Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics

Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics

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By (author) Martinus J.G. Veltman

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  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Singapore
  • ISBN 10: 981238149X
  • ISBN 13: 9789812381491
  • Sales rank: 316,638

Product description

A comprehensive overview of modern particle physics, which seeks to be 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 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, with the use of Feynman diagrams to solve the problems of infinities and deduce the need for the Higgs boson. The volume offers 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, the text should interest anyone interested in the world of quarks, leptons and gauge theories. The work 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 views of the characters that populate the field.

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Martinus Veltman, born in 1931 in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, studied at the University of Utrecht. He started as a fellow at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, and later became Professor of Theoretical Physics in Utrecht. Together with his then student 't Hooft he developed the mathematical implementation of gauge theories. In 1977 he deduced an equation that allowed a prediction of the mass of the top quark. In 1981 he accepted a position at the University of Michigan. After retirement he moved back to the Netherlands. The top quark with a mass as predicted was found at Fermilab in 1995, and in 1999 't Hooft and Veltman were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions in physics".

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Table of contents

Introduction; Preliminaries; The Standard Model; Quantum Mechanics. Mixing; Energy, Momentum and Mass-Shell; Detection; Accelerators and Storage Rings; The CERN Neutrino Experiment; The Particle Zoo; Particle Theory; Finding the Higgs; Quantum Chromodynamics; Epilogue.