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BSc Physics / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Physics & Astronomy|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics||PHYS30121||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
Follow - Up Units
PHYS40521 - Frontiers of Particle Physics 1
PHYS40722 - Frontiers of Particle Physics 2
To study the basic constituents of matter and the nature of interactions between them.
On completion successful students will be able to:
1. understand the principles of the quark model.
2. understand all interactions in terms of a common framework of exchange quanta.
3. represent interactions and decays in terms of Feynman diagrams.
4. apply relativistic kinematics to reaction and decay processes.
5. appreciate the likely direction of new research over the next 10 years.
1. Ingredients of the Standard Model
Quarks and leptons. Mesons and baryons.
Exchange of virtual particles. Strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.
2. Relativistic kinematics
Invariant mass, thresholds and decays.
3. Conservation laws
Angular momentum. Baryon number, lepton number. Strangeness. Isospin.
Parity, charge conjugation and CP.
4. The quark model
Resonances; formation, production and decay.
Heavy quarks, charm, bottom and top.
Experimental evidence for quarks.
Colour; confinement and experimental value.
5. Weak interactions
Parity violation. Helicity.
CP violation, K0 and B0 systems.
6. The Standard Model and beyond
The Higgs boson.
Grand Unified Theories
Feedback will be offered by examples class tutors based on examples sheets, and model answers will be issued.
Martin, B.R. & Shaw, G. Particle Physics (Wiley) (Main text)
Perkins, D.H. Introduction to High Energy Physics (CUP)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Andrew Pilkington||Unit coordinator|
|Alexander Oh||Unit coordinator|