Physics of Elementary Particles
Year:  20182019 

Catalog number:  4062FED06 
Teacher(s): 

Language:  English 
Blackboard:  Yes 
EC:  6 
Level:  300 
Period:  Semester 1 
Hours of study:  168:00 hrs 
 Yes Elective choice
 Yes Contractonderwijs
 Yes Exchange
 Yes Study Abroad
 No Evening course
 Yes A la Carte
 No Honours Class
Admission Requirements
Speciale Relativiteitstheorie, Klassieke Mechanica a, Classical Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 2
Description
This course introduces the current understanding of elementary particles and their interactions.
It starts with atoms, nuclei, nucleons and builds up towards a description of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. It introduces the known fundamental particles and provides a basic overview of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions as well as the conservation laws and symmetries in particle interactions. The course will also introduce the relevant tools and methods to experimentally investigate on the particles and their interactions.
The course covers the following topics:
 Fundamental particles and interactions
 Symmetries and conservation laws
 Accelerators and Detectors
 Particle interactions with matter
 Scattering and decay processes and kinematics
 Nuclear decays and kinematics
 Form factors/Deep inelastic Scattering/Structure functions
 Quark model of hadrons/strong interaction
 Feynman diagrams
 Weak interaction
 Neutrino oscillations
Course objectives
After successfully completing this course you will be able to explain the topics listed above and can apply the concepts that are involved.
In particular you will be able to
 explain different nuclear models and calculate energy balances in nuclear decays
 calculate the kinematics in particle decays and scattering
 describe all known fundamental particles with their characteristics
 describe the quark model and mixing
 describe the characteristics of particle interactions (electromagnetic, weak, strong)
 sketch Feynman diagrams of basic particle interactions
 identify the associated interaction in a scattering or decay
 explain the notion of Parity and Charge Conjugation and impact in particle interactions
 explain the concept of helicity and chirality and impact in particle interactions
 explain different detection methods used for particle physics experiments and judge in which cases those are appropriate
 associate signals in a detector with distinct particle interactions
Timetable
Mode of instruction
Lectures
Exercise sessions
Excursion to Nikhef – National institute for Subatomic Physics (voluntary)
Assessment method
Written exam with short questions and calculations.
Blackboard
Lectures and exercises will be available on blackboard
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCNaccount.Blackboard UL
Reading list
Mandatory books:
1.Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, David Griffith
2.Particles and Nuclei – An introduction to the Physical Concepts, Bogdan Povh, Klaus Rith, Christoph Scholz, Frank Zetsche, 7th edition, 2015
Contact
Contact details lecturer: Dr. D.F.E. Samtleben (Dorothea)
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