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 333
Time : 12:00-1:15 Tuesday and Thursday
Prerequisites: Phys 360/ Phys 550 or Phys 460/ Phys 461 or equivalent. May be taken simultaneously.
Text: 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: This link describes how to use the PCN computers to solve problems numerically.
This link provides an introduction to using ROOT.
Here is Assignment #1. The target due date is September 29th. Here are some suggestions... Here are the solutions and here is the program.
Here is Assignment #2. The target due date is October 27th. This link describes how to use Minuit... Here are the solutions.
Here is Assignment #3. Due date is November 17 and here are the solutions.
Here is a preliminary verstion of Assignment #4. Due date is after Thanksgiving break. Here are examples describing how to use Tracer to evaluate traces of products of gamma matrices.

Project: Here is the link to the talks given at the Physics 564 ''Mini Symposium''!
Lecture notes: Can be found here.