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
Prerequisites
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 0521621968.
