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Necessity of Group Theory in Particle Physics

  1. Jun 27, 2013 #1
    So I'm intending to teach myself some Particle Physics and Standard Model type stuff, I was wondering if someone who's already covered this could give me some advice.

    I did some Group Theory a few years back and looking over content pages of lecture notes I occasionally spot references to groups like SO(3) and SU(2), Lie Groups, etc.

    My question is simply, do I need to learn about Lie Algebras before I start any of the material or does it only involve elementary concepts? Alternatively should I do the conceptual stuff first and then come back to the mathematical approach later? Also I'm still in the early stages of learning QFT, would it be better if I finished that first and then came back to particles or is it fine to do them at the same time?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jun 27, 2013 #2
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