Physics 366: Elementary Particle Physics

The goal of elementary particle physics is to describe Nature at its most fundamental level. In this class, we will introduce and discuss the theoretical and experimental underpinnings of our modern understanding of particle physics. This will require reviewing topics in special relativity and quantum mechanics, as well as introducing new tools, like Feynman diagrams. We will also discuss in detail how particle physics experiments work and detect particles.

The course materials are provided below. The textbook for the class is my book "Elementary Particle Physics: An Intuitive Introduction". This book is not yet published, but during the first week or two of class, you will receive access to an electronic version.

Course Syllabus

Final Exam

The final exam will be assigned on May 2, the final lecture of this class. It will both be handed out in class and posted on this website. The final exam will be due at 10 am on May 15.
FINAL EXAM

Oral Exam

Individual oral exams will be administered during finals week, May 13-15. There is an exam time sign-up sheet on my office door.

Lecture Notes

January 29 Introduction & Overview Figures
January 31 Units of Particle Physics
February 5 Relativity
February 7 Relativistic Wave Equations
February 12 A Little Group Theory
February 14 The Quark Model
February 19 Fermi's Golden Rule
February 21 Feynman Diagrams
February 26 Particle Physics Detectors Event Display 1 Event Display 2
March 5 Electron-Positron Annihilation
March 7 e+e- to Hadrons
March 12 The Parton Model
March 14 The Gluon
March 19 Non-Abelian Gauge Theories
March 21 Quantum Chromodynamics
April 2 QCD at Hadron Colliders
April 4 Jets
April 9 Parity Violation in Weak Interactions
April 11 The V-A Theory
April 16 Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
April 18 The W and Z Bosons
April 23 CP Violation
April 25 Neutrino Mixing
April 30 The Higgs Boson Animations
May 2 Particle Physics at the Frontier FCC-HH 1 FCC-HH 2 CEPC

Homework Assignments

Homework 1 Due February 7
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Homework 2 Due February 14
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Homework 3: Due February 21
                Exercises 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8
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Homework 4: Due February 28
                Exercises 4.1, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7
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Homework 5: Due March 7
                Exercises 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7
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Homework 6: Due March 14
                Exercises 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
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Homework 7: Due March 21
                Exercises 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.8
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Homework 8: Due April 4
                Exercises 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.8
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Homework 9: Due April 11
                Exercises 9.2, 9.3, 9.5, 9.6
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Homework 10: Due April 18
                Exercises 10.1, 10.7, 10.8
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Homework 11: Due April 25
                Exercises 11.2, 11.7, 11.8
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