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Introduction to Particle Physics

Author(s): Dezső Horváth, Zoltán Trócsányi

Book Description

This textbook is a unique treatise on the present status of particle physics summarised for physics students at an introductory level: it provides insights into the essential experimental and theoretical techniques needed to start research at modern high energy accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The first three parts of the book discuss the experimental and phenomenological aspects at a level suitable for MSc students, but BSc students interested in particle physics will also find useful information there. The fourth part is oriented to advanced MSc or PhD students to make them acquainted with the precise formulation of the standard model of particle interactions, as well as with the mathematical background needed for the correct interpretation of the experimental results. In this two-step approach, the book offers a gradually deepening understanding of particle physics, building up the standard model and providing an overview of its verification, together with the necessary theoretical and experimental techniques. Using the example of the simplest present-day experiments, it is explained how one can obtain experimental results and theoretical estimations for measurable quantities from clear basic principles. The sources of uncertainties and the methods of improving precision are also discussed.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2808-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2808-1
Date of Publication: 01/05/2019
Pages / Size: 382 / A5
Price: £67.99


Dezső Horváth is an experimental physicist, and organized Hungarian teams for several CERN experiments. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Wigner Research Centre of Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. For his findings in the field of exotic atoms and anti-hydrogen research, he received the Széchenyi Prize, an outstanding award for scientific achievements in Hungary.

Zoltán Trócsányi is a theoretical physicist, full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and the University of Debrecen, Hungary. He is a recognized expert of the theory of strong interactions and established particle physics research in Debrecen. He is the recipient of many scientific prizes acknowledging his numerous contributions to the advancement of particle physics in Hungary.