Physics 221A (Fall 2007): Introduction to Particle Physics I
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)
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.
Click here to download the Syllabus
The detailed schedule includes the proposed topics for each lecture.
- Symmetries and Quarks
- Weak Interactions
- Introduction to Electroweak Theory, Symmetry Breaking and Higgs Physics
- Topics beyond the Standard Model (Axions, Grand Unification, Neutrino Masses)
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):
- Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction by Abraham Seiden
- Quarks & Leptons by Francis Halzen and Alan D. Martin
- Gauge Theory of elementary particle physics by Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li
- Dynamics of the Standard Model by John F. Donoghue, Eugene Golowich and Barry R. Holstein
- The Early Universe by Edward W. Kolb and Michael S. Turner
Grading will be based on 5 homework exercises (20% each).
||Symmetries and Quarks
||Monday, October 15
||Monday, October 29
||Weak Decays, Mixing and Neutrino physics
||Monday, November 5
||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.