With the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) under construction and due to come online in 2007, it is appropriate to engage in a focused review on LHC phenomenology. At a time when most of the experimental effort is centered on detector construction and software development, it is vitally important to direct the experimental community and, in particular, new researchers on the physics phenomena expected from the LHC. Large Hadron Collider Phenomenology covers the capabilities of LHC, from searches for the Higgs boson and physics beyond the standard model to detailed studies of quantum chromodynamics, the B-physics sectors, and the properties of hadronic matter at high energy density as realized in heavy-ion collisions.
Written by experienced researchers and experimentalists, this reference examines the basic properties and potentials of the machine, detectors, and software required for physics analyses. The book starts with a basic introduction to the standard model and its applications to the phenomena observed at high energy collisions. Later chapters describe the key technological challenges facing the construction of the LHC machine, the operating detectors of the LHC, and the vast computing grid needed to analyze the data. In the final sections, the contributors discuss the quark-gluon plasma (QGP), explore questions and predictions for the LHC program, and examine the physics opportunities of the LHC using information from the forward region.
By surveying the difficult challenges of the LHC development while also assessing the novel processes that the LHC will perform, Large Hadron Collider Phenomenology aids less seasoned physicists as well as existing researchers in discovering the numerous possibilities of the LHC.
"…a really complete coverage of all aspects relevant to LHC physics with a sufficiently rich bibliography to pursue in-depth reading. … In summary, this book is an excellent introduction to LHC physics for any person entering the field now…"
- Daniel Froidevaux, CERN Courier
"With such potentially momentous events in the offing, it would be a good idea (wouldn't it?) if someone were to set out, in a single handy volume, what the theories are that the LHC is intended to investigate, how it works, and what one might actually expect to see. Well, someone has-namely the organizers and lecturers of SUSSP 57, the 57th Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics. …the lectures were designed to be accessible to a fairly broad readership within the particle-physics community. …my personal highlight in these proceedings is the set of lectures by Rüdiger Schmidt, whose delightfully lucid account of the LHC's design and construction, …convey clearly both the physical principles involved and the immensity of the technical achievement that the completed LHC will represent. …these lectures contain an extremely valuable collection of material, skillfully presented by people who are among the leaders in their fields."
-Professor I. D. Lawrie, Contemporary Physics
PART I STANDARD MODEL AND BEYOND
STANDARD MODEL FOUNDATIONS
STANDARD MODEL PHENOMENOLOGY
BEYOND THE STANDARD MODEL
PART II LARGE HADRON COLLIDER TECHNOLOGY
THE LHC ACCELERATOR AND ITS CHALLENGES
GENERAL PURPOSE DETECTORS AT THE LHC
THE LHC GRID COMPUTING
PART III PHYSICS AT THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
HIGGS AND NEW PHYSICS SEARCHES
HEAVY ION PHYSICS AT THE LHC
FORWARD PHYSICS AT THE LHC