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Foundations of Nuclear and Particle Physics

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This textbook brings together nuclear and particle physics, presenting a balanced overview of both fields as well as the interplay between the two. The theoretical as well as the experimental foundations are covered, providing students with a deep understanding of the subject. In-chapter exercises ranging from basic experimental to sophisticated theoretical questions provide an important tool for students to solidify their knowledge. Suitable for upper undergraduate courses in nuclear and particle physics as well as more advanced courses, the book includes road maps guiding instructors on tailoring the content to their course. Online resources including color figures, tables, and a solutions manual complete the teaching package. This textbook will be essential for students preparing for further study or a career in the field who require a solid grasp of both nuclear and particle physics.


'This textbook is a long-awaited modern treatment of the subject of nuclear physics, with up-to-date material including the remarkable progress in the field over the last 2-3 decades. Written by accomplished researchers in nuclear physics, this comprehensive treatment will likely become the new standard textbook in the field for many years to come.'

Robert McKeown - Deputy Director for Science at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and Governor's Distinguished CEBAF Professor, College of William and Mary, Virginia

'A valuable graduate-level text that provides a comprehensive coverage of nuclear and particle physics and their important intersections along with an up-to-date status of the experimental results in these fields.'

Art McDonald - Co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

This textbook comes at a very opportune time. Not only does it carefully cover the pedagogical basics for the overlapping needs of the HEP and NP communities but it also specifically addresses the particular challenges of the rapidly growing study of neutrino nucleus scattering. Whether employing neutrino nucleus scattering to understand the role of the weak current in these interactions or to study the nature of the neutrino itself with neutrino oscillations, this comprehensive textbook is the single most complete reference any NP or HEP neutrino physicist would need. The neutrino scattering community has formed a collaboration ‘Neutrino Scattering Theory Experiment Collaboration’ to bring NP and HEP physicists together to address common neutrino scattering challenges and organize regular schools to teach both NP and HEP physicists the fundamentals. The use of this textbook, with its carefully structured exercises, will contribute significantly to the success of these schools.

Jorge G. Morfín - Fermilab Senior Scientist, Neutrino Scattering Theory Experiment Collaboration co-spokesperson

'Foundations of Nuclear and Particle Physics is a comprehensive textbook for particle and nuclear physics. It is one for which those working in the physics of lepton interactions with nuclei have been waiting for many years. The authors have collected and presented well-established knowledge, with emphasis on recent methods in modelling nuclei in scattering. The textbook could be easily used for teaching undergraduate courses in advanced particle physics or nuclear physics. … Although the book offers a reasonable transition from particle physics to nuclear physics, the authors propose two roadmaps depending on whether the book is used for teaching and learning particle or nuclear physics. … In conclusion, this is an excellent textbook for teaching advanced particle and nuclear-physics courses and should be extremely useful for people starting research in lepton-nucleus scattering physics.'

Jaroslaw Nowak Source: The Observatory

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