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Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, Second Edition by Alessandro Bettini

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Preface to the second edition

While keeping the same target and the same design principles as the first edition, the second edition results from a complete review (more precise definition of the parity of the spinors, further clarification of the concepts of helicity versus chirality, description of the GIM mechanism extended to loop order, gauge dependence of the colour charge, etc.) and is completely updated to take into account the progress of the field in the past six years (on the mass differences and lifetimes of the neutral mesons, limit on proton decay lifetime, quark masses values, in particular, for the light ones, 𝘊𝘗 violation in charged mesons, etc.).

A very important element of the Standard Model, the origin of all the masses, had ...

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