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 398
Time : Currently 9:00-10:15 Tuesday and Thursday
Prerequisites: Phys 360/550, 552, or equivalent. May be taken simultaneously.
Text: Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, 4th ed.
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 30.
Assignment #2
Assignment #3
Assignment #4