Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)
Code and section: PHYS*4130*01
Term: Winter 2010
Instructor: Paul Garrett
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No single text covers the course material.
However, the book by B.R. Martin Nuclear and Particle Physics, an Introduction, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN-13 978-0 470 02532 8, offers a good introduction to many of the topics.
If the final exam mark is greater than that of the midterm, the midterm will be dropped and the final exam mark will be 80%.
The purpose of this course is to introduce physics at the subatomic level, from the physics of the nucleus to that of particles that are created at the highest-energy laboratories. Lectures will be given on the following topics:
- Mathematical preliminaries: complex functions and integration, group theory
- Cross sections, Rutherford scattering, QM scattering theory
- Born series, first Born approximation, form factors
- Nucleon scattering, deep inelastic scattering, quarks, SU(2) isospin
- Particle quantum numbers, parity, charge conjugation, lepton number, baryon number, CPT theorem, particle decay modes, antiparticles
- Feynman diagrams, basic forces, boson exchange, strong/weak charges, decay diagrams
- Standard model, CKM matrix, Zweig rule
- Nucleon-nucleon scattering, NN potential, meson exchange, nuclear binding and masses
- Nuclear decay modes, \(\beta \pm\) decay, Fermi theory, phase space
- Fermi and Gamow-Teller decays, \(\alpha\) decay, \(\gamma\) decay and conversion \(e^-\)
- Nuclear structure, shell model, collective model
- Radiation exposure and nuclear medicine, fission, fusion, nuclear weapons