Particle Physics in the LHC Era by Giles Barr

Particle Physics in the LHC Era

byGiles Barr, Robin Devenish, Roman Walczak

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This text gives an introduction to particle physics at a level accessible to advanced undergraduate students. It is based on lectures given to 4th year physics students over a number of years, and reflects the feedback from the students. The aim is to explain the theoretical and experimentalbasis of the Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics with the simplest mathematical treatment possible. All the experimental discoveries that led to the understanding of the SM relied on particle detectors and most of them required advanced particle accelerators. A unique feature of this book isthat it gives a serious introduction to the fundamental accelerator and detector physics, which is currently only available in advanced graduate textbooks. The mathematical tools that are required such as group theory are covered in one chapter. A modern treatment of the Dirac equation is given inwhich the free particle Dirac equation is seen as being equivalent to the Lorentz transformation. The idea of generating the SM interactions from fundamental gauge symmetries is explained.The core of the book covers the SM. The tools developed are used to explain its theoretical basis and a clear discussion is given of the critical experimental evidence which underpins it. A thorough account is given of quark flavour and neutrino oscillations based on published experimental results,including some from running experiments. A simple introduction to the Higgs sector of the SM is given. This explains the key idea of how spontaneous symmetry breaking can generate particle masses without violating the underlying gauge symmetry. A key feature of this book is that it gives anaccessible explanation of the discovery of the Higgs boson, including the advanced statistical techniques required. The final chapter gives an introduction to LHC physics beyond the standard model and the techniques used in searches for new physics. There is an outline of the shortcomings of the SMand a discussion of possible solutions and future experiments to resolve these outstanding questions.

About The Author

Robin Devenish studied mathematics and physics at the University of Cambridge. After post-doctoral positions at Lancaster University and University College London, he joined the DESY laboratory in Hamburg in 1973. At DESY he worked on electron-positron annihilation physics with the PLUTO experiment on the DORIS and PETRA colliders. In ...

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Title:Particle Physics in the LHC EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.87 inPublished:February 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Mathematical Methods3. Accelerators4. Particle Detectors5. Static Quark Model6. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics7. Weak interactions8. Experimental tests of electroweak theory9. Dynamic Quarks10. Oscillations and CP violation in meson systems11. Neutrino Oscillations12. The Higgs13. LHC and BSM

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"This book has been missing from the education of contemporary particle physicists. It is written by world-class physicists with international reputation in research, who also have many years of teaching experience at the University of Oxford. The book not only provides the foundations ofparticle physics that are taught in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, but also gives a novel experimentally-driven view on the subject matter. The authors have succeeded in making captivating links between physics concepts with at times complicated mathematical formulae and cutting-edgeresearch that takes place at international laboratories, e.g. at CERN and the ground-breaking research at the LHC. Young physicists will learn how experimental physics research is conducted nowadays and will acquire the basic concepts to carry it out on their own in their future careers in physics.This is a book that should find its place in any physicist's bookshelf." --Alessandro Tricoli, CERN