Course Description: Introduction to theoretical and experimental aspects of nuclear and elementary particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 128; Junior standing.
Section Description: This is an introductory nuclear and elementary particle physics course for physics/astronomy and any other interested students, i.e. those with upper level basic physics knowledge. Since we will cover both nuclear and elementary particle physics (roughly half and half) in only one semester course, this means that, inevitably, some topics will be covered more in-depth while others will be on a level of a sketch. We will cover, in particular, the following topics: • Introduction to Basic Concepts (particles/antiparticles, types of forces, Feynman diagrams, units, etc.) • Basic Nuclear Phenomenology: binding energies of nuclei, stability, decay, etc. • Nuclear Models: nucleon interaction potentials, Nuclear shells, Fermi-gas, theories of alpha and beta decay. • Nuclear Applications: Reactors, Fission, Fusion, biomedical. • Elementary Particle Phenomenology: Leptons and Quarks. Quantum numbers: baryon, lepton, strangeness, etc. Conservation laws in particle interactions. • Basic ideas of Strong Interactions between quarks (quantum chromodynamics). Quark Confinement. • Weak and Unified Electroweak Interactions (Weinberg-Salam Standard Model of particle physics). Concept of Symmetry breaking. Heavy Gauge bosons. The Higgs boson.
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Instructor(s): Valeri N Kotov
Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2019 - 06 Dec 2019