Physics 564 - Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Dates: December 5th and 7th

Students will make a brief (12 minutes + questions) presentation in class of a particular aspect of modern particle physics. Here is a growing list of possible topics to consider. One good source of review articles is the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science. Another good source of review articles is provided by SPIRES although their list is somewhat out of date in some cases. Suggest a topic yourself and I'll try to find a good review article on which you might base your presentation.

Suggested Topics:

Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2005, 55:27-69 Neutron electric dipole moment
Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2004, 54:141-174 The Brookhaven Muon Anomalous Magnetic Moment Experiment Determination of αs/Tests of QCD
Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2002, 52:115-151 Double Beta Decay
MiniBoone, LSND and KARMEN νμ to νe oscillations ?!?
( CP violation in B meson decays
Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2003, 53:199-218 Observation of the Tau Neutrino
KTeV experiment Direct CP violation in the K0 decays
DAΦNE/KLOE Physics with φ mesons
( Neutrinos
( neutrinos
( experiment: νμ disappearance experiment
( experiment: νe disappearance experiment
( neutrino results
Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 092001-1-5 (2005)Proton structure
Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 2003, 53:301-351 Top-Quark Physics
Precision measurements of mt and mW
Precision tests of the Standard Model at LEP
Supersymmetry? (This is potentially a big topic... choose carefully.)
Supersymmetry searchesOverview as of 2000
Supersymmetry searchesOverview as of 2002

Chosen topics

December 5th

Person Subject
Nicole KnustDouble beta decay
Lingyi DongSolar Neutrinos
Xiaobing ShiReactor Neutrinos
Dmitri KondratyevTau Neutrino
Haichuan CaoDirect CP violation

December 7th

Person Subject
Tong ZhaoNeutron Star Merger
Minxi YangStrong Coupling Constant
Jason ThiemanTop Quark
Amandeep Singh BakshiStrange Quark Content of the Proton

Here is Prof. John Conway's useful advice for giving effective presentations. The context is that of the CDF experiment, but you should be able to glean some general principles.