A Primer for Chiral Perturbation Theory

  • Stefan Scherer
  • Matthias R. Schindler

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 830)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stefan Scherer, Matthias R. Schindler
    Pages 1-48
  3. Stefan Scherer, Matthias R. Schindler
    Pages 49-64
  4. Stefan Scherer, Matthias R. Schindler
    Pages 65-144
  5. Stefan Scherer, Matthias R. Schindler
    Pages 145-214
  6. Stefan Scherer, Matthias R. Schindler
    Pages 215-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-338

About this book


Chiral Perturbation Theory, as effective field theory, is a commonly accepted and well established working tool, approximating quantum chromodynamics at energies well below typical hadron masses.

This volume, based on a number of lectures and supplemented with additional material, provides a pedagogical introduction for graduate students and newcomers entering the field from related areas of nuclear and particle physics.

Starting with the the Lagrangian of the strong interactions and general symmetry principles, the basic concepts of Chiral Perturbation Theory in the mesonic and baryonic sectors are developed. The application of these concepts is then illustrated with a number of examples. A large number of exercises (81, with complete solutions) are included to familiarize the reader with helpful calculational techniques.


Chiral Symmetry Chiral perturbation theory Effective Lagrangian Effective field theory Hadronic physics Low-energy QCD Mesons and Baryons

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Scherer
    • 1
  • Matthias R. Schindler
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. KernphysikUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2., Department of PhysicsThe George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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