Elementary Particles And Emergent Phase Space, 1st Edition

  • Published By: World Scientific Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 9814525693
  • ISBN-13: 9789814525695
  • DDC: 530.13
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The Standard Model of elementary particles, although very successful, contains various elements that are put in by hand. Understanding their origin requires going beyond the model and searching for new physics. The present book elaborates on one particular proposal concerning such physics. While the original conception is 50 years old, it has not lost its appeal over time. Its basic idea is that space - an arena of events treated in the Standard Model as a classical background - is a concept which emerges from a strictly discrete quantum layer in the limit of large quantum numbers. This book discusses an extension of this view by replacing space with phase space. It combines the results of the authors research papers and places them in much broader philosophical and phenomenological contexts, thus providing further arguments in favor of the proposed alternative. The book should be of interest to the philosophically-minded readers who are willing to contemplate unorthodox ideas on the very nature of the world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Philosophy and Physics.
3: Reality and Its Description.
4: Classical and Quantum Aspects of Reality.
5: Time for a Change.
6: Elementary Particles.
7: The Standard Model and the Subparticle Paradigm.
8: The Problem of Mass.
9: Constituent Quarks and Spacetime Points.
10: Elementary Particles and Macroscopic Space.
11: Phase Space and Quantum.
12: Phase Space and Its Symmetries.
13: Quantizing Phase Space.
14: Elementary Particles from a Phase-Space Perspective.
15: Generalizing the Concept of Mass.
16: Overview.