Undergraduate Course: Particle Physics (PHYS11042)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Particle physics studies the interactions of the fundamental constituents of matter, quarks and leptons.
This course is primarily an introduction to the experimental study of particle physics, but it also aims to give a basic understanding of the theoretical description of particle physics known as the Standard Model.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| At least 80 credit points accrued in courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Class Delivery Information
||One tutorial session per week.
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
1) Describe particle physics interactions through the use of Feynman diagrams; understand the role of elementary bosons (photon, W and Z) as exchange particles in the electromagnetic and weak interactions, and be able to write down simple amplitudes;
2) Have a basic understanding of the Dirac equation and the use of its solutions as spinors to describe the states of elementary fermions (quarks and leptons);
3) Understand the concept of a renormalizable gauge theory through the example of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED);
4) Describe the role of discrete symmetries, and in particular parity violation in weak decays;
5) Describe the parton structure of the nucleon as deduced from deep inelastic scattering experiments; including the ideas of Bjorken scaling and scaling violation; draw the parton density functions for valence quarks, sea quarks and gluons;
6) Describe strong interactions in terms of gluon exchange between quarks; including the ideas of confinement and azymptotic freedom; have a basic knowledge of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) including the symmetries of SU(3) color and SU(3) flavor in the quark sector;
7) Categorize hadrons according to their quark content, spin and isospin; know the selection rules for strong, weak and electromagnetic decays of hadrons;
8) Describe the properties of heavy quarks, including their decays to light quarks; know the form of the CKM quark-mixing matrix and understand its role in CP violation in K and B meson decays;
9) Describe the properties of neutrinos, including recent experimental results on solar and atmospheric neutrino oscillations;
10) Describe the electroweak theory and have a knowledge of the experimental tests of the theory; understand the idea of spontaneous symmetry breaking and be able to describe the Higgs mechanism.
|Degree Examination, 100%|
¿ Feynman diagrams. Scattering cross-sections. Decay rates.
¿ Dirac equation. Spinors.
¿ Electromagnetic interactions. Quantum Electrodynamics (QED).
¿ Weak Interactions. Weak decays. Neutrino scattering.
¿ The parton model. Parton density functions.
¿ Strong interactions. Gluons. Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).
¿ Confinement and azymptotic freedom.
¿ Quark model of hadrons. Isospin and Strangeness. Heavy quarks.
¿ Production of hadrons. Resonances. Fragmentation and jets.
¿ Weak decays of hadrons. CKM matrix.
¿ Symmetries. Parity. Charge conjugation. Time reversal. CP and CPT.
¿ Mixing and CP violation in K and B decays.
¿ Neutrino oscillations. MNS matrix. Neutrino masses.
¿ Electroweak Theory. W and Z masses. Precision tests at LEP.
¿ Spontaneous symmetry breaking. The Higgs boson.
¿ The discovery of the Higgs boson.
¿ LHC physics
¿ Beyond the Standard Model. Supersymmetry. Grand unification.
||Modern Particle Physics
AUTHOR: Mark Thomson
|Course organiser||Dr Victoria Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 7042
|Course secretary||Miss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
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