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Physics 221A (Fall 2007): Introduction to Particle Physics I

Course information

Time: MWF 2:00-3:10 PM
Place: ISB 235
Instructor: Prof. Stefano Profumo
Office hours: MW 3:45-5:00 PM (or stop by ISB 325)

Course description

This course is the first quarter of a 2-quarter graduate-level introduction to modern particle physics. The focus is on (1) hadron phenomenology, (2) weak interactions, (3) the electro-weak theory and (4) a few selected topics beyond the Standard Model.


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Course outline

The detailed schedule includes the proposed topics for each lecture.


We will primarily be using the following two textbooks:

Other material will be supplied by the Instructor. In particular, we will make use of a few chapters from the following textbooks (all the books listed here and the two above are on reserve at the McHenry Science & Engineering Library):

Grading policy

Grading will be based on 5 homework exercises (20% each).

Homework exercises

Set number Topics Due Date
1 (pdf) Symmetries and Quarks Monday, October 15
2 (pdf) Weak Interactions Monday, October 29
3 (pdf) Weak Decays, Mixing and Neutrino physics Monday, November 5
4 (pdf) Electroweak sector Monday, November 19
5 (topics - pdf, schedule - pdf) Final: Seminar on Higgs and Beyond the Standard Model M-W, December 10-12

Last reviewed 12/3/07 by Stefano Profumo.