October 24, 2005

Symmetries

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 24, 2005 11:49 AM

Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean Carroll has a great post on spontaneous symmetry breaking. It's a nice treatment for those of us who never got around to taking a Standard Model course.

Carroll is actually in Berkeley today, giving the particle physics seminar, but the condensed matter seminar is at the same time so I won't be able to catch it. I probably wouldn't be able to follow his talk anyway, as it's a bit far afield for me.

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I audited a year of quantum field theory and we went through the Standard Model, but I didn't do any of the homework, so I won't go as far as to say I understand it at any deep level. I did read Peskin & Schroeder cover to cover, however.

Carroll seems to be making the lecture circuit. He'll be at Caltech very soon (this week?) to give the physics colloquium. If it's this week, I'll probably skip out for grant proposal reasons.

Posted by: Mason | October 25, 2005 12:44 AM
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