JF Ptak Science Books Post 1838
62 Years of Particle Physics Foundation Papers 1896-1958.
This list is taken entirely from the Chronology of Milestone Events of Particle Physics, streamlined just a bit and made a little more accessible for a fast browse--I've had no hand in assembling this data, just re-arranging it a tiny bit. The links are quite valuable--the scientist's biography is clickable on the name, and the article is reproduced from the original in the pdf.
Confirmation of the g radioactivity.
Discovery of a new formula for the energy spectrum of the black body radiation, Planck's radiation law. PDF
Quantum hypothesis and explanation of the black body radiation spectrum. Beginnings of the quantum era in physics. PDF
Quantum hypothesis and final version of Planck's formula for the black body radiation spectrum. PDF
First experimental evidence for pressure of the light on the solid bodies. PDF
Observation that a rays are the flow of doubly positive charged particles PDF
Explanation of the photoelectric effect with use of the quantum hypothesis of Planck. Light is a flow of corpuscular objects with definite energies - Planck's quanta of energy. PDF
Invention of the theory of special relativity. PDF
First explicit identification of the photon as a genuine elementary particle possessing both energy and momentum. PDF
First conclusive measurement of the charge of the electron. PDF
Evidence for the atomic nucleus.
Conclusive evidence for the cosmic rays.
Invention of the cloud chamber to visualize tracks of ionizing particles. PDF
Invention of the quantum theory of atomic spectra based on the Rutherford model of atomic structure - Bohr's atom. PDF
Bohr's quantum theory of atomic spectra. Evidence that radioactivity is a nuclear property. PD
Confirmation of the existence of atomic nuclei. First indication of the existence of the proton. PDF
First conclusive measurement of energy quantization in the photoelectric effect. PDF
Discovery of the proton. Evidence for the proton as a constituent of the nucleus. PDF
Direct experimental confirmation that the photon is an elementary particle, the Compton effect. PDF
Experimental confirmation of the ionization process predicted by Compton for a corpuscular photon. PDF
Discovery of new statistical counting rules for light quanta and a new derivation of Planck's radiation law. Known as Bose-Einstein quantum statistics for particles with integer spins. PDF
Invention of matrix formalism for the Heisenberg quantum mechanics. Systems with one degree of freedom. PDF
First steps in quantum field theory. Invention of the second quantization method.
Explanation of a decay as a consequence of quantum-mechanical tunneling through a potential barrier. PDF
First evidence of ultraviolet divergences occurring in the theory of quantum electrodynamics - the self-energy of the electron. PDF
Discovery of the positron, the first antiparticle, predicted by Dirac. PDF
Yukawa field theory of nuclear forces. Prediction of heavy quanta, the pion particles, as mediators of strong interactions. PDF
Breit-Wigner form of the amplitude for resonance reactions. PDF
Extension of Fermi interaction and Gamow-Teller selection rules. PDF
Discovery of supermultiplet structure in nuclear spectroscopy
First evidence of muon decay and first estimation of its lifetime. PDF
First direct measurement of the neutron magnetic moment. PDF
Theorem on the connection between spin and statistics.
Covariant quantum electrodynamics: Equivalence between the Tomonaga-Schwinger method and the Feynman method and generalization PDF
Covariant quantum electrodynamics: Equivalence between the Tomonaga-Schwinger method and the Feynman method and generalization. PDF