Symmetries and group theory in particle physics : an introduction to space-time and internal symmetries /

Symmetries, coupled with the mathematical concept of group theory, are an essential conceptual backbone in the formulation of quantum field theories capable of describing the world of elementary particles. This primer is an introduction to and survey of the underlying concepts and structures needed...

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Author / Creator:Costa, G. (Giovanni), 1930-
Imprint:Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2012.
Description:1 online resource (xiii, 291 pages) : illustrations.
Language:English
Series:Lecture notes in physics, 1616-6361 ; v. 823
Lecture notes in physics ; 823.
Subject:Particles (Nuclear physics)
Physique.
Astronomie.
Particles (Nuclear physics)
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11076588
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Other authors / contributors:Fogli, Gianluigi.
ISBN:9783642154829
3642154824
9783642154812
3642154816
9783642154812
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed March 21, 2014).
Summary:Symmetries, coupled with the mathematical concept of group theory, are an essential conceptual backbone in the formulation of quantum field theories capable of describing the world of elementary particles. This primer is an introduction to and survey of the underlying concepts and structures needed in order to understand and handle these powerful tools. Specifically, in Part I of the book the symmetries and related group theoretical structures of the Minkowskian space-time manifold are analyzed, while Part II examines the internal symmetries and their related unitary groups, where the interactions between fundamental particles are encoded as we know them from the present standard model of particle physics. This book, based on several courses given by the authors, addresses advanced graduate students and non-specialist researchers wishing to enter active research in the field, and having a working knowledge of classical field theory and relativistic quantum mechanics. Numerous end-of-chapter problems and their solutions will facilitate the use of this book as self-study guide or as course book for topical lectures.