Quantum Chromodynamics:

theory and experimental tests

Lecture Course by Wladimir von Schlippe

This course is an introduction to Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of strong interactions. The theory will be developed guided by experiment:

(i) The discovery of a large number of hadrons led to the formulation of the quark model by Gell-Mann.

(ii) Deep inelastic scattering (DIS) led to the discovery of partons, which were identified with the quarks. There was indirect evidence for gluons, the carriers of the strong force.

These and other experimental results form the basis for the development of QCD. Calculations within the framework of perturbative QCD will be demonstrated and their results will be confronted with experimental data from the colliders HERA, S$\bar{p}p$S and Tevatron.

Prerequisites: Quantum Mechanics, including relativistic QM, and a basic familiarity with elementary particle physics.

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Last Revision: 21st October 1999, WvS