From Special Relativity to Feynman Diagrams: A Course of Theoretical Particle Physics for Beginners

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 28, 2011 - Science - 573 pages
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This books aims at filling a gap between the basics courses of classical and quantum mechanics and advanced courses of (relativistic) quantum mechanics and field theory. Particular emphasis is given to the role of symmetry in modern theoretical physics. For this reason this book is particularly suited to those students who are interested in a deeper knowledge of modern developments in elementary particle physics and relativity, even if they choose not to specialize in this branch of research. This target of readers includes, besides experimental and applied physicists, also those engineers who need advanced notions of theoretical high energy physics, in view of future research activity in the field theory approach to condensed matter, in accelerator physics and in all those modern technology sectors which require a more advanced and sophisticated theoretical physics background. Courses motivated by these objectives are present in several polytechnic institutes around the world. The last chapters of this book, in particular, are of particular importance to those engineers who plan to work in high energy physics research centres, like LHC at CERN, or to collaborate to experiments on the revelation of gravitational waves. As far as engineering is concerned, it is important to stress that elementary Special and General Relativity courses are often absent in their curricula.

 

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Contents

1 Special Relativity
1
2 Relativistic Dynamics
37
3 The Equivalence Principle
63
4 The Poincaré Group
91
5 Maxwell Equations and Special Relativity
137
6 Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field
164
7 Group Representations and Lie Algebras
181
8 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formalism
207
12 Fields in Interaction
433
Appendix AThe Eotvös Experiment
536
Appendix BThe Newtonian Limit of the Geodesic Equation
539
Appendix C The Twin Paradox
541
Appendix D Jacobi Identity for Poisson Brackets
545
Appendix E Induced Representations and Little Groups
547
Appendix F SU2 and SO3
553
Appendix G Gamma Matrix Identities
556

9 Quantum Mechanics Formalism
263
10 Relativistic Wave Equations
302
11 Quantization of Boson and Fermion Fields
359
References
562
Index
563
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