Hardcover: 326 Pages (1964)

Asin: B0007DRJG8
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51. Spin in Particle Physics (Cambridge Monographs on Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology)
by Elliot Leader
Paperback: 528 Pages (2005-10-06)
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Motivated by recent dramatic developments in the field, this volume provides a thorough introduction to spin and its role in elementary particle physics. Starting with a simple pedagogical overview of spin and its relativistic generalization, the author successfully avoids the obscurity and impenetrability of traditional treatments of the subject. He surveys the main theoretical and experimental developments of recent years, as well as discussing exciting plans for the future. Emphasis is placed on the importance of spin-dependent measurements in testing QCD and the Standard Model. This book will be of value to graduate students and researchers in all areas of quantum physics, particularly in elementary particle and high energy physics. It is suitable as a supplementary text for graduate courses in theoretical and experimental particle physics. ... Read more

52. The Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics
by Robert N. Cahn, Gerson Goldhaber
Hardcover: 566 Pages (2009-08-31)
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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. ... Read more

53. The Physics of Particle Accelerators: An Introduction
by Klaus Wille
Paperback: 328 Pages (2001-05-03)
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The complex technology of particle accelerators is based upon a series of often rather simple physical concepts. This comprehensive introduction to the subject focuses on providing a deep physical understanding of these key ideas. The book surveys the many aspects of accelerator physics and not only explains how accelerators work, but also why the underlying physics leads to a particular choice of design or technique, and points out the limitations of the technology. The clear and thorough mathematical treatment always emphasizes the physical principles described by the equations, and includes a range of calculations which develop a genuine feeling for the quantities and concepts involved. ... Read more

54. Collider Physics: Revised Edition (Frontiers in Physics)
by Vernon D. Barger, Roger J.N. Phillips
Paperback: 624 Pages (1996-12-17)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for the Phenomenologist
This excellent introduction to collider physics serves as a necessary reference for collider physics calculations.It describes and includes numerous Standard Model calculations from the phenomenologist's perspective, which are essential starting points for generalizing the calculations to new physics.Ellis et al. have a good complementary text, QCD and Collider Physics (Cambridge Monographs on Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology). ... Read more

55. Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, 2 Volume Set (Graduate Student Series in Physics)
by I.J.R. Aitchison, A.J.G. Hey
Paperback: 639 Pages (2004-01-01)
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Asin: 0750309822
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Volume 1

This book provides an accessible, practical and comprehensive introduction to the three gauge theories of the 'standard model' of particle physics: quantum electrodynamics (QED), quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the electroweak theory. For each of them, the authors provide a thorough discussion of the main conceptual points; a detailed exposition of many practical calculations of physical quantities; and a comparison of these quantitative predictions with experimental results.

For this two-volume third edition, much of the book has been re-written to reflect developments over the last decade, both in the curricula of university courses, and in particle physics research. On the one hand, substantial new material has been introduced which is intended for use in undergraduate physics courses. New introductory chapters provide a precise historical account of the properties of quarks and leptons, and a qualitative overview of the quantum field description of their interactions, at a level appropriate to third year courses. The chapter on relativistic quantum mechanics has been enlarged and is supplemented by additional sections on scattering theory and Green functions, in a form appropriate to fourth year courses. On the other hand, since precision experiments now test the theories beyond lowest order in perturbation theory, an understanding of the data requires a more sophisticated knowledge of quantum field theory, including ideas of renormalisation. The treatment of quantum field theory has therefore been considerably extended so as to provide a uniquely accessible and self-contained introduction to quantum field dynamics, as described by Feynman graphs. The level is suitable for advanced fourth year undergraduates and first year graduates.

This is the second volume of the third edition of a successful text, now substantially enlarged and updated to reflect developments over the last decade in the curricula of university courses and in particle physics research. Volume one covered relativistic quantum mechanics, electromagnetism as a gauge theory, and introductory quantum field theory, and ended with the formulation and application of quantum electrodynamics (QED), including renormalization. Building on these foundations, this second volume provides a complete, accessible and self-contained introduction to the remaining two gauge theories of the ‘standard model’ of particle physics: quantum chromodynamics (QCD) and the electroweak theory.

Volume 2

The treatment significantly extends that of the second edition in several important respects. Simple ideas of group theory are now incorporated into the discussion of non-Abelian symmetries.

Two new chapters have been added on QCD, one devoted to the renormalization group and scaling violations in deep inelastic scattering, the other to non-perturbative aspects of QCD using the lattice (path-integral) formulation of quantum field theory; the latter is also used to illuminate various aspects of renormalization theory, via analogies with condensed matter systems. Three chapters treat the fundamental topic of spontaneous symmetry breaking: the (Bogoliubov) superfluid and the (BCS) superconductor are studied in some detail; one chapter is devoted to the implications of global chiral symmetry breaking in QCD; and one to the breaking of local SU(2)xU(1) symmetry in the electroweak theory. Weak interaction phenomenology is extended to include discussion of discrete symmetries, and of the possibility that neutrinos are Majorana (rather than Dirac) particles. Most of these topics are normally found only in more advanced texts, and this is the first book to treat them in a manner accessible to the wide readership which the previous editions have attracted. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT presentation
I have read a number of books on gauge field theory.This one just seems to be the clearest presentation, balanced with unerstandable problems, I have ever seen.Many physics texts leave you wishing they would get to a point.Others leave you wondering what truckload of math just ran over you.This book, and its first volume, just satisfy.Each section is clear, to the point, and enjoyable.If you want to learn some field theory, just read these books.Actually, you may need a couple of basic quantum mechanics books first.But it's well worth it, to see the beauty of gauge theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommend

I received my copy of Aitchison and Hey last week and have nearly finished reading the first volume. So far, the text is living up to its legend: it is very readable, well cited (so the historical context can be reconstructed) and pitched for a graduate student who has seen the topic before but is looking for the kind of "handle" on the subject that is missing in nearly all other volumes on QFT (esp so Peskin). If you are struggling with your first look at QFT, reviewing the subject or trying to get a headstart through self instruction --- this book is essential. I would strongly recommend that all physics graduate students read this text after completing the usual third semester grad course in QM that often includes a first look at relativistic QM, KG eqn, and Spinors. I would also recommend that one begin by just READING the book carefully before trying problems. Aitchison and Hey have created a very reader friendly intro to QFT and the standard model that is not watered down.

Take my advice: start reading this book in parallel with your QFT coursework or beforehand if you can. These books are worth every penny and every minute of your study time. Many mysteries are resolved! Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very clear and readable
Like the 2nd edition this 2 volume set is very readable. I like it's informal style, and the wealth of background material presented, as well as the hints about when to expect further discussions of a subject in succeding chapters. By far the best Quantum Field Theory book I've come across.

5-0 out of 5 stars more understandable QFT for beginners

The 3rd edition of that book clarified to a degree the fog left in my mind by a two-semester QFT course. The book is better suited for beginners than Peskin & Shroeder, Mandl & Show or Lahiri & Pal simply because it senses better the difficult points for beginners and tries to explain them at lower level. It focuses on the main concepts and doesn't try to `cover broad material in shortest time' or get into extreme computational technicalities totally irrelevant to beginners. The correct historical perspective of many ideas is given and the important historical papers are cited. The theory is frequently compared to the experimental results. Violin string is used as a prototype of a continuous system described by a classical field which is the first field quantized later. The book develops physical intuition showing how a scattering process can be analyzed in full QED (all fields are operators), in semiclassical approximation (all fields are operators except the EM field) or using the lowest level wavefunction approximation (all fields are treated like wave functions just like scattering in nonrelativistic QM) often getting the same result (see chapter 8). Important concepts like Feynman diagrams and Renormalization of a theory are first explored in a simple theoretical playground - a hypothetical `ABC theory' of three massive scalar fields with an interaction ABC term - and later discussed again in the case of QED with all the complications like fermions and Electromagnetic gauge field.

Topics discussed include gauge invariance principle; relativistic field equations describing free particles like Klein-Gordon and Dirac; Feynman interpretation of the negative energy solutions of Dirac eq. (no its not `antiparticle going back in time'); Dirac equation with EM field; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian densities for continuous systems; quantization of free fields like KG (real and complex scalar), Dirac and Electromagnetic field [the quantization is by postulating commutators/anticommutators, no path integrals]; Normal ordering of operators; Interaction picture for interacting fields, Time ordering of operators, Dyson expansion of the S matrix; Wick's theorem; scattering processes in QED at tree level; Ward identity; form factors for scattering from non point particle; parton model, Bjorken scaling; diagrams with loops, regularization and renormalization of ultraviolet divergences in QED.

It took me a month and a half to read the book and solve all problems (10 problems per chapter on average). The problems are exactly the ones every beginner should solve and usually revolve about filling in details from the text or proving statements in the text. Solving them is usually easy with a few exceptions and teaches you the typical computational tricks of the trade. You have to know quantum mechanics (at least have seen scattering theory) and special relativity. You have to at least have heard of Green function and contour integration in the complex plane. The book provides nice appendices about all these.

Not everything is crystal clear in that book, sometimes it took me a few days for an idea to sink in or I understood some paragraphs only after I read the whole book. Other ideas I did not understand at all. Sometimes it's hard to tell what they are trying to say although they say it several times from different angles ... The authors should work on expressing an idea in a direct succinct wayonce and for all instead of repeating several fuzzy versions of it. Overall that book made me understand MUCH more than a regular QFT course and I highly recommend it as a prep for such a course.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are having trouble with QFT - BUY THIS BOOK!
This book (2nd edition) has 15 chapters .I have just finished chapter 4 entitled QFT and I am compeled to write this review!After a year of studying of QFT informally I can report that this is the way to introduce yourself to the topic.I've been through Mandl & Shaw, Peskin & Schoeder, Ryder, Weinberg and a few others and this is heads and tails the BEST intro available. In 42 pages, Aitchison & Hey make the transistion from classical to QM and from QM to QFT as gracefully as I can conceive.For example, the transition from the discrete Lagrangian to the field Lagrangian is very explicit. One benfit of this is that the dependence of L on partial of phi wrt x is clearly motivated leading to the manifestly relativistically invariant form of L.They explicitly develop physical intuition at every step of the way - for example, this is the only book that I have found that explicitly asks the question where is QM's wavefunction in the QFT formalism? Answer - The vacuum to one-particle matrix elements of the field operators.The transistion from free fields to interacting fields is far clearer than any other treatment I've seen.I also appreciated that the problems were used to basically fill in details left out of the text.I was able to 'practice' the various kinds of manipulations that are required. ... Read more

56. The Relations of Particles (World Scientific Lecture Notes in Physics)
by L. B. Okun
Paperback: 168 Pages (1991-08)
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A collection of review talks and popular science papers by Lev Okun. The talks were given at major international conferences on elementary particle physics during the 1980s. The papers discuss experimental tests of fundamental physical principles and the concept of mass in relativity theory. ... Read more

57. Pixel Detectors: From Fundamentals to Applications (Particle Acceleration and Detection)
by Leonardo Rossi, Peter Fischer, Tilman Rohe, Norbert Wermes
Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-12-15)
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Pixel detectors are a particularly important class of particle and radiation detection devices. They have an extremely broad spectrum of applications, ranging from high-energy physics to the photo cameras of everyday life. This book is a general purpose introduction into the fundamental principles of pixel detector technology and semiconductor-based hybrid pixel devices. Although these devices were developed for high-energy ionizing particles and radiation beyond visible light, they are finding new applications in many other areas. This book will therefore benefit all scientists and engineers working in any laboratory involved in developing or using particle detection. ... Read more

58. Lie Algebras In Particle Physics: from Isospin To Unified Theories (Frontiers in Physics) (Volume 0)
by Howard Georgi
Paperback: 344 Pages (1999-10-22)
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An exciting new edition of a classic text

Howard Georgi is the co-inventor (with Sheldon Glashow) of the SU(5)theory. This extensively revised and updated edition of his classictext makes the theory of Lie groups accessible to graduate students,while offering a perspective on the way in which knowledge of suchgroups can provide an insight into the development of unified theoriesof strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars i'll probably try to read it again, someday.
it's here if you want it.
you'll have to work for it.
this is not written by a mathematician, so fellow math phDs be ready.
i didn't make it too far, but i wasn't so beaten down that i might not crack this one open again.
do the world a favor, please:read this book and write a slightly more understandable version of it (with more pictures :)).

4-0 out of 5 stars Covers the material very well
The Dover books Semi-Simple Lie Algebras and Their Representations (Dover Books on Mathematics) and Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Some of Their Applications cover the topic, but maybe not as well and the leave out a good coverage of
angles in groups and Young's combinatorial tableaux.
The relationship of Dynkin diagrams to SU(n)( A_n) and SO(n) ( D_n and B_n) groups is well covered. I liked the coverage of generalized Gell -Mann
groups as well. The explanation of the relationship of SU(3) to SU(6) was also helpful. In general except for the price this is one of the better books on the market on this subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy to read
Its an excellent book for Physics students. It is not very mathematical and explains the concepts in very simple terms.

5-0 out of 5 stars Group Theory Supplement
Anyone who has taken a course on the Standard Model or wants to apply group theory to physics knows that there is not one definitive resource on the subject, but Georgi comes close. Any physicist in need of group theory should find a place for Georgi on their shelf as a resource. The material is well-presented and logical, while not going too overboard in presenting material.

4-0 out of 5 stars classical
very well written text about the algebra of standard model,
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59. Advanced Particle Physics Volume I: Particles, Fields, and Quantum Electrodynamics
by Oleg Boyarkin
Hardcover: 640 Pages (2011-01-19)
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Helping readers understand the complicated laws of nature, Advanced Particle Physics Volume I: Particles, Fields, and Quantum Electrodynamics explains the calculations, experimental procedures, and measuring methods of particle physics. It also describes modern physics devices, including accelerators, elementary particle detectors, and neutrino telescopes.

The book first introduces the mathematical basis of modern quantum field theory. It presents the most pertinent information on group theory, proves Noether’s theorem, and determines the major motion integrals connected with both space and internal symmetry. The second part on fundamental interactions and their unifications discusses the main theoretical preconditions and experiments that allow for matter structure to be established at the quark-lepton level. In the third part, the author investigates the secondary quantized theories of free fields with spin 0, 1/2, and 1, with particular emphasis on the neutrino field. The final part focuses on quantum electrodynamics, the first successfully operating quantum field theory. Along with different renormalization schemes of quantum field theory, the author covers the calculation methods for polarized and unpolarized particles, with and without inclusion of radiative corrections.

Each part in this volume contains problems to help readers master the calculation techniques and generalize the results obtained. To improve understanding of the computation procedures in quantum field theory, the majority of the calculations have been performed without dropping complex intermediate steps.

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60. A Modern Introduction to Particle Physics (High Energy Physics)
by Fayyazuddin, Riazuddin
Hardcover: 744 Pages (2000-09-29)
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The progress made in particle physics during the last two decades of the 20th century has led to the formulation of the so-called Standard Model of elementary particles and its quantitative experimental test. This work presents that progress, and also includes chapters which provide background on modern particle physics. Particle physics forms an essential part of the physics curriculum. This book seeks to incorporate all the topics for a unified treatment of the subject. It provides reference material for researchers in both theoretical and experimental particle physics. It is designed as a semester course for senior undergraduates and for graduate students. Formal quantum field theory is not used. A knowledge of non-relativistic quantum mechanics is required for some parts of the book, but for the remaining parts familiarity with the Dirac equation and Feynman rules is essential. However, some of these topics are included in an appendix. In this second edition, many chapters (for example, on electroweak unification) have been revised to bring them up to date.In particular, the chapters on neutrino physics, particle mixing and CP violation, and weak decays of heavy flavours have been rewritten incorporating new material and new data since the first edition. The heavy quark effective theory has been included. ... Read more

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