Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Discrete Symmetries and CP ViolationFrom Experiment to Theory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Marco Sozzi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296668.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 November 2020



Discrete Symmetries and CP Violation

M. S. Sozzi

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses charge conjugation symmetry, which emerges naturally out of the mating of quantum theory to special relativity, with the antiparticle concept. Despite not being related to space-time, this symmetry turns out to be closely linked to space-time inversions; its consequences are somewhat less widespread than those of parity symmetry, mainly because only neutral systems can be eigenstates of charge conjugation. Charge conjugation symmetry is maximally violated by weak interactions in a way that is closely linked to parity violation. The large violation of parity and charge conjugation symmetries in weak interactions, the intrinsic difficulties in experimenting with composite antimatter systems, and the fact that CPT symmetry constrains several properties of matter and antimatter to be equal, all contribute to the fact that investigations shifted towards the study of the combined symmetry CP instead. A list of further reading and a selection of exercise problems are presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   charge conjugation symmetry, charge conjugation transformation, charge conjugation violation, special relativity, space-time, parity symmetry, CPT symmetry

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .