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Nuclear and Particle Physics

Claude Amsler


Nuclear and Particle Physics provides an introductory course on nuclear and particle physics for undergraduate and early-graduate students, which the author has taught for several years at the University of Zurich. It contains fundamentals on both nuclear and particle physics, giving emphasis to the discovery and history of developments in the field, and is experimentally/phenomenologically oriented. It contains detailed derivations of formulae such as 2–3 body phase space, the Weinberg-Salam model, and neutrino scattering. Originally published in German as Kern- und Teilchenphysik, several sections have been added to this new English version to cover modern topics, including updates on neutrinos, the Higgs boson, the top quark and bottom quark physics.

About Editors

Claude Amsler studied experimental physics at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He worked as a research associate at Queen Mary College in London, TRIUMF in Vancouver, the University of New Mexico and Brookhaven National Laboratory. After a CERN fellowship and a brief stay at the University of Munich he joined the Physics Institute of the University of Zurich, where he became full professor of physics in 1999. He has supervised 40 doctoral and master's theses. He is now professor emeritus and a member of the senior staff at the Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, University of Bern. His main fields of interest are strong interaction physics and meson spectroscopy. He is a member of the CMS Collaboration and of the Particle Data Group. He is currently involved in antihydrogen experiments at CERN.

Table of Contents

1 Discovery of the atomic nucleus
2 Nuclear radius
3 Nuclear masses
4 Radioactive decay
5 Nuclear stability
6 Nuclear shell model
7 Elementary particles
8 Relativistic kinematics
9 Accelerators and detectors
10 The aqark model
11 Conservation laws
12 Hadronic interactions
13 Weak interactions
14 Neutrinos
15 The Dirac equation
16 The electroweak interaction
17 Applications of the standard model
18 Deep inelastic electron-proton scattering
19 The K0 - K0 system
20 The B0 - B0 system
A SU(3) wave functions of the light ground state mesons
B Mass formula
C SU(3) wave functions of the light ground state baryons
D The CKM matrix and CP violation
E Infinitesimal gauge field transformation
F Glossary


Hardback ISBN: 9780750311410

Ebook ISBN: 9780750311403

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1140-3

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


The textbook is interesting for undergraduates and graduate students, and from a pedagogical view point it could also be useful for teachers.  Mustapha Oulne 2015 Zentralblatt MATH 1335, FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

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