An Informal Introduction to Gauge Field Theories

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CUP Archive, Oct 28, 1982 - Mathematics - 174 pages
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Four forces are dominant in physics: gravity, electromagnetism and the weak and strong nuclear forces. Quantum electrodynamics - the highly successful theory of the electromagnetic interaction - is a gauge field theory, and it is now believed that the weak and strong forces also can be described by generalizations of this type of theory. In this short book Dr Aitchison gives an introduction to these theories, a knowledge of which is essential in understanding modern particle physics. With the assumption that the reader is already familiar with the rudiments of quantum field theory and Feynman graphs, his aim has been to provide a coherent, self-contained and yet elementary account of the theoretical principles and physical ideas behind gauge field theories.
 

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Contents

I Manifest
10
Gauge fields and the gauge principle
25
I Massless
39
n Hidden
71
Theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions
105
Renormalisation matters
125
References
164
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Ian Aitchison is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. His research interests include time dependent effective theories of superconductors, field theories at finite temperature, and toplogical aspects of gauge theories.

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