Particle Physics, 2018W

  • Schedule: 
    • Two lectures per week, 60-90 minutes each, Tuesday (11:00-12:30 STI 501) and Wednesday (10:00-11:30 STI 501), with an extra option on Thursday (09:00-10:30 location TBD).
    • Final exam: TBD
  • Email:
    • Best way to contact instructor is generally after class
    • If by email, be sure to include the string "PHYS 892" in the header
    • To build a class mailing list, please send an email with header "Register PHYS 892"
  • Marking scheme:
    • 3-5 assignments: 60%
    • Final: 40%
  • Misc:
    • Use of cell phones and audio or video recording equipment strictly forbidden in class
    • Students missing a class are responsible for making it up
  • Final exam (tentative):
    • Will cover material seen in class, in reading, in assignments, and in particle colloquia.
    • No books or documents.
    • Bring a calculator.
    • No communication devices or computers.
    • Students are not expected to know trace theorems by heart.
    • Answer in pen, not in pencil.
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  • Content (with references to Mann, see below):
    • Introduction (Mann 1 - Jan 09)
    • Special relativity and Lorentz transformations (Mann 2 - Jan 12, 16)
    • SR tutorial (Jan 17)
    • Groups and symmetries (Mann 3 - Jan 23, 24)
    • Klein-Gordon equation, anti-matter (Mann 11.1 - Jan 30, 31)
    • Conservation laws, Noether's theorem (Mann 4 - Feb 6, 7)
    • Feynman diagrams (Oct 10)
    • Golden Rule, Feynman rules, decays and scattering: toy model (Mann 9, 10 - Oct 10, Oct 15, Oct 17)
    • Dirac equation (Mann 11 - Oct 21, 26)
    • Toy renormalization (Mann 10.4 - Nov 4)
    • QED (Mann 12, 13, 14 - Nov 16, 18)
    • Spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism (Mann 23, Nov 23, 28)
    • Weak interactions (Mann 19, 20, 21, 22, Nov 30)
    • Muon decay (Mann 20, Dec 7)
  • Reading
    • The main reference text for this class is:
      • Mann, An Introduction to Particle Physics and the Standard Model, CRC Press
      • Much of the material covered can also be found in the following texts:
        • Halzen and Martin, Quarks and Leptons, Wiley
        • Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley
      • Note there will not be a strict one-to-one mapping between any of these and the lectures
    • Attending departmental colloquia is mandatory when particle physics topic:
      • TBD