Sunday, 21 December 2014

Surveys In Theoretical High Energy Physics 2

Surveys In Theoretical High Energy Physics 2 by Raghavan Rangarajan And M. Sivakumar from Hindustan Book Agency.

Every student of particle physics needs to be well-equipped with a basic understanding of the many concepts underlying the Standard Models of Particle Physics and of Cosmology. This is particularly true today when experimental results from colliders such as LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) as well as inferences from cosmological observations are expected to further expand our understanding of particle physics at high energies.

This volume is the second in the Surveys in Theoretical High Energy Physics Series (SThEP), the aim of which is to bring pedagogical reviews of important topics in high energy physics to the particle physics community.

Topics covered in this collection, based on lectures that were delivered at the SERC Schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the University of Hyderabad, include Quark-Gluon Plasma, Thermal Field Theory, Perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, Anomalies and Cosmology.

Ph. D. students will find the clear exposition useful in obtaining a fundamental appreciation of the subjects. For the advanced researcher, having these diverse subjects discussed in one volume will make it a valuable reference book.

In our Physics section, Rs. 575, in paperback, 308 pages, ISBN : 9789380250670

N=2 Supersymmetric Dynamics for Pedestrians by Yuji Tachikawa from Hindustan Book Agency.

Understanding the dynamics of gauge theories is important because all known interactions are based on the principle of local gauge symmetry. Beyond the perturbative regime however, this is a notoriously difficult problem. Demanding invariance under supersymmetry turns out to provide a better handle, and allows one to analyze supersymmetric gauge theories over a larger region in the space of parameters.

Quantum field theories in four dimensions with extended N=2 supersymmetry are further constrained and have, therefore, been a fertile field of research in theoretical physics for quite some time. Moreover, there are mathematical ramifications that have lead to a successful dialogue with differential and algebraic geometry. These lecture notes aim to introduce the fascinating developments in the understanding of N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories in a coherent fashion to a serious student of modern theoretical physics.

Starting with a gentle introduction to electric-magnetic duality, the author guides the reader along the important milestones in the subject among which are the work of Seiberg and Witten, Nekrasov, Gaiotto and many others. This is an advanced graduate level text, and it assumes that the reader has a working knowledge of supersymmetry, including the formalism of superfields as well as techniques of quantum field theory such as regularization, renormalization and anomalies.

In our Physics section, Rs. 500, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN :9789380250700

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