Elementary Particle Physics. The Standard Theory

Elementary Particle Physics

The Standard Theory

John Iliopoulos and Theodore N. Tomaras

Since the development of natural philosophy in Ancient Greece, scientists have been concerned with determining the nature of matter’s smallest constituents and the interactions among them. This textbook examines the question of the microscopic composition of matter through an accessible introduction to what is now called ‘The Physics of Elementary Particles’.

In the last few decades, elementary particle physics has undergone a period of transition, culminating in the formulation of a new theoretical scheme, known as ‘The Standard Model’, which has profoundly changed our understanding of nature’s fundamental forces. Rooted in the experimental tradition, this new vision is based on geometry and sees the composition of matter in terms of its accordance with certain geometrical principles.

This textbook presents and explains this modern viewpoint to a readership of well-motivated undergraduate students, by guiding the reader from the basics to the more advanced concepts of Gauge Symmetry, Quantum Field Theory and the phenomenon of spontaneous symmetry breaking through concrete physical examples.

This engaging introduction to the theoretical advances and experimental discoveries of the last decades makes this fascinating subject accessible to undergraduate students and aims at motivating them to study it further.

  • Oxford University Press 2021
  • Hardcover 528 Pages ISBN: 9780192844200
  • ISBN: 9780192844217 ISBN: 9780192844217

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Quantisation of the Electromagnetic Field and Spontaneous Photon Emission
  3. Elements of Classical Field Theory
  4. Scattering in Classical and Quantum Physics
  5. Elements of Group Theory
  6. Particle Physics Phenomenology
  7. Relativistic Wave Equations
  8. Towards a Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  9. From Classical to Quantum Mechanics
  10. From Classical to Quantum Fields: Free Fields
  11. Interacting Fields
  12. Scattering in Quantum Field Theory
  13. Gauge Interactions
  14. Spontaneously Broken Symmetries
  15. The Principles of Renormalisation
  16. The Electromagnetic Interactions
  17. Infrared Eects
  18. The Weak Interactions
  19. A Gauge Theory for the Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions
  20. Neutrino Physics
  21. The Strong Interactions
  22. The Standard Model and Experiment
  23. Beyond the Standard Model


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