Particle Physics, Fall 2012

  • Schedule:
    • Two lectures per week, 60-90 minutes each, Tuesday and Friday (both in R412C) at 10:00
    • Final exam: Thursday Dec 6, 9:30-13:30 R412C
    • Oct 23: no class
    • Oct 9: no class
    • Sep 28: class shifted to 9:30-10:30
    • Sep 14: first lecture 9:30-10:30 R412C
    • Sep 11: short admin meeting (R261 or R412C - check both)
  • Email: see link above, and be sure to include the string "PHYS 892" in the header
  • Students should complete and return the information form by Sept 21st.
  • Marking scheme:
    • Assignments: 50%
    • Final: 50%
    • Bonus for class participation, finding errors and typos...: 10%
  • Misc:
    • Use of cell phones and audio or video recording equipment strictly forbidden in class
    • Students missing a class are reponsible for making it up
  • Final exam:
    • 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 - Sept 14)
    • Special relativity and Lorentz transformations (Mann 2 - Sept 18, 21)
    • SR tutorial (Sep 25)
    • Groups and symmetries (Mann 3 - Sept 28)
    • Conservation laws, Noether's theorem (Mann 4 - Oct 2, 5)
    • Klein-Gordon equation, anti-matter (Mann 11.1 - Oct 5, 12)
    • Feynman diagrams (Oct 12)
    • Dirac equation (Mann 11 - Oct 21, 26)
    • Golden Rule, decays and scattering: toy model (Mann 9, 10, E - Oct 28, Nov 2, Nov 4)
    • 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)
    • Examples of statistics in experimental particle physics (tentative)
  • 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:
      • Nov 9: Higgs
      • Nov 16: Nuclear Astrophysics
      • Nov 23: BOREXINO
      • Dec 7: particle dark matter