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The Physics of Time Reversal
Author: Robert G. Sachs

ISBN: 9780226733319
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 17 December 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6 x 1.8
Description:
The notion that fundamental equations governing the motions of physical systems are invariant under the time reversal transformation ("T") has been an important, but often subliminal, element in the development of theoretical physics. It serves as a powerful and useful tool in analyzing the structure of matter at all scales, from gases and condensed matter to subnuclear physics and the quantum theory of fields. The assumption of invariance under "T" was called into question, however, by the 1964 discovery that a closely related assumption, that of "CP" invariance (where "C" is charge conjugation and "P" is space inversion), is violated in the decay of neutral "K" mesons.
In "The Physics of Time Reversal," Robert G. Sachs comprehensively treats the role of the transformation "T," both as a tool for analyzing the structure of matter and as a field of fundamental research relating to "CP" violation. For this purpose he reformulates the definitions of "T, P, " and "C" so as to avoid subliminal assumptions of invariance. He summarizes the standard p...

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