Uniting the usually distinct areas of particle physics and quantum field theory, gravity and general relativity, this expansive and comprehensive textbook of fundamental and theoretical physics describes the quest to consolidate the basic building blocks of nature, by journeying through contemporary discoveries in the field, and analysing elementary particles and their interactions. Designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students and abounding in worked examples and detailed derivations, as well as including historical anecdotes and philosophical and methodological perspectives, this textbook provides students with a unified understanding of all matter at the fundamental level. Topics range from gauge principles, particle decay and scattering cross-sections, the Higgs mechanism and mass generation, to spacetime geometries and supersymmetry. By combining historically separate areas of study and presenting them in a logically consistent manner, students will appreciate the underlying similarities and conceptual connections to be made in these fields.
Tristan Hubsch is a Professor of Physics at Howard University, Washington DC, where he specialises in elementary particle physics, field theory, and strings.
Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The nature of observing nature; 2. Fundamental physics: elementary particles and processes; Part II. The Standard Model: 3. Physics in spacetime; 4. The quark model: combinatorics and groups; 5. Gauge symmetries and interactions; 6. Non-abelian gauge symmetries and interactions; 7. The standard model; Part III. Beyond the Standard Model: 8. Unification: the fabric of understanding nature; 9. Gravity and the geometrization of physics; 10. Supersymmetry: boson-fermion unification; 11. Strings: unification of all foundations of reality; Part IV. Appendices: A. Groups: structure and notation; B. A lexicon; C. A few more details; References; Index.