Weak Interactions of Leptons and Quarks

Weak Interactions of Leptons and Quarks

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In recent years, the study of weak interaction and its relationship with the other fundamnetal interactions of nature has progressed rapidly. Weak interactions of leptons and quarks provides an up-to-date account of this continuing research. The Introduction discusses early models and historical developments in the understanding of the weak force. The authors then give a clear presentation of the modern theoretical basis of weak interactions, going on to discuss recent advances in the field. These include development of the eletroweak gauge theory, and the discovery of neutral currents and of a host of new particles. There is also a chapter devoted entirely to neutrino astrophysics. Its straightforward style and its emphasis on experimental results will make this book an excellent source for students (problem sets are included at the end of each chapter) and experimentalists in the field. Physicists whose speciality lies outside the study of elementary particle physics will also find it useful.show more

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Preface; 1. Introduction to weak interactions; 2. The standard model; 3. Leptonic weak interactions; 4. General properties of hadronic weak currents; 5. Nuclear ss-decay and muon capture; 6. Weak decays of mesons and hyperons; 7. Neutral K mesons and CP violation; 8. High-energy neutrino-nucleon collisions; 9. The parity-nonconserving eN and NN interactions; 10. Lepton mixing, neutrino oscillations, and neutrino mass; 11. Neutrino astrophysics; 12. Summary and conclusions; Appendices; Selected bibliography; References; Index.show more

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