# Physics 221A (Fall 2008): Introduction to Particle Physics I

## Course information

Lecture Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:45 PM

Lecture Place: ISB, Room 126

Instructor: Prof. Stefano Profumo

Office hours: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 PM (or by appointment)

## 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 in beyond the Standard Model and astro-particle physics.

## Syllabus

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#### Course outline

- Symmetries and Quarks
- Weak Interactions
- Introduction to the Electroweak Theory, Symmetry Breaking and Higgs Physics
- Topics beyond the Standard Model (Grand Unification, Neutrino Masses)
- Topics in astro-particle physics (a cosmology primer, thermal relics, cosmic rays)

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

Reference Textbooks:

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

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 are available at the McHenry Science & Engineering Library):
*Introduction to High Energy Physics* by Donald H. Perkins
*Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics* by Alessandro Bettini
*The Higgs Hunter's Guide* by John F. Gunion, Howard H. Haber, Gordon Kane and Sally Dwason
*Particle Astrophysics* by Donald H. Perkins
*Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics* by Lars Bergstrom and Ariel Goobar
*Very High Energy Cosmic Gamma Radiation* by Felix A. Aharonian
*The Early Universe* by Edward W. Kolb and Michael S. Turner

#### Grading policy

Grading will be based on 5 homework exercises (20% each). The first 4 homeworks will be problem sets, while the last one will be a 25 minutes seminar on one of a few topics suggested by the Instructor. The homeworks will be posted during the quarter.

## Homework exercises

Set number |
Topics |
Due Date |
Solutions |

1 (pdf) |
- Symmetries and Quarks - |
- Tuesday, October 14 - |
- HW1 Solutions |

1 (pdf) |
- Weak Interactions - |
- Tuesday, November 4 - |
- HW2
Solutions |

1 (pdf) |
- Weak Decays, Mixing and Neutrino physics - |
- Thursday, November 13 - |
- HW3
Solutions |

1 (pdf) |
- Electroweak sector - |
- Tuesday, November 25 - |
- |

1 (pdf) |
- Final Exam (Seminar) - |
- Thursday Dec 4 and Wednesday, December 10 - |
- |

## Schedule for Finals (to be held in ISB 310)

Speaker |
Topic |
Day |
Time |

Furniss |
1. |
Thu, Dec 4 |
4.30PM |

Cambier |
2. |
Thu, Dec 4 |
5.00PM |

Damiani |
5. |
Thu, Dec 4 |
5.30PM |

Lindgren |
9. |
Thu, Dec 4 |
6.00PM |

Manning |
3. |
Wed, Dec 10 |
2.00PM |

Wendav |
6. |
Wed, Dec 10 |
2.30PM |

Pack |
4. |
Wed, Dec 10 |
3.00PM |

Kozaczuk |
13. |
Wed, Dec 10 |
3.30PM |

Last reviewed 11/18/2008 by Stefano Profumo.