De Angelis, Alessandro, Pimenta, Mário João Martins
2015, Approx. 300 p. 51 illus., 1 illus. in color.
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Introduces both particle physics and astroparticle physics in an elementary and balanced way at the university level
Up-to-date, with discussion of the most recent discoveries
Provides background information on the latest cosmic ray detectors and observational implications of new concepts in cosmology
“Lighter” than comparable books on the subject
Written by experimentalists actively working in the field
The early history of particle physics cannot be distinguished from the history of cosmic rays. With the advent of accelerators, however, cosmic rays lost their importance in particle physics. This situation persisted until the 1990s, when novel techniques allowed breakthrough discoveries, and exploration of new physics scales now requires going back to cosmic rays. The new profile of scientists in fundamental physics ideally involves the merging of knowledge in astroparticle and particle physics, but the duration of modern experiments is such that people cannot simultaneously be practitioners in both. This book, written by researchers who had been professionals in accelerator physics before becoming leaders of groups in astroparticle physics, bridges the gap; it can be used as a self-training book, a consultation book, or a textbook for a “modern” approach to particles and fundamental interactions.
From the Contents: The birth of particle physics.- The discovery of cosmic rays.- Particles and symmetries.- Understanding interactions.- The Standard Model of particle physics.- The Standard Model of cosmology.- Neutrinos and their puzzles.- Cosmic rays: the frontier.- The dark Universe.
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India