This book provides insight into concept of the weak interaction and its integration into the conceptual structure of elementary particle physics. It exhibits the important role of the weak interaction in nuclear, particle and astrophysics together with the close connection between these areas.
Table of Contents
1. Elementary particles and interactions—overview 2. Classical theory of the weak interaction and foundations of nuclear beta decay 3. Nuclear structure and beta decay 4. Gauge theories 5. The Glashow—Weinberg—SaJam theory of the electroweak interaction 6. The weak interaction in the framework of grand unification theories 7. Neutrinos 8. Weak interaction and astrophysics 9. GUT and cosmology