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From the Publisher's Summary: "Providing a comprehensive introduction to quantum field theory, this textbook covers the development of particle physics from its foundations to the discovery of the Higgs boson..."



The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics fails to explain dark matter and why matter survived annihilation with antimatter following the Big Bang. Extensions to the SM, such as weak-scale Supersymmetry, may explain one or both of these phenomena by positing the existence of new particles and interactions that are asymmetric under time-reversal (T)...



The physical properties of our planet are intricately tied to the sequence of giant impact events that led to the formation of the Moon. The canonical giant impact model for lunar origin has been called into question by recent geochemical measurements of lunar rocks...



In 1893, Max Planck, newly appointed professor of physics in Berlin, was seconded to study the department’s Eitz harmonium, capable of dividing an octave into 104 steps. An accomplished musician, Planck learned to play this new instrument and used it to devise experiments in musical temperament...



Geometric phases that characterize the topological properties of Bloch bands play a fundamental role in the band theory of solids...



Super-luminous supernovae that radiate more than 1044 ergs per second at their peak luminosity have recently been discovered in faint galaxies at redshifts of 0.1–4. Some evolve slowly, resembling models of 'pair-instability' supernovae...



Professors Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa have been awarded the Physics Frontiers Prize by the Fundamental Physics Prize Committee.



What counts as evidence?
Is there a gold standard?
What makes some evidence better than other kinds?
Do different scientific disciplines answer these questions differently?



Graphene provides a rich platform to study many-body effects, owing to its massless chiral charge carriers and the fourfold degeneracy arising from their spin and valley degrees of freedom. Graduate student Ben Feldman, Prof. Amir Yacoby, and colleagues from Max-Planck-Institut...



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The National Science Foundation has awarded a major grant to researchers from Harvard University, Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Boston Museum of Science to create a Science and Technology Center on Integrated Quantum Materials...



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