Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)
Code and section: PHYS*4130*01
Term: Winter 2021
Instructor: Liliana Caballero
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m to 12:20 p.m
We will have online lectures. We will meet via Zoom. The link to access the meeting will be posted in courselink.
Office hours: By appointment
Quantum Mechanics II- PHYS 4040, Statistical Physics II- PHYS 4240
The course also relies on a working knowledge of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and mathematics.
- B. Martin and G. Shaw Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction, 3rd edition, Wiley
- E. Henley and A. Garcia, Subatomic Physics (3rd edition, World Scientific, 2007)
The University of Guelph Library has a wonderful resource of e-books at Scholars Portal books.
You can login in with your University credentials and have access to countless books with problems to practice. As an example, you will find:B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, and F. Zetsche, Particles and nuclei: an introduction to the physical concepts (6th edition, Springer, 2008)
In this course we will discuss aspects of particle physics and study in more depth concepts of nuclear physics. We will go over the following topics:
- Basic concepts. Particles, interactions, cross sections.
- Nuclear Properties Phenomenology, mass, shapes.
- Nuclear models. Nucleon-nucleon potentials, Liquid drop model, Fermi gas model, Shell model
- Nuclear decay Nuclear instability. Fission, alpha, beta and gamma decay.
- Weak interactions Neutrinos, charged and neutral currents (if time allows)
There will be one midterm and one final exam. Both are take-home evaluations.
We will also have *roughly* bi-weekly homework. Return date will be posted in each assignment. Copying will not be tolerated. The homework problems are exercises that give you practice and keep you up-to-date with the course material. However, you need to work on more problems on your own in order to master the content of the course.
The final mark of the course will be calculated with the following scheme. No other marking schemes will be considered.
Midterm date : TBD
Final exam date: I’ll post the exam on the week of April 15th 2021.
Late assignments will be received up to two days later and marked with 20% off.
Working with others
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