Physics 535: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

This course provides introduction to elementary particle physics.

The topics covered are:

The periodic table: quarks, leptons, and vector bosons. Fundamental stoichiometry: Feynman diagrams for weak, electromagnetic, and color interactions. Sources: Accelerators and their limitations Detectors: Interactions of particles with bulk matter and detection methods History: A survey of particle discoveries Quark bound states: Systematics of hadron quantum numbers, mass spectrum, decays and interactions Symmetries and symmetry violation in particle spectra and interactions Fields and Gauge Invariance Principles Quantum Electrodynamics with applications Quantum Chromodynamics with applications Electroweak Interactions with applications Advanced topics


Physics 531 or equivalent. What is matter at a fundamental level? What is antimatter? How are matter and antimatter created and destroyed? What are the fundamental forces and how are they transmitted? These questions and others are addressed by Physics 535. This course surveys elementary particle phenomena encompassed by the standard model of interacting quarks, leptons, and gauge bosons. The course builds upon elementary quantum mechanics and special relativity theory knowledge. Introduction to particles, antiparticles and fundamental interactions; detectors and accelerators; symmetries and conservation laws; electroweak and color interactions of quarks and leptons; unification theories, are presented.

Typical Texts

Introduction to High Energy Physics, Donald H. Perkins, Cambridge U. Press, New York, 2000 [1972], 4th ed. (426 pp.). ISBN 0-521-62196-8.
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