## 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.

**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**

Solutions

Homework 2 Due February 14

Solutions

Homework 3: Due February 21

Exercises 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8

Solutions

Homework 4: Due February 28

Exercises 4.1, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7

Solutions

Homework 5: Due March 7

Exercises 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7

Solutions

Homework 6: Due March 14

Exercises 6.2, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7

Solutions

Homework 7: Due March 21

Exercises 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.8

Solutions

Homework 8: Due April 4

Exercises 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.8

Solutions

Homework 9: Due April 11

Exercises 9.2, 9.3, 9.5, 9.6

Solutions

Homework 10: Due April 18

Exercises 10.1, 10.7, 10.8

Solutions

Homework 11: Due April 25

Exercises 11.2, 11.7, 11.8

Solutions