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Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, Second Edition by Alessandro Bettini

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Preface to the first edition

This book is mainly meant to be a presentation of subnuclear physics, at an introductory level, for undergraduate physics students, not necessarily for those specialising in the field. The reader is assumed to have already taken, at an introductory level, nuclear physics, special relativity and quantum mechanics, including the Dirac equation. Knowledge of angular momentum, its composition rules and the underlying group theoretical concepts is also assumed at a working level. No prior knowledge of elementary particles or of quantum field theories is assumed.

The Standard Model is the theory of the fundamental constituents of matter and of the fundamental interactions (excluding gravitation). A deep understanding of the ...

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