Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)

Code and section: PHYS*4130*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Michelle Dunlop


Course Information


Name: Michelle Dunlop
Office: MacNaughton 330
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53985


Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, MacN 415.


PHYS*4040 (Quantum Mechanics II)

Office Hours

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Changes to this time will be announced in class. If you would like to arrange another time to meet up please send me an e-mail.


No single textbook covers the course material. Here is a list of recommended textbooks:

  • “Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics” - David Griffiths
  • “Introductory Nuclear Physics” - Kenneth S. Krane
  • “The Physics of Nuclei and Particles” - Richard A. Dunlap


We will study two large subfields, namely particle and nuclear physics. While each of these is a separate topic in its own right, we will cover the essentials in both, going over the following subjects:

  • The Standard Model: particle quantum numbers, lepton number, baryon number, particle decay modes, antiparticles, Feynman diagrams.
  • Cross sections and Rutherford scattering, QM scattering theory.
  • Properties and structure of nuclei: phenomenology, liquid drop, shell model.
  • Nuclear decay modes: beta decay, Fermi theory, phase space, Fermi and Gamow-Teller decays, alpha decay, gamma decay and conversion electrons.
  • Experimental methods in nuclear and particle physics.


20% Assignments
30% Midterm (February 26th 2019, 19:00 - 21:00 )
50% Final (April 18th 2019, 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

If the final exam mark is greater than that of the midterm, the midterm will be dropped and the final exam mark will be weighted as 80% of the final mark. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the stated due date. Late assignments will not be accepted and a grade of 0 will be assigned.

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Drop Date

The last date to drop one-semester courses, without academic penalty, is Friday, March 8, 2019. For regulations and procedures for Dropping Courses, see the Undergraduate Calendar.


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