Physics 564 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Course description:

Instructor: Jones
Title: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics
Offering: Sem. 1, Class 3, cr. 3.
Room : PHYS 238
Time : 9:00-10:15 Monday and Wednesday
Prerequisites: Phys 360/ Phys 550 or Phys 460/ Phys 461 or equivalent. May be taken simultaneously.
Text: Some combination of class handouts to supplement
Halzen and Martin, Quarks and Leptons
Schedule: Can be found here.
Description: Historical survey of the discovery of elementary particles.
Methods of detecting charged particles. Modern particle
accelerators and detectors. Kinematics and quantum mechanics
of scattering and decay of particles. Introduction to Feynman
diagrams for spin-less particles. The Dirac equation; Feynman
diagrams for spin 1/2 particles. Hadronic resonances;
strangeness and isospin symmetry. The quark model. Weak decays.
Production of charmed hadrons. Properties of charm and bottom
hadrons; heavy quark symmetry. Introduction to CP violation.
Deep inelastic scattering experiments. Weak interactions;
neutrinos and neutrino scattering experiments; weak neutral
currents. e+e- scattering experiments; the Weinberg-Salam
model; introduction to quantum chromodynamics. Survey of some
modern experiments; e+e- collider, fixed target and hadron
collider experiments. Future experiments.
Assignments: Assignment #1, due September 5th
Assignment #2, due September 12th. This assignment will require the use of some type of computer to prepare a graph or histogram. Here are instructions and examples for using the PCN computers to do this.
Assignment #3, due October 10th. Here are instructions for calculating 3-body phase space integrals numerically.
Solutions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Assignment #4, also due October 10th.
Solutions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Assignment #5, due October 22nd.
Solutions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Assignment #6, Please skip this one!.
Assignment #7, Due November 12.
Solutions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Assignment #8, Due November 27.
It may be of some help to use Tracer to simplify the traces over gamma matrices.
Project: Oh, mais oui! December 3rd and 5th, 2007.
Lecture notes: Can be found here.