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From Special Relativity to Feynman Diagrams

A Course in Theoretical Particle Physics for Beginners

  • Riccardo D'Auria
  • Mario Trigiante

Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 1-38
  3. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 39-64
  4. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 65-94
  5. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 95-142
  6. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 143-170
  7. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 171-186
  8. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 187-213
  9. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 215-274
  10. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 275-315
  11. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 317-374
  12. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 375-452
  13. Riccardo D’Auria, Mario Trigiante
    Pages 453-559
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 561-601

About this book

Introduction

This book, now in its second edition, provides an introductory course on theoretical particle physics with the aim of filling the gap that exists between basic courses of classical and quantum mechanics and advanced courses of (relativistic) quantum mechanics and field theory. After a concise but comprehensive introduction to special relativity, key aspects of relativistic dynamics are covered and some elementary concepts of general relativity introduced. Basics of the theory of groups and Lie algebras are explained, with discussion of the group of rotations and the Lorentz and Poincaré groups. In addition, a concise account of representation theory and of tensor calculus is provided. Quantization of the electromagnetic field in the radiation range is fully discussed. The essentials of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms are reviewed, proceeding from systems with a finite number of degrees of freedom and extending the discussion to fields. The final four chapters are devoted to development of the quantum field theory, ultimately introducing the graphical description of interaction processes by means of Feynman diagrams. The book will be of value for students seeking to understand the main concepts that form the basis of contemporary theoretical particle physics and also for engineers and lecturers. An Appendix on some special relativity effects is added.

Keywords

Lie algebras textbook Lorentz transformations textbook Mathematical and quantum aspects of relativity Particle Physics textbook Particle and Nuclear Physics textbook Quantization of the electromagnetic field Quantum Physics textbook Relativistic dynamics textbook Relativistic wave equations textbook

Authors and affiliations

  • Riccardo D'Auria
    • 1
  • Mario Trigiante
    • 2
  1. 1.Polytechnic University of TurinTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Polytechnic University of TurinTorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22014-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22013-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22014-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7882
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7890
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