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Quantum Field Theory


 Coat of arms 
 of Niels Bohr  Coat of arms of
 Paul A.M. Dirac
In science, one tries to tell people something that no one ever knew before, in such a way as to be understood by everyone.
But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902-1984; Nobel 1933)
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Quantum Field Theory


(2007-08-06)   Elementary Particles

The following units are used, respectively, for spin, electric charge and mass.

Elementary Fermions  (matter) :

Leptons  (no color)  Quarks  (colored)
NameSpinChargeMass NameSpinChargeMass
 e -
 ne
1/2
1/2
 -1 
 0 
 0.510998928(11) 
 < 0.01 
 u <
 d 
1/2
1/2
+2/3
-1/3
 3 
 6 
 m -
 nm
1/2
1/2
 -1 
 0 
 105.6583715(35) 
 < 0.2 
 c 
 s 
1/2
1/2
+2/3
-1/3
 1300 
 100 
 t -
 nt
1/2
1/2
 -1 
 0 
 1776.82(16) 
 < 20 
 t 
 b 
1/2
1/2
+2/3
-1/3
 171400 
 4300 

Quarks are normally not observed alone but in composite particles known as  hadrons  of which there are two broad types, mesons  and  baryons :

  • meson  is a boson consisting of a quark and its antiquark.
  • A  baryon  is a fermion combining 3 quarks in a color-neutral way.

Elementary Bosons  (force fields) :

Electroweak Bosons  (no color)  Other Elementary Bosons
NameSpinChargeMass NameSpinChargeMass
 g 
(photon)
 1   0   0  G
(graviton)
2 0 0
 Z0  1   0   91187  g
(8 colored gluons)
1 0 0
 W -
 W +
 1 
 1 
 -1 
 +1 
 80400   H0
(Higgs boson)
0 0 125300

The Inevitability of Physical Laws: Why the Higgs Has to Exist  by  Nima Arkani-Hamed  (IAS, 2012-10-26).
The Salam Lecture Series 2012,  by  Nima Arkani-Hamed   1 | 2 | 3? | 4 | 5 |


(2012-07-31)   Quantum Chromodynamics  (QCD).  The strong force.
The whole  hadron  zoo:  Mesons  (2 quarks)  and  baryons  (3 quarks).

Some Baryons
DateNameSymbolQuarksSpinChargeMassLifetime
1911protonpuud 1/2+1 938.272 ¥
1932 neutronnudd 1/20 939.565 881 s
  delta
resonances
D++
D+
D0
D-
 uuu 
 uud 
 udd 
 ddd 
3/2  +2 
 +1 
 0 
 -1 
1232 5.6 ys
1950lambda L0uds 1/20 1115.7 263 ps
1953sigmaS+uus 1/2+1 1189 80 ps
1964omega minusW-sss 3/2-1 1672 82 ps
2007cascade BXb-dsb 1/2-1 5792 1.42 ps

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99 Years of Discovery: What are Cosmic Rays?   by Nahee Park  (2011)
Wikipedia :   Quantum Chromodynamics   |   Timeline of particle discoveries


 Pascual Jordan
Pascual Jordan
1902-1980
(2007-07-23)   Second Quantization
Particles are modes of a quantized field.

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Canonical quantization


(2007-07-12)   The Bethe-Salpeter Equation   (1951)
A relativistic equation for bound-state problems.

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(2012-07-22)   Path Integral Formulation   (Feynman, 1948)
Richard P. Feynmann.

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Path integral formulation


(2012-07-22)   Renormalization
From Charles-Eugène Guye (1866-1942) to Richard P. Feynmann (1918-1988). and Kenneth G. Wilson (1936-2013).

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Renormalization   |   Divergent Series Redux

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