PHYS 400/506 -- Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Spring Term 2001

Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-12:00, Hennings 302
Professor: Janis McKenna
Office: Hennings-Physics 260 (Mezzanine)
Phone: 822-4337 (leave voicemail if I'm not in )
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm, Thursday 2:30-3:30pm, or by special appointment.
TA: Mark Laidlaw, Hennings 279, 822-5727
Text: Introduction to Elementary Particles, by D. Griffiths
Other useful references:
  • Quarks and Leptons, by Halzen and Martin
  • Introduction to High Energy Physics, by D. Perkins
  • Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions by Chris Quigg (slightly more advanced)
All three of the above listed reference texts are available on 1 day reserve loans at the Main Library. You will find them in the reserve room, not in the stacks. You can save yourself a trip to the library by checking online whether they are currently available or signed out for 1 day. I have also requested that the bookstore order several copies of each, so that if you like them, you can buy them.

I have also ordered copies of the Particle Properties booklet from Berkeley for each registered student, or you may be interested in looking at the unabridged version published in The European Physical Journal C15 (2000) (Journal, available in library) or browse through the web version of The PDG Listings for the same info online.

Grading: 40% Final Exam in April
25% Assignments (7 will be assigned during the term)
20% Midterm Exam, Thursday March 1, 1.5 hours in class
15% Student Reports (5% Seminar & 10% Essay)

There is no tolerance for late assignments without medical or tragic reason.

Students taking the graduate version of this course, Phys 506, will find they have one or more additional slightly more challenging problems on each assignment.

The student seminar and essay is a chance for you to investigate and share with your classmates a topic of your choice. Check out my List of Suggested Topics if you are looking for ideas. You may select any particle physics topic of your choice, and there are many cool/interesting ones that aren't on my suggestion list, provided the professor (that's me) agrees that your choice is appropriate. The oral report will be a 15-20 minute seminar-type presentation to the class, followed by 5 minutes of discussion and questions. All students will participate in evaluations (marks) for all presentations (except your own). The essay will be a 7-10 page report/write-up based on your presentation. The oral presentations will be tentatively 1 per class, during the last 20-25 minutes of each class beginning the middle of February. A statement of your topic choice is due with your second assignment. The essay is due Monday April 9/2001.

Outline of topics covered in the course:

Additionally, current experimental and theoretical results will be discussed in class to supplement various topics.

List of Lectures & Topics for all 25 Lectures

If you want to map the course outline onto specific sections of Griffiths, you will find we cover:

First 2 weeks is an overview of Standard Model and phenomenology.

Additionally, in 1 lectures in the first month of classes, we will qualitatively cover most of Chapter 2 in Perkins, on accelerators and particle physics detectors. Chapters 3, 5 and 7 in Perkins have considerable overlap with the above listed topics/sections covered by Griffiths and are strongly recommended reading.

In Halzen and Martin, material covered in Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 12, has considerable overlap with the material we cover in class, and makes a great supplementary text for this course.

Some interesting Particle Physics web pages

Students registered in PHYS 400/506 should find more course info on the WebCT course pages for PHYS 400/506. (Assignments, seminar schedule, marks, histogram of midterm exam marks, class bulletin board... and more!)

Janis McKenna, UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy, December 2000.

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