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The Theory of Fundamental Processes

By: Richard P Feynman

Perseus Running Press

Paperback | Mar 1998 | #108804 | ISBN: 0201360772
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Feynman treats the concept of amplitude in special detail, discusses relativity, and then moves on to quantum electrodynamics, which takes up most of this volume.. In these classic lectures, Richard Feynman first considers the basic ideas of quantum mechanics, treating the concept of amplitude in special detail and emphasizing that other things, such as the combination laws of angular momenta, are largely consequences of this concept. Feynman also discusses relativity and the idea of anti-particles, finally returning to a discussion of quantum electrodynamics, which takes up most of this volume.


Review of the principles of quantum mechanics; spin and statistics; rotations and angular momentum; rules of composition of angular momentum; relativity; electromagnetic and fermi couplings; fermi couplings and the failure of parity; pion-nucleon coupling; strange particles; some consquences of strangeness; strong coupling schemes; decay of strange couplings; the question of a universal coupling coefficient; rules for strangeness changing decays -experiments; fundamental laws of electromagnetics and B-decay coupling; density of final states; the propagator of scalar particles; the propagator in configuration space; particles of spin 1; virtual reality and real photons; problems; spin-1/2 particles; extension of finite mass; properties of the four-component spinor; the Compton effect; direct pair production by Muons; high-order processes; self-energy of the electron; quantum electrodynamics; Meson theory; theory of B-decay; properties of B-decay coupling; summary of the course.

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