Books By Faculty

Our faculty members frequently publish textbooks which obtain national recognition. Listed below are a selection of these books.

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter by Professor Katherine Freese. Blending cutting-edge science with her own behind-the-scenes insights as a leading researcher in the field, acclaimed theoretical physicist Katherine Freese recounts the hunt for dark matter, from the discoveries of visionary scientists like Fritz Zwicky--the Swiss astronomer who coined the term "dark matter" in 1933--to the deluge of data today from underground laboratories, satellites in space, and the Large Hadron Collider. Theorists contend that dark matter consists of fundamental particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles. Billions of them pass through our bodies every second without us even realizing it, yet their gravitational pull is capable of whirling stars and gas at breakneck speeds around the centers of galaxies, and bending light from distant bright objects. Freese describes the larger-than-life characters and clashing personalities behind the race to identify these elusive particles. (
Author: Katherine Freese
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Published by Princeton University Press (May 4, 2014)
Hardcover, 272 Pages
ISBN: 978-0691153353

Supersymmetry and Beyond: From the Higgs Boson to the New Physics by Professor Gordon Kane. This book tells the epic story of the quest to uncover a fully unified theory of physics. He introduces the theory of supersymmetry, which implies that each of the fundamental particles has a "superpartner" that can be detected at energies and intensities only now being achieved in the giant accelerators. If the theory is correct, these superpartners will also help solve many of the puzzles of modern physics - such as the existence of the Higgs boson - as well as one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology: the notorious "dark matter" of the universe. This book has been updated to reflect recent discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider. (
Author: Gordon Kane
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Published by Basic Books; Revised Edition (May 14, 2013)
Paperback, 216 Pages
ISBN: 978-0465082971

Equilibrium Statistical Physics With Computer Simulations in Python by Professor Leonard Sander. This book is intended primarily as a graduate textbook for students of Physics. Students in other field such as Biophysics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry may also find much to interest them. This book can also serve as a reference for interested students and researchers.
Author: Leonard M. Sander
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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (July 27, 2013)
Paperback, 334 Pages
ISBN: 978-1491066515

Principles of Laser Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics by Professor Paul R. Berman and Vladimir S. Malinovsky. This book is a graduate student-level text book for students studying the interaction of optical fields with atoms. The book provides a rigorous introduction to the prototypical problems of radiation fields interacting with two- and three-level atomic systems. It examines the interaction of radiation with both atomic vapors and condensed matter systems, the density matrix and the Bloch vector, and applications involving linear absorption and saturation spectroscopy. Other topics include hole burning, dark states, slow light, and coherent transient spectroscopy, as well as atom optics and atom interferometry. In the second half of the text, the authors consider applications in which the radiation field is quantized. Topics include spontaneous decay, optical pumping, sub-Doppler laser cooling, the Heisenberg equations of motion for atomic and field operators, and light scattering by atoms in both weak and strong external fields. The concluding chapter offers methods for creating entangled and spin-squeezed states of matter. (
Authors: Paul R. Berman & Vladimir S. Malinovsky
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Published by Princeton University Press (January 2, 2011)
Hardcover, 544 Pages
ISBN: 978-0691140568

Networks: An Introduction by Professor Mark E. J. Newman. The study of networks is broadly interdisciplinary and important developments have occurred in many fields, including mathematics, physics, computer and information sciences, biology, and the social sciences. This book brings together for the first time the most important breakthroughs in each of these fields and presents them in a coherent fashion, highlighting the strong interconnections between work in different areas. (
Author: Mark E. J. Newman
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Published by Oxford University Press, USA; 1st Edition (May 20, 2010)
Hardcover, 720 Pages
ISBN: 978-0199206650

Innovation Was Not Enough: A History of the Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA) by Professor Lawrence Jones. This book presents a history of the Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA) during its lifetime from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. MURA was responsible for a number of important contributions to the science of particle accelerators, including the invention of fixed field alternating gradient accelerators (FFAG), as well as contributions to accelerator orbit theory, radio frequency acceleration techniques, colliding beams technology, orbit instabilities, computation methods, and designs of accelerator magnets and linear accelerator cavities. A number of students were trained by MURA in accelerator techniques, and went on to important posts where they made further contributions to the field. The authors were all members of the MURA staff and themselves made many contributions to the field. No other such history exists, and there are relatively few publications devoted to the history of particle accelerators. (
Authors: Lawrence Jones, Frederick Mills, Andrew Sessler, Keith Symon, and Donald Young
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Published by World Scientific Publishing Company (October 29, 2009)
Hardcover, 268 Pages
ISBN: 978-9812832832

Advanced Condensed Matter Physics by Professor Leonard Sander. This text includes coverage of important topics that are not commonly featured in other textbooks on condensed matter physics; these include surfaces, the quantum Hall effect, and superfluidity. The author avoids complex formalism, such as Green's functions, which can obscure the underlying physics, and instead emphasizes fundamental physical reasoning. This textbook is ideal for physics graduates as well as students in chemistry and engineering; it can equally serve as a reference for research students in condensed matter physics. Engineering students, in particular, will find the treatment of the fundamentals of semiconductor devices and the optics of solids of particular interest. (
Authors: Leonard M. Sander
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Published by Cambridge University Press; 1st Edition (March 16, 2009)
Hardback, 286 Pages
ISBN: 978-0521872904

Perspectives on LHC Physics by Professor Gordon Kane and Professor Aaron Pierce. This book provides an overview on the techniques that will be crucial for finding new physics at the LHC, as well as perspectives on the importance and implications of the discoveries. Among the accomplished contributors to this book are leaders and visionaries in the field of particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including two Nobel Laureates (Steven Weinberg and Frank Wilczek), and presumably some future Nobel Laureates, plus top younger theorists and experimenters. With its blend of popular and technical contents, the book will have wide appeal, not only to physical scientists but also to those in related fields. (
Authors: Gordon Kane &
Aaron Pierce
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Published by World Scientific Publishing Company; 1st Edition (June 27, 2008)
Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN: 978-1403986115

Encyclopedia of Modern Optics by Professor Duncan G. Steel and Bob D. Guenther. The encyclopedia provides valuable reference material for those working in the field who wish to know more about a topic outside their area of expertise, as well as providing an authoritative reference source for students and researchers. Undergraduate students should find it a useful source of material, as will teachers and lecturers. It will also be useful at the postgraduate level for summarizing a broad range of theoretical topics, for practical advice on research techniques and for insights into new ways of approaching research problems. (
Authors: Duncan G. Steel &
Bob D. Guenther
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Published by Elsevier; 1st Edition (December 17, 2004)
Hardcover, 5-Volume Set, 2400 Pages
ISBN: 978-0122276002

Origins of Existence by Professor Fred C. Adams. Professor Adams gives us a stunning new perspective on how the laws of physics created our non-random universe and life itself. This handful of laws resulted in the big bang, which led to stars, galaxies and then to solar systems with planets such as Earth. That process was absolutely necessary for all the tiny chemical structures and vast landscapes required for life to emerge. One of Adams's amazing claims is that organisms did not evolve in a primodial soup in a pond on the Earth's surface, but rather one of many such structures in the vast cosmic landscape. In seven chronological chapters, Adams takes the reader from the general subjects of physics and the universe to the specific origins of life on earth - showing clearly how energy flowed, exploded and was harnessed in replicating organisms. He reveals how the evolution of the universe followed a clear path toward the emergence of life. His insight provides an answer to humankind's deepest anxiety - we are almost certainly not alone in the universe - and throws a whole new light on our identity and beliefs. Life wasn't a lucky break, but the result of physics. (
Authors: Fred C. Adams
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Published by Free Press; 1st Edition (October 15, 2002)
Hardcover, 272 Pages
ISBN: 978-0743212625

Probability and Statistics in Experimental Physics by Professor Byron P. Roe. This book is a practical introduction to the use of probability and statistics in experimental physics for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. It is intended as a practical guide, not as a comprehensive text in probability and statistics. The emphasis is on applications and understanding, on theorems and techniques that are actually used in experimental physics. Proofs of theorems are generally omitted unless they contribute to the intuition in understanding and applying the theorem. The problems, some with worked solutions, introduce the student to the use of computers; occasional reference is made to some of the Fortran routines available in the CERN library, but other systems, such as Maple, will also be useful. Topics covered include: basic concepts and definitions; general results, independent of specific distributions; discrete distributions; the normal distribution and other continuous distributions; generating and characteristic functions; the Monte Carlo method and computer simulations; multi-dimensional distributions; the central limit theorem; inverse probability and confidence limits; estimation methods; curve fitting, robustness estimates, and likelihood ratios; interpolating functions and unfolding problems; fitting data with constraints; robust estimation methods. (
Author: Byron P. Roe
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Published by Springer; 2nd Edition (July 1, 2001)
Hardcover, 252 Pages
ISBN: 978-0387951638



The Five Ages of the Universe by Professor Fred C. Adams and Greg Laughlin. In this book, Adams and Laughlin provide a detailed description of the physical processes that guided our past and that will shape our future. (
Author: Fred C. Adams
and Greg Laughlin
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Published by Fress Press (June 19, 2000)
Paperback, 288 Pages
ISBN: 978-0684865768

The Particle Garden by Professor Kane gives the clearest survey of particle physics, including the theory, its experimental foundations, its relations to cosmology and astrophysics, and its future. Known as an excellent expositor of physics, Kane has marshaled his research and teaching experience to make this daunting subject understandable to all readers. (
Author: Gordon Kane
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Published by Basic Books; Unstated Edition (July 2, 1996)
Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-0201408263

Modern Elementary Particle Physics by Professor Kane. Professor Kane explains the modern standard model and the gauge theory of the interactions of quarks and leptons via exchange of photons, W and Z bosons, and gluons. The treatment avoids technical details, but fully explains the basic physics involved. Open questions and directions of future research are discussed. (
Author: Gordon Kane
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Published by Basic Books; Unstated Edition (July 2, 1996)
Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-0201408263

Particle Physics at the New Millennium by Professor Byron Roe. Intended for beginning graduate students or advanced undergraduates, this text provides a thorough introduction to the phenomena of high-energy physics and the Standard Model of elementary particles. It should thus provide a sufficient introduction to the field for experimenters, as well as sufficient background for theorists to continue with advanced courses on field theory. The text develops the Standard Model from the bottom up, showing the experimental evidence for each theoretical assumption and emphasizing the most recent results. It includes thorough discussions of electromagnetic interactions (of interest in particle detection), magnetic monopoles, and extensions of the Standard Model. (
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Published by: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (1996)
ISBN: 0387946152