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Elementary Particle Physics

Concepts and Phenomena


Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Relativistic Kinematics and Quantum Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 3-9
    3. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 33-54
    4. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 55-79
  3. Quantum Electrodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 97-100
    3. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 128-141
    4. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 149-159
    5. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 160-170
    6. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 171-178
  4. The Strong Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 181-194
    3. Otto Nachtmann
      Pages 195-222

About this book


This book grew-how could it be otherwise?-out of a series oflectures which the author held at the University of Heidelberg. The purpose ofthese lectures was to give an introduction to the phenomenology of elementary particles for students both of theoretical and experimental orientation. With the present book the author has set himself the same aim. The reader is assumed to be familiar with ordinary nonrelativistic quantum mechanics as presented, e.g., in the following books: Quantum Mechanics, by L.1. Schiff (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1955); Quantum Mechanics, Vol. I, by K. Gottfried (W.A. Benjamin, Reading, Ma., 1966). The setup of the present book is as follows. In the first part we present some basic general principles and concepts which are used in elementary particle physics. The reader is supposed to learn here the "language" of particle physics. An introductory chapter deals with special relativity, of such funda­ mental importance for particle physics, which most ofthe time is high energy, i.e., highly relativistic physics. Further chapters of this first part deal with the Dirac equation, with the theory of quantized fields, and with the general definitions of the scattering and transition matrices and the cross-sections.


Particle Physics elementary particle physics mechanics quantum mechanics relativity special relativity theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany

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