Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)

Code and section: PHYS*4130*01

Term: Winter 2016

Instructor: Alexandros Gezerlis


Course Information


Lecturer Office Email
Alex Gezerlis MacN 219

Office Hours

  • Mondays, 3-5 pm in my office (MacN 219)
  • Feel free to approach me before and after class to talk about physics
  • Alternative arrangements can be made by appointment (


Day Time Location
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 am – 12:20 pm MacN 201

Course Materials


There is no required textbook. I will be posting my lecture notes onto courselink at the end of every week.

Recommended texts

Lecture Content

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 subatomic zoo: history and phenomenology
  • Scattering and Feynman diagrams: the S-Matrix and quantum electrodynamics
  • The strong interaction and quantum chromodynamics
  • The weak interactions of quarks and neutrinos
  • The two-nucleon system: nucleon-nucleon potentials and the deuteron
  • Properties and structure of nuclei: phenomenology, liquid drop, shell model
  • Nuclear decays and reactions: alpha, beta, gamma decay, fission, and fusion


Assessment Weight
Assignments 20%
Midterm (to be determined, week of 22-26 February 2016) 30%
Final (Friday 22 April 2016, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm) 50%

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.

Course Policies

Course policy regarding grading

Each homework assignment should be handed in on the due date before the lecture begins. Late assignments will not be accepted, unless special arrangements are made ahead of time.

Course policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Academic Consideration

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See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration.

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Course Evaluation Information

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Drop date

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