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The Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Muon

  • Friedrich Jegerlehner

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 226)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Basic Concepts, Introduction to QED, g – 2 in a Nutshell, General Properties and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Friedrich Jegerlehner
      Pages 3-21
    3. Friedrich Jegerlehner
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  3. A Detailed Account of the Theory, Outline of Concepts of the Experiment, Status and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Friedrich Jegerlehner
      Pages 207-262
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    4. Friedrich Jegerlehner
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 421-426

About this book


It seems to be a strange enterprise to attempt write a physics book about a single number. It was not my idea to do so, but why not. In mathematics, maybe, one would write a book about ?. Certainly, the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment is a very special number and today re?ects almost the full spectrum of e?ects incorporated in today’s Standard Model (SM) of fun- mental interactions, including the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong forces. The muon g? 2, how it is also called, is a truly fascinating theme both from an experimental and from a theoretical point of view and it has played a crucial role in the development of QED which ?nally developed into the SM by successive inclusion of the weak and the strong interactions. The topic has fascinated a large number of particle physicists, last but not least it was always a benchmark for theory as a monitor for e?ects beyond what was known at the time. As an example, nobody could believe that a muon is just a heavy version of an electron; why should nature repeat itself, it hardly can make sense.


CERN Electroweak interaction Hadron Lepton Magnetic moment Muon Particle Physics Precision tests Quantum electrodynamics Relativistic quantum theory Standard Model g-2

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Jegerlehner
    • 1
  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Institut für Physik Theorie der Elementarteilchen12489 BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Muon
  • Authors Friedrich Jegerlehner
  • Series Title Springer Tracts in Modern Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-72633-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-09168-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-72634-0
  • Series ISSN 0081-3869
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 426
  • Number of Illustrations 172 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Particle and Nuclear Physics
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