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Theoretical Nuclear And Subnuclear Physics [Paperback]

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This book is a revised and updated version of the most comprehensive text on nuclear and subnuclear physics, first published in 1995. It maintains the original goal of providing a clear, logical, in-depth, and unifying treatment of modern nuclear theory, ranging from the nonrelativistic many-body problem to the standard model of the strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions. In addition, new chapters on the theoretical and experimental advances made in nuclear and subnuclear physics in the past decade have been incorporated.

Four key topics are emphasized: basic nuclear structure, the relativistic nuclear many-body problem, strong-coupling QCD, and electroweak interactions with nuclei. New chapters have been added on the many-particle shell model, effective field theory, density functional theory, heavy-ion reactions and quarkgluon plasma, neutrinos, and electron scattering.

This book is designed to provide graduate students with a basic understanding of modern nuclear and hadronic physics needed to explore the frontiers of the field. Researchers will benefit from the updates on developments and the bibliography.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   628
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 29, 2004
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812388982  
ISBN13  9789812388988  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Dirk Walecka obtained his PhD in nuclear theory from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. He was Professor of Physics at Stanford University from 1966 to 1987 and then went on to become Scientific Director of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) from 1986 to 1992. He is now Governor's Distinguished CEBAF Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary. His research interests cover theoretical nuclear and sub-nuclear physics, in particular nuclear structure, the relativistic nuclear many-body problem, strong-coupling QCD, and electroweak interactions with nuclei. He has published numerous papers on nuclear physics, and in 1996 the American Physical Society recognized his work with the award of the Bonner Prize. He has lectured on electron scattering throughout the United States and Europe.

John Dirk Walecka has an academic affiliation as follows - College of William and Mary, Virginia College of William and Mary Coll.

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Very readable discussion   Aug 27, 2006
There are many difficult problems in physics, but there are two that certainly stand out in the sheer amount of resources and intellectual power that have been exerted to resolve them. These are the many-body problem in condensed matter physics, and the bound-state problem in the physics of the strong interaction. In this book one will see different manifestations of both of these problems. Since an atomic nucleus is made up of protons and neutrons that interact not only electromagnetically but also via the strong interaction, one has to deal with both the many-body and the bound-state problem. The analysis of a strongly bound state between a proton and a neutron is difficult enough. To deal with a typical uranium-235 atom, that contains 92 protons and 143 neutrons is a problem of enormous difficulty.

The author has to address both of these problems in this book, along with many other issues that arise in nuclear and subnuclear physics. The experimental and theoretical techniques that are used to study nuclear systems are impressive, considering the relatively small amount of time that nuclear physics has been around. Some of these techniques are discussed in this book, and some are only mentioned but with pointers to the literature for further reading. The book of course is targeted to the physicist reader, such as a graduate student in physics or perhaps a physicist in another field who is curious about the current state of nuclear physics. The history, experimental techniques, and theoretical formalism are included in the book, and the informal writing style assists non-experts (such as this reviewer) in assimilating the contents rather quickly.

One of the hottest topics currently in nuclear physics is the existence of the quark-gluon plasma. The heavy-ion collision experiments have been conducted to try and produce this plasma, and the author spends a short chapter discussing these experiments in the book. The details of the experiments and relevant relativistic transport theory he leaves to the references. As expected, the computational schemes, such as lattice gauge theory, have been stymied in their attempts to describe the quark-gluon plasma at high baryon density. The author however devotes a chapter in the book to phase transitions in quantum chromodynamics (the gauge theory of the strong interaction) wherein he calculates a phase transition from a hadronic phase to a quark-gluon phase at both low temperature and high baryon density and at high temperature but very low baryon density. This calculation involves the conception of `nuclear matter' as consisting of two phases: a baryon-meson phase described using `quantum hadrodynamics' in relativistic mean-field theory, and a quark-gluon phase described by quantum chromodynamics in the asymptotically-free regime. Also crucial to this calculation is the property of confinement of quarks and gluons in the interior of hadrons. The author gives brief discussions of this confinement property in the book, pointing to the work done in lattice gauge theory that shows (at least with the numerical calculations that have been done) that confinement results from the nonlinear strongly interacting gluons. It will be fascinating to see whether future research and calculations support this belief of confinement, for it will shed light on the bound-state problem in quantum chromodynamics.

Indeed, the bound-state problem is one of the major unsolved problems in quantum chromodynamics (and even in "simpler" cases such as quantum electrodynamics), and readers who want detailed discussion of it will be disappointed while reading this book. There is no discussion at all for example of the Schwinger-Dyson equations or other strategies for getting a handle on this important problem. This reviewer knows of no article or book that shows explicitly the formation of a bound state in the context of quantum field theory. It seems as though quantum field theory is a technique for studying scattering events and is unable to address bound states without radical changes to its formalism. To resolve the bound-state problem will therefore be the most important advance in the history of quantum field theory.
excellent graduate text  May 26, 2005
Walecka is well known in physics circles as the co-author with Fetter of a standard text on many-particle systems. Here, he specialises to the important case of nuclear systems. The text continues the impressive depth of theoretical detail evident in that earlier book.

You can get a thorough grounding in the theoretical aspects of modelling a nucleus. The many-body treatments are sophisticated. It does mean that the text may not be the easiest to read. Not through any flaw in the writing, but due to the inherent nature of its subject. It would really help you to have prior acquaintance to Feynman diagrams. In terms of actually being able to generate these, and get numbers, like cross sections, out of them.

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