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The Standard Model and Beyond

  1. Aug 22, 2010 #1


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    I was looking at a textbook on Introductory Nuclear Physics, and I came across this book:

    The Standard Model and Beyond
    By Paul Langacker
    http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781420079067/ [Broken]

    It seems relatively complete. Anybody read this? Any thoughts/comments? What are other good references?

    Notation and Conventions

    Review of Perturbative Field Theory

    Creation and Annihilation Operators
    Lagrangian Field Theory
    The Hermitian Scalar Field
    The Complex Scalar Field
    Electromagnetic and Vector Fields
    Electromagnetic Interaction of Charged Pions
    The Dirac Field
    Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) for Electrons and Positrons
    Spin Effects and Spinor Calculations
    The Discrete Symmetries P, C, CP, T, and CPT
    Two-Component Notation and Independent Fields
    Mass and Kinetic Mixing

    Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Symmetries

    Basic Concepts
    Global Symmetries in Field Theory
    Symmetry Breaking and Realization

    Gauge Theories

    The Abelian Case
    Non-Abelian Gauge Theories
    The Higgs Mechanism
    The R? Gauges
    The Strong Interactions and Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD)
    The QCD Lagrangian
    Evidence for QCD
    Simple QCD Processes
    The Running Coupling in Non-Abelian Theories
    Deep Inelastic Scattering
    Other Short Distance Processes
    The Strong Interactions at Long Distances
    The Symmetries of QCD
    Other Topics

    The Weak Interactions

    Origins of the Weak Interactions
    The Fermi Theory of Charged Current Weak Interactions

    The Standard Electroweak Theory

    The Standard Model Lagrangian
    Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
    The Z, the W, and the Weak Neutral Current
    Gauge Self-Interactions
    The Higgs
    The CKM Matrix and CP Violation
    Neutrino Mass and Mixing

    Beyond the Standard Model

    Problems with the Standard Model
    Extended Gauge Groups
    Grand Unified Theories (GUTs)

    Appendix A: Canonical Commutation Rules

    Appendix B: Derivation of a Simple Feynman Diagram

    Appendix C: Unitarity, the Partial Wave Expansion, and the Optical Theorem

    Appendix D: Two, Three, and n-Body Phase Space

    Appendix E: Calculation of the Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Electron

    Appendix F: Breit–Wigner Resonances

    Appendix G: Implications of P, C, T, and G-parity for Nucleon Matrix Elements

    Appendix H: Collider Kinematics

    Appendix I: Quantum Mechanical Analogs of Symmetry Breaking

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  3. Aug 28, 2010 #2


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    This is not concerning nuclear physics directly, but you may find Leonard Susskind's three quarter course called "New Revolutions in Particle Physics" interesting. The first quarter covers basic quantum field theory, the second one covers the standard model, and the third one covers supersymmetry, string theory etc. The video lectures are alvailable to download freely from Stanford on itunes.
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