Instructor: | Jones |

Email: | mjones@physics.purdue.edu |

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 5^{th} |

Assignment #2, due September 12^{th}. 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 10^{th}. 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 10^{th}.Solutions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. | |

Assignment #5, due October 22^{nd}.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 3^{rd} and 5^{th}, 2007. |

Lecture notes: | Can be found here. |