# 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.

## Syllabus

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#### Course outline

- Symmetries and Quarks
- Weak Interactions
- Introduction to Electroweak Theory, Symmetry Breaking and Higgs Physics
- Topics beyond the Standard Model (Axions, Grand Unification, Neutrino Masses)

The detailed schedule includes the proposed topics for each lecture.
#### Textbooks

We will primarily be using the following two textbooks:

*Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction* by Abraham Seiden
*Quarks & Leptons* by Francis Halzen and Alan D. Martin

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):
*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 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.