In 1947, the first of what have come to be known as "strange particles" were detected. As the number and variety of these particles proliferated, physicists began to try to make sense of them. Some seemed to have masses about 900 times that of the electron, and existed in both charged and neutral varieties. These particles are now called kaons (or K mesons), and they have become the subject of some of the most exciting research in particle physics. "Kaon Physics" presents cutting-edge papers by leading theorists and experimentalists that synthesize the current state of the field and suggest promising new directions for the future study of kaons. Topics covered include the history of kaon physics, direct CP violation in kaon decays, time reversal violation, CPT studies, theoretical aspects of kaon physics, rare kaon decays, hyperon physics, charm: CP violation and mixing, the physics of B mesons and future opportunities for kaon physics in the 21st century.
Jonathan L. Rosner is a professor in the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. Bruce D. Winstein is the Samuel K. Allison Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.