For graduate students unfamiliar with particle physics, An
Introductory Course of Particle Physics teaches the basic
techniques and fundamental theories related to the subject. It
gives students the competence to work out various properties of
fundamental particles, such as scattering cross-section and
lifetime. The book also gives a lucid summary of the main ideas
involved. In giving students a taste of fundamental interactions
among elementary particles, the author does not assume any prior
knowledge of quantum field theory. He presents a brief introduction
that supplies students with the necessary tools without seriously
getting into the nitty-gritty of quantum field theory, and then
explores advanced topics in detail. The book then discusses group
theory, and in this case the author assumes that students are
familiar with the basic definitions and properties of a group, and
even SU(2) and its representations. With this foundation
established, he goes on to discuss representations of continuous
groups bigger than SU(2) in detail. The material is presented at a
level that M.Sc. and Ph.D. students can understand, with exercises
throughout the text at points at which performing the exercises
would be most beneficial. Anyone teaching a one-semester course
will probably have to choose from the topics covered, because this
text also contains advanced material that might not be covered
within a semester due to lack of time. Thus it provides the
teaching tool with the flexibility to customize the course to suit
|Country of origin:
Palash B. Pal
||Electronic book text
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