Physics 221A
Fall 2014
Introductory to Particle Physics I
University of California at Santa Cruz
Tu-Th 2:00 - 3:50 pm, Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 231
Instructor: Bruce Schumm
Office: 329 Natural Sciences II
Phone: (831) 459-3034
Email: baschumm@ucsc.edu
 
Office Hours:
TBD
And by appointment if necessary
 
Field theory is not required for this first quarter of topical particle physics. We'll discuss continuous and discreet symmetries, and their implications in constraining physical processes. We'll go on to talk about the static quark model, necessitating the introduction of Lie groups. After that, it's on to the interactions between high-energy radiation and matter, which leads naturally to a discussion of nuclear detection techniques and associated instrumentation. After that it's on to gamma-ray astrophysics, and finally an introduction to the basics of hadronic scattering. Registered students can look forward to three written homework assignments and a computer project.

Syllabus

Link to reference material

List of conserved quantites by force

Homework I

Homework II

Homework III

Shower Monte Carlo Project

Homework I Solutions