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Suggestion on intro texts to read

  1. Apr 12, 2012 #1
    Hello everyone,
    I'm in my sophomore year of undergrad and I've recently started to do some work for an experimental particle physicist at my university. Right now he's really into neutrino oscillations (MINOS collaboration member) and neutrinoless double beta decay (NEMO3/SuperNEMO collaboration member), but I know he has a history with rare-decays. Right now I'm working with a group of undergrads on the construction of a cosmic ray stand (very early stages). I've been going to group meetings and heard a lot of talks from his grad students on the neutrino experiments and was initially completely lost! Now I've picked up on a little bit of the things they're looking for and what it means if they find them, but that's about it.
    My physics education is pretty much intro mechanics, intro E&M, waves, a class on "modern physics" (pretty much special relativity, wave-particle duality, bohr model, and intro quantum), classical dynamics, the first of 2 advanced labs my school has us do, and my first class on quantum mechanics. Next semester the physics classes I'll be taking are classical electrodynamics and a second quantum class.

    With that said -- I extremely want to learn the basics of particle physics, anything and everything, elementary particles, standard model etc etc -- anything. Where should I start (with the physics I've learned so far)? What would be a good read? I don't have any foundation right now, just a handful of random things (if that). I figured the people here would have quite a catalog to share!
    Thanks for any input
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  3. Apr 12, 2012 #2


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    Griffiths particle physics text seems like a logical text to start :) You should be OK on prerequisites, although you might find some quantum knowledge missing. That's alright though, just fill in as you go along, the book is fairly self-contained.
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