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From photons to Higgs : a story of light

Author: M Y Han, Prof.
Publisher: Singapore : World Scientific, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd editionView all editions and formats
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This book presents a brief introduction to the quantum field theory of the Standard Model for quarks and leptons. With minimal use of mathematics, it covers the basics of quantum field theory, local gauge field theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism, the Higgs mechanism and quantum chromodynamics. From the time when the first edition was published until today, the field of particle physics has seen some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Han, Moo-Young.
From Photons to Higgs : A Story of Light.
Singapore : World Scientific Publishing Company, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Y Han, Prof.
ISBN: 9789814579964 9814579963
OCLC Number: 876721685
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Acknowledgments; Foreword to the Second Edition; Contents; Prologue; 1. Particles and Fields I: Dichotomy; 2. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics; 3. Canonical Quantization; 4. Particles and Fields II: Duality; 5. Equations for Duality; The Schrodinger's Equation; The Klein-Gordon Equation; The Dirac Equation; 6. Electromagnetic Field; 7. Emulation of Light I: Matter Fields; 8. Road Map for Field Quantization; 9. Particles and Fields III: Particles as Quanta of Fields; 10. Emulation of Light II: Interactions; 11. Triumph and Wane; 12. Leptons and Quarks; 13. What is Gauge Field Theory? 14. The Weak Gauge Fields15. The Higgs Mechanism and the Electroweak Gauge Fields; 16. The Higgs Particle; 17. Evolution of the Strong Force; 18. The History of Color SU(3) Symmetry; 19. Quantum Chromodynamics, QCD; Appendix 1: The Natural Unit System; Appendix 2: Notation; Appendix 3: Velocity-Dependent Potential; Appendix 4: Fourier Decomposition of Field; Appendix 5: Mass Units for Particles; Appendix 6: Mass-Range Relation; Index.
Responsibility: Moo-Young Han.

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This book presents a brief introduction to the quantum field theory of the Standard Model for quarks and leptons. With minimal use of mathematics, it covers the basics of quantum field theory, local gauge field theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism, the Higgs mechanism and quantum chromodynamics. From the time when the first edition was published until today, the field of particle physics has seen some major break-through with the possible discovery of Higgs particle, also known as the Higgs boson. In the second edition, the famous Higgs mechanism is included to explain the symmetry breaking in the Standard Model and the origin of mass, and all of this is explained in high-school level algebra. Aimed at both scientists and non-specialists, it requires only some rudimentary knowledge of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of Newtonian mechanics as well as a basic understanding of the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to enjoy this book.

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