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Semi-simple Lie Algebras and Their Representations

Semi-simple Lie Algebras and Their Representations

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Published by Nicholas LeCompte
This ebook from Robert N. Cahn of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory describes Lie algebras and their representations, with a somewhat implicit focus on Lie representations in gauge theory and particle physics.
This ebook from Robert N. Cahn of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory describes Lie algebras and their representations, with a somewhat implicit focus on Lie representations in gauge theory and particle physics.

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Semi-Simple Lie Algebras andTheir Representations
Robert N. Cahn
Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley, California1984THE BENJAMIN/CUMMINGS PUBLISHING COMPANYAdvanced Book Program
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Menlo Park, CaliforniaReading, Massachusetts
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London
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Amsterdam
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Don Mills, Ontario
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Sydney
 
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Preface iiiPreface
Particle physics has been revolutionized by the development of a new“paradigm”, that of gauge theories. The SU(2) x U(1) theory of electroweak in-teractions and the color SU(3) theory of strong interactions provide the presentexplanation of three of the four previously distinct forces. For nearly ten yearsphysicists have sought to unify the SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1) theory into a singlegroup. This has led to studies of the representations of SU(5), O(10), and E
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.Efforts to understand the replication of fermions in generations have prompteddiscussions of even larger groups.The present volume is intended to meet the need of particle physicistsfor a book which is accessible to non-mathematicians. The focus is on thesemi-simple Lie algebras, and especially on their representations since it isthey, and not just the algebras themselves, which are of greatest interest to thephysicist. If the gauge theory paradigm is eventually successful in describingthe fundamental particles, then some representation will encompass all thoseparticles.The sources of this book are the classical exposition of Jacobson in his
Lie Algebras 
and three great papers of E.B. Dynkin. A listing of the referencesis given in the Bibliography. In addition, at the end of each chapter, references

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