Undergraduate Course: Current Topics in Particle Physics (PHYS11063)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This second semester course provides an introduction to a range of current topics in particle physics. The course follows on from the introduction to particle physics in the core course on Relativity, Nuclear & Particle Physics, and can be taken as an option by both BSc and MPhys students. It is intended to be complementary to the more formal course on Particle Physics taught in the Semester 1.
This course provides an introduction to current topics in particle physics. The treatment is flexible and covers a wide range of experimental aspects of particle physics at a level appropriate for a final year undergraduate student. The course follows on from the introduction to particle physics in the core course on Relativity, Nuclear & Particle Physics, and can be taken as an option by both BSc and MPhys students. It is intended to complement the more formal course on Particle Physics taught in the first semester.
Topics that covered may include:
- Low energy precision tests of the Standard Model (EDM, g-2, lepton flavour violation)
- Hadron spectroscopy including exotic states
- CP violation in heavy flavour decays
- Neutrino oscillation experiments
- Top quark production and decay
- Beyond the Standard Model & Searches for New Physics at the LHC
- Dark Matter & Dark Energy
- High energy astroparticle physics including gravitational waves
- Future Colliders (ILC, FCC)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||20 % oral assignment, 30 % project report, 50 % exam
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe current research activities in particle physics.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the design of current experiments.
- Understand open issues in the theoretical description of particle physics.
- Locate and make use of detailed information on particle physics in the primary research literature.
- Summarise current topics in particle physics in a variety of forms, both alone and in collaboration with others.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Apply critical analysis, and evaluation to current development in particle physics.
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject.
Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists via written report and oral presentation.
Work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners.
|Keywords||CTiPP,Particle Physics,neutrinos,CP violation,colliders
|Course organiser||Dr Matthew Needham
Tel: (0131 6)51 7037
|Course secretary||Ms Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7535