Friday, November 22, 2013

Neutrinos, neutrinos everywhere!

Neutrinos are in the news (see this article about UW's IceCube here in Science Magazine).  We thought we'd pull together a couple of our newer neutrino books and post them here over the next few days, just in time for Thanksgiving and that ride on the bus home.

  Darkmatter, Neutrinos, and Our Solar System
 By Nirmala Prahash.  World Scientific, 2013.
     
This book describes issues of dark matter, neutrinos, and the solar system in terms of links between cosmology, particle and nuclear physics, as well as between cosmology, atmospheric and terrestrial physics. It studies the constituents of dark matter first in terms of their individual structure and second, in terms of facilities available to detect these structures.



Neutrino Cosmology
By Julien Lesgourgues.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

The role that neutrinos have played in the evolution of the Universe is the focus of one of the most fascinating research areas that has stemmed from the interplay between cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. In this self-contained book, the authors bring together all aspects of the role of neutrinos in cosmology, spanning from leptogenesis to primordial nucleosynthesis, their role in CMB and structure formation, to the problem of their direct detection. 






Neutrino Physics 
By Kai Zuber.  CRC Press, 2012.
When Kai Zuber’s pioneering text on neutrinos was published in 2003, the author correctly predicted that the field would see tremendous growth in the immediate future. Revised as needed to be equal to the research of today, Neutrino Physics, Second Edition delves into neutrino cross sections, mass measurements, double beta decay, solar neutrinos, neutrinos from supernovae, and high energy neutrinos, as well as new experimental results in the context of theoretical models

Monday, November 18, 2013

Highlight from the New Books List: November

The new books list for November has been posted to the Physics Library website. Books will be available for checkout starting November 27, just in time to do some reading over the long holiday weekend!

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Jishi, Radi A. Feynman diagram techniques in condensed matter physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

A concise introduction to Feynman diagram techniques, this book shows how they can be applied to the analysis of complex many-particle systems, and offers a review of the essential elements of quantum mechanics, solid state physics and statistical mechanics. Alongside a detailed account of the method of second quantization, the book covers topics such as Green's and correlation functions, diagrammatic techniques, and superconductivity, and contains several case studies. Some background knowledge in quantum mechanics, solid state physics and mathematical methods of physics is assumed. Detailed derivations of formulas and in-depth examples and chapter exercises from various areas of condensed matter physics make this a valuable resource for both researchers and advanced undergraduate students in condensed-matter theory, many-body physics and electrical engineering. Solutions to exercises are made available online. --From the publisher

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

Copies available at UW-Madison
From the September/October 2007 new books list:
Kennefick, Daniel. Traveling at the speed of thought: Einstein and the quest for gravitational waves. Princeton, 2007.
 
Kennefick (Univ. of Arkansas) is the right author at the right time. He has strong connections to research in this area as well as being a historian and a very good storyteller. With the current research underway at Cal Tech's Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory, which may soon detect these waves, this is also a well-timed publication. Written for nonscientists, it tells the interesting story behind the development of gravitational wave theory. Though the subtitle mentions Einstein, this is a book about the many scientists who have struggled in this area. Kennefick not only explains the modern theory, he traces the theory's development with its controversies and personality conflicts, showing how difficult and uncertain scientific work can be. After giving a background on the history of gravitational theory before Einstein, the author explains how general relativity leads to the prediction of gravitational waves. This is done by tracing the theoretical controversies and detailing the problems with experimental detection. An impressive book, in that Kennefick thoroughly covers the material and still keeps it at a level that should be accessible to all readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels.
--E. Kincanon, Gonzaga University (From Choice Reviews, September 2007; vol 45, no. 1.)