Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Guido Altarelli, James Wells
    Pages 1-25 Open Access
  3. Guido Altarelli, James Wells
    Pages 27-96 Open Access
  4. Guido Altarelli, James Wells
    Pages 97-157 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-173

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

With this graduate-level primer, the principles of the standard model of particle physics receive a particular skillful, personal and enduring exposition by one of the great contributors to the field.

In 2013 the late Prof. Altarelli wrote: The discovery of the Higgs boson and the non-observation of new particles or exotic phenomena have made a big step towards completing the experimental confirmation of the standard model of fundamental particle interactions. It is thus a good moment for me to collect, update and improve my graduate lecture notes on quantum chromodynamics and the theory of electroweak interactions, with main focus on collider physics. I hope that these lectures can provide an introduction to the subject for the interested reader, assumed to be already familiar with quantum field theory and some basic facts in elementary particle physics as taught in undergraduate courses.

“These lecture notes are a beautiful example of Guido’s unique pedagogical abilities and scientific vision”. From the Foreword by Gian Giudice.


Collider Physics Standard model textbook QCD lecture notes LHC physics Electroweak theory and Higgs sector Open access book

Authors and affiliations

  • Guido Altarelli
    • 1
  1. 1.CERNGenevaSwitzerland

Editors and affiliations

  • James Wells
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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