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THE RUDIMENTS OF LIGHT-CONE PHYSICS*

By R. L. Jaffe

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*Work supported by the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. The se notes are intended as an elementary exposition of the concepts and mathematical techniques of light-cone physics. They are directed toward ex-perimentalists or theorists not working directly in the field and therefore con-tain little that is unknown to the initiate. I apologize at the outset for the obvious lack of rigor: Whenever rigor and simplicity were at odds, I havechosen simplicity. Fortunately it is not difficult to present the fundamentals of light-cone physics, at least as abstracted from deep inelastic scattering, in simple terms. Mathematically, little more than a knowledge of the Fourier transform is required. Conceptually, the coordinate space structure of the parton model will provide a guide to the light-cone. It is impossible in these brief notes to describe many of the interesting applications of light-cone physics-for these, I refer to the literature and to the lectures of Professors Brandt and Preparata at this School. The outline is as follows: first, some kinematic preliminaries so we will al

Year: 1972
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