mhazelm wrote:What book do you all think is best for a good introductory overview of the standard model? It's the one thing that is really not covered at my university, though touched on in the modern physics classes. But mostly, I've never had any exposure to the standard model whatsoever. So I'd like to teach myself enough of the basics to do well on the PGRE and also to carry on discussions when people from other places bring it up. What do you think is a good reference for this purpose?
I took a course on Standard Model, and I can send you the lecture notes if you want. The outline of the course was:PCT - Conventions and Results
Dirac Equation and γ-Matrices
Applications of P,C and TBroken Symmetries in Field Theory
Symmetry in Quantum Theory
Higgs MechanismWeak Decay Processes
Intermediate Vector BosonsWeinberg-Salam Gauge Field Theory
Electro-Weak TheoryQCD, perturbative aspects
QCD as a non abelian gauge theory
e−e+ → hadrons
Deep Inelastic ScatteringQCD, low energy aspects
QCD as the theory of Strong Interactions
U(1)A Symmetry and θ parameter in QCD
Pions as Goldstone Bosons
Electromagnetic Interactions, π0 → γγ decay
P.S: The lecture notes requires preliminary knowledge in Quantum Field Theory ( both Canonical Quantization and Path Integral Methods ), and Symmetries and Particle Physics.